Date Archives January 2016

Toronto’s Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

We took to the streets of Toronto for this graffiti alley photo shoot in the infamous area of the city.

As much as I love using photos that show off my makeup skills with perfect lighting and fine detail; lately, I have been feeling like my portfolio could use some more colourful images to spice it up a notch.

These days I am very obsessed with tight curls and lots of volume! Maybe it’s because I was born in the 80’s and it seems like those 80’s styles are slowly creeping back, maybe I’m just bored with loose waves because I do them almost every day for boudoir shoots.

These spiral curls I created certainly took some time to achieve. Here is how they started out:

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After lots of hairspray and a little bit of teasing, the above curls turned into something special and were exactly what we were looking for!

Our first location for the day was a balcony with a view of the Toronto lake front and also a great view of the train tracks. Here’s a few shots from the first location:




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Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

The thing you don’t know about these images is that it was actually -15 degrees celsius that day… We all froze our tails off, but we got some great images and warmed up afterwards with a big bowl of Pho!

Graffiti Alley in downtown Toronto is really something special. If you’ve never been before you should definitely make the trip and bring your camera! It is so colourful and fun and there are so many hidden images for you to find.

Here are some of my favourite shots from Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot:

Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

We had a couple more locations we wanted to shoot at, however; the hair took exceptionally long to perfect and we started to lose our light fast! We managed to make it down to Polson Pier just as the sun was going down. Words cannot even describe how bitterly cold it was once we got by the waterfront! We just took a few quick shots here and then ran back to the car and got toasty warm again!

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Modern Makeup Owner Places 2nd in National Competition

In August 2015 Modern Makeup I participated in a national competition in search of Canada’s next top makeup artist and am very proud to announce that I was awarded the runner-up position!

Contestants were judged over a three-week period by Sheriff Cosmetics on their work on models for both Top Model Search Canada and Miss Teenage Canada 2015.

The competition kicked off with over 80 models from all across Canada in the Top Model Search Canada pageant who were looking to get noticed by top modelling agencies from all over the globe. Models were judged on many different attributes including interview skills, photo shoots, runway and of course their overall look.

Check out some of the photos from behind the scenes from Top Model Search Canada 2015:

Top Model Search Canada Makeup

Above: The models receive a pep talk from their choreographer 

Top Model Search Canada Makeup

Above: Me with some of my models on the final night! (Yes, I did all their makeup!)

Top Model Search Canada Makeup

Above: One of my models on Runway night

Top Model Search Canada Makeup

Above: Model Viktoriya Lyzova on Runway night, makeup by me! 

During the Top Model Search Canada pageant I provided makeup for both the runway and for the photo shoot portion of the competition. Here are a few of the photos I have seen in which I provided the makeup for! Enjoy!

Top Model Search Canada Makeup

Above: Model Jayme – Instagram @Jaymelee_v

Top Model Search Canada Makeup

Above: Model Karli – @karliideson

Top Model Search Canada Makeup

Above: Model Viktoriya Lyzova – Instagram @viktoriyalyzova

Top Model Search Canada is a wonderful opportunity/experience for young models across the country who want to seriously get noticed. One thing that stood out to me amongst this group of girls was their kindness and their desire to succeed. I watched new friendships form that will last a lifetime and got to be a part of an unforgettable experience.

Just a few days after the Top Model Search Canada pageant came to a close I was back doing makeup for the Miss Teenage Canada 2015 pageant. This time, young representatives from all across Canada were in Toronto hoping to be crowned the next Miss Teenage Canada and move on to represent Canada in the Miss Teenage Universe pageant.

When you think of beauty pageants you may assume it’s all about the looks, but after being so closely involved and hearing all the girls’ stories, I would argue that being a contestant in a pageant like Miss Teenage Canada is one of the toughest and most rewarding experiences a young girl can be a part of.

These young women travelled far and wide, the majority of whom travelled alone without any family or friends and showed so much dedication and strength. They were put through rigorous rehearsals and had a full week of a schedule in which practically every second of their time was spoken for.

Check out some of the photos from the Miss Teenage Canada 2015 pageant:

Miss Teenage Canada Makeup

Miss Teenage Canada Makeup

Above: Model Jerica R – Makeup by me!

Miss Teenage Canada 2015 Makeup

Above: The final night of Miss Teenage Canada 2015 with all contestants on stage

Miss Teenage Canada 2015 Makeup

Miss Teenage Canada 2015 Makeup

Above: Model Kaylyn R. – Makeup by me! – Instagram @Kaylynroe

I was very proud to have had the honour to participate in both of these incredible modelling pageants and to meet so many of the amazing young women who were competing. Coming home with second place is something I feel very proud to have accomplished. When I first entered the competition, I thought it would be a great experience and that’s all I was really looking for out of it, was the experience. As the competition got well underway I started to realize that I was one of the most talented artists in the competition and that I may have a chance at doing quite well. The realization alone was rewarding enough for me and although I did not come first, second will do just fine! I still feel like a winner just by having this wonderful opportunity to participate in two fantastic Canadian events.

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1920’s Inspired Makeup

1920’s Inspired Makeup

Although it isn’t my usual style, I can definitely appreciate the style of the time and I had so much fun creating this 1920’s inspired makeup look, I hope you enjoy it!1920's Inspired MakeupThe era of the 1920’s had a makeup style all of it’s own. Big round eyes, thin brows and sharp lips are the defining makeup attributes that were all the rage at the time, think Betty Boop!
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Mobile Makeup Artist Whitby

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Myself and Danielle Renea Photography are constantly coming up with crazy ideas! Stay tuned for more of our collaborations!

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Red, White and SNOW! Outdoor Winter Boudoir

It certainly was a cold day for an outdoor photoshoot but these girls toughed it out like champions!

Armed with bra, panties, boots and a stunning white faux fur cape these two girls tackled the most extreme conditions and were rewarded with some absolutely breathtaking images to cherish.

Take a look at just a few of the stunning images from this cold winter wonderland:Modern Makeup - Innovative Makeup Designs

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(What you don’t know about the above image is that I am actually tucked in behind her and was tossing the bottom of the cape out in order to get that great movement.)

Who’s idea was this anyways?

The only one inventive enough to come up with a plan to take two models out in their underwear and photograph them in -20 weather is Danielle Renea from Danielle Renea Photography. A beautiful change of pace from your typical boudoir photo shoot. Together, we go above and beyond for each and every one of our clients, making sure to deliver photos that exceed their expectations.

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When the chattering of teeth became too much the two models would switch places, one retreating to the nearby heated vehicle.


Anyone who knows me knows that I feel strongly that there is a time and a place for red lips. The ombre red lip above was one of my favourite red lips I’ve done to date. I love the way this look came together and I am very happy with the outcome.

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NYE – Modern Magnifique

Good evening lovers!

We’re back today with a little something special. As you all know, we’re ringing in 2016 tonight, and what better way to do it than with a glamorous Gatsby look to match that classy champagne of yours.

Today’s look really emphasizes that glittery smokey eye, with a little signature modern twist of our own ;).

We started off the face with Revlon’s Photo Ready Primer and Brightener, MAC’s Prolonger Concealer in NW15 and Revlon’s Photo Ready Airbrush Effects Foundation in two shades 003- Shell and 010-Caramel. We used the Shell shade all over the high points in the face and contoured with Caramel. It was all set with ELF’s HD Setting Powder.

We slabbed on some MAC 24hour Extend Eye Base Primer and protected the under eyes with ELF’s HD Under Eye Setting Powder and got started with the eyes.

Jen used MAC’s Fluidline Backtrack Eyeliner and STILA’s black eyeshadow in Reason. She threw in a bit of STILA’s grey eyeshadow in Twilight. In the crease, Jen applied STILA’s eyeshadow in the shade Observation. Below on the brow bone she used MAC’s eyeshadow in the shade Blanc Type. For the smokey eye Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour in Charcoal.

To line the inner corners of my eyes and a bit of the under eyeliner she applied NYX’s NYX Glam Liner in GLA04. Over top of that she put Too Faced Glitter Glaze in the shade Goldie Rocks. All over the top of the lid  she used Too Faced Glitter Glaze in Silver Spark.

On the brows she used ELF’s Brow Kit in Dark.

On the lips went on MAC’s Coral Bliss and MAC’s Lip Glass in Beaute. Jen applied MAC’s Sculpting Powder in a nice warm pink blush on the cheeks and also used some MAC Highlighting Powder in Emphasize and Soft Focus to finish off the look.

And taaa daaa!!

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There you have it beauties! Let us know what you think of the look over on instagram, snapchat and pinterest @modernmakeupcan. Also another huge shoutout to our partner in crime @dreneaphotography. Have a safe and great night guys! See you in 2016 ❤️