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MISS TEENAGE CANADA 2016

Happy Friday loves!

I’m sure you all are aware that Modern Makeup was a proud sponsor of Miss Teenage Canada 2016, and I’m here to give you a bit of a behind the scenes of all the hard work and perfection that our artists displayed throughout the pageant.

Our team was up bright and early  on the first day to meet up at the Mississauga Holiday Inn Dixon Road on the top floor to do some set up and wait for our contestants to file through. Personally, I have never seen so many makeup palettes, hair extensions and so many bottles of hairspray in one place before. However, the room was filled with so much energy, talent and creativity that regardless of the fact that we had 54 models who needed to get their hair and makeup done before 4 o’clock, we managed to make it happen with only a short pizza break.

Below are some snippets of the days progress.

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These girls ranged form ages 14 to 18 and came from all over their country with their own unique story in their own beautiful way, and competed for the Miss Teenage Canada title. It was mind blowing to see the confidence that was portrayed by each young lady and the way they attempted to build each other up during an intense time like this.

Pageant day took place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the Exhibition. Artists were each allotted a room underneath the stage where they got their girls prepped for their big night. It was another whirlwind of cosmetic craziness, but a rewarding night indeed.

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The winner of the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada Pageant was Samantha

It was a hectic few days but the team managed to pull it off with patience and grace. I know this event would have not been possible without the wonderful artists who were part of #teammodernmakeup and I would like to take a moment to recognize some of our incredible artists!

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Keep up with more events and special gigs pulled off by Modern Makeup on insta at @modernmakeupcan 💋

MAKE THOSE CURLS LAST

Happy Sunday beauties!

We all love throwing our hair into soft and bouncy curls to jazz up our summery look of the day. But let’s be real, the humidity gets the best of it, and by noon it looks deflated and kinky. I’ve done a bit of research over the last few days and put together a few tips and tricks to make those curls last, regardless of the weather.

skip conditioner

Our beloved moisture concealer can actually do more harm than good. Turns out it’s harder to curl slippery hair than it is condoner-less hair. So ladies, keep it out of the process.

mousse it up 

You’ll want to add some texture to your damp hair in order for the curls to get some grip. Work a palm full of volumizing mousse starting from the roots down to your tips to put some hold in your hair. According to Merakilane the Moroccan Oil Volumizing Mousse works wonders.

curl properly

We all know that heat can do more damage to your hair than anything so this is where I suggest you select a worthwhile heat protectant and use it religiously when curling your hair. Investing in a good quality curling iron is key to long lasting curls. Part your hair and ensure that each part cools before moving on to avoid getting flattened by above layers. Lastly, don’t forget to turn up the heat accordingly (higher-thick hair, lower-thin hair).

I threw in one of my personal favourite curling tutorials just in case you guys wanted some reference!

hair spray

This is a given. Once you’ve curled to satisfaction, throw some extra hold with a good hair spray and you’ll be set for your next summer event (not to mention- hairspray is basically hair perfume so curly scented hair? Yes please!). Any hairspray of your favour will do.

Happy Curling lovelies!

Prom Makeup Specials 2016!

It is officially spring and you know what that means!……….. PROM is fast approaching!

This Prom season Modern Makeup is offering incredible prices strictly for Prom Makeup bookings. We understand that Prom can get pretty expensive, so we wanted to give you a break off our regular makeup rates.

Make sure you look perfectly flawless both in person and in all of your photos by hiring Modern Makeup to do your Prom Makeup.

Prom Makeup Prices start at $60 for just one person and go as low as $40 per person!

1 Person – $60.00
2 People – $55.00 each
3 People – $50.00 each
4 People – $45.00 each
5+ People – $40.00 each

**Please see our Contact page for booking inquiries. When contacting, please remember to include the following information:

Prom Date, number of people requiring makeup and your town/city.**

In honour of Prom makeup season, the Modern Makeup team put together a Prom inspired photo shoot just to get you in the mood! I hope you enjoy this bold and fun prom makeup look!

Toronto Prom Makeup

Durham Region Prom Makeup

I wanted to choose a look for this shoot that was original, pretty and still had a touch of that classic Prom “bling” (Hence the touch of gold 😉 but wasn’t your stereotypical glittery eye. I love how bold the blue and the gold turned out.

Whitby Prom Makeup

Prom makeup

Prom Makeup travel areas included are (North to South) Newmarket to Downtown Toronto, (East to West) Bowmaville to highway 400. Anything outside of these areas may have additional travel fees.

A big HUGE “THANK YOU” goes out to Danielle for taking these beautiful images. Another big thank you to our model and blogger Alicia… Whom I coincidently met last year when I did her prom makeup, during which she was showing me her own blog Clever Spice. I went home and read the whole thing and absolutely loved her style and poise. The rest is history in the making! Thank you both for all of your support.

Pickering Prom Makeup

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Toronto’s Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

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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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:

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Toronto Graffiti Alley

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Toronto Graffiti Alley

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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:

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Above: The models receive a pep talk from their choreographer 

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

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Above: One of my models on Runway night

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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!

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Above: Model Jayme – Instagram @Jaymelee_v

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Above: Model Karli – @karliideson

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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:

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Above: Model Jerica R – Makeup by me!

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

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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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