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prom is just around the corner! a very exciting time for those finishing up their high school career and a time where a shopping frenzy for the perfect dress and the right makeup look begins!

i was invited as lead makeup artist at the holt renfrew prom fashion show event at yorkdale mall this past weekend. i was so excited to create four different makeup looks to reflect four different types of outfits: vintage, brights, rocker and ladylike. to keep the look young and fresh for a teen, i decided to modernize some classic looks. here are my tips on doing this:

1. vintage look: to keep the look soft and romantic, try using blush as eyeshadow. use a light pink over the lid and a deeper pink in your crease. to make pink wearable around the eyes, remember to pair it with brown eyeliner and a set of fluffy falsies. 

makeup look created and done by patricia lee 


2. brights: take your regular natural look makeup and add a touch of colour on the outer edge of the crease colour.

makeup look created by patricia lee and done by shima

3. rocker: replace the black eyeshadow for the smoky eye with metallic shades of blue or purple.makeup look created by patricia lee and done by sarah yama

4. ladylike: pick a red lipstick with flecks of gold to keep it youthful and opt for a brown gel liner rather than black for the winged eye.

makeup look created by patricia and done by eva

all those tips will keep the look young which is much more suitable for the age group. most importantly, keep the skin looking dewy. beautiful makeup always begins with beautiful skin. here’s how to achieve the dewy look:
  1. skin care routine: cleanse, hydrate, treat, moisturize. for young skin, i recommend using the shu uemura depsea hydrability line which contains a high concentrate of depsea water – very moisturizing but light.
  2. makeup base: shu uemura uv underbase mousse evens out skin before foundation and gives something for the foundation to adhere to which ensures that makeup lasts all night.
  3. foundation: for a dewy glow, use shu uemura face architect illuminating moisture foundation. for the looks, i didn’t finish off with powder, but if you have combination skin, dust some loose powder on your t-zone.

here are some photos from the event. i had a great time working with my team at shu uemura yorkdale and had the honour of doing makeup for liv judd shopping editor of loulou magazine.

studio910.ca did such an amazing job in creating this cute video for bride lili and groom dave. i had such a great time doing lili’s makeup using the shu uemura sunset gold palette and shu pink lipsticks. the bridesmaids were in royal blue, so using the colour atelier eyeshadows in blue hues, i created soft, smokey blue eyes for them. it was a fun morning!

 

Lili + Dave from Studio 910 on Vimeo.

lovely bride, jieun, came to me requesting to make her eyes appear bigger for her wedding. a common request for monolid eyes. she was such a sweet and cute bride to work with! and it just so happens that she’s a huge shu uemura fan. using some shu uemura matte black eyeshadow and some black painting liner, we were able to achieve the makeup look that she was looking for. she also requested rosy, pink lips with gradations of a deeper pink from the inside of the lips fading out to soft pink to the outer parts of her lips. such an angelic look. i used the shu uemura sunset gold palette (eyeshadows and pink blush) – my go-to bridal palette – to complete the look. for the skin i used shu uemura face architect smoothing foundation in light honey. 

here is a video created by Studio910.ca that captured the beautiful day. what fantastic work they did on creating the video:

i wanted to create a look that would compliment model effie tsorovas’ sunkissed skin and brown eyes. shu uemura lavendar bloom lashes were the perfect accent for her beautiful eyes. to bring out the subtle lavendar in the lashes, i used various shades of purple, pink and silver eyeshadows, all by shu uemura. the reusable, customizable palettes makes it so easy to mix and match shades of your choice to create the perfect look. for her skin, i used shu’s face architect foundation, pro gel concealor under the eyes and around the nose and mouth. lips are a pretty nude-pink in supreme shine lipstick PK SS 306. this is the look captured by talented photographer teddy chau:

watch the creation of this look:

in collaboration with photographer teddy chau and a definite up and coming model effie tsorovas, i created a summer look using shu uemura partial floral feather lashes and the dreamy petal palette. i was truly inspired by shu uemura’s international director kakuyasu uchiide’s artistic style. a fresh floral look fit for the summer sun.

it was down to 5 of us! we were to compete live in toronto during the luminato festival in toronto. jugdes included:

  • Kakuyasu Uchiide; International Director shu uemura
  • Janice Price; CEO Luminato
  • David Teeter, Divisional Vice President Cosmetics, Holt Renfrew
  • Vanessa Craft, Beauty Director, Elle Canada
  • Janna Johnson, Beauty Editor Elle USA
  • Alexander Keller, Vice-President Luxury Division, L’Oréal Canada
  • Jehanne Simon, Marketing Director shu uemura
we had 30 minutes to create a look with makeup and brushes that we had never used before. it was intense, but such a great experience. the highlight of my night was meeting international director kakuyasu uchiide.
to read more in detail about my exciting night, visit: www.markandpatty.com
watch me on city news:

10 of us were left in the competition and our last video challenge was a birds of paradise theme. the look that i created was inspired by the golden back tropical bird using shu uemura’s sunset gold palette – which i love to use for my bridal clients!

as a “wow-factor”, photographer mark darren mui and i came up with the idea of using two models for the photo. i wanted to use janice wu’s younger sister, stephanie wu, and have her nestled into her older sister like two birds in a nest. this was my submission:

to watch the creation of this look. The video was created by talented videographer Teddy Chau.

5 contestants were eliminated after challenge#1; 15 of us moved on to create the tribal jungle look for challenge#2. Using shu uemura’s blue morphorium palette we were to create a look fit for a jungle queen. I was inspired by patterns from creatures of the jungle. This was my submission:

photographer mark darren mui added a royal crown onto our lovely jungle queen, janice wu.

my photo was used on holt renfrew’s website for shu uemura:

watch the creation of this look:

after making it to the top 20 finalists, the competition was on! we all received a box of makeup from which we had to work with and specific guidelines for each challenge. the first challenge was a makeup look inspired by the japanese cherry blossoms using shu uemura’s dreamy petal palette and partial floral lashes. with the help of photographer mark darren mui, this was my submission:

watch the creation of this look:

to read more about the inspiration and creation of this look, visit http://www.markandpatty.com

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