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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Romantic Drama

Drama isn’t always a bad thing, especially when it comes to your wedding day makeup. And, if you’re planning a glamorous, dramatic and oh-so romantic big day, you should look the part from head to toe—starting with your beauty. Enter Kathleen Tinney of A-List Makeup, who created the gorgeous look below. With her tips and product recommendations, you’ll look every bit the glamour goddess you are!

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BASE

It’s always important to begin with a well  cared for base. The skin is one of the best ways to achieve a more youthful and healthy glow, and with that, it allows for a lighter makeup application. Start with an emollient cream and allow time for the moisturizer to sink into the skin. At the same time, apply a lip moisturizer so it has time to sink into the lips for a smooth lipstick application further into the application process. 

FOUNDATION

Lightly distribute a liquid foundation over the skin using a foundation brush to buff and blend it into the skin. Top the foundation off with a light layer of powder to set it. 

EYES & BROWS

The focal point of this look was the beautiful berry lips and pink cheeks, so keep the keep the eye makeup very neutral. Begin with an eyeshadow primer to ensure then makeup will last. Then, define the eyebrows, the pillars for the face. One of the most natural ways to fill in the eyebrows is with an eyeshadow powder. With a thin angled brush, begin at the tail end of the eyebrow, and work your way towards the center, while keeping a subtle gradient of color—darker on the tail and lightest in the center. It’s easy to get carried away when filling in eyebrows, but for the most natural look, take it slow, and remember to use a gradient from dark to light. For the most natural look, if you have darker hair always go a shade lighter, and if you have lighter hair, go a shade darker. After defining the eyebrows, sweep a natural mid-tone brown over the whole lid and then used a waterproof gel liner to line the eyes, adding a wing at the end to lift and define the eyes. Next, take a light champagne tone shimmer eyeshadow and place it very lightly on the inner corner of the eyes to brighten and open them. Top of the look  with mascara, or for extra drama, apply a natural-looking, wispy set of falsies

LIPS

When doing a bold lip, apply the lipstick before the blush, so you can determine the amount of blush needed in order to add color back into the face, but to not compete with the bold lip. After all, we want to look youthful and romantic and not too over done! Use a lip pencil to line and fill in the entire lip.  Then, apply lipstick to the entire lip, using a tissue to blot any of the access moisture in the lip, and then reapply one more time. 

CHEEKS

Dab a fluffy brush into a berry toned blush and gently apply on cheeks in an outward motion. It’s always better to start very soft and continue adding until perfected. To create a cohesive lip and cheek, use similar shades for both applications. 

HIGHLIGHT

A very step, and one that really pulls everything together and adds that youthful glow, is to highlight! With a fan brush, ever-so-gently sweep it across the high point of the face: cheekbones, nose and cupids bow. The best tip in applying a highlighter is to remember that less is always more!

Romantic Drama Product Recommendations
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Makeup Tips: Kathleen Tinney of A-List Makeup | Photography: Retrospect Images

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A total body workout for your little white dress

Up next from the Tone it Up girls is the ultimate total body workout for that little white rehearsal dinner dress! Nothing beats feeling good the day before you walk down the aisle and this workout is sure to give your whole body a good ol’ kick in the bridal butt. Once you’ve completed this intense workout, check out the Tone It Up girls’ arm workout and abs workout for even more #ShedtoWed fun.

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10 Cozy Touches to Warm Up a Winter Wedding

Canada is famous for its friendly people, killer hockey and bone-chilling cold. But don’t let the weather stop you from having a winter wedding, because trust us, Canadian winter weddings can be truly magical. Sprinkle in a few of these cozy, warm touches, and your wedding will be the perfect winter wonderland. Which is your favorite?

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Red + White Bouquets Perfect For Canada Day

Whether you’re planning a Canada Day wedding next year, or simply love the look of the l’Unifolié, a red and white bouquet is a wonderful option with which to honor your Canadian heritage, national pride, or simply add a touch of patriotism to non-holiday nuptials. Click through to see 15 of our faves!

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Modern Black & White Inspiration Shoot

If you are looking for some black and white inspiration for you big day, look no further! This modern inspiration shoot blends a few of my favorite things: anemones, bow ties, and caviar from Délices Nicolina Servello Food (all black and white, of course). Lisa Renault Photographie captures this touching shoot full of gorgeous details and much more here!


From imaginejoy calligraphie… This modern styled shoot (or “créatif” as we call it in Montréal) was conceptualized by Joy Deneen of imaginejoy calligraphie and captured through the lens of Lisa Renault Photographie. With a team of creative wedding vendors, we worked within a black and white colour palette, drawing loose inspiration from the paintings of Jackson Pollock. Splashes, splatters and drops of paint make bold statements in the invitation suite, table settings and a variety of decorative elements.

The shoot took place in the sunny studio of food stylist and caterer Nicolina Servello. Her space boasts a full kitchen, inspiring prop rooms and absolutely beautiful light. Her atelier also sits above Westwood Salon, and owner Ingrid Bauer provided hair, makeup and grooming for our models.

A longtime couple in real life, Dominique and Marc played the parts of our dashing grooms. Along with their classic black bow ties and suspenders, they each wore a different boutonnière, created by O.xide Design. Black and white anemones also made an appearance on the gorgeous five tier cake by Luisa Galuppo Cakes, highlighting Luisa’s stunning sugar flower work and a hand painted quote by imaginejoy calligraphie.

In addition to the cake, hand lettered details abounded, from sleek mirrored chargers doubling as place cards to a painterly invitation suite and bar detailing. Joy also painted E.E. Cummings’ poem “[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]” on one studio wall. The mural served as a dynamic backdrop for the couple’s portraits.

The shoot also featured a decadent culinary spread which included a variety of black liquorice candies, an Italian amaro bar, squid ink pasta, terrines of panna cotta and caviar and a seafood platter for a pop of colour.

All of these details were captured beautifully by Lisa Renault, who has an impeccable eye and gift for natural light photography. We were also incredibly fortunate to be joined by Michael Abril and Jérôme Lafone, who shot a fantastic behind the scenes video (edited by Benoit Fry) of the team at work.

Photography: Lisa Renault Photographie | Floral Design: O.xide Design | Cake: Luisa Galuppo Cakes, in collaboration with imaginejoy calligraphie | Hair & Makeup: Ingrid Bauer Of Westwood Salon | Concept & Coordination: Joy Deneen | Food Styling & Props: Délices Nicolina Servello Food | Invitations, Calligraphy & Artwork: imaginejoy calligraphie | Studio: Délices Nicolina Servello Food | Video Production: Jérôme Lafon, Benoit Fry & Michael Abril