Makeup In The City and Avant Soiree take New York City for NYFW

Our client Jordan and her top NYFW looks! Wearing Stephan Carras

Our client Jordan and her top NYFW looks! Wearing Stephan Caras

Make your Mark!! NYFW

Make your Mark!!
NYFW

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

Wearing Stephan Carras

Wearing Stephan Caras

E! Fashion Police, Nylon NYFW Wearing Stephan Carras and Vintage Fur

E! Fashion Police, Nylon
NYFW
Wearing Stephan Caras and Vintage Fur

 NYFW Wearing Stephan Carras and Vintage Fur


NYFW
Wearing Stephan Caras and Vintage Fur

Tresseme NYFW Wearing Stephan Carras and Vintage Fur

Tresseme
NYFW
Wearing Stephan Caras and Vintage Fur

Sephora Goodies Nars Beauty Blender Boscia Caudalie MakeupForever

Sephora Goodies
Nars
Beauty Blender
Boscia
Caudalie
MakeupForever

Makeup In The City and Avant Soiree with the Donald at the Celebrity Apprentice After Party

Makeup In The City and Avant Soiree with the Donald at the Celebrity Apprentice After Party

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Thank you to Kate Reeder, Jordan Landes Brenman and Stephan Caras for making this trip so special!!

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French Girls : Perfectly Beautiful

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The French Girl Beauty Rules: Makeup Artist Violette Shares Her 8 Essential Secrets

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 1:20 PM
by CELIA ELLENBERG

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As the fashion flock settles down in Paris for the last leg of the spring 2015 collections, that age-old question resurfaces once more: What is it about French women? The country’s unofficial motto—to bear the torch for a kind of covetable, casual cool that relies heavily on mussed-up hair and minimal makeup—is on full display this week in front rows and sunny sidewalk cafes alike. “In each country, I think there is an idea of what beauty is,” suggests the Paris-based editorial makeup artist Violette. “But for the French, it’s very particular: What we want is to be ourselves—not a better version of ourselves. We feel like it’s better to be used to something than to try to change it. So we think: What style can I have with this face, and with this hair? That mentality is 100 percent French.” Still, she admits, there are a few local secrets for how to look perfectly imperfect, without ever trying too hard. Here, Violette offers a glimpse into the French girl’s beauty bible with her eight essential rules for a Paris-approved definition of pretty.

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Rule #1: Prep (Don’t Primp)

“French women treat their ‘base’ as best as they can—so we try to have amazing skin, and an amazing body, and amazing hair, so we don’t have to do too much else,” says Violette. Her complexion routine happens to be fairly involved, but we’d expect nothing less from a disciple of the school of Joëlle Ciocco, the legendary Parisian facialist whom Violette calls “a skin god.” After massaging away all of the day’s impurities with La Roche-Posay’s cleansing milk—always with her fingertips to increase circulation—Violette rinses with water and follows with the brand’s calming cream. “Then, in order to make my skin drink, because it needs nurturing, I use these little glass capsules that you break open. One is called ‘granions de manganèse,’ and the other is ‘granions de sélénium.’ I get them from the pharmacy,” she explains. As a final step, Violette slathers on a gel cream called Oxelio Topique, another French-pharmacy staple. “It helps my skin fight aggression, like stress, pollution, and bad food.”

Rule #2: Practice Everything in Moderation
“The way to have good skin is not actually about what you put on your skin,” Violette admits, in spite of her multistep facial routine. “It’s about what you eat. French women try to eat organic as much as possible—and as little sugar as possible. We’re more concerned about sugar, not so much low-fat.”

Rule #3: Only Go to the Gym If You Feel Like It
“A French woman is like a wild horse—she is very rebellious, and she’d rather kill herself than go to the gym!” Violette says with a laugh, before admitting that the workout trend is starting to pick up steam in the City of Light, even though it was nearly nonexistent a decade ago. “We need to take pleasure in everything we do,” she continues, explaining that even newly popular classes, like the barre method, should be fun—the philosophy being: “Never get stuck in a hardcore, rigid habit.”

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Rule #4: Forget About Blowouts
“French women want amazing texture with their hair,” confirms Violette, referencing that coveted lived-in look commonly seen on the likes of Caroline de Maigret, Constance Jablonski, and Aymeline Valade. “We like to shampoo our hair, air dry, then wait a day. When you wash your hair the first day, you don’t know what to do with it. The second day, it looks much better,” she says. (If and when Violette does get a blowout, she is careful to plan her appointment for the day before she actually needs to look good.)

Rule #5: Commit to Regular Cuts
“French women like their hair to be very healthy and shiny, so when they wear it messy, it doesn’t look dry and damaged,” according to Violette. “We’re much more about looking for a good haircut than a good styling product,” she continues, pointing out that most French women like short or shoulder-dusting crops—which, admittedly, puts her own chest-length hair at odds with her countrywomen. “I actually get my hair cut at Eva Scrivo in New York,” she admits. “I find that American hairstylists understand the long-hair culture more than the French!”

Rule #6: Say Yes to a Red Lip
Bardot and Deneuve might be best remembered for the black, feline flicks they scrawled onto their upper lash lines, but French women don’t really use eyeliner, says Violette. “I think we’re more about red lips,” she claims, listing MAC’s cult-classic lipstick in Ruby Woo as one of her all-time favorite bullets. “That’s the identity of a Parisian woman.” It’s how you wear a crimson or scarlet shade that makes it fully French, though, she insists. “Red lipstick is a fashion accessory. So we won’t wear any other makeup with it. Then our hair has to be messy, our skin has to be perfect, and we’ll just wear jeans and heels because the lipstick makes the statement.”

Rule #7: Bring Light (Not Shadow) to the Face
“We never contour,” Violette says of an inherent dislike of brownish shading powders or creams. “For French women, contouring is very scary, because it changes the sculpture of the face. It’s much more about adding highlights,” she explains. “They catch the light on the cheeks, and on the Cupid’s bow of lips so you don’t really need contouring.”

Rule #8: Make Your Smoky Eye a Little Bit Messy
“The other makeup that is really French to me is the smoky eye—but it’s a messy smoky eye with a creamy texture,” contends Violette, who points out that dégradé lids, “sparkly effect” shadows, and perfect lashes are the opposite of chic, as far as French women are concerned. “We’re very lazy! We’ll just use one product, put it all over, and blend it with our finger. Then we’ll [groom] our eyebrows, put on a bit of blush and concealer, and go.” Her personal favorite is Dior’s black eye pencil, which she applies at the roots of her lashes to make them appear darker, before scribbling it across her entire lid, “like a kid would,” and smearing the pigment with a tiny bit of pharmacy-procured calendula lip balm. “Just a little bit so you have dewiness. French women don’t like powder shadows,” she adds firmly. “They’re too complicated.”

Have A Happy Holidays with Makeup In The City!!

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On Set Of my newest Wedding Editorial

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A little behind the scenes… Screen grabs and candid shots on-set of my latest wedding editorial . Shot by Maja Hadjuk, Styled by Kate Corbett, Hair and Makeup: Amybeth Duclos, Prop Styling: Kit Go. http://www.makeupinthecity.ca Stay tuned for final Editorial … Continue reading

Amy Beth’s Beauty Advice for The Kit Toronto

Check out my latest Beauty advice in the column Right Look, Right Age in The Kit .

Here I talk about what fragrances are most popular and the secret to finding the perfect fragrance for you. 🙂

http://www.thekit.ca/right-look-right-age/twenties/fun-and-flirty-fragrances-in-your-20s/

Brides To Be… Come Visit  MITC at the The Wedding Co. Show!!

Brides To Be… Come Visit MITC at the The Wedding Co. Show!!

Another fantastic wedding season awaits. Please kickstart your wedding planning by joining Makeup In The CIty and other amazing Toronto vendors.

VOGUE Italia

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Please check out my new work!!! Hair by me Amy Beth Duclos in Vogue Italia.

Shot in Toronto 😉

To check out the full post and credits on Vogue Italia Site click on this link

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Sharing the Love!

Sharing love , Birthday wishes and XX’s.

Excited to share with all of you some inspiration on keeping healthy and “Clean”.

While Stacy came to visit over her birthday I was inspired to start reading this amazing book called “CLEAN”.  I have just begun reading this life changing book! It not only makes us aware and educates us on what we put in our body but will remove, restore, and rejuvenate your life!!  For all brides to be or just looking for inspiration for a healthy and new you this book is an absolute read !!

Remove, Restore, Rejuvenate. Clean!!!! Lets Love ourselves enough to improve ourselves.

Lets all Love ourselves enough to improve ourselves. Start the love movement!!!

The Sultry Smoke

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The Key to this look is to use a palette with shades of brown. Layer shades starting with a kohl liner along the lash line, Makeup In The City loves using a black kohl pencil. For a more defined lash line like Kim Kardashian, use Smolder eye kohl from MAC. For a more natural line use Teddy Eye Kohl from MAC. Then Apply shimmery shadows from lash line to brow bone from dark brown to bronze to tan. Makeup In The City Loves the Victoria Secret palette from there bronze collection. Blend well and finnish with two coats of mascara and some individual lashes for extra drama.

To take this look from bronze goddess to Old Hollywood glam like Angelina Jolie apply your favourite black liquid liner to your top lash.  Stay close to lashes and start with a thin line close to the corner of the eye. Then make it thicker as you extend it a bit past your eyes to the outer edge.

*** A pro tip to obtain the perfect line is to pull your eye taught from the outer corner while looking down. ***

Step up the drama factor even more by lining your bottom inner rim(waterline or tarsal plate) with a water proof eye pencil. I love MAC Technakohl liners.

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With either of these looks you will be on fire all night!!!

Want that “Sultry” look from a professional…Call Makeup In The City for your very own personal makeup lesson or permanent lash extensions today!!

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