I think you guys are all going to love Sarah’s next transformation. I first thought of the idea to turn Sarah into a man at our last photo shoot. The whole crew, including Sarah was up for it. For those of you following the “Transforming Sarah” Series, you would agree that there is nothing masculine about her features, but like all the other looks– after hair, makeup, costumes and an amazing photographer, we pulled it off. Just in case you haven’t been following or can’t remember what our muse looks like before here is a photo.
As always Jonathan Cruz, our photographer, took step by step photos of the process for your amusement. In this case there was no need for an even complexion, so I skipped my usual first step of prepping the skin and preparing a clear canvas. The first step for this transformation was fitting Sarah for her beard.
Once I had the beard properly fitted on Sarah, I could secure it down with a special adhesive and I cut the beard down to an appropriate length and shape for her face.
It wasn’t too long into the transformation before Sarah was shocked to see how different she was starting to look. After her eyebrows were drawn in to give her a more masculine look, she gasped and said, “I look like my brother.” Jonathan quickly took a picture of her reaction.
Soon after, Trish Ay, our guest hairstylist started slicking back Sarah’s beautiful long blonde hair and pinned it back so it wouldn’t be noticable. Since light colored beards usually don’t grow in just one color, I decided to make the beard look more natural by coloring in parts of the hair. Sarah was really starting to look like a man, but I felt her skin still looked too youthful and beautiful. So in order to age her and give her rougher look, I added some age spots and wrinkles, then darken around her eyes to make them look sunken in and less feminine.
Meanwhile our very talented costume stylist, Sara Rakhshandeh was busy picking out the perfect costumes for our model. Unfortunately our model’s body just wasn’t masculine enough, so Sara Rakhshandeh realized that the one thing this man was missing was broad shoulders. This was no problem as our costume stylist improvised by stuffing some socks for padding under her shirt. Once the Sarah changed into her costume and a few accessories were added– the difference was shocking. Ms. Smyth had turned into to Mr. Smyth.
Here our a few photos including the before and after of the this incredibly fun shoot.
Sarah as "Steve"
We recently added a new addition to our crew, Dan Ax has been filming the process for us and has put together a video that I think will make you chuckle. Take a look at this
Remember if you have any suggestions for our Transforming Sarah Series please leave your comments. We are up for any challenge. We hope you enjoyed following along with this shoot as much as we enjoyed doing it. Stay tuned for Sarah’s next transformation were we turn her into a pin up model.
So I am sure you all remember Sarah Smyth from our “Transforming Sarah” series, where we take a classic beauty and transform her into several different looks. In case you don’t remember what our sweet, innocent girl-next-door looks like, here is a picture to remind you all.
Sarah came up with the idea of doing a “bad girl” or “rockstar” theme shoot during our previous 1920’s shoot. She said “Nobody ever sees me as a bad girl. I wanna show some edge.” So Jonathan Cruz, our talented photographer along with our all-star team– hair designer Trish Ay, wardrobe specialist Sara Rakhshandeh, and yours truly as makeup artist…. All of us got together to turn our sweet innocent Sarah into a rockstar. Jonathan took a few photos of the process for your enjoyment.
First our celebrity costume stylist Sara picked out the costumes for Sarah. Then, came hair and makeup. I always start by prepping the skin, so that I have a clear canvas to work with. I prefer using a foundation brush to apply the base because sponges tend to soak up the makeup and are not very enviromentally friendly. In this case I used Bed Head #2 fat-free (cream base) and Estee Lauder #2 concealer under the eyes.
We had a time crunch, so as usual we double-teamed on the hair and makeup. Sarah just sat back and watched herself transform. Trish put black and purple extensions in Sarah’s hair to give her some length and some edge. I chose to do a dark black heavy smokey eye on Sarah give her that dramatic cat-eye effect. After about one hour of makeup, back-combing, teasing, hair extensions and lashes….Voila… Sarah looked like a whole new girl.
For Sarah’s smokey eye I used Elizabeth Arden “Smoke” on Sarah’s eyelids and Mac “Carbon” around the entire frame of her eyes. I lined the rim of her eyes with Lancome “black coal” liner and applied false lashes. To counterbalance Sarah’s dramatic eyes I chose to give her a pale lip with Revlon “Nude” lipstick and a clear gloss to finish the look.
Lets take a look at Sarah’s after shots.
Not so innocent looking now, is she?
Towards the end of our shoot we decided that Sarah was looking too flawless to be a real rockstar so we had her start to cry, we messed up her hair and makeup and put her in her final costume for the day. She was a real trooper…it was a cold day out and she didn’t complain once. I think she was so into her character that she didn’t even notice how cold it was. All in all, it was an incredibly fun day we all had together, and it was a thrill for me to work alongside such talented and gifted artists.
We hope you guys enjoyed following along as much as we enjoyed doing it. Remember our team is up for any challenge, so if there is a look you want to see Sarah transformed into please leave your comments.
If you guys are anything like me then you may be very curious about what the Botox process entails. I know that some of you may have a lot of questions or concerns but do not have to time to go talk to your doctor about them. Dr. Kara Partovi of West Richmond Dental who happens to also offer botox in her office in Richmond B.C is willing to answer all our botox questions. She has had specialized training for the past few years on Botox, and I have written a list of questions for Dr. Partovi, but I also wanted to give you guys the opportunity to ask your own questions too. All you have to do is click “comments” to ask your questions. If you would like to remain anonymous then just put and alias or type anonymous as a name.
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Tobin Smith, a well known photographer in Vancouver, decided for mothers day he would get his wife Sarah, the “Yummy Mummy Makeover”. Sarah is naturally beautiful already so it was an easy job for me, but here is what we did: First Sarah started with a full set of eyelash extensions. Since Sarah has a simple style, we choose a natural look for her lashes. Check this out!
Everyone wonders how the process is actually done, so we thought we would take a few photos to show you what goes on during the eyelash extension application:
While lying on a massage table your eyes are protected by Co Q10 treatment patches.
Next, your natural lashes are curled to match your new extensions
Each lash is singled out and an extension is applied directly on top of your natural lash
Lets take a look at Sarah before and After the eyelash extensions.
Sarah absolutely loved her new lashes! You can see what a difference they make, but Sarah’s special day didn’t end there. Next Sarah got to have her makeup done so her Photographer husband could capture the transformation with some photos. Like always we thought we would show you step by step photos of her makeover.
We always start by prepping the skin. In this case I used Armani foundation on Sarah to add an all over glow.
A light application of Mac "Prism" blush to the cheekbones
I used "Bed Head gold shimmer" eyeshadow on Sarah's eyelid to enhance her blue eyes.
A touch of Bobby brown liner to frame her eyes. Guess what no mascara! (Eyelash Extensions virtually eliminate the need for any mascara)
For the final step I used Mac "Spice" lip liner and "Varnish" lip gloss to add to Sarah's all over glow
The trick with Sarah’s makeover was to keep her looking as natural as possible. That is done by using neutral colors, instead of bold colors. The all-over-glow gave Sarah that clean look that tied everything together. Lets take a look at Sarah before her “Yummy Mummy Makeover” and after.
I have recently had the pleasure of working with a very well known Vancouver Photographer by the name Jonathan Cruz. I first met Jonathan over 9 years ago, when I had just finished makeup school. Jonathan and I shared a hobby, salsa dancing. At the time, mutual friends told me how well-respected Jonathan was as a photographer in Vancouver. I was intrigued, so I looked into some of his work and fell in love with his style right away. I thought “I am gonna work with this guy someday and make something amazing!” Fast forward 9 years and I am doing just that. Jonathan recently came to me with the idea of taking one female subject, and as a team, working to transform her into several looks over a series of photo shoots. You always hear how much difference photography,costume, hair and makeup can make, so we thought we would show you how fun and incredible the process can be. We choose Sarah, a classic beauty. We decided for our first shoot with Sarah we would go back to the 1920’s. The first step in transformation is picking out a few costumes for Sara, which were donated by celebrity costume stylist Sara Rakhshandeh. Once the costumes, accessories and shoes were all carefully chosen, we started the next step in the transformation–Hair and makeup. First, we started by prepping the skin and hair.
Jonathan and I had a very clear vision of how we thought this 1920’s girl should look. What could be more 1920’s than the classic finger wave hair style? Trish Ay was the hair stylist and she had a big job ahead of her, since the finger wave may be one of the hardest hairstyles to achieve. All the while, Jonathan was snapping pictures for all of you to be able to see and enjoy the step by step process as we enjoyed every moment of it. Here is a great photo of the beginning stage of the finger wave.
We originally decided to use Sarah as our muse because of her simple and classic beauty, but realized how much easier it is to work with someone who is so professional. We had a time crunch and had to get things moving, so Trish and I double teamed hair and makeup to get things moving. Sarah was a trooper and just sat back as an observer, just quietly watching herself being transformed. Jonathan was still busy taking pictures for our readers to be able to follow.
After an hour or so in the hair and makeup chair Sarah had been transformed and was taken back to the 20’s. She could barely recognize herself. What happened to that sweet innocent girl next door? Now it was time for a few test shots by Jonathan, but Sarah was a bit nervous on how to pose since she is an actress and not a professional model. We had to bring in an expert on this kind of thing, so to show Sarah how to pose we brought a visitor. It was Sofia, Jonathan’s adorable little girl and Sofia showed Sarah how it’s done. Take a look at this.
So there you have it, our first of the series in transforming Sarah. Stay tuned for the photos from this shoot. I think you will all be amazed. Sarah shocked us all with her comfort and natural talent for modeling. Jonathan had amazing, creative ideas for photos and locations. We hope you all enjoy this series and please keep us posted with your comments. We want to include you in our process, if there is a look you would like to see Sara transformed into, just click “comments” to leave your ideas, we are up for any challenge!
I actually had a few phone calls and emails from you guys, asking me what #7 is. I love that everyone is enjoying this list so much. I didn’t want to make you wait any longer, so here it is, Vancouver makeup artist’s #7 favorite product.
Have you ever wondered why when you are watching T.V. why all the girls skin looks so flawless? It’s not just the skin on their face, but their arms, legs and even their backs have such a beautiful glow. Well, that is because we put that glow there! Whenever an actress has a part of her skin exposed, we use body makeup or lotions on it. There are a lot of different lotions and body makeups to choose from, but “Scott Barnes Body Bling” is my all time favorite. It is different from the lotions with some shimmer in them, because it is also a body makeup. For those of you who don’t know who Scott Barnes is, he is most popularly know for being JLo’s makeup artist and is originally responsible for giving her the “glow”.
Body Bling works to help even out your bodies skin tone, while giving it a little shimmer. If you are trying to achieve a smooth, glow to the skin on your body, Body Bling is the way to go. Body Bling has a bronze tint and a luminescent shimmer to give your skin a sexy highlight. I find that it goes on evenly without heavy streaking and can be washed off easily if you apply too much.
Unfortunately we have to remember is it makeup and it can rub off on your clothes if you are not careful. Even though it looks best against white or other light colored clothes, I wouldn’t recommend wearing them together, unless you are okay with a little staining. When wearing it outside during the day, you have to remember that the simmer acts like a magnifying glass just like lipgloss does, so you must wear sunscreen underneath it. In fact I never use it on actors and clients if they will be outside in the daytime. I recommend you limit wearing it to your fabulous evenings out.
For some strange reason the body bling was discontinued for a short time, but is making a relaunch soon. For those of you were are interested in getting your hands on this body bling, it can be found on ebay. I will also let you know as soon as it is relauched.
Hope you found this useful. If you have any questions or comments on this or any other product, feel free to click “comments” above.
Earlier today my husband and I were talking about the difference in my before and after photos for the eyelash extensions. He asked me a great question. He said, “why are eyelashes so important? Why do they make such a big difference?”
At first I thought he was crazy for asking, what I thought was such an obvious question. He was so surprised by the answer. Then it hit me, most people do not realize how big of difference just your eyelash and you eyebrows make to your face.
The truth is, the your eyes are the most noticeable feature to your face. Many times your eyes will be the first thing someone notices about you. Your eyelashes are the frame of your eyes. I mean you could have the most beautiful picture but without the perfect frame often the picture will go unnoticed. That is why eyelashes make such a difference to you face.
There are many ways to dress up your eyelashes. Of course there is the traditional applying mascara, or wearing a bit of eyeliner, but now you can tint your lashes, curl your lashes and of course have temporary, or semi-permanent extensions. With all these options, how do you decide which is for you? Lets compare your options.
If you have long brown or lighter colored lashes
If your lashes are already long enough, but you wish they were darker to help frame your eyes, you have two options. If you don’t really like wearing mascara, then perhaps you should try tinting your lashes. Of course this should always be done by a professional!
Your other option which is more of a daily maintenance is simply wearing mascara. I always recommend before applying mascara you curl your lashes with a good quality eyelash curler (shuemura). Mascara can tend to weigh down your lashes sometimes causing the eyes to look a little droopy. Curling them before hand will open up the eyes. I also recommend non-waterproof mascara because it doesn’t take so much tugging at you eyes and lashes to remove it.
If you have short lashes
If you feel your eyelashes are too short for you, in this case I would suggest some sort of an extension. If daily maintenance doesn’t bother you then after curling your lashes and applying mascara then you can add a few individual clusters to the corner of your lashes. This gives you some length without the false look you can get from strip lashes. If you feel like this is too much work for you and you wanted something that requires no makeup and much less maintenance, then I would definitely recommend to semi-permanent extensions. You can learn a bit more about them on my eyelash extension page.
If you have any questions about what would work best for you, then please leave your comments, and I will help you find the perfect routine for you.
I can’t believe how many people are asking me to cheat and tell them what the next product will be on this list. I can’t ruin the surprise for you, now can I? My #8 favorite product is something I use on myself almost everyday. Working as a makeup artist in the Vancouver T.V and film industry, continuity becomes important, so for nails that always look fabulous, we use O.P.I Nail Envy. Not only do I use it on my actors, but I personally use this product almost everyday. For those of you who have never heard of this Nail Envy I will tell you a little about it.
Nail Envy is a clear coat that you apply directly to your natural nail. You would apply two coats the first day and one coat everyday after that for one week. After one week you take it all off and start the process over. It supposed to work to protect your nails while keeping them strong, and does it ever.
I have always known about Nail Envy and have used it for clients and celebs for years now, but having acrylic nails myself, I never had the chance to use it. About 4 months ago I decided to take a break from having my nails done and did my natural nail felt so painful. They had been ground down so much under the acrylics that it hurt me to run my hands under water. I thought “I am gonna have to put the nails back on pronto. Until I get a chance to go back I will try some of my Nail Envy from my makeup kit.” It was amazing! I always knew it was a great product, but didn’t realized how strong it was. I decided that I wouldn’t go back to the acrylics anymore.
So what is the down side to O.P.I Nail Envy? The one thing that frustrates me is the fact that it has to be applied one coat daily. That can be very time consuming when you have a few busy days. I mean its not just the 5 minutes it takes to apply it that I am concerned about, but rather the drying time. Granted it does seem to dry quicker than most strengthening polish’s and works a lot better too. How many of you have 30 minutes each and everyday to do your nails? I know I don’t, so I tend to not use it exactly as directed. Not using it as directed does not give you the same results, but I find it works well enough for me.
Nail Envy runs for about $25 CAD and can be found at most drugstore. This product comes in a variety of options, for soft and thin nails, extra shine, and so on. My favorite of the Nail Envy’s is the original, I just find it works the best.
How many of you are wondering how to get rid of those bags under your eyes? Most eye creams advertise that they are wrinkle preventers, but what about those sacs that you get under your eyes after a night of no sleep? Guess what? Like everything else, there is a solution. Working as a makeup artist in the film industry in Vancouver, you pick up little tricks along the way. There is a miracle eye cream for your bags under your eyes, but it isn’t actually an eye cream at all. Interested?
This little trick that makeup artists use for actors who’ve been up partying all night is Preparation H! You might be asking “isn’t that for hemorrhoids”? It sure is! This bum cream works wonders for your eyes. Now I don’t think it is necessary for you to put it on everyday like you would with your regular eye cream. Instead, just on mornings when you are feeling a little puffy. In fact, if you feel the need to wear it everyday, then your bags may be hereditary and in that case the cream would not work for you. Preparation H is usually used under the eyes in cases where the actor or client is puffy from lack of sleep, intense crying the night before, or when he or she has a cold.
Something to keep in mind… If you do decide to add this cream to your makeup kit, then I would also buy a little clear bottle to put the cream in, unless you don’t mind getting caught with Preparation H in your bathroom.
If you have anymore questions about this or any other posts please feel free to leave your comments, as I always look forward to hearing your feedback.