Thursday, December 16, 2010
Shooting kids can be a daunting task, but not with Maxine Helfman behind the lens. Her calm vibe lends itself to a free flow day with dreamy images.
Styling: Mimi Le
Prop Styling: Jocelyn Meintser
Hair/Makeup: Michael Thomas
Monday, November 15, 2010
See the full gallery on posterous
While it beats flippin' burgers, there are times when it's hard to be a freelancer and artist. You just can't call in sick (even when you really are) and you have to be creative at the drop of a hat, usually based on someone else's ideas.
When I shot Transformative Beauty I was not at my best. I was feeling drained and my 'mojo' was at an all time low. Thankfully, Koby, Katrina and Ryan picked up the slack and my recent story for Filler Magazine turned out great.
Thanks to this great team for makin' me look so good!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Marc Sifuentes styled actor Paul Wesley for the cover story in this months Daman Magazine. Paul has had a number of roles on shows such as 24, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, Army Wives, Cane, Everwood, Guiding Light, Smallville, The O.C. and Wolf Lake. Wesley is currently starring as Stefan Salvatore, the lead role in The Vampire Diaries which premiered September 2009 on the CW Television Network.
Marc also worked with Paul along with his Vampire costar Nina Dobrev for Nylon Magazine. Watch footage from that shoot below!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Code Red, written by Joan Harting, is a fascinating story about platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) which harvests platelets for your own blood and uses them as a derma filler.
Too ghoulish for ya? Well maybe, but it sounds like an excellent alternative to the synthetic options. Sign me up! ;)
Monday, October 18, 2010
Our team, including one of my fav photographers John van der Schilden (a name you'll see pop up quite often in this blog), trekked up to a farm north of Toronto to capture these beautiful images reminiscent of Scotland. Adding to the feel are Fashion Editor Judy MacDonald's picks for what's hot in plaid for Fall 2010.
Believe it or not, all that hair is Jacqueline's and though it took me about an hour to define the curls before combing them out into that lions mane, I didn't need to use a single extension. Gotta love that!
Photo Assistant/Digital Tech, Neil Burstyn
Monday, October 4, 2010
On Saturday afternoon, I received a last minute request to work with Loreena McKennitt on the following day. Of course I said yes and Sunday morning, I had the pleasure of spending a good part of the day with Loreena as she was interviewed about her new album 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley'.
I'm lucky to have worked with Loreena on and off for the past 8 years and though I wish it were more often, Loreena is as down to earth as they come and does not tour with a personal makeup artist. That said, she does understand the importance of makeup for videos and interviews and when she does need an artist, she has called on me.
In 2002 I traveled with her to Winnipeg for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth ll, in 2006 to Granada, Spain to work on her live performance video 'Nights from the Alhambra', in 2007 on part of her 'An Ancient Muse Tour' to film the documentary, 'A Movable Musical Feast' and in 2010 to Vancouver for the XXI Winter Olympics opening ceremonies.
While the above mentioned interviews are not glamorous as far as makeup goes, working with Loreena is most rewarding in other ways. During these tapings, I've come to understand just why this incredible artist, who is far more appreciated in other countries than our own, is a hero to artists around the world. Loreena is self-managed, self-produced, and the head of her own internationally successful record label, Quinlan Road. I'm inspired every time I work with her...she is truly a Canadian treasure.
If you've never heard Loreena sing, you're in for a treat. Listening to her is like taking a magical and mystical adventure to exotic lands. Below is her performance of 'The Mummer's Dance' from the 'Nights from the Alhambra' video. Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Say so long to easy breezy summer beauty and bring in fall with gorgeous makeup looks - dramatic eye makeup and bold lips - you are sure to love.
By Karen Kwan
Photography - ImaxTree.com
Mesmerizing metallic eye makeup
“This fall there seems to be a return to matte faces and metallics on the eyes,” says Toronto-based makeup artist Diana Carreiro. “The smoky eye is less of a standard black smokey eye, but with colours like greens and blues.” We fell in love with the glamourous look on the Diane von Furstenberg runway, and chatted with Diana on how to recreate this look.
How to do these eyes: “It’s important to keep the look modern, so stick to two, maybe three, colours and blend them super well,” she says. Take a deep blue and apply it to the inner corners and one-third of the way on the bottom and top lids. Fill in the rest with an army green shadow. “Apply it most intensely on the lid and fake it up to to the brow,” says Diana. Using the same green shadow, apply a bit to the lower lash line. Diana’s shadow palette favourite for this look: Quo Minerals Matter Eye Duo in Blue Lagoon. To make it a daytime look? “Just don’t carry the colour up to the brow,” says Diana.
Complete the look with Quo 10th Anniversary pencil in Silver Bullet along the water line, and a sweep of mascara. Some matte peachy blush (“Benefit Georgia Peach blush is great”) applied in a light veil to the cheekbones (on the cheekbones make it more sophisticated for this look, says Diana), and an orangey nude shade on the lips such as Anna Sui Lip Rouge Glossy #700 completes the look.
Ethereal eyes that sparkle
“This look from the Jason Wu runway is probably to the extreme of being simple,” says Diana. “You’ve got metallic on the eyes, almost nothing on the cheeks or eyes, and a nude mouth.”
How to do these eyes: Use a shimmer in one colour from the lid to the brow. A word of warning, though: “This much metallic on the eyes is very unforgiving; it provides no camouflage—it you have any redness, acne or fine lines, they will be highlighted,” says Diana. Using your finger, sponge brush or Q-tip (anything more solid—you don’t want to be using a fluffy brush) apply a metallic pigment such as Gosh Effect Powder in Steel or Gold Glamour from the lid to the brow. “Silvers will work on fair skin and deeper skin tones, gold will work better.”
Finish your face with a matte, very pale pink blush (Diana suggests Lise Watier Rose Cachemire blush for fair skin, and go darker if your skin is darker—“but you just want a blush that has a hint of colour) and on the lips you want “something that is your lips, just better,” says Diana. Her pick to achieve this lip: Smashbox Photofinish in Flawless, a sheer pinky beige.
This very barely there look is great on the runway but might be too bare for most of us, so to make it more wearable for real life, Diana suggests using the metallic shadow only on the eyelids, adding a bit of cream eye liner (she swears by Quo liner in Pewter) and sweeping on some mascara.
Ravishing red lips
“Every fall there is some version of the red lip. Here on the Vena Cava runway, the face is kept matte and the eyes and cheeks are in the same neutral colour and the brows are important,” says Diana.
How to do these lips: Diana tends to steer clear of lining with a pencil when doing a red lip. “It starts to look very drawn on and you want it to be more natural looking and organic,” she says. To get it a slightly less structured looking lip, she suggests using a lip brush to line the lips with the lip colour. A shade close to the one from the Vena Cava show is Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red, but you’ll want to hunt for the right shade for your skin tone and lips, says Diana. To find the right red for you, she suggests drawing several stripes of the lip colour options on your inner wrist, and picking the one that looks best to you in natural light. If you’ve got thin lips, Diana recommends using a gloss instead, as “anything too dark or too matte will just end up looking like an angry red slash.” A gloss, however, will give the illusion of fullness.
Do the rest of your face by focusing on your brows (Quo Must Have Brows palette is a must), eyes (the ideal shadow for this is actually a blush Diana recently discovered and has fallen in love with: an orangey saddle brown shade, Bourjois Paris Blush No. 03 Brun Cuivre) and cheeks (a tawny bronzer such as Pur Minerals Mineral Glow will work best).
To view the article go to ElleCanada.com
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
These have got to be my favourite shots so far by Gabor Jurina from the Attitude 'film noir' series I worked on for Sears. Yup, Sears. If you've not already clued in, Sears Canada is kickin' it up a notch with this amazing new line.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I'm a little late in posting as the special edition line is almost run it's course, but here is my latest work with Quo Cosmetics for their 10th anniversay Couture Collection.
I've been working with Quo since I helped launch the line across Canada 10 years ago and I'm mighty proud to still be working with such a great Canadian, cruelty free line.
Those that know me know I L.O.V.E. their brushes and from this collection, you really should check out the Face Palette in Rosey Outlook and their Perfect Polish in Bliss, a stunning shimmery teal.
Beautiful Breanna of Elmer Olsen Models was photographed by one of my favourite photographers, John van der Shilden who also shot Tribal Invasion and Divas Sport. Photo assistant, digi tech and all around amazing man on our shoot was Paolo Cristante.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Here is the stunning result of our 'Film Noir' shoot with the lovely Tamara shot by Gabor Jurina
for Attitude's Fall 2010 Collection.
If I hadn't fallen for this old trick about a thousand times before, I would be heading straight to Sears for a little retail therapy. I mean look at her... she looks stunning in that dress! But I know better. I've spent hundreds of dollars purchasing items I've seen models wear on set and no matter who makes 'em, they never look the same on me. Why is that? Wait.. don't answer!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Here is my latest advert for the Sears' Jessica line. Not the Sears of old is it? That's because Sears have teamed up with Fashion Magazine and fashion photographer Chris Nicholls to produce these modern advetorials. Smart no?
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
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