Time for a beautiful bold lip! Here is a little “how-to” video that will show you how to exfoliate, line, brush and perfect your way to gorgeous lips, just in time for the holidays!
Step1: Exfoliate, you can make your own lip exfoliant by mixing half olive oil and brown sugar. Wipe off the dead skin with a tissue
Step2: Moisturize your lips to create a smooth base
Step3: Line your lips with a cherry coloured pencil starting from the cupids bow and working your way outward
Step4: Brush the colour of the lipstick of your choice onto your lips, starting in the center and working your way outward. This gives you the most control.
Step5: Blot your lipstick and repeat step 4.
Step6: Clean around the edges with a cue tip & conceal the edges with a small brush, powder over the top of that.
Step7: Use a coral brush to add colour to the cheeks and make sure the eyebrows are filled in so that the face is framed.
Photographer: Alexis Mckeown www.alexismckeown.com
Model: Marika Cockney
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” -Lewis Carroll
Once the tree is up and decorated that is when I get inspired to start wrapping presents (one of my favourite parts of giving a gift!), I love simplistic wrapping that has an old fashioned feel to it. Twine and twigs, cranberries and garland are some of my favourite bits to add to a gift. Hope this gives you a little gift giving inspiration!!
I thought it would be fun to get a little festive and create a 10 minute up-do that is easy & elegant for any Christmas event or party! You could use any hair piece you like, I picked up some festive flowers that I thought would suit Kassi’s blonde hair the best.
You want to start by adding some texture to the hair, I used bumble and bumble surf spray all through the hair and curled some front sections with a curling rod. I gathered two pieces of hair from the side creating a headband with the hair strands. Working from the center of the head you want to gather the hair and tuck it into the headband you created. You don’t want things to look to perfect, its okay if it looks a bit messy. Pin it all in place and secure it with hairspray!
Heidi and I went out to snap these photos on a crisp clear -20 day in the stunning bow valley. I couldn’t feel my hands or my feet but still managed to get some shots equipped with a set of 10 thumbs and a gorgeous model. It is so easy to forget to look up and realize how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful valley. Most of what inspires me comes from my experiences as a ski racer, being outdoors and surrounded by simple and raw elements. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh snowfall to rediscover your surroundings.
Thanks to my good friend Heidi for taking some time out of her busy training regime (Canadian Olympic hopeful) and letting me snap some pictures of her, she is just as strong and beautiful as the mountains.
Here is a quote I have been thinking of lately:
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12-14 MSG
Check out this little BTS video of the new portrait studio in Canmore! I am so fortunate to get to work with such an amazing photographer and even luckier to be able to play on such a beautiful model like Janelle! Hope you like it and come visit us at the studio!!
Alexis Mckeown Photography: http://alexismckeownphotography.typepad.com/alexis-mckeown-photoblog/
New website for my new baby makeup business:) michaelahowie.com
It’s fall everybody! Time to cozy up with a warm drink… maybe paint your nails red and throw on a warm sweater too! : ) Out here in on the west coast, darkened clouds have been sputtering rain all morning; a prime opportunity to wear my gumboots! Wet leaves break free from their branches and tumble down, glueing themselves to the side walk. I’m feeling a late afternoon pumpkin spice latte to bring in the first day of Fall!
Time for a skin care post! I can’t hold it in any longer… Clinique’s “redness solution” is my new best friend. In order to fully understand why I love it so much, I need to explain my skin. I’ve inherited a pair of rosy cheeks from my mother’s side of the family. We blame it on her great grandfather and a dominant gene that worked its way throughout the next couple of generations. I was one of them it struck hardest. Various parts of my face flair up unexpectedly turning my skin blotchy and fiery red; causing me frustration and making me self-conscious. Slapping on make-up is a necessity. My skin is also very dry and at times, prone to acne. After breaking out worse than I had ever in my life earlier in the summer, I finally bought some “Redness Solutions” to calm and moisturize my skin in an oil-free way. Within days I noticed a huge difference. It’s not as if my whole redness problem is solved, but it certainly is the best skincare technique I’ve found! For those of you who have similar skin issues, “redness solutions” is certainly worth a try!
These early September days are so beautiful it feels like summer is lingering a little while longer before it leaves us for good. I took these photos a couple weeks back they are of my little cousin Jaime, she is a dancer with the most beautiful heart and spirit, it also happens to be her birthday today!