Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Roaring 20's

We're at war!!

Just finished 2 looks from the 1920's. We re-created the "It" look, most commonly warn by Clara Bow. Miss Bow was the "It-Girl" in the 20's starring in many silent films as a flapper girl, and became the sex symbol of the time. During the roaring 20's, because of the war, the women wore their eye makeup and their eyebrows downcasted to look sad. They also wore "bee-stung" lips for the cute little pouty effect. First, we did the 1920's Film look, which you work with the person's natural eyebrows and lips because on film you can see every little detail so nothing can be too fake. But for our 2nd look, 1920's Theatre, we blocked out the person's eyebrows (using spirit gum, wax & lots of concealer) and drew in completely new ones. Also, the lips were concealed to look smaller because with theatre, the actresses are further away from the audience so you wouldn't notice how caked on their make-up really was.

Have a look! It was the most challenging make-up I've done so far.

 1920's Film

1920's Theatre

x0x Celina

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sew What?

You may have heard (if you have ears) that Harry Potter 7 part 1 flew into theatres and is winning the hearts of all it's viewers. I was there opening night, the first showing Friday Nov 19 @ 12:01AM in the Imax Theatre, with my boyfriend at my side. We spooked some audience members as we walked in wearing black cloaks and home made Death Eater masks. (some little Weasley look alike pointed his wand at me and yelled Avada-Kadavra... not cool) The movie itself was AMAZING. These little brits are becoming great actors (finally) and it was NOT a kids movie anymore. I was actually scared at some of it, and He Who Must Not Be Named is so evil in this movie/book. So thrilling. I am so excited for part 2 to come out in the summer. Not sure what my costume will be for the final film yet.

In other, less nerdy news, I also made this Hello Kitty doll out of a 
"Make Your Own Hello Kitty Doll" package. Wait, that's not less nerdy at all.

Ho Hum, that's my life I guess. Always crafty.

xox Celina

Monday, November 22, 2010

Avant-Garde 2

Another cold day gone by. When I was walking to school this morning in my knee high leather moccasin boots (Nine West - no big deal. I may not be able to wear heels in this weather, but it doesn't mean I can't bust out a brand name on my foot) a homeless man with missing teeth yelled out at me, "Hey! Nice Booooots!"... So I was bound to have a great day when it started like that. He must have been my good luck charm because I just so happened to have an awesome day in class and managed to create something beautiful and unique on Marjorie's cute little face. The colour scheme is Analogous, so I used Red, Red-Violet, and Violet. My loving and dashing boyfriend bought me flowers for getting high scores on my term 1 marks, so I decided to incorporate some rose petals into my work. Have a look-see for yourself. 
I love love love the lips.

xox Celina

Saturday, November 20, 2010


As I am sitting here bundled up in a big warm blanket wearing a scarf in my own house, I can't help but hate that it's officially winter. The first snow fall happened last night, and all over facebook are pictures of people's backyards covered in white, and their status' are filled with exclaimation marks about how joyful this season is. I have two words for you snow lovers "suck it". I'm freezing!! My car is like a little ice cube, I can't wear heels on the icy sidewalks; not to mention, my hair has a hard enough time holding a curl, I don't need wet snowflakes falling on it and bringing it down with me. The positives of winter are the following: warm caffeinated drinks, sweet treats, and wearing fur. 

This being my winter attitude, I wanted to think of warmer happier times. Thus, my creation on beautiful Melania's face. Avant-Garde make-up is a fashion runway look, with 25% of it being decoration. Take a close look at the lips, they were a last minute choice but turned out awesome. I put a cream based eyeshadow on them first, then pressed lace on them and patted a powder eyeshadow through the pattern. Couldn't be happier with the way they turned out! What do you think?

xox Celina

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tea Time

It's time for tea! I have just learned all about Tea Room Make-Up! It is so gorgeous and very fun, but pretty challenging. Originally, it's used for fashion shows held in smaller venues serving a light brunch & tea for the guests while the models walk around the room. But it is more commonly seen as the traditional Indian and Asian bridal make-up as seen here:

Oh what is that you say? Now you want to see how well I did? 
Okay then, just look below at my work!

White, Gold, Copper
Monochromatic colour scheme:
Red Violet

xox Celina

Saturday, November 13, 2010


This just in, I have a girl crush!

So, as some of you may know, I have a weird obsession with Harry Potter. I know right? Everyone thought that was over, but not for me. I'm not going to lie to anyone, but I have been waiting in line dressed up as a character from the books going to the movie premieres at midnight for the past 3 years. (Part 1 of HP7 I along with my loving and also nerdy boyfriend will be going as Death Eaters, masks and dark marks and all) ANYWAYS. N'uff 'bout me, let's move on to bigger and SHORTER things ie Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). She cut off all of her beautiful locks of hair and looks so amazing. This girl can rock a 1960's Twiggy look I am telling you! 
See for yourself!


Absolutely FABULOUS!
I love this girl. And her make-up is so simple and elegant. Natural beauty makes a huge statement!

xox Celina

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wedding Belles

Are you getting married? Is anyone you know getting married soon & looking for a make-up artist? I would be happy to help you be a blushing bride... make-up pun intended!

I think if we all look back to our parents wedding photos, depending on what year they got married, your mother's make-up might be bright green, or blue, or maybe she's wearing way too much blush very high on her cheek bones. So ever since those make-up trends went out of style, so did the wedding photos. Wedding make-up should be timeless, classic & naturally beautiful, so 50 years down the road you don't say to yourself "Wow, why do I look like a clown?"

Here's a little collage of my bridal work.

xox Celina

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What Was She Thinking?

As you may or may not have known, MTV's European Music Awards took place in Madrid on November 7th, and were broadcast on Canadian television last night. 

Which brings you to my first (and definatly not last) make-up post called:

What Was She Thinking?

Today's post is brought to you by Taylor Momsen. That adorable little actress who once played Cindy Lou Hoo in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, turned into rich bitch Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl, and now... well... I am not so sure what happened to her. 
Ladies, please.. I am begging you.. never do this to your face.


I will tell you one thing.. it is definitely "a look". If you are going for that bad-ass gothic grunge effect, this will do the trick. However, if you want people to approach you and take you seriously at all, I would consider doing something a little bit more friendly. Pick a focus point. Eyes OR Lips? Doing both at the same time can look... scary, as you can see.

Unless you plan on going to a costume party as Courtney Love or Taylor Momsen herself, stick to neutrals! The Vampire look is not so sexy on real humans.

Stay tuned for more celeb do's and don'ts!

xox Celina

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I am sure you are all aware, Christmas is just around the corner. There's one thing I know for sure about Christmas, and it's that you are going to get your picture taken whether you like it or not.
At JCI I am currently learning how to do make-up for photography. 
Of course, this make-up is a little bit heavy for every day wear and is intended for photoshoots with professional cameras and lighting.

The key thing to remember is... the camera shows everything!

Contouring - the art of using shading and highlighting to achieve the desired look. Here I am using cream foundations and concealers, blended together to bring out different depths in my face. 
You can also use powders to achieve this look.

Make-up for photography has to be darker and sharper or else it won't show up due to the harsh lighing. It's easier to apply neutral shades on the face for Black & White so you will know how they will translate to a photo with no colour involved.


 I also did hair for this assignment.

I've got busy busy hands. :)
xox Celina

Friday, November 5, 2010


I heard a random fact.

"The average woman will swallow just over 6 pounds of lipstick in her life time."

I guarantee just being in beauty school for the last two months I'm already half way there.
The worst!! I sure don't need those extra calories!

xox Celina

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tony & Valentina

Hallows'eve is a make-up artists favorite time of year!

This year Martin and I went as traveling circus gypsies from the movie 
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
(Otherwise know as the last movie that Heath Ledger was in)
If you haven't seen it already, I do recommend it. It is quite out of the ordinary and the costumes and special effects are very interesting and unique.

I think we did a pretty great job! Martin even let me practice my make-up skills on his manly face. I faked that he had more facial hair, did a smokey liner & of course put on the red markings on his forehead. As for myself, smokey eyes, false lashes, drawn on bottom lashes, bright cheeks and the 1920's concealed lips.

xox Tony & Valentina
xox Martin & Celina

I See You

I know it's not make-up but it still involves a face! Last year I took a Pumpkin Carving class on how to etch into pumpkins to create cool designs. So this year I thought to my little self, "Hmm.. Celina.. what would be something cool to carve into the one and only pumpkin that will sit by your front door? .. hmm.. what will be something most people will recognize?" and that's when it hit me.