Fall Orthodox Wedding

It’s Wedding Wednesday! This week we are featuring our very own senior artist & studio manager, Emily’s wedding last fall.

Emily & I have been working together for 8 years now and it was nothing short of a dream to be apart of her big day! The team Emily and Zarko hired for their wedding day were some of the best in the biz. With planning by Filosophi, photography captured by Shari & Mike and decor by Melissa at Cahoots it was pure magic!

The Bridal Look:

With both myself and my team members beautifying the bridal party, Emily took her bridal look into her own hands. It gave her a bit of alone time to take in all the excitement! Her inspiration for the look was a bold smokey eye with a soft peachy pink cheek and lip.

Complexion: Emily started with an illuminating primer and her fav Armani foundation for even luminous coverage. She then set the foundation with a Bobbi Brown oil free setting powder for long wear.

Cheeks & Lips: For a bronzed complexion, Emily used the Stila bronzer and sweet shimmer blush from Glo MineralsShe finished with a dusting of bronze shimmer brick.

Eyes: With the Paul & Joe eye primer as her base, Emily blended taupe shadow on her lower lid and into the crease. Next, she added a beige/champange shadow at the inner corner of the eye. Emily has always loved a bold liner, she created a soft wing using the black gel liner. Then, softly smudged the liner in the outer corner using a dark brown shadow. For the final touch she added a set of luxe mink lashes!

After numerous weddings of all different cultures it was very unique and special to witness a traditional Serbian Orthodox ceremony. Can we talk about these crowns?

With a neutral colour palette and a pop of Burgundy in the bouquets by the Flower Collective, this added a fall vibe to the decor!


Denise Elliott

Summer Van Dusen Wedding

It’s Wedding Wednesday! This week we are featuring my cousin’s stunning wedding at Van Dusen Garden last July, which was just featured on Real Weddings yesterday! With the number of weddings under our belts it’s always so special when we get to work with people close to our hearts.

It was a crisp and clear summer day at Van Dusen for Elise and Austin. With an outdoor ceremony in the beautiful gardens and an intimate reception onsite planned by Lavista Events, E&A enjoyed every moment with their family and friends.


Summer Van Dusen Wedding

Elise and her ladies were paired in the perfect hues of blue to compliment this floral abundant venue!  Taryn Baxter out did herself in capturing every special moment.

The Bridal Look:

I was lucky enough to beautify Elise alongside my coworker and Elise’s dear friend Sarah who was also a bridesmaid! We had my team member and senior hair stylist, Jane, create all the gorgeous hair styles!

Complexion: Starting with primer, I used the Stila one step correct primer. Next, I used one of my favs (Armani) luminous silk foundation to achieve a medium coverage and flawless finish. Setting the liquid foundation I added the perfecting powder from Glo minerals to ensure a long wear hold for the sunny summer day.

Cheek & Lips:  For bronzer I used the Stila light, blending as the shape of a number “3” to create a light contour. Next, I blended Glo Minerals blush in “sweet” from cheek bones to hairline.  Paul & Joe highlighter was a must on top of her cheek bones for a soft glow. I finished with Glo Minerals lip crayon in shade “heirloom” to compliment Elise’s natural lip tone.

Eyes: I applied Paul & Joe eye colour primer on Elise’s lid to brighten hold the shadow. Next, I used mauve tone shadows (Stila Soul palette). A black gel liner from Bobbi Brown was important to create a bold lash line along with a set of my favourite mink lashes!


How stunning to bring a bit of outdoor rustic vibe into their reception with a head table garland and greens in the draping!


Denise Elliott

Remaining Vendors Include:

Planning & Design: La Vista Events || Photographer: Taryn Baxter Photographer || Videographer: Chris Carr || Venue: VanDusen Botanical Garden
Decor + Florals: Niche Events || Table Rental: A&B Partytime Rentals  || Chair Rental: The Little Wedding Shoppe || Officiant: Bride’s Aunt
DJ: DJ Barron S from GirlOnWax Events & Wedding DJ’s || Cake: Couture Confections by Rebeka Garcia
Desserts: Sweet Thea || Caterer: Truffles Fine Foods || Invitations: Minted || Bride’s Dress: Isabelle’s Bridal || Jewelry: Earrings from Swarovski
Bridesmaid Dresses: Zara || Groom’s + Groomsmen Suit: Moores








Stanley Park Pavilion Wedding

Happy Wedding Wednesday! We apologize for our short hiatus as we are in full swing of wedding season over here! This week we are featuring M&J’s stunning wedding at the Stanley Park Pavilion last fall.

This venue holds so much character to Vancouver and showcases some of the most elegant weddings which you will see below!

Can we talk about the Jimmy Choo white wedding shoes!  A very classic touch to Maya’s overall bridal look.

The Bridal Look:

My talented team members, Sarah and Sam had the pleasure of meeting Maya a few months prior for her consultation and were able to solidify the perfect bridal look. Maya requested an understated glam look with a sleek chiffon bun. My senior hair stylist Sam used all her best tricks to create this lasting hold in Maya’s thick long hair!

Complexion: The one step colour correcting primer from Stila was used to prep the skin. The always flawless Armani luminous silk foundation created the perfect medium coverage. Complexion was finished with the Glo minerals perfecting powder to control oil and shine.

Cheek & Lips: Rosebud blush from Glo minerals to warm up Maya’s cheeks and highlight her cheek bones. This complimented the raspberry pink lip colour colour 205 from Paul & Joe.

Eyes: Paul & Joe eyelid primer from the lash line to brow bone was applied. Next, Sarah used the Stila soul palette. The bronze shadow was used for the contour/crease area and to brighten the eyes a dust of the champagne tone was applied in the inner area. The matte dark brown shadow was blended on Maya’s bottom lash line to soften the look. Stila stay all day liquid liner created the perfect cat eye complimented with a full set of luxe lashes!

With a crisp black, white and gold colour scheme it was no surprise Aly Armstrong planned and executed decor to M&J’s every request! With Melia Lucida behind the lens every photo captures so much emotion and everlasting elegance.


Denise Elliott

Tuesday Tips with EVO Haircare

We wanted to introduce an amazing new hair care line EVO, to the Denise Elliott Beauty Co. product family! We’ve been using the line since we’ve opened and are thrilled to have the full line on our retail shelves!

Evo is from Australia with a full range of shampoos & conditioners, leave-in treatments and styling products. The clean and simple packaging speaks to the “no gimmick” philosophy behind the brand. With no parabens, sulphates, dea or tea you know your hair will love you back!

Our senior stylist and colourist Christina shares below her steps for creating the perfect “beach waves” on owner and principal artist, Denise.


When doing a soft tossed curl on Denise I first started off with End Doctor. A perfect product for smoothing and protecting the ends. I then followed with Icon Welder. This product is used to protect the hair from heat , conditions, and locks in your preferred style! When spraying Icon welder in the hair you want to start from a distance making sure to get it evenly on mid-lengths to ends. Comb through and quickly blast the blow dryer to set the product into the hair.


I continued with the 1/2 inch curling iron wrapping the hair around the iron holding out Denise’s ends. When doing this you want to try and avoid touching the curl too much while its hot. It’s always best to let the hair cool down before running your fingers through it.


After curling I like to spray the Love Touch on mid lengths to ends, this product is by far my favorite! Not only does it smell delicious, it helps define the curls, reduces frizz, helps split ends and along with many more benefits.


Once the hair is cooled down I like to run my hands through to brake up the curls and soften it for more a beach wave!
For a bit more body near the crown I section the hair horizontally and sprinkled the Haze dry styling powder on her roots. This creates a gritty texture. I then back combed this area to create a firm smooth hold and build volume.



The final step to finish I used She bang-a-bang a dry wax spray gently pulled through the hair with my finger. This product has a gritty texture so the style will hold for days without getting sticky or crunchy!

Happy Tuesday!
Denise Elliott

Bridal Makeup Lesson

Ever considered doing your own bridal makeup?  Whether your having a local or destination wedding, you may feel more comfortable doing your own makeup.

With the right products, tools and a few tricks of the trade you will be set for success! Follow along our bridal makeup lesson for a fool proof bridal look!

We were lucky enough to host Cam Lee (bride-to-be) in our new store for her bridal makeup lesson! She brought in her current makeup products which we were able to use along with a few extra staples to achieve that camera ready look.

Step 1. Complexion

Prep your skin with a light-weight moisturizer. This is essential for a flawless makeup application. Next step, primer. This is one of the most important steps to do, especially on your wedding day! I would recommend using an oil-free primer. This helps minimize pores, smooth any fine lines and maximizes the staying power of the makeup.  Pick a foundation that is long wearing and oil free foundation that will give you a beautiful glow and last all day on the skin.

Recommended Products:

Stila One-Step-Correct Primer, Stila Stay All Day Foundation or Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Step 2. Eyes

Make sure to use an eye primer! This will give your powder eye shadows something to adhere too so they stay put all day.  Once the eye area is prepped, you can add your powder shadows.  To add depth to the eyelid, take a medium tone eye shadow and start blending on the outer corner of the eye into the middle. Blending is key!  Next step is eyeliner.  Eyeliner should always be darker then the iris of your eye, this is key to make your eyes pop!  By lining your upper lash line, this will give shape to your eye and make your lashes appear thicker, and fuller.  And of course you’ll want to apply waterproof mascara for the big day. 

Recommended Products:

Paul and Joe eye primer, Stila In the light Palette,

Step 3. Blush / Bronzer

Bronzer is best used on the high points of the face. Making a number “3” shape on each side of the face. Blending from the hairline, underneath the cheek bones and then down the jawline. Think of where the sun would naturally hit the skin. 

Blush should be picked to match the colour that would come up if you naturally flush. Using light strokes, blend from the apples of the cheeks back to the hairline and down to the jaw.

Recommended Products:

Stila Bronzer & Stila convertible cream blush


Step 4.  Lips

I would recommend choosing a lip colour that is more on the natural side and a long-wear formula. You will always look back at these photos and it’s important to create a look that is timeless. 

Recommended Products:

Stay all Day Stila Lipsticks

You don’t have to be getting married to need a makeup lesson, we love to host individuals or groups for a one on one tailored look! If you simply feel in a rut with your makeup routine or just want to learn a few more quick tricks then please don’t hesitate to let us teach you!

We made sure Cam left her lesson feeling pretty and confident, knowing that she could create this look again for her wedding day stress free! Be sure to check out the feature from Cam Lee’s makeup lesson experience on Real Weddings!

Don’t forget, confidence is beauty!


Denise Elliott




Harthouse Wedding

For Wedding Wednesday we are excited to feature this gorgeous Harthouse Wedding. With wedding season creeping up on us we are reminiscing T&G’s beautiful day amongst their family and friends!

Tareyn’s neutral colour palette was paired perfectly with hints of rustic aesthetics and autumnal colours. We simply can’t get enough of every heartfelt and genuine moment Bake Photography captured on this special day!

From the post ceremony lawn games to the stunning reception details, Nicole from Evoke Events ensured a magical day for T&G.

The weather was definitely on there side for the outdoor ceremony. All the guests gathered in the grassy field at Deer Lake Park to witness T&G seal the deal!

The Bridal Look:

My team member Charlene had the pleasure of meeting and beautifying Tareyn for her engagement shoot months prior to the big day. They solidified a polished yet elegant bridal look!

Complexion: One step illuminating primer from Stila was used to smooth out the skin, with Stila stay all day foundation on top for even coverage. A lightweight oil free powder from Laura Mercier ensured a long wear and even finish.

Cheek & Lips: After applying a light bronzer all over, Charlene used glo minerals rosy pink blush starting from the apples of the cheeks blended to the hairline. To compliment the blush she used glo minerals lip crayon in Chiffon.

Eyes: Charlene used the Paul & Joe eye primer from lash line to brow bone to ensure no creasing throughout the day. Next, creating a soft smokey eye Charlene used mauve tones in the Stila Soul palette. With a pronounced lash line, she used the bobbi brown black gel liner and a full set of luxe lashes. So stunning!


Denise Elliott
















Refresh Your Spring Makeup Look

With the promise of warm weather and blue skies among us, it’s time to refresh your spring makeup look! We all need a closet clean out during this time of year and its also important to clear the clutter in your makeup bag.

Spring up your makeup look with these tips and tricks using some of our favourite products here at Denise Elliott Beauty Co!


Lets take off the heavy winter layers of foundation and lighten it up with a tinted primer! One of our go-to spring products is the Glo Minerals spf 30 tinted primer. This will not only even out the skin, it will also feel light and dewy.

No need for setting powder with this product, it’s formulated with polymers for sheer radiance and a long lasting wear!

If your in need of a little brightening around the under eyes our Stila aqua glow concealer has just the right amount of coverage to neutralize any deep tone to make you look refreshed.


I’m sure we are all feeling a little pale with the lack of Vitamin D over the last few months! Adding a little colour to your lips and cheeks will make a huge difference.

We are loving the Stila 2-in-1 convertible compact in peony. It’s a lightweight, creamy formula that will leave your skin with a dewy finish! Our go-to shade, a neutral soft rose/pink tone. If your looking to add a little highlight around the cheek bones we have just launched the new Spring Stila highlighter.

Our new Paul & Joe lip colours are both moisturizing and bold! This one is shade 202 a perfect pop of pink!


Next onto the eyes! The new Stila Matte and Metals palette has a mix of great shades, it’s seriously stunning. Whether you are wanting a light champagne colour or would like to create a smokey eye this palette is perfect. It has a variety of matte and shimmer colours with cool tones and warm tones you can mix and blend to create whatever look you desire.

To define the eye I blended the Stila smudge stick just lightly. It’s an amazing texture and glides on so smooth. Lastly,  Mascara. No matter what you do make sure you use Mascara as it makes a serious difference. Adding a few coats of the Stila HUGE mascara and you’re set!

**True beauty doesn’t come from knowing all the newest trends, it comes from the inner belief that you are naturally beautiful**

Happy Friday!


Denise Elliott

Oceanside Styled Shoot

This week for Wedding Wednesday we are sharing our Oceanside Styled Shoot, which was recently featured in Grey Like’s! We had the pleasure of teaming up with some very talented vendors for this collaboration (see below).

The overall feel for this shoot was raw, natural and minimalistic. Taffete Design created an amazing set up on the rocks using crisp cool tones, tying in with the beautiful ocean landscape.  Special Moments did a fabulous job with the lush florals and greenery, the bouquet completed the shoot perfectly.

Oceanside Styled Shoot

Oceanside Styled Shoot

Camilla Anchisi Photography captured so much emotion and true beauty through every aspect of this shoot. We just love the texture amongst every detail!

The chiffon skirt with a lace overlay top (from Union Bridal) looked stunning on Kristina. It fit her perfectly.

Oceanside Styled Shoot

The Bridal Look:

The minimalist look we chose was perfect with the ocean side breeze and soft light. Both myself and my right hand girl Emily, styled the hair and makeup! For Kristina’s hair we added a single long braid to enhance texture and a more bohemian vibe to the overall look! Here is the beauty breakdown:


 Primer: Stila one step illuminating primer. Foundation: Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (the perfect light-weight coverage. We avoided a setting powder for this look as Kristina had the perfect glow to her skin!

Cheek & Lip:

 Blush: Stila convertible compact in camellia to give some colour and highlight her cheek bones. Lips: Glo minerals in demure (a raspberry/neutral toned lip crayon)..


Primer: Paul & Joe (even out the skin tone on the eye lids).  ShadowStila “Spirit” Palette. Lashes: Stila’s extreme lash mascara.

Oceanside Styled Shoot

Oceanside Styled Shoot

Oceanside Styled Shoot


Remaing Vendors include:

Calligraphy: Camilla Anchisi Design || Cake: Momo Chen Cake || Jewellry: The Borrowed Collection


Denise Elliott




























Understated Wedding Inspiration

Understated wedding inspiration by the sea!

This week for Wedding Wednesday we are switching things up slightly and featuring a gorgeous styled shoot! This shoot was for one of Christie Graham’s Workshop’s and my team member Sarah had the pleasure being a part of this. With our stunning model Lotta, and Christie Graham behind the lens this was definitely a gorgeous collaboration!

Christie’s vision for this workshop was all about feeling raw and undone. Sarah translated this flawlessly.

Our city has so many beautiful backdrops, especially with this ocean setting!

Understated Wedding Inspiration

The abundance of warm florals by Celsia florist were paired beautifully with the groom’s suit and Lotta’s Rue de Seine lace gown from Union Bridal boutique.

The Bridal Look:

Sarah started with an illuminating primer to smooth out the complexion. Followed by a small amount of Armani foundation buffed into the skin for a lighter finish.

Using a light mauve eye shadow, Sarah blended on the lower lid and into the crease. She then used a champagne colour close to the lash line and in the inner corner of the eye. This kept Lotta’s eyes bright while adding a dark brown shadow on the lower and upper lash line.

Sarah completed the look with a soft pink cream blush blended from the apples of the cheeks back to the hair line and a neutral lip colour to create a flushed look.

Understated Wedding Inspiration

Understated Wedding Inspiration

Understated Wedding Inspiration

There’s something so comforting and raw about getting married by the ocean. The cool sand in between your toes with the calming sound of the waves crashing, sounds like a spa experience to me!

We were thrilled to see this recently featured on Joywed!

Remaining vendors include:

Paper goods: The Written word || Ribbon: Stella Wolfe

Love, Denise Elliott

Stila lip stains

Stila Lip Stains

Stila lip stains are the perfect product for a long lasting application. If you are looking for a new go-to lipstick that has amazing staying power, you will love this recommendation. With beautiful packaging and an easy to use concept, this product is fool proof!

No matter how many glasses of wine they touch over the weekend, your lips will be kept in full force. There are a wide range of shades to choose from which will complete any makeup look! A deep sultry burgundy, a sexy seductive red, or a soft romantic pink – they’ve got it all.

Stila lip stains

Stila lip stains

Stila lip stains

Stila lip stains

The application is easy!

Start with the sponge applicator and line your lips with the edge of the applicator. You will notice the product is VERY pigmented and you won’t need much. Blend the product around the lips evenly. Next, to sharpen the look shade the outer area with a similar shade lip liner. The best way to do this is to lightly feather the liner into the lips making it look like the lipstick.

If your lips are a little on the dry side, exfoliate with a sugar scrub and apply lip balm. At this time of year and with this cold spell we all need a little extra hydration!

With our new makeup and hair studio we are thrilled to be selling Stila’s full line here. Stop by our store at 129 Lonsdale to have one of our artists match the perfect lip colour for the weekend.

In case you missed our last makeup tutorial post, head on over to our quick and simple makeover which will help you create a Friday night makeup look in just a few minutes.

Happy Friday!

Love, Denise Elliott