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.
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.
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). Shadow: Stila“Spirit” Palette. Lashes: Stila’s extreme lash mascara.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s day! This Wedding Wednesday we are keeping the romance going with this stunning September Kelowna wedding at Bottega. It was a warm, yet rainy September day for C & B to say there I do’s!
As I scroll through these images I am reminded at how difficult it is to choose the best ones when Shari & Mike are behind the lens. The venue was transformed by the epic planning and execution of Corinne from Filosophi. You can really see how much detail was put into C&B’s big day. It was such a fun day getting all the ladies ready and the bridal party was so lovely to work with!
The grounds of Bottega are lush with greenery and embody some of BC’s natural beauty including a running alpaca farm! The addition of neutral yet lavish flowers by A New Leaf made for the most perfect ambiance.
My senior hair stylist Christina and I had the pleasure of meeting Cathryn months prior for their engagement shoot. Cathryn has the sweetest personality and one of the most contagious smiles, we instantly clicked! Cathryn was comfortable enough to leave the vision in our hands but requested to look elegant and timeless. Exactly what we like to hear. We were also lucky enough to beautify Cathryn and her mother for the rehearsal dinner the day before!
Cheek & Lip: Stila cream blush in camellia with Bobbi Brown bronze shimmer brick. This complimented lip crayon by Glo Minerals we used for her lips!
Eyes: Paul & Joe 02 eye shadow primer swept from lash line to brow bone for to hold eyeshadow all day. Next, I applied Glo Minerals shadow stick in “keepsake” all over the lower lid blending into the crease. Stila kitten was applied in the inner corner to brighten her eyes. To complete Cathryn’s look I applied the Bobbi Brown gel liner from inner to outer corner. We finished off the look adding individual lashes to make her eyes pop!
Remaining Vendors include:
Hello Tomorrow || Side One || The Collective You || Vintage Orgami || Tin Can Studio ||
This year for Valentine’s give your look a loving statement with one of our featured makeup applications here at Denise Elliott BeautyCo! Whether its a night out with your significant other or a girls only adventure, keep it fresh with a touch of pink or red to enhance your natural beauty.
In this post we are featuring our 3 Valentine’s makeup looks using our favourite Glo Minerals lip crayons. Purchase any of these over the week of Valentine’s and receive a Glo mini lip gloss!
Look #1 “The Vixen”
This look includes everything you need to feel date night ready and drop dead gorgeous! Since this look incorporates a sultry smokey eye, its best to start the look here as you may get some fall out causing a racoon effect, not so hot once your complexion is perfected!
Eye Primer: Start Paul and Joe Primer #2 over the eyelid sweeping up to the brow bone. This will ensure the pigment and smoothness of all shadows.
Eye Shadow: Apply Stila Spirit Palette on the lower lid and into the crease to create depth.
Eyeliner: Using Black Amethyst Stila smudge stick, glide all along the lash line applying more product on the outer corners. Take a small blending brush and start shading the liner to create the smokey effect. Using the excess product on the brush glide along the bottom lash line. Finish off the eyes with a set of mink lashes or, build with volumizing mascara for a more natural look.
Complexion: Apply a primer all over first to have the foundation hold and look smooth. I used the Paul & Joe Primer and new Stila Aqua Glow foundation. Make sure to use an under eye concealer that matches the skin colour at your brow bone for a more natural highlight and to really make those smokey eyes pop!
Lips & Cheeks: To complete this look I used a soft pink blush (Paul & Joe #4) with my goto nude lip crayon in Chiffon from Glo Minerals.
Look #2 “The Sweetheart”
Don’t underestimate how good a bright lip can make you look and feel! For this look, the focus will definitely be at the lash line and the lips!
Eyes: Use the same eye coloured primer as mentioned above. Then, apply the Stila Soul palette shadow all across the lower lid blending into the crease. Finish the eyes with a bold black waterproof liner, gliding this all along the lash line extending slightly on the outer corners.
Complexion: Using the same as mentioned above!
Blush & Lips: Using Stila charming blush lightly sweeping at the apples of the cheeks back to the hairline. Last, using my favourite lip crayon from Glo Minerals in Bloom giving that beautiful raspberry pink colour to the lips!
Look #3 “The Bombshell”
If this look doesn’t scream sexy, i’m not sure what would! You’ll want your lips to be extra soft and plump for this look. With this dry cold spell here in Vancouver its crucial to give those lips a little TLC. Use an exfoliator to buff off dead skin and apply a hydrating lip mask immediately after for ultimate hydration.
Eyes: After applying the Paul and Joe eyelid primer, blend keepsake cream shadow stick from Glo Minerals on the lower lid and blend into the crease. Using the stay all day Stila liquid liner, glide from inner corner to outer corner of the eye extending for a “winged” effect. Stipple on more product along the outer edge to help create an elongated and lifted look to the eyes.
Complexion: Whether you prefer a glow to your skin or a matte finish, use the fitting primer all over. I used the Stila Aqua Glow foundation and set with a Glo Mineral Luxe Powder. Finish with under eye concealer and set with the same powder.
Blush & Lips: Apply a rosy pink blush on the apples of the cheek all the way back to the hairline. I’m still loving the Peony convertible cheek from Stila! Now that the lips are smooth and plump, glide the bold red glo minerals lip crayon making sure to frame every edge.
Okanagan Winery Wedding! This Wedding Wednesday we are so excited to be featuring my dear friend Ashley’s big day at Painted Rock Winery! I was lucky enough to not only attend this wedding in Penticton but also spend the morning beautifying Ashley, her lovely maids and mother. It came as no surprise that A&J’s special day was recently featured on Once Wed!
With a neutral palette of white, green & champagne the elegance of this day translated perfectly, especially with Christie Graham behind the lens.
With a dream team from Created Lovely Events and A New Leaf floral, they were able to add the perfect touches to this already stunning venue. Can we talk about the backdrop of Skaha Lake!
The Bridal Look:
I have had the pleasure of creating a variety of looks on Ashley for the lead up of her wedding. It was clear for her big day we would keep things elegant and polished!
I started with an illuminating primer to help give a nice radiant glow to her skin. Then using one of my favourite foundations blended naturally into her skin with a finishing powder on top to set the makeup.
For eye shadow I used beige/bronze tones to compliment her fair complexion and colour scheme. Using a bold black liner along with a set of luxe mink lashes to finish off the eyes! We chose a light bronze/pink tone for Ashley’s lips and cheeks to create warmth and a natural flush.
One of my senior hair stylists Christina did an amazing job on all the girls hair. Ashley’s choice for effortless curls created the perfect portrait with her veil and gown!
Since researching different skincare lines to bring into our new studio, I finally found a specific line that had a great amount of research and science behind it, called Racinne! Racinne is a Korean skincare line, and if there is one thing I can tell you about Koreans they are obsessed with good skin!
Racinne uses advanced plant stem cell technology that helps you feel beautiful in your own skin.
To start my day, I always drink a few glasses of water. It’s important to keep your body well hydrated for the day, as you lose so much moisture overnight.
The next step, I apply the Ultimate Youth Power line. This skincare activates collagen and elastin reproduction to minimize fine lines and enlarged pores. It leaves your skin soft, smooth, radiant and is suitable for all skin types!
It’s very important to take good care of your skin, after all it is your largest organ. Makeup only looks perfect, if the skin is well balanced and hydrated.
Here’s a list of my daily skincare routine.
I start by cleansing with the Ultimate Hydra Perfection cleansing foam. This cleanser will both gently yet deeply cleanse the pores and restore your skin’s natural pH levels leaving the skin beautifully cleansed and balanced.
Once or twice a week it’s important to do a mask on the skin. My personal favourite is the Aqua Blanc Brightening Mask. This celebrity followed mask brightens, deeply moisturizes, and rapidly improves the texture of the skin. Your skin will be in love with this mask!
Apply the Ultimate Youth Power Serum. This serum reduces all signs of visible ageing using Korean ginseng callus extract. This amazing product will instantly lift, firm and tone the skin!
Gently massage the Ultimate Youth Power Cream into the skin. This cream also has a built in primer, so if simplicity is what you are looking for this cream is perfect for you.
Take a small amount of your eye cream on your index fingers, press together, then gently pat along the eye contour. I use the Ultimate Hydra Perfection Brightening eye care. This eye cream reduces puffiness and dark circles so you feel refreshed to start your day!
*You never want to use your face cream around the eyes. The eye area is very thin, and face creams are too rich for this delicate area of the face.
Try our LadyM massaging applicator. This tool helps enhance skincare absorption, with gentle vibrations and after time will help firm the skin…it’s a must to try. Come stop by the store and let one of our beauty experts give you a demo.
**For all our loyal readers, If you haven’t had a chance to check out our new beauty store, book any service now until February 14th and receive a deluxe gift including:
Aqua Glow Brightening Mask, Ultimate Youth Power Serum, and Ultimate Hydra Perfection Emulsion (while supplies last!)
Happy Wednesday Friends! First off, I just want to say sorry we have been a little MIA over the last few weeks. It’s been crazy busy with opening our store which we are SO excited about. And now we are back at it and very excited to share some gorgeous weddings with you all!
This week for Wedding Wednesday we are feature this beautiful botanical garden wedding. Located on the UBC school grounds, this garden is full of overflowing greens and lush flowers. The perfect set for N & J’s big day!
With planning by the lovely Smitten events, every rustic yet elegant detail envisioned by Norrie came to life. With Christie Graham behind the lens, this clear summer day brought out every detail needed to capture the love between these two.
Although having an abundance of nature around them, Greenstems florists added the perfect amount of neutral florals to compliment the grounds and decor. N&J were lucky enough to have the rain clear just in time for the first look!
The Bridal Look:
My Senior artist Emily and Hair stylist Christina had the pleasure of working with Norrie on her big day. Norrie has been a ballerina since she was little and also runs a barre fitness studio in North Vancouver so it was a no brainer to have her gorgeous blonde locks in a classic ballerina bun!
For makeup, it was important for Norrie to feel like herself, understated yet polished.
First Emily started with an illuminating primer to create a glow to the skin along with using one of our favourite foundations, Armani. This was blended lightly into the skin to create that natural, flawless complexion. Next, Emily used a sheer loose powder to set the foundation, which helps control any oil throughout the day.
For Norrie’s bright blue eyes we used soft beige tones with a touch of champagne shadow on her lid. To pronounce her lash line we added a smooth bold black gel liner.
To finish Norrie’s look Emily applied a soft pink blush to bring out a rosy glow on the cheeks. For her lips, we blended a pink glossy stain to compliment the overall look.
This week for Wedding Wednesday we are featuring N & M’s intimate winter wedding. We’ve be a part of so many breathtaking weddings and it’s hard to believe this one was almost a year ago, January 30th! N & M said there I do’s at one of Vancouver’s newest and trendy venue, The Permanent.
With planning executed by Aurora of Alicia Keats it was clear this day would be complete perfection! The crisp black and white colour scheme made for a timeless look especially with Nat’s gorgeous white pearls and form fitted wedding gown!
The photos below will have you glued to the screen from our good friends in the industry, Shari & Mike. They truly know how to capture every emotion in each moment!
The Bridal Look:
Natashia was such a fun and calm bride to be with! Prior to her big day we met for her makeup trial, which was planned for her engagement photos. Of course, it was a rainy Vancouver day and they literally were just so chill and made the most of it being photographed outside in the rain (I will never forget that!).
She had full confidence to leave the creativity in my hands to create a look I thought would complement her features. We chose a timeless yet elegant look for big day and it translated beautifully on her. Below is the list of products used:
Hope everyone has had a great holiday with your family and friends! We’ve been very busy setting up for our store opening, which opened today! You will have to come by and see our beautiful new space 🙂
This tutorial we are featuring a quick and simple makeover. Whether it’s just for everyday or maybe it’s perfect for a low key New Years Eve event your attending. If you are tight for time or just trying to look extra special for your special event, take a few minutes to read below!
Creating the perfect sultry smokey eye should be very simple! As you can see the complexion is complete, please check out our foundation post for tips.
This step will use only 2 shades of eye shadow to create depth and highlight from the Stila Soul Palette. First, apply the eye shadow (vitality) the champagne colour over the lower lid blending right into the inner corner. Then, using a blender brush take (peace) the medium smokey brown eye shadow and start blending on the outer corner of the eye bringing it softly into the crease.
For this step I am using one of my favourite eye liner products, Stila smudge pot.
With this pigmented liner you want to start with a fine point brush and connect the dots along the upper and lower lash line, going corner to corner. Once complete take a thicker liner brush and start smudging out both the top and bottom to create this smokey effect. With the excess product on the brush, line the water line for a more stand out eye.
Picking the perfect lip shade!
It’s always nice to have a perfectly berry stained lip, however the downside is having it stay! Instead of touching up all night try one of these Stila Stay all day lip colours. They are amazing!
Both pigmented and smooth.
Voila…Quick and Simple Makeover!
With the colder weather it’s crucial to keep your skin hydrated! Be sure to check out our skin prep post