Our makeover model Erika, is a student and photographer, and Erika was a great candidate because she is a naturally pretty girl who just needed an update. Guido Di Salle on hair and Gina Marie Oades on makeup..... Watch the short video below to see how it unfolds.
For the hair, I wanted to achieve a believable blonde. I call this particular blonde the "california" blonde because of its neutral tones which are neither too warm or too cool, and the approachable playful air associated with it. I have come to be known for my blondes and how healthy they look, and it is one of the reasons Violet Blonde Salon in Yorkville has become a major destination for discerning blonde's in Toronto. To achieve this colour I foiled 75% of the hair, and toned what was left out of the foils to harmonize the blonde and the colour that I was working with, which looked like a cover up of an ombre gone wrong. The hair is still super healthy, has great shine and emphasizes Erika's personality, which is friendly, down to earth, and full of energy. The results speak for themselves, and Erika now has a hair colour which is better suited to her skin tone and her lifestyle.
For Erika's makeup look I sought help from one of Toronto's top makeup talents, Gina Marie Oades. I work well with Gina because she shares the same passion that I do, and on top of that she is a true professional, knowledgeable and brings great positivity to all things she does. You can find out more about Gina at:
Erika's make up inspiration in Gina's own words:
Erika already had great skin, so I used a small amount of foundation mixed with a bit of luminizing gel to create a youthful glow. To apply, I used a damp Beauty Blender which applies foundation evenly and almost gives an "airbrushed" effect. To add natural and healthy colour to her face, I used a cream blush from MAKE UP FOR EVER's new HD Blush collection and finished with a matte bronzer.
A combination of neutral colours from Stila's In the Know Eyeshadow palette were used to give Erika a classic look paired with lots of mascara.
Erika said she loves rocking a red lip, however, finds that lipsticks tend to fade quickly. I used a long wearing waterproof lip liner from MAKE UP FOR EVER'S Aqua collection (Aqua Lip 8C) before adding red lip stick and gloss.