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Our Wedding hair and makeup featured in a New York magazine!

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We always love when our bridal work gets featured in other reputable blogs and magazines, especially when they go national! We were just informed that a wedding we recently did hair and makeup for was featured in a New York magazine called Style Sweets. MikaDoesMakeup was credited for the work, although it was actually a collective effort by The Studio Beauty Team – that day we had Kym on bridesmaids makeup, Mika on bridal makeup, and Faye on bridesmaids and bridal hair. The bridal makeup and hair was done at The Edge Water Casino Hotel in Richmond, British Columbia.

Here are some of the gorgeous photographs (taken by The Apartment Photography team) from Denise and Noel’s beautiful wedding day!

Makeup by MikaDoesMakeup, Hair by Faye from The Studio by MikaDoesMakeup

Makeup by MikaDoesMakeup, Hair by Faye from The Studio by MikaDoesMakeup

Bridesmaids hair and makeup by Faye and Kym, Bridal makeup by Mika, Bridal hair by Faye

Bridesmaids hair and makeup by Faye and Kym, Bridal makeup by Mika, Bridal hair by Faye

Bridal hair by Faye, Bridal makeup by Mika, Bridesmaids makeup by Kym, Bridesmaids hair by Faye

Bridal hair by Faye, Bridal makeup by Mika, Bridesmaids makeup by Kym, Bridesmaids hair by Faye

Judging for the Fantasy Makeup Competition at The Asian Expo – BC Place

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Asian Expo - sponsored by The Studio by MikaDoesMakeup

The Asian Expo - sponsored by The Studio by MikaDoesMakeup

It was an honour to be asked to participate in judging the Makeup Competition at The Asian Expo – located at the massive BC Place this year. I was on a panel of 6 judges, all with many years of experience in the makeup industry… some with special effects backgrounds, others with TV and film, and a couple entrepreneurs with their own schools/companies!

On the first judging day, we had a total of 12 competitors all having to do a hair and makeup in 2 hours surrounding the Asian Culture theme. There were a few that really stood out this day, and they were the ones to make it through to the next round. The second and final judging day, there were 6 artists left. This time they had 4 hours to do a complete head to toe look, with hair and makeup under the same Asian inspired theme. I had 2 favourites that really showed the use of covering the entire body with makeup as well as being the most creative… Unfortunately, neither of those 2 took first place!

My favourites…

The first model (in the pictures below):

Painted all red with black forearms and shins with lots of details in the back side with Kanji characters that were spot on! The hair was great with Asian accessories and a full face makeup.

The fifth model:

Painted red, gold and black all over with intricate detail in the front with random pearls placed all over… the detail was a little lacking in the back but still a gorgeous complete look! The hair was nicely put together with a very creative spin on hair accessories with some painted Chinese takeout boxes… the model was holding a beautiful white Asian umbrella too which really pulled the look together. Her face makeup was gorgeous as well.

The winner was the sixth model:

This was a very beautiful and colourful look, with a Korean inspiration… the reasons why I didn’t put too much interest in this whole look was because it was very similar to this artists look the day before… the hair was covered up with the headpiece, so I didn’t see much creativity there. And although the full skirt was very beautiful, we didn’t get to see the creativity past the waist with makeup… All in all, the model looked gorgeous and the makeup artist  had a great story and reasoning behind her entire look.  Congratulations to the winner!

Makeup Competition Models for The Asian Expo

Makeup Competition Models for The Asian Expo (1st and 5th were my favourite!)

Back View - Makeup Competition Models for The Asian Expo

Back View - Makeup Competition Models for The Asian Expo

The Makeup Judges on panel at The Asian Expo

The Makeup Judges on panel at The Asian Expo

The winning look of The Asian Expo Makeup competition

The winning look of The Asian Expo Makeup competition

Bikini Model Photoshoot with Lloyd K. Barnes

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Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes, Makeup by MikaDoesMakeup, Hair by Jewlee Big Plume

Model Maggie, Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes, Makeup by MikaDoesMakeup, Hair by Jewlee Big Plume

Meet Maggie Resztak -

Maggie is a personal trainer at Steve Nash Sports Club in Richmond and just completed her first fitness competition at the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic. To her excitement, she placed 3rd in her division (5’8+). I suppose her hard core 12 week training program with Adam Mulford and Brenda Whitehead (both trainers at Steve Nash Sports Club) really paid off!

After her win at the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic, Maggie decided to organize a photoshoot with my team while her body was still in top form. She brought a couple changes of clothes to the photoshoot from typical work-out gear, to casual jeans, and of course, her winning bikini made by The Suit Lady.

Maggie’s makeup was kept natural for the headshots, then brought to a more dramatic makeup for the bikini shots. She was a few shades darker than she normally is so I made sure to mix up the right shades to match, while Jewlee styled her hair and added Bellami clip-in hair extensions for some extra volume.

Maggie will be training for her next competition in June at the Provincials. Good luck to her! It’s amazing what the body can do with some strict training and dieting.

The Creative Team -

Photography – Lloyd K. Barnes

Makeup – Mika

Hair – Jewlee Big Plume (applied both curled and straight hair extensions)

Makeup by Mika, Hair by Jewlee, Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes

Makeup by Mika, Hair by Jewlee, Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes

Makeup by Mika, Hair by Jewlee, Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes

Makeup by Mika, Hair by Jewlee, Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes

 

Model Maggie, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Jewlee, Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes

Model Maggie, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Jewlee, Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes

Model Maggie, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Jewlee, Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes

Model Maggie, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Jewlee, Photography by Lloyd K. Barnes

Bridal Makeup for Vintage Maple Ridge wedding featured in Wedding Bells

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Shelby, a past bride of mine was featured in Wedding Bells Online Magazine (with makeup by myself and The Studio Beauty Team) for her glamourous wedding.  Shelby’s wedding pictures (by Ameris Photography) look amazing in the vintage setting at her parents’ house in Maple Ridge.

Thanks to a wonderful team to create such a beautiful day.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

The happy couple on their wedding day

The happy couple on their wedding day

Bride Shelby on her wedding day

Bride Shelby on her wedding day

The Bubble wand curling iron – for perfect, imperfect beach waves

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Bubblewand curling iron by Verge

Mika in Ibiza, Spain, using her Bubble Wand curling iron by Verge

The “Bubble Wand” curling iron from Verge creates amazingly perfect, imperfect curls that soften into beach waves. You can curl your entire head of hair in less than 15 minutes and the curls last for days! The curls in the above photo lasted 2 days, even in the Ibiza heat! It would have lasted longer but who couldn’t resist a dunk in the Balearic sea?

You can pick up your bubble wand at The Studio by MikaDoesMakeup located at 1054 Hornby Street or call if you have any questions – 604.764.Mika(6452)

 

Just got engaged in Monaco! Now it’s my turn to be a bride…

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My Beauty Team and I have done countless weddings over the past decade but most of us have never been married or have even come close! So it’s only natural if we have envied them with their beautiful engagement rings and gorgeous wedding dresses…  I always wanted to be in their shoes!

…After a whirlwind European tour with my boyfriend at the beginning of June, he surprised me with a big question and a stunning diamond ring in Monte Carlo, Monaco at the start of our trip! It’s only natural that my answer was YES!!!

I will be marrying my best friend, the greatest, most thoughtful guy on this Earth! (Not to mention his excellent taste in rings!)

Finally I will experience what all of my past brides have experienced!

Engaged in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

Engaged in Monte Carlo, Monaco!