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

Categories: asian, bachelorette, bride, engagement, hair, health & beauty, makeup, makeup artist, mikadoesmakeup, photography, vancouver, weddingTags: , , , , , Author:

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

Love is right around the corner – Valentine’s Day 2013

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What do you get your beloved girlfriend, best friend, partner, wife or mother for Valentine’s day this year? Well, here are a couple things that might give you some ideas or thoughts! And remember, even if she says she doesn’t want/need anything, there is always something you can get her to show her you appreciate her.

Here are my top 7 gifts for Valentine’s Day!

  1. the ever-so-easy, but oh-so-traditional ($29+) – Bouquet of Flowers (FlowersForVancouver.com)
  2. a beauty make-over or makeup lesson ($70 – $115) – makeup by MikaDoesMakeup
  3. funky gel polish manicure ($45+) – The Studio by MikaDoesMakeup 
  4. a gift card to a FAB beauty salon for some much needed pampering (in any denomination) – The Studio by MikaDoesMakeup
  5. a piece of fine jewelry to show her you love her every-single-day ($165)- Love ring from Tiffany & Co.
  6. stuck for cash and time? chocolates will do the trick ($3.50 for 2 pieces) – Mink Chocolates
  7. good old lingerie ($39+) – Victoria’s Secret

Happy Valentine’s Day!

WBFF Fitness Model Photoshoot in Vancouver

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Miss Dee is a WBFF competitor based out of Vancouver who trains with TotalBody Advantage. When she showed up at our photoshoot, she clearly looked like she was in top shape. She had a banana with her and couldn’t drink any water as it would make her bloated. We started right away so she didn’t have to lose any energy!

Faye Smith started Dee’s first look with really simple and natural waves, while I applied a natural and light makeup. Dee went out to shoot in her teeny tiny workout outfit in the gym with photographer Tyler Chandler, then came back for a hair and makeup look change to match her new outfit pick. Faye and I stepped up Dee’s look with more curls, and more makeup without making her look too done up.

Check out Dee’s finished photos by Tyler Chandler! So fit and trim, congrats to her for being so obedient with her workout/diet plan!

Our Team: Model Dee, Makeup by MikaDoesMakeup, Hair by Faye Smith, Photography by Tyler Chandler

Makeup by MikaDoesMakeup, Hair by Faye Smith

Model Dee, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Faye, Photo by Tyler Chandler

Fitness model Dee in the sauna

Fitness model Dee in the sauna, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Faye

 

Fitness competitor Dee, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Faye, Photo by Tyler Chandler

Fitness competitor Dee, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Faye, Photo by Tyler Chandler

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

Boudoir hair and makeup for J’attire Lingerie

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Model Kirsten, Makeup by Mika

Model Kirsten, Makeup by Mika

I was contacted by a J’attire Lingerie representative to do the makeup and hair for a boudoir photoshoot of theirs in New Westminster, British Columbia.  Of course I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to work with J’attire Lingerie and quickly accepted the offer. I then asked a fellow Studio hair artist, Leah, to join me on this job. There were two photographers on this shoot – Herman Kwong & Phyllis Siu, and one of their trademark models, Kristen, who was ready to be done up in the hair and makeup chair.

After looking at the gorgeous model, I decided to focus on a bright red lip and didn’t want to overdue it with a dark smokey eye… so I opted for a bright and wide open eye complete with full false strip eyelashes and winged eye liner for a soft and sultry bedroom look… Kristen’s eyebrows were lightly filled in with an eyebrow pencil and eyebrow powder to set. Her skin was of course left fabulously flawless for the cameras with a custom foundation match applied with a foundation brush and the pink beauty blender sponge. Kristen’s hair was then sexed up with some big fat curls using a thick curling iron with a lot of teasing and hairspray. Once we finished the makeup and hairstyling, the lingerie model got undressed and into her J’attire lingerie, then stepped in front of the cameras for the beginning of a fantastically fun photoshoot.

You can check out some of their gorgeous lingerie here - http://www.j-attire.com/.

 

Model Kirsten, Makeup by Mika

Model Kirsten, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Leah

Model Kirsten, Makeup by Mika

Model Kirsten, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Leah

Model Kirsten, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Leah

Model Kirsten, Makeup by Mika, Hair by Leah