Monthly Archives: November 2013

Hair and Make-up by Natalia

I'm Not Making This Up

Natalia Zurawska is an accomplished Hair & Make-up specialist in Toronto who has just released her first book, “I’m Not Making This Up”.  For the purpose of this blog, Natalia has provided us with the chapter from her book “Your Wedding Day”.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Natalia in action, and if there is one person you should be taking advice from when it comes to your Hair and Make-Up, it’s this girl!

So without further ado, here’s what she has to say…

Your wedding is an amazing day of your life. Happy memories and time spent with loves ones is what it is all about. Minimizing stress and being prepared are the best ways to enjoy your special day. Here are some really good tricks when you are getting ready for your special day. There are also some precautions and things to avoid in order to prevent you from not having the best time.

Here are some points to consider regarding beauty

Should I get a professional makeup artist to do my makeup?
The choice is yours. I would say yes. You want to avoid the stress of getting ready as well as your bridesmaids. Many makeup artists come to you and will meet you at the location of your choice. Getting pampered on your big day will really help you relax and have fun with your family and friends, so it is well worth the cost. Make sure you get a trial run beforehand so there are no unpleasant surprises. Having some reference photos from the internet or magazines is a great way to show what type of look you are going for. A picture really is worth a thousand words when you are doing your trial. I would advise against going for a completely different look than how you normally wear your makeup. You still want to look like you, only enhanced.

I like to provide little wedding bags with blotting papers to soak up any oily patches and little lipsticks or glosses for lip touchups so you look picture perfect all day. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner are a must, regardless if you say you cry or not. I also like to use the Ben Nye Final Seal to mist the face so the makeup stays put all day. If you are getting married in a hot climate, the less makeup you wear, the better.

False Lashes on your Wedding Day
False lashes are a great way to make your eyes pop on your big day. I would advise against them if you have never worn them before, as they can really feel different and you do not want red eyes or irritation in your photos. If you cry a lot, the glue may become unstuck and really make a mess of the makeup. However, if you really like the added touch that false lashes give, I would suggest individuals or half lashes. This way the chances of irritation or them falling off are minimized.

Waxing and Special Facial Treatments
Never wax your eyebrows or get a new skin treatment the day before your wedding. You do not know how your skin will react. These treatments and waxing should be done at least a week beforehand. The last thing you need is a rash on your wedding day. Plan a few weeks before hand with a girlfriend, to relax and enjoy.

Spray Tanning
A spray tan is a great addition to the way you look on your wedding day. Just be sure to go for a light setting if you are pale. You want to look glowing, not orange. Also, if your spray tan is really dark, your husband-to-be may look extremely pale and sickly in the photos, which does not look great. If he is really pale, try to convince him to go for a light setting as well. Some men find this very “feminine” so you do not need to tell anyone. Try to convince your bridesmaids to go with you as well so everyone will look uniform.

Plan your sunless tanning session well in advance, just in case you may have a reaction to it. The chances are small, but still not worth the risk. Avoid swimming and shaving for 48 hours. A spray tan should last between 7 and 10 days.

If you want to do your sunless tanning yourself, there are so many great products out on the market as well. Just make sure to exfoliate really well beforehand and apply cream to your hairline, knees, elbows and other dryer spots as the self-tanner tends to absorb more colour in those areas. Get a friend or your husband-to-be to apply it for you so you do not miss any spots.

Now that you are looking gorgeous, just enjoy your big wedding day!

Now that you’ve got a taste for Natalia and her tips, I’d really recommend getting in touch with her, and picking up a copy of her book:

Natalia Zurawska

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Thanks so much to Brandon Michael Lee for this feature

Top 6 Tips for Models

Top 6 Tips for Models


My name is Natalia Zurawska. I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. You can see my work at

Here are some of the best tips for models – Enjoy!

1. Take care of your skin! We all know that photoshop is used so much, however there is nothing like having great skin. Drinking lots of water, getting proper sleep as well as washing your face in the morning and before bed as well as moisturizing is key. Do not drink alcohol before a shoot – it makes the makeup slide right off.

Shu Uemura makes an amazing cleansing oil called Ultime 8 Sublime. It features 8 botanical ingredients and gently takes off even the most difficult to remove makeup so easily. I love that the pump locks – so no more spills and it moisturizes as well. Perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

shu uemura Skin Purifier Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

2. Take great care of your teeth – brush and floss. See your dentist regularly and if needed Crest White strips really do work wonders.


3. Do not wear nail polish or only a very nude tone – it takes forever to take off and is always required to be taken off unless there is a special shoot. Get manicures on a regular basis.

When doing a quick selfie manicure, apply a base coat first. I love the Mutlicare Base and Topcoat by Revlon. Apply in 3 strokes – one in the middle and 2 (1 on each side) for a streak free application. This makes nail polish stay on longer as well as protect the nail.


Next comes polish. I love the one by O.P.I in Bubblebath. It is the perfect colour for any skin tone. NEVER shake the bottle up and down (it gets the poish up in the lid and that’s why it is so hard to open sometimes), intstead, shuffle it in your hands back and forth. The warmth of your hands will make the polish easier to apply as well. Follow the same steps – 1 stroke in the middle and 2 (1 on each side). It is also much better to add 2 thin coats than a thick one.

Finish with a topcoat for added durability. I also like to paint the underside of the nail to prevent chipping. Allow to dry. If you are in a rush, rinse hands in cool water (it sets the polish quicker and apply a little vegetable oil).


4. I love bronzer! The best tip is to apply with a large powder brush to the areas of the face where the sun would naturally hit you – forehead, nose and chin. Then I like to apply just above the cheekbones with the remainder. Just remember to apply to the body as well, such as collar bones, cleavage and a light dusting on shoulders for a uniform look. Remember to blend well and not use more than 2 shades darker of your skin tone for a natural, beautiful dose of colour.

I love the bronzer by Elizabeth Arden. It comes in a great container where you can use the “dial” to dispense as much as you want. It is also so hygienic (my favorite). I love that you can layer the bronzer as well. The first coat is lightly sun kissed, to a much more deeper look for darker skin tones.

Pure Finish Mineral Bronzer Open Compact

I would have to say that mascara is my one makeup product I could not live without. I love the LashBlast 24 by Cover Girl. It goes on so smoothly for added length as well as volume with no clumps.  It also stays put all day – no smudges!

When applying mascara, I like to use a zigzag motion and apply the regular way. I then like to saturate each lash by doing the top of the lashes and finish off application by zigzagging again by the “regular application”. Eyes really do pop. A great tip – if you are out of eye-liner – simply take an eyeliner brush and sweep it across your mascara wand – tada! (mascara now becomes eyeliner too). Apply as usual. You can also gently smudge it with a q-tip or finger for a smoky look.

covergirl LashBlast 24

6. For amazing curls – I love hot rollers by Conair.


They add the perfect amount of volume and wave. Let them heat up. Add mousse or heat protector to dry hair. This not only protects the hair, it gets rid of frizzies as well as keeps curl for much longer. I love ones by Tresemme. The 24 hour Body Foaming Mousse is amazing as is the Heat Tamer Protective Spray.


Brush dry hair after you have applied the mousse or heat tamer spray. Begin applying rollers from the top of your head, rolling inwards, making sure the ends are tucked in, yet not crimped. A “brick pattern” works best. The pieces of hair should easily fit the width of the roller. Secure with a clamp (included in the roller set).

Let the curlers cool – this is also a great time to start your makeup application).

tresemme 24 hour body foaming mousse tresemme

Simply unroll gently, Finger tousle and spray with Tresemme Tres Two Ultra Fine Mist Hairspray. I love Tresemme products as they work so well, and the price is fantastic.  Flip head over and spray gently again. Finger tousle some more for the perfect look and leave for about 10 minutes. I always say – “Hair is like cookies” – it needs a few minutes to settle for the perfect style!


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I have recently come out with a couple of e-books which are available on Amazon or Smashwords

Thanks so much to Model Management

Fall/winter makeup and beauty tips

I’ve been a professional makeup, hair and special effects artist for 10 years and recently published a makeup e-book featuring the best tips, tricks and techniques I have learned over the years, as well as some of my favourite products. I believe every woman should look and feel her most confident. However, the cold temperatures outside and the forced indoor heating can take a toll on your skin and hair. Here are some of my favorite tips to keep you looking and feeling your best this season.

1. When fall and winter weather set in, it’s time for a foundation and concealer change. At this point in the year, tans fade and a lighter shade of makeup is needed to match your skin tone. To find the best match, apply with fingers along your jaw line. Your foundation should blend seamlessly into your neck. Make sure to test it in outside light as well, since commercial lighting can distort colors.

I love Hello Flawless by Benefit because it comes in a variety of shades. You can apply it as a powder or wet for a heavier coverage. Use your finger to layer it as a concealer for areas that need extra coverage. It even contains an SPF of 15.

hello flawless

2. Stay moisturized! Johnson and Johnson Baby Oil Gel is extraordinary. I love the smell as well as the thick consistency — unlike baby oil there are no spills. Apply it in the shower and rinse off for baby soft skin. It comes in aloe vera and vitamin E, shea and cocoa butter and lavender formulations.

baby oil

3. Blush does wonders! A little bit of color on the cheeks can wake you up when you’re feeling tired and brighten up a pale fall or winter complexion. I love the color selection and texture of Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Crème blush. You can also apply it to lips! For special offers from Elizabeth Arden check out

ceramide créme

4. Wind and cold temperatures can dry tresses out. Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask is the perfect solution for dry hair. Apply the moisturizing mask to your head and relax. Rinse it out after 10 minutes for amazing results. The smell is heavenly.

moroccan oil

5. For any hair type, dry, cold weather and winter hats add frizz and make hair brittle. There is nothing better than TRESemme´Platinum Strength Heat Protecting Spray. This spray smells delightful while protecting and strengthening hair. Simply spray generously all over hair to tame frizz and give long-lasting results.


6. Lips are one of the first things to dry out during cool weather. For a perfect pout, slough off dry skin with a toothbrush (I have an extra one just for this). Apply Vaseline or your favorite lip balm — I love Burt’s Bees — and leave on overnight.

burt's bees

7. Darker lip colors are trendy in cold months (I love the shades by MAC). For lasting results, use a lip liner of the same shade as your lipstick or gloss, or one shade lighter, and fill in your whole lip. Next, apply your color. To prevent bleeding, use a cotton swab dipped in translucent powder and trace around your lip line.


8. For perfect feet, slough off any dead skin. In or right after the shower is best since softened skin is easier to remove than dry. The Ped Egg is perfect as it collects dead skin for easy disposal and includes a pumice stone at the bottom (just don’t be overzealous!). After scrubbing, apply a foot lotion such as Peppermint Foot Lotion from the Body Shop. For an even more luxurious feeling, put a small amount of the lotion into a glass bowl and heat it in the microwave until warm, testing it first before applying all over feet.

ped eggthe body shop

I hope you enjoy these tips and find them useful through the fall and winter season!

Linked In: Natalia Zurawska

I have recently come out with a couple of e-books which are available on Amazon or Smashwords