Best & Worst dressed AMA edition

Last night’s AMA awards celebrated all genre’s of music, but before we get into that we must talk about the Fashion!

Stars were on full display as they walked the Red Carpet at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Even though most Artists were on point, there were a few that missed the mark completely. Here is Artists Within’s picks for Best & Worst dressed!

Top 6 Best Dressed:

  1. Carrie Underwood - Steven Khalil

  2. J.Lo - Georges Chakra

  3. Mariah Carey

  4. Taylor Swift - Balmain

  5. Kelsey Ballerini - Nicolas Jebran

  6. Vanessa Hudgens - Cushnie

Top 6 Worst Dressed

  1. Heidi Klum

  2. Patrick Starrr

  3. Poppy

  4. Qveen Herbie

  5. Tyra Banks

  6. Bad Bunny

AMAs 2018

The 46th annual American Music Awards took place last night October 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show opened with a bang as Taylor Swift performed "I Did Something Bad" making it clear she was back, and she did not come to play!
For the second year in a row the show was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, best known for her role in the comedy series Black-ish. Tracee is known to not hold back on anything and  her opening number proved just that! She performed choreography as well as vocals during her musical medley. Featuring music from Queen B Beyonce, Childish, Gambino, Cardi B and many more.

It was definitely made clear that women ran the night, as Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello led the night with four awards each! Taylor broke her own record for most wins by a female artist. 
Camila Cabello won 4 out of the 5 categories she was nominated in: New Artist of the Year, Best song in Pop/Rock,Best Collaboration
and Best Video of the Year!
Cardi B also was another big name to take over the winners circle last night. Winning 3 out of the 8 categories she was nominated in: Rap/Hip-hop Artist, Best Rap/Hip-hop Song of the Year and Best Soul/R&B Song of the Year.

To close the show, the AMAs did the most amazing tribute to the iconic Queen of Soul and Gospel Aretha Franklin. Aretha passed away this August leaving her legacy to be loved and shared by millions!
Last night Gladys Knight performed a touching rendition of Amazing Grace. Following Knight minister and gospel singer McClurkin belted out "Climb a Higher Mountain". From there gospel singer Winans sang a very touching version of "Mary Don't You Weep" Finally Mary Mary took the stage with their rendition of "Old Landmark"

5 Minute Hair

Hair Trend Alert!
 

We are so excited for this '5 minute' fall hair trend. The slicked back wet look is all the rage this season, and the Kevin Murphy Body.Builder is the best product to achieve this look!

Work that body and boost your hair with flexible fullness and hold. Create smooth, big shapes by layering  BODY.BUILDER, a weightless, moisturising, volumising mousse which will build beautiful body without fear of crunch.  Don’t be afraid to keep adding, the more the merrier, with the end result being gorgeous flexible fullness and hold. 

The main ingredient, Citrus Recticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil  is full of antioxidant goodness and vitamins, which not only protects against stressors, its delicious scent helps stimulate the senses too. This hardworking essential oil also helps to create intense shine while Vitamin B5 helps to bind moisture into the hair.

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Makeup Monday

When it comes to fall essentials look no further! 

Our most desired fall must haves are here and better then ever. 

A clean and flawless base is key this fall. Try our 'Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation' which is a full coverage foundation.This formula goes on as a liquid but sets to a silky powder that retains a youthful fresh glow, there in no need for setting spray or powder! 

Flawless skin looks amazing with a subtle highlight. Use a large brush and apply a light finish of 'Illuminating Powder' (shown here in 'Peach Bronze') all over the face focusing on cheek bones and temples to amp up the youthful glow. 

Eyes are luxurious and intense. We love our 'Liquid Eyeshadow' which applies as a cream using the build in wand and sets to a beautiful rich shadow. Try ‘Aurora’ for your daily go-to. 

Lipstick is pigmented and rich in tone this season. One of our favourite fall formulas is our 'Liquid Lipstick' which are a cross between a pigmented lip colour and a sheeny gloss. Try our most popular fall shade, 'Mink Pink'!


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The Ultimate Guide to White Shoes after Labour Day

White shoes after labour day; taboo or the hottest trend?

When it comes to transitional footwear, the white boot reigns supreme! After taking over the street style scene last winter, the trend has since become a year-round footwear staple,
especially as you shift your wardrobe from summer to fall.

Whether worm with a boho dress, sleek power suit or jeans, a pair of white boots has the power to make any outfit instantly pop. 

Whether worn with a boho dress, sleek power suit, or jeans, a pair of white boots has the powder to make any outfit instantly pop. 

Invest in a pair of ankle-length boots and wear bare legs and midi skirts for the perfect transitional summer to fall look.
Shop these boots from Sam Edelman, Roya Studded Boot available at Nordstroms $236.73


 Once resigned to "comfort shoe" status, the sensible two inch heel height is back chicer and sexier then ever!
Pair your pointy toe Kitten Heel bootie with top - to - toe denim, while including cream hues elsewhere in your outfit for an elegant touch.
Shop these Jerirewia boots available at Aldo $140.00


These glossy Aquazzura style booties pair perfectly with a loose-fitted or straight-leg jean. A geometric heel adds a flash of glamour to a minimalist pointy-toe bootie. 
Add some extra flair by rolling up your jeans to show off the
flirty ruched topline of the bootie.
Shop these boots from Katy Perry, The Gigi Bootie available at Nordstroms $201.55


Team white heeled boots with a white on white scheme. Pair with white trousers and a white turtle neck for an effortless, minimal look. 
Finish by adding a white teddy coat.
Shop these Wiema boots available at Aldo $130.00


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Makeup Monday

We are unveiling the hottest fall makeup trends from NY Fashion Week 

As we say goodbye to New York Fashion Week for another year, the makeup trends we saw on the runway for fall were amazing. The trend is minimal, but just enough to make a statement. Here are a few looks we absolutely love for this season!

We adore this look from the Brandon Maxwell show!
Keep the look low-key with just a pop of red for the lips. Try our AW03 Liquid to Matte lipstick in Ruby, as well as the Duo Action Highlighting Pencil to enhance the cupids bow on your upper lip. Finish the look with lashes of our Volumizing Black Mascara. Effortlessly chic!

Add a touch of sunshine to your look with a pop of yellow on your eyelids.
With this look from the Noon by Noor show, leaves skin au naturel with a vibrant yellow shadow swiped across the eyes imperfectly.
When creating this look groom your natural brows, apply our Eye Primer, then use the AW03 Metallic Gold Addict Shadow and swipe across the eyelids. Finish with a slick of our Platinum Lip Glaze in Blush giving you a natural lip, with shine and hydration! 

Alexander Wang was all about minimalistic beauty that makes a statement! All you need to keep your skin fresh and glowing is the 
AW03 Brightening Day Moisturizer and Pressed Powder Illuminator. Keep those cheek bones in check with sharp contouring and just a touch of colour using our AW03 Sunkissed Frost Blush. Finally add a very light pink gloss to give this look a touch of pizzaz with the AW03 Platinum Lip Glaze Girl Crush.

This is the perfect evening look with minimal effort! Cushnie Et Ochs brought the berry lips to life. In order to create this beautiful look apply our AW03 Liquid Eyeshadow in Eclipse as a wash over your eyelid and then Volumizing Black Mascara to give lashes flair. For the final touch you will use our Liquid Lipstick in Uncorked to get that perfect berry red tone.

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Thursday Blast

October 22nd sees the return of our Advanced Makeup Diploma course.

Advanced makeup is a diploma program for those who have taken the basic makeup diploma program or are an established makeup artist wishing to enhance their skills, push their limits and get creative!

If you are looking to expand your creativity, then our Advanced Makeup program is exactly what you need to diversify your portfolio. You will have the opportunity to learn everything from theatrical stage makeup, statues and 3D techniques!

Full Time 12 week Advanced Makeup Diploma
October 22, 2018 till January 8, 2019
Monday & Tuesday's from 9:30am till 4:30pm

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RAW Calgary presents OVATION
 

RAW Calgary is pleased to announce OVATION. An interactive evening of everything art! 70+ participating local artists in Music, Fashion,
Accessory Design, Visual Art, Film, Photography and Makeup!

Guests will have the unique chance to meet the artists, all while sipping on a glass of wine and watching live entertainment on the main stage. 

We are so excited that our very own instructor Scarlett is going to be one of the featured makeup artists!
Scarlett will be doing makeup LIVE on models throughout the night.

Here is a little taste of what our amazing instructor will be doing for RAW

Join Scarlett and other local artists on Thursday October 18!
For more information about RAW Calgary and to purchase your tickets go to
http://www.rawartists.org/calgary/ovation


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Fashion Fridays

Although we are sad to see summer ending fall is in the air, which means fall fashion! There is something so exciting about new collections, fall boots and fabulous jackets.
We consulted our fashion team to find out what to look forward to!

Here are some of the new upcoming trends.
When thinking about trends no need to go crazy, just add a piece or two to give your look a fall 2018 update!

The oversized jacket
The menswear inspired blazer is a must! Amazing to dress up paired with a long skirt, sweater dress or even over the shoulders for the evening. Try dressing it down with a logo t-shirt, jeans and little booties.

The logo t-shirt
Rock it with your favourite jeans and blazer or pair with cool sweat pants and high heel pumps.

The quilted bag
There are so many things we adore about this one....the colour, the detail and the quilted leather effect you will see everywhere this season.

The ankle bootie
Toes are pointy, boots are sleek yet relaxed at the same time. If there is one type of footwear to add this fall the bootie is it! Perfect with jeans, longer skirts or fitted dresses. You name it, it works.

Animal print jacket
Animal prints are huge and an absolute must have. This one piece is a statement that updates everything you wear.

White shoes
White is such a fresh take on footwear this fall. Try these with a simple pencil skirt, patent leather pants or sassy sweats. Pumps with a difference.

Large gold earrings
Large and bold is where it's at. Hoops are classic, timeless and work with everything. 

Pleated Skirt
This is a great piece for the season. Wear with slouchy boots, a longer blazer, tuck in a t-shirt or dress up with a crisp white shirt and sky high pumps.

High waisted leather pants
The jeans of the season. High waisted is happening and so flattering. Pair with pumps and a logo t-shirt, sneakers and a fitted sweater or booties and a fab coat.

Some great ideas to kickstart your fall wardrobe!
Add a piece or two to rework your closet and pair pieces differently to add a new life for the season!

What's been happening Wednesday's

A warm welcome to our new makeup trainees!
We love first week of class! This week has been full and exciting! Monday evening brought in
our new part-time makeup group lead by our very talented instructor Jessica Luther. The
evening group is always with us for longer than the day classes so we get to enjoy their faces,
get to know their personalities and really have a chance to work and carve their skill. Jessica is
unwavering, a rock in their sometimes unsettled sea which always ends up in calm beautiful
waters. We are really looking forward to seeing the group’s talent unfold. Here is some work
from the last group which was very impressive:


Today our full time group joined us, one that is full with 14 new makeup students ready to
become the best! We have our fabulous instructor Scarlett ready to teach them her tips and
tricks of the trade. Scarlett has been working as a makeup artist in the industry for over 10
years now. Her specialty is creativity. She is the sweetest soul with unbelievable patience, she
works hard with all of the students to help them reach their full potential. Here is some of her
fabulous creations.


We can’t wait for the talent of each group and each student to unfold, it’s always exciting for us towatch these students become the best!
Stay tuned for updates!

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Tara's Picks

These are Tara's go to must haves that she never leave home without! Tara has a full life of work, kids, working out and enjoying life. She applies first thing in the morning and never needs to touch up. Live your life while you look and feel amazing!

BB Cream - Covers imperfections leaving a dewy and fresh finish

Illuminating powder - Use instead of a powder to give a beautiful sheen

Liquid Eyeshadow - Tara is addicted! Use as a wash of color, they don't crease or fade all day long

Large powder brush - It's so soft and the perfect size for any sort of powder product

HD volumizing mascara - Tara loves lashes and this gives the perfect balance of thickness and length with zero clumpiness

Brow balm - Tara designed this to not be too pigmented. When she is applying, Tara gets the perfect coverage without looking fake.

Flawless lipstick from our new 'Platinum Collection' - Seriously she is obsessed! This is her go to 'Orchid' It's a beautiful soft lavender that just works!

Trend Tuesday

Have you wondered what the latest trends are in Hair, Makeup and Fashion?
Well wait no longer join us every week for Trend Tuesdays!

Today we are focusing on the one trend that has always been around,
but is making a BOLD spring comeback! I am talking about the Cleopatra Eyes! 
The Egyptian queen still reigns supreme over eye liner. All over the runway and instagram you see this trend popping up from Marc Jacobs and Roberto Cavalli to Tom Ford and Versus Versace!!

Stay tuned and join us for Thursday Tips! See how we create the hottest bold Cleopatra Eye using the AW03 m a q u i l l a g e Gel Eyeliner in Noir!!!

Thursday Tips


Creating the Perfect Brow

We have created this fabulous step by step instruction and package for you, 
containing all you need for the perfect brows.
Brows are the most important part of your face, highlighting and framing everything!

In this package you will find:

Angled Brow Brush, Highlighter Brow Duo Pencil
Brow Balm (shown in Brunette) & Clear Brow Gel

Here's how:

Step one - Follow the diagram below and map out where your brow should start, arch and end. Use the brow brush and measure from the side of the nose straight up to find the starting point, then from the outer side of the iris straight up to find the highest point of the arch and finally from the corner of the nose again out toward the outer edge of the eye to find where the brow should end. 

Step two - Using the brow brush apply a small amount of brow balm to the upper brow line feathering the desired outline shape. Keep in mind the shape you have just mapped out. Once you have your outline shape use feathery strokes again to fill in any areas that are sparse or need shaping. Repeat this process along the underside of the brow if you like more definition.  

*Tip - don't draw a shape at the front of the brow, let brow hair look natural here.*

Step three - Once you are happy with your shape use the brow gel to set brushing upward and out.

Step four - Use the matte end of the highlighter brow duo to define the underside of the front of the brow and the sheeny side to define under the brow arch.

Step five - Admire how beautifully defined your eyes are looking with the perfect brows you just created!

2018 Met Gala

The 70th anniversary of the Met Gala was held last night in beautiful New York. The Costume Institute Gala at New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest event on the Fashion fundraiser calendar. Founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the benefit was first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New Yorks high society. Now a days, the most famous faces from fashion, film, music and art come together each first Monday in May to raise money for the Met's Costume Institute and celebrate the opening of it's latest exhibition. This year's theme is the Mets most controversial one yet, the theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. 

Anna Wintour announced named her co-hosts fort he evening, who are none other then Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace. 

Unfortunately as every year there were only a select few that followed the theme. This is the Fashion event of the year and when you have Fashion and Art mixed together the guests should take risks, rather then stay safe. A few styles made my jaw drop, but mostly styles were safe and boring. The carpet was filled with gowns that were gold, silver and white. I think the biggest question of the night however was, where is Lady Gaga and the Beyonce?!?! The Gala was most definitely missing these two its was not the same with our them!

Keep in mind the theme of the Gala is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. So lets see who actually took a risk and kept to the theme and who went to safe shall we...
Here is the Artists Within's Top 6 picks for best and worst dressed of The Met Gala 2018.

Top 6 Best Dressed:

1. Rihanna in Maison Margiela by John Galliano
2. Bella Hadid in Gareth Pugh x Chrome Hearts
3. Blake Lively in Versace
4. Lana Del Rey in Gucci
5. Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier
6. Lilly Collins in Givenchy

Top 6 Worst (did not follow theme) Dressed:

1. Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Christopher Kane
2. Tracee Ellis Ross in Michael Kors
3. Miley Cyrus in Stella McCartnety
4. Ashley Graham in Prabal Gurung
5. Zoe Kravitz in Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent
6. Kendall Jenner in Off-White