I may not be a rock star but having lesson with makeup artist Anna Conte from Civello Rosedale made me feel like one. I fell in love with Anna a decade ago when she did my brows in preparation for my wedding. There is something about this lady. She radiates this deep grounded confidence that just envelops you when you’re in her presence. And she knows her stuff. Wow, does she know her stuff.
Two things inspired me to work with a makeup artist. One is that I’ve been thinking a lot about how we stay connected to who we are in the now. When was the last time you thought about how you wear your makeup? I’ve probably been wearing my eyeliner the same way for *cough* years! But is my face the same? My style? Secondly, I’m doing more and more video and I wanted some tips on how to really look fresh and polished as I film programming for Creative Living TV!
Anna was very clear; the first thing is to be really loving with your skin. I felt like I was having a mini spa treatment as she cleansed and moisturized the palette we’d be working on, hehe.
The one big tip that Anna asked me to pass along is that it is worthwhile to invest a little extra to have a skilled professional shape your brows. I remember the first time she did mine; I couldn’t believe the difference! I felt so glamorous and so pulled together. This is something I’d love to do regularly!
Throughout the lesson, Anna explained the what, why and how of every step. She would apply the concealer, foundation, blush, eye shadow, etc. on one side, and then I’d make an attempt on the other side. It was fun and comfortable.
Anna highlighted things that were good particularly for me but also shared her thoughts on current trends. One thing I really appreciated was her philosphy of creating a classic, clean look and then inviting in a little taste of the season – like the lovely gloss she tried on me or the deep coral lipstick we played with. (It looked great!)
It’s quite an incredible experience to have someone really look at you, noticing the shape of your face, the colouring of your skin, the curve of your brow. It can be a little unnerving but Anna’s way of being both knowledgeable and completely non-judgmental makes it feel really lovely and safe.
Style can be a powerful form of self-expression, but we can also get trapped in our habits, stuck in the way we were instead of rediscovering who we are. This lesson was an opportunity for me to take a fresh look and see this woman smiling back at me.
And a special shout-out to Monica Terralheiro who was so lovely and treated this lesson as a photo shoot so that I’d be able to share the experience with you all. Thank you, Monica!