Products that could withstand a tsunami...probably

Remember that time it rained on my wedding day? I sure do! Those of you who think it "wasn't that bad", we actually got rained out during our photos/video. By the time we made it back inside for the reception, my hair looked like a drowned rat strapped to the top of my head...BUT the silver lining is that this really put the staying power of my makeup to the test. And I'm happy to report that it was a huge success in that regard!

So for anyone who plans to do their own makeup on their wedding day, or maybe just in general wants their makeup to stay in place (without having to tattoo it on) - this one's for you.

Here is a list of some of the products I used that contributed to the longevity of my rainy wedding day makeup:


FaceAtelier Foundation

It's well known that I airbrush foundation on my clients whenever possible, but there are two instances when I do not. 1. When the skin is better suited to standard liquid foundation and 2. When I don't feel like doing makeup with my eyes closed. So ya, when I do my own makeup I tend to keep my eyes open and use FaceAtelier liquid foundation. This foundation goes on and stays on, with or without a setting spray (trust me, I've tested it both ways). It's quickly become the only foundation I'll use on myself when I decide to sport a full face of makeup.


Too Faced - Better Than Sex Mascara (Waterproof)

I was so hesitant to try this mascara because the non-waterproof version, if I'm being way too honest, just did not live up to its name. Ya catch my drift? People went nuts for it but I just didn't get it, and with my eyes being sensitive it irritated me much the same as many other brands I had tried. But I gave the waterproof formulation a shot and by the grace of all that is good, it worked. No black streaks for this bride **insert salsa dancing emoji here**.


Ben Nye Final Seal

This is the pièce de résistance in my opinion. I don't let people walk away from me or my makeup station without loading them in this. Seriously - I will chase you down the street if I forget to spray you. It is so long lasting that the bottle actually recommends a specific makeup remover to use at the end of the day because it's alcohol based. Of course, the special remover isn't vital but it may take a bit of elbow grease to get your makeup to budge when you finally want it to.

I won't lie though - this product is a little tougher to find and way more expensive than what you'd typically pick up at Sephora. #worthit 


But hey, the proof is in the puddin' so here are some photos from the wedding day that backup my arguments. Note: my hair before and after I drank whiskey...errr I mean the rain.


















Recent Hits and "Mrs"

Yes, you read that correctly. It’s a play on words because I’ve been testing different products to see what I do and do not want to use on my wedding day! 

In recent months I’ve been on a bit of a rampage as far as makeup shopping goes. Holiday sales + trying to figure out what look I want for my wedding in the spring = one overused credit card. In our house we like to say “the bank has spent a loooot of money on us lately”. 

I’m usually not one to return products, but being that I’ve been WAY over spending, I have a pile of products sitting out just waiting to go back to Sephora. With that said, I will jump into a few purchases that I absolutely love, and some where I was shocked at how much I hate them. HEADS UP: some of the no-no’s include products that you’ve most likely heard of. Join me as I explore some makeup that either hit the mark or missed the boat, for my wedding and beyond. 



1. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème – Slow Burn


One of my main concerns leading up to the wedding is, as trivial as this probably sounds to most people, what shade of lipstick I want to wear. It’s a serious struggle, guys. I’m not lying when I say I’ve purchased 7 different lip products in the last month (about $200-300 worth), solely to find the one I think is my “bridal” colour. So when this little guy (and I do mean little, it’s a trial size) rolled around, I was shocked at how close to perfect it was. 

November marks the first time I tried ANYTHING by Marc Jacobs. So, being that I’m of the go big or go home mentality, I wound up trying not one….not two….but FIVE products. This was the last of 5 and I was so so so happy with it. Mostly just the shade though, because of course it’s a cream lipstick so automatically I write it off as far as staying power goes. But the colour, Slow Burn, is a shade of nude that is darker (rosier) than most of the nude’s that I have. I wanted something that wasn't too orangey, and not too pinky – this one hit the nail on the head. 

This lippy is matte, and unlike a LARGE number of brides today I am leaning towards either a gloss or at the very least a satin finish. So if this one wins out on the big day, I will have to add the element of shine over top regardless. And before you ask, no I am not concerned about it transferring when I kiss my husband-to-be. He’s used to it by now. 

2. Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon – Blacquer  


This was another one that came in the Sephora reward box that I cashed in on (along with the Lipstick), but I had actually tried it prior to this as well. It was the first product by Marc that I tested out, and it is to thank for me wanting to try everything that line has to offer. 

I L.O.V.E. this eyeliner. It’s dark as hell and applies soooo smoothly. If I’m quick enough, I am able to smoke it out perfectly without it losing it’s intensity. But once it sets, fuhgetabowdit! That guy doesn’t go anywhere. 

I rarely line my waterline, or the waterline of my clients, because physiologically speaking waterlines are not supposed to hold product. Their entire purpose is to stay moist and flush out debris, so when you line it and then it either fades and/or find that black gunky gross crap in the corner of your eye a couple of hours later? Ya, that’s why. HOWEVER….now that I’ve said that, I will backtrack slightly. There are ways to make it last longer. Number one, and the only one I’ll discuss right now, is using a REALLY good liner. Such as this! If I absolutely have to line a waterline, this is now the only one I will use. Not ruling out others that I haven’t tried yet, but of the ones I have tried – this is in first place. 

3. Smashbox Step-By-Step (ooo baaabyyyyy) Contour Kit – Light/Medium 


Ok, the oooo baaaabyyyyy part was my own addition. And now I have New Kids on the Block stuck in my head. Worth it though, because this has quickly become my new fav when it comes to contouring. 

For quite a while I’ve used the ABH contour palette, but the one shade I used most often was running painfully low. So I ordered this on a whim and I’m so happy I did. Legitimately have never found a contour shade look so perfect on my skin. I even use a bit of the bronzing shade to go along with my contour. If I didn’t already have an all-time-favourite highlight, I would likely use the highlight shade in this kit as well. 



1. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter – Opal


I’m LOLing right now because I feel like some of you may have fallen out of your chair when you saw that I will not be promoting this like pretty much every beauty influencer does. Not only did I not like this highlight, but I effing HATED it.  

I’ll take you back to the beginning, before I regrettably added it to my online shopping cart: I have wanted to try this for the last 2 or 3 years. Jaclyn Hill promoted it in the shade Champagne Pop, so that was originally what I wanted to try. I went to Sephora, knowing my mission, and being shot through the heart when they said they were sold out. Instead they recommend that I try Diorskin Nude Air Luminizing powder. A million dollars later, I bought it and loved it. Still love it. Probably always will love it. 

Fast forward 3 years: I had at some point heard Nikkie Tutorials refer to Opal as Champagne Pop’s less intense sister, so I figured that would be better for me and my brides. I fiiiinally got around to ordering it and was super stoked to test it out. Rather than experimenting on myself, I decided to test it out on a client.  

THANK GOD I KNEW THIS GIRL! The second I streaked this along her cheekbone, my jaw dropped and I instinctively said “Holy Sh*t”. My heart stopped for a second because this had essentially ruined the makeup in my mind. Luckily, that feeling only lasted a second before I remembered I could buff it out and go back to my Dior.  

This product was SO chalky looking on the skin it was insane. I am not at all used to seeing actual sparkles on a clients face when I apply highlight, so this came out of left field. 

All this being said, I am still willing to TRY Champagne Pop, but Opal is all set and ready to be returned….or burned. 

2. YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain – Rose Mix


This one was the 3rd of 3 lip products I ordered from YSL this month. And honestly, I could take or leave every single one of them.  I got the matte stain, the glossy stain and the cream vinyl stain. I’ll probably keep the matte stain and the gloss because I imagine one day a client might like them, maybe. But at least the cream stain is going back, mostly because I don’t feel like giving YSL over $100 for products that aren’t superb in any sense of the word.  

Again, I have to wonder if it’s just the shades I chose? The pinky/nude/subtle colours. But none of them wound up being great. And those colours are usually the easiest to get right soooo I’m not sure what’s going on with this one. But it’s a miss!  


3. Tarte – Light’s, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara


I am so torn over this one. I really really want to love it, and in some ways I actually do. Visually speaking, this mascara is bomb. It’s easy to apply without looking clumpy, and adds plenty of volume and length. I feel like this is the goal with any mascara that I try. 

Unfortunately, there are some negatives associated with it as well. The main one being that it dried out in under a month. Maybe it was a fluke and it only happened with mine, but I kid you not, within a month the formula had dried significantly. Not enough to stop using it if I had no other choice, but enough that it definitely changed how it applied.  

The next issue is that it bothers my eyes after only a couple of hours. I have pretty sensitive eyes when it comes to mascara for some reason, so the fact that it started to burn a bit isn’t uncommon for me. It’s the rate at which this occurred. Normally I won’t feel dry and slightly uncomfortable until the end of the day or night, but every time I wore this mascara I had about 3 hours max before that kicked in.  

Supporting Local Women's Shelters

59% of Ontario women who are assaulted by their spouses and have children say that their children saw or heard the abuse.

In the span of 1 year, there were 31,000 admissions of women and children to Ontario shelters for abused women.

Please imagine for a moment that you were one of those women. Or maybe your sister. Or your neighbour. Or your desk-buddy at work. Your daughter. Your mother. Your favourite barista. Or your hairstylist.

With International Women's Day just a couple of months away, I'm asking that my friends, family and amazing clients will help me in my efforts to raise funds for the shelters where these brave women go to seek freedom and a fresh start. Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region - Anselma House and Haven House.

For every $500 that is raised, I will draw one name (from those who have donated) to win a FREE makeup application.

- $15 minimum = 1 entry

- $25 minimum = 2 entries

- $50 minimum = 5 entries

- $100 donated by a local entrepreneur or on behalf of a company, will be formally recognized on my Facebook page and will receive 10 entries

There is NO limit on the number of times a person can donate.

Receipts for tax purposes are available through, as this is a charitable donation with 100% of the proceeds going to the WCSWR.

All draws will take place and be announced on March 8th, 2018 (International Women's Day).

*Makeup applications must be scheduled in advance, no dates are guaranteed prior to booking
**Makeup applications can not be applied to bridal parties (Bride, bridesmaid, Mother of the bride, etc.)
***Makeup applications will take place at Justyn McCaskie Make-up's home studio
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*****Cannot be exchanged for cash or products

Let's work together to remind our sisters that they are not in this alone:

Current Promotion


As 2015 comes to an end, we look forward to what the new year has to offer. And I've decided to give back to my brides in 2016!

For a limited time, when you book a trial for your 2016 wedding you will receive a prize to be offered at your stag and doe.

Prize includes 1 airbrushed makeup application (cannot be used in a bridal party...that means no brides or bridesmaids on the wedding day) and Ardell false lashes (1 pair).

Contact for pricing, availability and all other information.

VIDEO: Airbrushing Foundation/Makeup

I've come across a TON of clients who have never had their makeup (more specifically, their foundation) airbrushed. People recognize that airbrushing is popular and desirable, but most of them don't know why that is. These are a few of the reasons why I, personally, offer airbrushing as a standard service during all of my makeup applications:

1) Flawless finish. I think a lot of people can agree that one thing they worry about or dislike, is when foundation is noticeable in a negative way. Whether it looks caked on or feels caked on, nobody got time fo' dat. After I've airbrushed a clients foundation, I often hear comments such as "It doesn't even feel like I have anything on my face" which is ideal. And it is the closest you'll come to looking like you were born with a perfectly even skin tone, free of blemishes.

2) Serious longevity. Once the tiny foundation particles fly out of the airbrush and land on your face, they cling on for dear life. I don't know why this is, honestly. But I know it's true. I've applied makeup on a client 7 hours before an event, and she informed me that the makeup stayed put into the early hours of the next day. 

3) Easy colour matching. This actually makes my life about 20 times easier. When you're applying your typical run of the mill foundation, if your colour selection is even slightly off it stands out like a sore thumb. If your neck and chest are one colour, and your face is a different colour, people have an easy time playing the "one of these things is not like the others" game at your expense. But because airbrushing applies the foundation in such a light mist or veil, it's much easier to blend it out on your neck or chest. So even if the foundation isn't an exact match (you still want it to be close, obviously) it's more likely that it will look correct.


Here's a video I threw together, using my friend Sandra as a model, to show you what it's like to have your makeup airbrushed.


Holiday Party Eye Makeup

Finally got around to posting a YouTube tutorial. This is a look that would be great for one of the ten million parties you are obligated to attend this season. Note: the video is ONLY walking you through the steps for the eye makeup, not full face.



Halloween Makeup 2015


For someone who went to school for all types of makeup (beauty, film, special effects, etc.), it's not often that I get to practice my full range of skills.  

I had forgotten how much fun I have making injuries from scratch and applying them. Hours of sitting quietly, sculpting the pieces and making them as realistic as I know how to.  

However, the application process was a little trickier than anticipated. Turns out blending edges when you can only see out of one eye isn't all it's cracked up to be... 

Nonethless, shoutout to Halloween for giving me a reason to brush up on my semi-forgotten talent. 


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Prize includes: 
- Make Up For Ever HD primer
- Make Up For Ever waterproof eyeliner
- Make Up For Ever mascara
- Make Up For Ever lipstick
- Sephora all over powder
- Sephora mini brush set
- A cute mug just because