Fashion Friday-Burgundy and Lace

| Friday, August 31, 2012

Like symbiotic relationships in nature, harmonious relationships exist in fashion too

Coco Chanel to the 'Little Black Dress'
Kate Moss to 'Heroine Chic'
Vivienne Westwood to 'Punk and New Wave'

Two pieces that we see have cozied up to one another this season is Burgundy (shades and tints of) and Romantic Lace
 This combination is undeniably gorgeous;
Uncontrollably sexy;
And irrefutably chic

Photo Credit: Elle Argentina

Dramatic burgundy eyes with a matching pout creates electrifying impact!

If dramatic isn't your thing but you want to experiment with the burgundy color trend,
Try a subtle wash over your lids with a little liner
Classy, beautiful and not-the-norm

Burgundy tints offer an enchanting glow when paired with a fresh complexion
and natural lips
Pro Tip: To avoid the eye looking blood shot, line your waterline with a white pencil to brighten your peepers

On to the Lace

Lace is no longer just for brides, the elite or the bedroom (!)
Depending on the style of lace and color, the mood and feeling shifts

Shop the look at

This lace blazer found on Nasty Gal is a classic item to your wardrobe
Dress it up or down; you'll have this piece forever!

This adorable lace, burgundy clutch by Miu Miu adds class to any outfit it's paired with

Shop the look
White lace isn't reserved just for brides anymore; Thank you fashion gods!
Pair your new white dress with a fur vest or a classy blazer

Lace peep-toe booties by Dolce & Gabbana 
Draw attention to your lower extremities with these come-hither heels

Like any true fashionista, a sale draws us in like a moth to light

This black lace with beige lined dress is on clearance on Nasty Gal
It's only $11.86 !!
An inexpensive way to try the lace trend out

Have a great Labour day long weekend everyone;
We'll catch you back next week!

Much Love From,

Artists Within Bella's XO

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Trending Thursday-Falling for Fall trends

| Thursday, August 30, 2012

The leaves are starting to turn and there is a fall chill in the air that we're denying
Fall is falling
It is time to start thinking about heavy knit sweaters, scarves, jeans, boots, hats, and long jackets

With winter wardrobe changes comes winter makeup modifications

 Starting with Mulberry mouths

M.A.C Pro longwear 'Absolutely It' Lip Pencil
This powerful pout is created using the lip liner only.
Be sure to moisturize lips before application to ensure a smooth finish.
Simply line the lip and fill it in-this creates dramatic, deep intensity with superhero staying power!

Dolce and Gabbana classic cream lipstick in Dahlia
A deep rouge kisser creates a glamorous, gothic feel for fall
The depth of color plays off the subtle contour of the cheeks and eyes

M.A.C Pro Longwear 'Absolutely It' lip pencil coated with LipGlass
Coat your lips with M.A.C Lipglass, paired with grey smokey eyes
creates a romantic feel for fall.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glassy Stain- No1
The flawless pout is focus for this look;
try a soft, sheen shadow to allow this fabulous lip steal the show!

Laura Mercier Shimmer Lip in Fresh Brown
Old school glamour; flawless skin, softly contoured cheeks, subtle eyes with a classic slick of color.
Try phasing from the lip line inward to create a subtle ombré effect

Step out side the box this fall with a Mulberry mouth that oozes with class, sophistication, glamour and style!

Check back tomorrow for more on mulberry with a dash of lace; Fashion Friday!

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School's wouldn't be the same without students

| Wednesday, August 29, 2012

As promised, Artists Within will be blogging every Wednesday about one, or many, of our grad's that are busy creating really cool art using makeup, paint, prosthetics and all he knowledge taught at 
Artists Within

Today is Amilee's turn

Amilee has been the focus in past blogs as she recently placed 2nd at IMATS 2012 in Vancouver

 Amilee has since joined the artist management team at Artists Within. 
She also is currently teaching the Advanced makeup diploma program where students learn advanced makeup techniques like body painting, camouflage makeup, drag makeup, masks, historical period makeup, advanced highlighting/contouring, fashion special effects,
theatrical/character makeup and more!

Amilee, when not teaching, is busy creating!
With a home photo studio set up in her living room, 
 her live-in photographer boyfriend, David of DMacstudios , 
there are no limits as to when and where she can create!

Taking a look at some of Amilee's latest work

Model credit: Kaitlyn Regehr

Model Credit: Tali Oppelt

Model Credit: Jennifer Shepherd

Model Credit: Sarah Curts

All makeup, body art, and prosthetics done by Amilee
Photography done by: DMacstudios

To hire Amilee for your next photo shoot, TV series, film, editorial, wedding and more
 Please contact the director of our Artist Management team at 403.708.4150 or

To learn more about how to start your career in makeup, please contact Artists Within

We'd love to speak with you!

Much Love from,

The team at Artists Within, our students biggest fans!

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Fashion Friday-Full Figured Fashion

| Friday, August 24, 2012

Let's face it, not all of us are the ideal 'Catwalk model measurements'
 5'9" with 22" waist, 33" hips and 32" bust

And most of us will never be-a lot of us never want to be-for we enjoy shakin' what our Mama's, grandmama's, and great grandmama's gave us!
There is nothing more beautiful than a real woman-curves and all-exuding confidence, loving her body and being comfortable in her own skin

Italian fashion designers worked together with the Italian government in 2006 to ban size 0 models and enforce a minimum BMI (body mass index) of 18
"Plus size" models (sizes 14-16) were to be introduced into shows and models were not to be younger than 16.
This caused quite the stir as 'beauty' has been greatly disorted by propaganda; 
"You must be young and skinny to be beautiful"
Eating disorders are rampant-holding a scary first place in mortality when compared to any other mental illness- and because of this disortion beautiful girls and woman are falling victim just to try to get a taste of "beauty"

That brings us to today's Fashion Friday post
We would like to honour full figured beauties who aren't shy to show off thier curves giving others the confidence to do the same!

Designer Rachel Pally created "White Label"
Designs for full figured ladies, showcased at Full Figured fashion week

Pally focuses on shapely designs that showcase the body avoiding frumpy frocks and tireless threads

The Queen Grace collection brand was launched in 2010 by stlyist Marina Zelner
Queen Grace was created as a high-fashion company that designs exclusively for the contemporary full-figured woman

 Queen Grace Collection represents every real woman with a real woman body

Artists Within hit the streets
...ok no we didn't, we hit the google machine..
to find full figured women around the world and the styles they are rockin'!

Street Style for full figured woman

Plus size stylist, editor, designer, and writer Nicolette Mason is the face of Marie Claire's "Big girl in a skinny world" column. 
Contributing to several publications in Vogue Italia, Refinery29, Glamour Magazine Italy and more, Nicolette has killer style and infectious confidence!
AW Models international has a plus size beauty of our own!
AW model Janel Royal, the face of  The Fuller Woman expo, will be featured in the Calgary Herald showcasing not only plus sized clothing but also her confidence to work it infront of the camera and in life

Stay tuned for more details on the publication!

Happy Friday everyone!

Much Love From,

The Artists Within 'full figured' lovers XO

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Trending Thursday-Vibrant Lacquer

| Thursday, August 23, 2012

There's no denying that bright, bold colors are the dominating force in fashion this summer

And your talons are no exception!

Taking a look at trending colors and brands that take your blah paws to show stopping claws!

First up is Nail Inc, Neon Nail Polish in

A take on the classic coral, consider Portobello to be coral on 'roids

Next is Illamasqua Nail Lacquer in 

Shocking pink with your summer tan goes together like, well shocking pink and a summer tan!

Third place goes to Butter London's Jelly Nail lacquer in

A sheer formula offers a subtle orange tint for the non commital fashion dabbler

Numero quattro is brought to you by Priti Polish in
Devil's Fig

Sunshine at your fingertips; a fabulous burst of brightness!

And last but certainly not least Deborah Lippmann's nail varnish in
Nasty Girl

Remember to keep it classy in this nasty girl color!
 Great for darker skin tones!

There you have it! 5 of the hottest nail colors right now
Try 'em all and discover the fun that color can bring to your life!

Stay in touch because tomorrow is Friday which means it's Fashion Friday-
Artists Within brings to you the hottest, greatest and latest fashion trends from hair, makeup, clothing, designers and more!

Much Love From,

The girls here @ Artists Within XO

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We're so proud of our grad's!

| Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The fashion industry is cut throat

It's a dog eat dog world out there and only the passionate, driven, and talented individuals will make it
...which is the way it should be

(image not that of student)

Speaking of Passion, Drive and Talent today we showcase a student's work, who upon entering Artists Within had no training in makeup like most of our students, and is now successfully employed full time in the industry and is working hard to build a portfolio that is worthy of bragging rights

Angela has successfully completed the full time makeup diploma program, the session hair styling diploma program and the airbrush certificate program-with the goal of completing the advanced makeup diploma program in the near future.

We caught up with Angela to check out some of her latest work

Model-Ashley Q from AW Models International

Hair and makeup all done by Angela-this girl clearly knows what she's doing!

If you are an aspiring artist wanting to break in to the fashion industry through hair, makeup, wardrobe styling and more let Artists Within help you get there!

If you are a student or graduate from Artists Within, please send us images of your latest and greatest work, we'd love to brag about you too!!

Much Love From,

Your fellow Artists at Artists Within-makeup academy

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Fashion Friday-Style on a budget

| Friday, August 17, 2012

That moment you find the perfect addition to your closet
Glance at the price tag
...And drop to your knee's, sobbing like a small child because in order to afford it you would have to sell your first born, pawn a kidney and depending on who your buyer is, sell rights to your soul!

For some this may be worth it because 
A) You never wanted kids
B) We were given 2 kidney's or that exact reason, and
C) Soul, Schmoul! It matters not, for I now have the Chanel dress I always dreamed of

For those of you who are not willing to make the above sacrifices for fashion, fret not for there are solutions!
Styling on a budget is absolutely do-able

The Real Canadian Superstore carries a little clothing line called Joe Fresh, or commonly referred to as  JOE

Joe Fresh is a fashion brand and retail chain created by designer Joe Mimran
Mimran is the co-founder of Club Monaco and the name behind Alfred Sung brand
Great quality and great prices is what has made this brand so successful!
Check out the Fall 2012-yes fall collections are coming out already *puke*-This collection makes the thought of fall a little more bearable

Joe has given us so many reasons to fall in love with their affordable fashions
...Including any one who has fallen victim to having to shop men's wear. 
Not only is it hard to find quality but when you do find quality you break the bank to afford it.
Not at Joe-they thought of that!
Quality, affordable men's wear
...Pig's must be flying

So go on, the next time you hit up the grocery store prance into the clothing section and treat yourself!

Happy Friday Fashion Folks!

Much Love From,

The budget fashionistas at Artists Within XO

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Fashion Friday-An eye for design

| Friday, August 10, 2012

Clothing, accesory and shoe designers are a dime a dozen
The fashion industry has some of the toughest competition; it's truly a dog-eat-dog world
And only a few make the cut *SNIP*

Today we are showing you 2 designers, 4 lines

Starting with Mary-Kate and Ashley's line The Row
The Row reflects a timeless elegance that focuses on fine fabric and 'that perfect fit'
 The Row's mission- support high end fashion manufacturing in the US

Above pieces are from The Row's Fall 2012 collection
...almost gets us excited for fall...

The Row isn't the only thing the Olsen twins have their hands in
Elizabeth and James is a modern lifestyle brand for a new generation
Bringing to the buyer a trend conscious yet timeless wardrobe

The similarities between The Row and Elizabeth and James are definitely apparent; the twins have found their design niche
 Targeting different markets, demographics and styles with each line makes these young designers at the top of their game

Moving on to Nicole Richie's lines Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960
Both lines were launched in 2009 offering ready-to-wear collections, jewelry, eyewear, foot wear and handbags

Nicole has truly done a 180 from the Simple Life days...can't say the same about Ms.Hilton
Visit Nicole Richie's blog to stay up to date with everything fashion.

And at last, although not a designer (well kind of she is), is worth mentioning as she has caused quite the stir in the fashion world.
Tavi Gevinson, an adorable 16 year old who has seen and been part of more fashion events than most of us combined ever will-and she started at the pubescent age of 13!

This young trend setter first gained attention with her quirky style-describing herself as a 'tiny 13 year old dork sitting inside all day wearing awkward jackets and cute hats'-and has now become the fashion muse for many designers!
Last year Tavi founded 'Style Rookie'
Check her out bravely interviewing Rodarte for Target...
This kid is fearless!

Tell us about some of your favorite designers, bloggers and trend setters!
We just may do a whole blog dedicated to our fan favorites

Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend!

Much Love from,

Artists Within XO

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