Anyone who knows me knows I love music. I am surrounded by musicians. The majority of my close friends are musicians, most of my clients are musicians and I make no distinctions between genres. In my iPhone right now I have everything from Bizet's Carmen to Ke$ha to The Mamas and the Papas to Deadbent to Lefty Frizzell to Juan Velasco. I love them all.
I do, however, have a special place in my heart for jazz music. I mean old-school jazz. The sultry, smokey, rich vocals combined with snare drums and and horns with just the right layer of piano. Something about jazz music transports me to a place that is truly amazing.
One of my favourite jazz singers is Maureen Kennedy. I have created make up looks for Maureen on several occasions. Her style is very old school — bright lipsticks and beautiful eyelashes. She really does embody the aesthetic of classic jazz. Her voice is mesmerizing.
Maureen has cultivated an extensive repertoire of memorable standards and rediscovered gems that compliment her very personal sound. The purity of her sound and her restrained use of vibrato is second to none.
With the release of her newest CD, Out of the Shadows, Maureen shows us, again, why she is referred to as an "ethereal, soulful and singular voice." (Ralph Benmergui)
Recently I asked Maureen what beauty means to her:
"My personal style has definitely changed through the years. When I was younger I loved vintage clothes because I could make such a unique, one-of-a-kind statement. I still wear some vintage pieces but my style now is simpler and more comfortable. Gone are the days when I would wear a 1950's party dress. My singing style, however, is still a little vintage because I love all those great jazz singers who were popular in the 1950s.
Beauty is not just a physical thing. Physical beauty really is transitory and it’s important to cultivate other qualities like intelligence, empathy and humour.
Being a mother has influenced my personal style. As I mentioned before I like to dress simply and I want my regime to be unfussy. The only time I really dress up is when I’m singing or going somewhere fancy. There is a bit of the bohemian still in me.
Right now I love — and I speak the truth — my favourite cosmetic product is The Lipstick #10 by Daniel Thompson. My friend Patti Loach introduced it to me. I love red lipstick and this one is the perfect red for me."
Maureen performs often and you can see her next at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto on May 29, 30 and 31. I will be there on the 31st! The club is very intimate so be sure to make a reservation.
Next Month: Nathalie Paulin
It's that time of year again. I will be travelling across the country meeting readers and consumers, answering questions, and showcasing some of the most exciting new products for the season.
You can join me at any event—free of charge—and I will personally meet with you, answer all your beauty questions, and, most of all, create a personalized makeup look just for you.
All events are by appointment only, so please contact the event location in your city to book your time with me.
I am looking forward to meeting you all!
April 3 - Fredericton
Sue Lawrence Hair Spa and Gallery, 550 Queen Street, 506 457 2922
April 4 - Charlottetown
Salon 12, 155 Belvedere Avenue, 902 566 4780
April 11 - Ottawa
terra20 Pinecrest, 2685 Iris Street, 1 855 837 7220
April 12 - Ottawa
terra20 Wellington, 1304 Wellington Street West, 1 855 837 7220
April 13 - Ottawa
Daya Spa Wellbeing Boutique, 200 Dalhousie Street, 613 244 4333
April 19 - Toronto
Andrews, 55 Avenue Road, 416 969 9991
May 4 & 5 - Toronto
Esthetique Spa International Show, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 1 866 772 7469 (for tickets)
Please note: for May 4 & 5, an appointment is not required; however, admission to the show requires a ticket. Tickets can be purchased direct from ESI.
It is quite possible to tell a great deal about a woman from the way she uses her lipstick.
For many years I have been teaching young make up artists to always ask their clients to show them a used lipstick.
The insight can help a professional make up artist find the right look, colour, and product for her client.
I know, for me, when I see a woman's lipstick I can immediately create an experience, environment and a service that is perfectly suited to her desires.
Here's what your lipstick tells me about you — let me know how close I am to your actual personality:
From Left to Right:
1. Maintains the original shape:
-Slightly shy; reserved by nature
-Loves her schedule and keeping it in order
-Enjoys rules and adhereing to them
This client usually wants an understated style that is clasic — her look neither comes into fashion nor does it go out of fashion
2. Pointed round:
- Highly loveable; this is the person everyone wants to be friends with
-A "doer"; want results? talk to this woman
-Family oriented; both chosen and related family, this woman always puts her loved ones first
This client loves bright and fun colours but is always cautious not to over do her look. Her style says "outgoing but not irresponsible."
-Generous; she always has extra of everything for those with less
-Easy going; rarely ruffled and certainly open to going with the flow
-Even tempered; she really doesn't see the need to amp up the drama
This client is always open to trying new fashions; she may not embrace them but she is not afraid of them — her look takes from current trends and classic styles and mixes them all together.
4. Flat top:
-High sense of morals without being judgmental
-Concise communicator; she does not waste words
-Loyal and dependable; a dream partner, boss or employee
This client knows exatly what she wants in her make up — she researches, examines and decides before she meets a make up artist. Possibly the easiest client to please because she is very clear about what she likes and does not like.
5. Extreme angle:
-Selective when using the word "friend"
-Very outgoing; she knows how to have fun
-Rarely keeps to her schedule; she has just too many things to do in a day
This client is often hard to impress but once you do she is very impressed. Her look is very styled, tailored and structured. Nothing is ever out of place.
-Inquisitive by nature; she requires information
-Adventurous; she always wants to test her limits
-Loves solving a puzzle and learning new skills
This client loves the techniques of applying make up. She isn't so worried about having the current style rather than knowing how to use all the newest products properly. Her look is fresh and current.
7. Sharp angles:
-Faithful; this is the friend who stands up for you when you are not around
-Spiritual; a contemplative person
-Maintains a mystery about herself
This client wants a look that says she is aware of fashion but not ruled by it — her look is all style and very little fad.
8. Pointed angle:
-Creative; never one to accept convention, always looking for a new way to achieve goals
-Energetic; it seems, sometimes, this woman will never slow down, but that is a misconception. This woman simply has drive.
-Extremely helpful; she knows success comes through collaboration.
This client wants a look that ensures people will find her trustworthy — her style says she is ready to be a team player.
So who are you? Tell me by leaving a comment below.