With spring right around the corner, we are looking forward to getting out and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. We asked hair and makeup artists, Erikka and Michaela of SimplyMe in Canmore, Alberta to put together three unique looks to get you through festival season, evening weddings, and all of the parties that spring and summer will throw your way.

Evening Glamour

What you’ll need for this look:

Heat protectant – Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity
Large wand curling iron (1½ inch barrel)
Comb or teasing brush
Bobbi pins
Clear elastic


The hair

  1. Spray heat protectant evenly throughout your hair.
  2. Create a rectangle on top of your head. Visually divide hair into three or four sections starting at the top front and moving back. Holding the wand horizontally above your head, take the section closest to your face and wrap around the wand away from your face. Slide wand out when hair is too hot to touch, leaving a barrel shape on top of your head.
  3. Hold a finger at the base of the barrel along the scalp and use a pin to secure.
  4. Using the same technique as steps two and three, create two sections on each temple. Holding the wand vertically this time, wrap hair away from your face. Pin and repeat. Curl the rest of the hair holding the wand horizontally.
  5. Remove pins and brush out curls with a wide-toothed comb. Tease hair around the crown and at the top of your head to create volume.
  6. Gather the top half of your hair to the back and off to one side (which ever side you want the braid to fall on). Make an “X” with your pins to secure.
  7. Gather all of your hair to one side and begin to French braid your hair. When braiding, twist each section as you go to keep layers intact. Secure with a clear elastic. Using both hands, tug at each side of the braid to gently pull it apart. This will make it appear more full.

The makeup

  1. Prep the skin with a primer. Our favourite is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.
  2. Use a foundation with a blending brush to get an airbrush effect. We love the Laura Mercier Silk Foundation and the Real Techniques Buffing
  3. Apply an eye primer to the lid of your eye and blend outwards using a fluffy brush. We used the MAC Eye Primer in Groundwork.
  4. Lightly press a dark brown shadow against the lashes using an angled brush. Don’t worry about creating a straight line, the smokier the better.
  5. Curl and apply lots of mascara to the lashes.
    Tip: curl and apply mascara one eye at a time to ensure that the curl lasts.
  6. For a fun pop of colour, use a berry coloured stain on the lips building intensity with multiple applications.
  7. Apply the same stain to cheeks for a fresh dewy effect.
  8. Make sure to define brows for this look. Using an angled brush, gently apply powder along the natural shape of the brow.

Festival Fierce

What you’ll need for this look:

Heat protectant – Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity
Dry Shampoo – Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair
¾ inch tapered wand curling iron
Wide-toothed comb
Sea salt spray (see recipe below)
Head piece
Texturing cream – Kevin Murphy’s Easy-Rider


The hair

Embrace your messy hair! Unwashed, second day hair will make for the best results.

  1. Evenly spray heat protectant throughout your hair. Tip: To keep your hair healthy, make sure to always use a protectant. Spray dry shampoo at roots, holding the bottle at about 6 inches from your head. Massage into scalp.
  2. Hold your wand horizontally and take a 1-inch section of hair. Point the wand toward the mirror. Starting at eye level, wrap your section around the wand leaving 1 inch of the end out. Heat hair until it is too hot to touch.
  3. Hold the wand horizontally pointed to the back of the room and wrap the section around the wand. Continue alternating direction of wand until all hair is curled. Take different sizes of sections for a more textured look.
  4. Using a wide-tooth comb, brush out curls.
  5. Scrunch in a texturing cream at the ends and spray sea salt spray throughout hair and place your headpiece at the crown.

Sea Salt Spray Recipe:     

1 cup warm water
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp gel
Mix all in a spray bottle

The makeup

  1. Prep the skin with an SPF of 20 or greater.
  2. Mix illuminator and tinted moisturizer together on the back of your palm. Apply the tint onto the face with a buffing brush in circular motions. We love the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.
  3. With a concealer, cover up any red areas (around the nose, under the eyes, blemishes etc.).
  4. Bronze the high points of your face, where the sun would naturally hit (the nose, chin, temple, and cheekbones).
  1. Use the illuminator as a base for eye shadow focusing on the inner portion of the eye.
  2. Apply bronzer into the crease of the eye with a fluffy blending brush and finish the eye by curling the lashes and applying lots of mascara.
  3. Add a tiny bit of illuminator to the cupid’s bow and finish with lip balm.
  4. Fill in brows where they are sparse. Tip: hold the brush near the end to get a softer, more natural look.

Garden Party

What you’ll need for this look:

Hair brush
Hair tie
Clear elastic
Bobbi pins


The hair

This style works great on day-old hair or when you need a quick polished look.

  1. Flip head upside down, gather hair at the top of your head and secure with the hair tie.
  2. Take a section from the side of the ponytail. Divide the section into three pieces and backcomb each piece.
  3. Braid these pieces together. Secure with a clear elastic.
  4. Twist ponytail into bun, hold and secure with four bobbi pins, one at each side. Make sure you can feel pins along your scalp as you’re placing them.
  5. Wrap braid around the bun and secure with a pin.

The makeup

  1. Using a concealer, cover any blemishes and redness. Our favourite way to achieve a perfectly dewy look is using a fluffy brush, lightly blend the pigment until it looks natural and soft.
  2. Apply a matte light taupe eye shadow (MAC Shroom) all over the lid. Use a fluffy brush and a darker taupe to define the crease of the eye.
  3. Curl and apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
  4. Apply a shimmery, pale pink blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend upward.
  5. For the lips, apply a nude lipstick with pink undertones and finish the look with a gloss.
  6. Set your t-zone with loose powder.
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Photographed by :: David Heinrich
Hair, makeup, and tutorials by :: SimplyMe
Styled by :: Alexandra Wig

Special thanks to:

 Anthropologie for providing wardrobe for this story.

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