Sunday, 13 November 2011

Sinfilter Shoot 2

Just a quick peek at a photoshoot I did with George from Sinfilter Studios! He did some awesome photoshop work to give our shoot an even more awesome theme! I used the amazing Naked Palette from Urban Decay on her eyes and my favorite highlighter Copacobana from Nars! The wet look on her lids was achieved with a little bit of Vaseline!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Long time no post!!!!

It's been a long time since my last post! Not that it's an excuse, but I have been super busy working at Sephora at Market Mall as one of their makeup artists, and still doing freelance work on the side! Some exciting tidbits about what I've been up to: Several photoshoots with George at Sinfilter Studios, working on the Fall banner for and doing some of the calendar girls for the upcoming CJAY 92 Charity calendar.

Below I have included some of my favorite shots from my shoot with Sinfilter Studios and model Jessy T. **Warning - some of these shots may be a little too risque for perusal at work!

George had some fun photo-shopping the photos for an ethereal look, but the overall look of the shoot was a very beautiful makeup so we could showcase her phoenix tattoo.

I had an amazing time working with everyone in this shoot, and I promise to update more often with more makeup looks that I have been working on! Don't forget to follow my page on Facebook Makeup by Jo!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Friday, 29 July 2011

Breath of fresh air!

Taking a break from my posts about the Vancouver IMATS I have the photos from my shoot with Photographer Maggie McKay! We had a fantastic model come out and wear a beautiful Grecian dress (even as it started to cool down!) and gorgeous jewel toned jewelery.

We wanted to play around with the bright colors in the jewelery and bring that up into the makeup. I used green and blue around the eyes, with a little bit of yellow for highlight. My trusty NARS Copacobana highlighter went onto the cheekbones, with a little bit of contouring.

The lips are an Elizabeth Arden pink, that I love because it is so vibrant! And I truly believe that anyone can wear a lipstick this bright, even if their first instinct is to shy away from it. For a more natural look, I would use natural tones on the lids with a little bit of liner rather than the bright tones that I used here.

We shot up on Nose Hill here in Calgary, which is why there is the beautiful clear sky behind our lovely model. I really hope to do more outside shoots, as they really create a different atmosphere.

Coming soon: More information on the 2011 Vancouver IMATS, as well as unseen photos from previous shoots and new photos from shoots here in Calgary!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

IMATS: Part Two!

On the second day of IMATS there was so much going on that I need to break it into two posts! This first part will focus on the Student Competition Character/Prosthetic Category! Only one student from Blanche MacDonald made it into the final round, and she ended up placing second!
Congratulations Candice! 2nd Place!

The other competitors were all from the Vancouver Film School, and I tried to get photos of their works as well! This next character was by Leah Wilburn who won first place.

Unfortunately it was really hard to get good photos, so some of them are from the large screen that focused on the competitors. But you can still see the amazing work done! This next one didn't place, but reminded me of The Gentlemen from Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

This year's theme was "Mythical Creatures" and required all competitors to apply foam-latex prosthetic appliances. The competition was judged by Makeup Artist Magazine Editor Michael Key, and had a guest judge Steve Johnson, who gave a seminar on IMATS Day One on his career as a special effects makeup artist.

I had a really hard time getting good pictures of all the competitors, so I urge you to check out Candice's blog here, where she has several entries on the competition!

Coming soon: The Makeup Museum, MastersFX, and District 9!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

IMATS: Part One!

I had the amazing chance to attend the 2011 Vancouver IMATS this past weekend, and I could not have had a better time! We got to check out tons of brands (all of which were having wicked show specials) such as Make Up For Ever, Crown Brushes, Royal & Langnickel, Cover FX and more! Not to mention we got to cheer on the Blanche MacDonald Students competing in the IMATS: Student Competition. One of which was Isabelle Champigny, my classmate from Blanche!

Photo Courtesy BMC Facebook
The theme was tribal beauty, and here is a closer look at Isabelle's makeup design! Points were given for design, technique, and overall look. Extra things like the outfit and hair definitely finished off a look!

Photo Courtesy BMC Facebook
Blanche took the top three spots for the Beauty/Fantasy Competition! Isabelle won third place, while Duk Soo Veronica Cho and Shawnna Downing from Blanche took home first and second respectively.

Photo Courtesy BMC Facebook

Other highlights of the day? We got to see demos done by almost every booth, especially the amazing demos by Jenna Kuchera and Timothy Hung for the Blanche MacDonald Center! Check out the lashes used in Timothy's demo above! Paperself zebra lashes!

Photo Courtesy BMC Facebook
We also had the chance to sit down and listen to presentations by the Vancouver local IATSE, a seminar by Eve Pearl,  and see more amazing makeup demos, including the mutant pig at the FameHog booth!

Photo Courtesy Sydney Nelson

More on the IMATS coming soon! Check back for details on the Student Character/Prosthetic Competition, the makeup museum, the District 9 panel, and the MastersFX panel on True Blood and Fringe!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Biker Chic

The second part of my photoshoot collaboration with Dale Ewing, featuring our biker chick in Biker Chic. We took the model from a fresh-faced and wholesome look with long blonde hair to an edgy hottie. Dale cut her hair from past her collarbones to the shaggy short cut you see here.

 To match her new image, I gave her a serious smokey eye. No soft colors here, I took the Aqua Color in Black from the Make Up Forever collection and blended it all around the eye. For a little bit of softness on the bottom I used my NARS Pandora shadow, so we could avoid a "raccoon" look.

I kept the lips nude by blocking them out with foundation, and adding a little bit of gloss. I used an eyebrow pencil to fill in her brows so they wouldn't get lost next to the harshness of the eyes. With a little bit of NARS Copacobana highlighter on top of the cheekbones and a light contour, the look came together.

Next time I do a Biker look I am bound and determined to find an actual bike we can shoot her on! Thanks again to Dale for bringing me in to do the makeup for his portfolio shoots! And as of this post you can "Like" my facebook page "Makeup by Jo"!

And next week you can check back to hear all about the Vancouver IMATS, where I will be going to support my Blanche MacDonald classmate Isabelle Champigny as she competes in the Student Competition. I'll include updates on the speakers at the show, fantastic deals, and the amazing people I will get to meet!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Men's Makeup: Rocker Edition

Before I left Vancouver, I had the opportunity to work with Dale Ewing on his Hair Portfolio at Blanche MacDonald. The following concept was designed by Dale to incorporate a rocker edge into the look.

 For the makeup, we created a faux-dirt effect to really give the rougher edge. Instead of using real dirt, I used Ben Nye Plains Dust, which can be applied dry or wet. I used it both ways to get an authentic "dirty" look. Along with the Plains Dust, I did a rough black eyeliner around his eyes, trying to keep away from the smooth lines usually found in beauty makeups. I used a light layer of foundation and concealer to give a clean skin look, and light contouring under the cheekbones.

This was my first time doing anything more than slight corrective makeup on a man. The two biggest challenges were: 1 - Avoiding a "beauty" makeup, or feminizing the face. We wanted to model to remain absolutely male, which is why I made sure to have a rougher eyeliner, and kept the contouring in a stronger line to emphasize the more masculine lines of the face.

2 - Working around the stubble. We wanted to keep the model's five o'clock shadow as it helped keep the look rough and edgy, but it meant I was a little more limited in concealing any redness in those areas and any contouring I may have wanted to do.  However the darkness of the stubble does tend to counteract any red areas that may occur, acting as a natural concealer.

I hope to be able to do more male makeups in the future, as I find it an excellent way to change things up from the typical beauty makeup! Keep checking back for the other half of this shoot, featuring the "Biker Chic" look!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Saturday, 2 July 2011


It's been a little while since my last post, but I have a really good excuse! I just moved back to Calgary AB after graduating from Blanche MacDonald! Right now I'm still getting settled but I thought it would be a good time to post some more pictures from the amazing photoshoot I did with Samantha Green Photography. 

This look was designed to be fun and beautiful, with the amazing Sydney Nelson as my model. I got my inspiration from the dress she was wearing, and had to create a bold lip to go with it! The lip color I achieved by mixing eye shadow pigment with lip balm to spread easily on the lips. I was very impressed with how vibrant the color turned out on camera!


This second picture is probably my favorite shot that I have in my portfolio. I am still over the moon with how it turned out, and when I eventually get my official website up and running (Coming this year!) this picture will be the showpiece!

Keep coming back to find out what I am up to here in Calgary, I will have some new and exciting pictures for you soon!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Bedroom Beauty

Another series of photos from my fabulous shoot with Sam Green at Samantha Green Photography. These ones feature a softer side of beauty, emulating the romanticism of Boudoir Photography. My very beautiful model is fellow makeup artist Katianne Marsh, whose own work can be found here.

I used soft corals and brown on her eyes, with my favorite liquid eyeliner. The highlighter I used this time was Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl, which gives a beautiful soft golden glow on the cheekbones. For blush I used NARS' Orgasm, and I kept the lips soft with a lovely Benefit lipgloss.

What we wanted to achieve with these shots was a natural beauty that reminds you of that just woken up look. Of course, we all wish we could wake up looking this good! Talia Murchie pinned up Katie's hair into retro pin-curls to keep with our pinup theme, but with a soft modern twist.

We threw down a black furry blanket for Katie to pose on, to complete the romantic feel. I definitely want to expand into Boudoir Photography makeup more, because I love the idea of capturing that moment when a woman feels as though she can take on the world.

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Amped Up Attitude

Presenting another series of shots from the photo shoot I did with Sam Green over at Samantha Green photography! This one features one of my favorite models, Sydney Nelson, who also happens to be an incredibly talented makeup artist. This is the second look I did on her today, and I took inspiration from the designer of the fabulous shirt she is wearing: Betsey Johnson.

You go Syd!
I made sure to capture the attitude in the design, carrying some of the colors of the shirt up into the makeup. Particularly for the eye makeup, I blended a few colors in a large shadow palette I have to imitate the lime-green with yellow undertones. Sydney vamped it up with some fabulous high heels and a feathered fan! First rule of thumb when it comes to taking photos of your makeup: When the model is enjoying herself during a shoot, it shows!

The lips and lashes were taken from the Marilyn image on the shirt - dramatic and bold! The lipstick was a deliciously bright fuschia pink from Elizabeth Arden cosmetics. I topped them off with a sparkle gloss from Too-Faced cosmetics, which gives a solid shine of sparkle right across the lips. As far as I'm concerned, anything related to Betsey should sparkle!


And don't forget to always bring the attitude! This is only look number two from the Pin Up shoot with Samantha Green! Keep checking back to see more of the gorgeous looks featuring makeup by Jordan Jeffrey, Hair by Talia Murchie, and Photography by Sam Green.

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Morgan le Fay

In one month I will officially be done school! And part of the excitement at nearly being done by education at Blanche MacDonald is due to the fact that we got to try our hands at prosthetic work. A lot of work is involved in each of those prosthetic pieces used for films and photoshoots, and I have a new appreciation for the hard working makeup artists in those prosthetics labs.

For my prosthetic final, I chose a fairly simple prosthetic piece, that I sculpted and molded myself! From start to finish this piece was all mine. It is a gelatin prosthetic in the shape of Odin's rune of Illusion, creating the effect of a subdermal implant.

My character is Morgan le Fay, from Arthurian legend. I took a few liberties with the character, but I kept some of the basics. Here she is a sorceress seeking revenge against the kingdom that killed her unborn child. She sought out the druids to learn powerful magicks to realize her vengeance, and painted their symbols on her body - and on the skull of her stilborn son.

Not a happy story, but I am in love with the final look! I sculpted the skull myself out of Model Magic, and used Kryolan Body Paints on her body for the symbols. I was so luck to have the amazing Miki as my model for this look, and she brought my vision to life. Check out her model mayhem page for more of her modeling talents here.

I kept the makeup dark and sexy, with slightly wild elements. I used my trusty NARS Copacobana as a highlighter on her cheeckbones, and used NARS shadows in China Blue and Pandora on her eyes. To finish off the look I draped her in fake fur fabric I got from the amazing store Dressew, which can be found in downtown Vancouver.

New goal: to find some more ways to work prosthetics and special effects into glamour makeup! Keep coming back to see what else I've been up to!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Passion for Pinups

One area of makeup that I definitely want to get more into is doing Pin Up and Burlesque styles. I love the classic feel of the looks, and how fun they end up being! I recently had the chance to work with Sam Green again with a photoshoot that focuses on exactly that: Pin Up makeup!

We spent a full afternoon doing looks on three different models, while trying to keep true to how I feel about makeup: It should never stop being fun! I was lucky that this time I didn't even have to attempt to do the hair, as I had Talia Murchie with me styling all the hair for the shoot. We got to do a number of different looks, but we'll start with one of my favorites. You may recognize my model, as she previously modeled for my pink rose fantasy post.

Catlyn looked amazing in our glamour pinup shots, and here are some of my favorites! We really went for old school sexy, with the fedora, cigarette holder, and opera gloves. I love the way Catlyn can pose, and really work the look. And she's holding that pose in high heels!

We took the bandeau top off for a couple of the other shots, so be warned the looks get a little risque in the next two shots. But let's face it, classic pinup was all about sex appeal and beautiful women!

 For this makeup look I relied on my Rimmel foundations, my NARS Copacobana highlighter, and my NARS Pandora for the eyes. I also used my favorite red lipstick from MAC, Russian Red.
Keep coming back to see more looks from this photoshoot, which I will be posting throughout the month of June!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Black and Yellow Beauty

I love the boldness and brightness of the color yellow! Everything about it just makes me think happy thoughts, and any time I get to use yellow in my makeup looks I do a little happy dance inside. Recently I've had the opportunity to do two dramatic looks using yellow and black. The first look came from from a shoot with Sam Green at, where my model was fellow makeup artist Talia Murchie.

I love how the yellow makes her eyes just pop! I used the Makeup Forever Flash Color Palette for the yellow and black, the NARS Copacobana highlighter on her cheekbones, and my favorite bronzer from Pur Minerals for a contour.


The second look was with Roger Hur from,  where I didn't use any yellow in the makeup, but the beautiful color was instead draped around my amazing model Kendra.


I used the same highlighter and bronzer on the cheekbones as the first look, and I used the Make Up Forever Flash Color palette on the lips, with the Rimmel lip gloss in black.

Don't believe me when I say yellow will bring out your happy dance? Try it for yourself! Next time you're feeling a little down, throw on something in yellow and enjoy the extra bounce in your step!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Fantasy Flowers

Creating fantastic works of art on the human body is probably my favorite part of being a makeup artist. With the help of Sam Green of Samantha Green photography I had the opportunity to work on two beautiful fantasy looks, one of which I decided to focus on in this post.

For this particular theme, I focused mostly on my beautiful model's face and used one of my favorite colors: PINK! I chose roses for this look because I have always associated fresh flowers with spring, and what better way to celebrate the improving weather than a spring look!!

I used the Make Up Forever Flash Color palette to paint the flowers and create the lovely blush color all over her skin. I buffed the pink color all over the upper half of her face and used a paler cream foundation as a base to give her an almost ethereal look. Then I painted out the dark pink petals, outlined them in black creams, and used white as a highlight. This entire look was created using only those three colors: pink, black, and white. It is absolutely amazing the depth that can be created by blending colors together for highlight and shadow.

I had a fantastic time working with Sam, and we are currently planning another shoot in the near future, so keep checking back! Coming next week I will be showcasing two recent looks that both focused on the color combination of black and yellow, thanks to Samantha Green Photography and M&M Photographie!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or

Friday, 29 April 2011

M&M Photographie

I was so lucky this past weekend to work with an amazing team on a series of photos. Myself, Roger Hur from M&M Photographie, Jae Keun Jeong from Hair by Jae and the beautiful Kendra Anderson as our model created several looks that I am still stunned by.

We played with a few looks, starting with a basic beauty look. I love how natural the makeup turned out. I played on Kendra's natural beauty and amazing bone structure to make her skin glow. Key to this look was NARS multiple in "Cobacabana" as a highlighter on top of the cheekbones and a little down the nose.

The next look was so perfect for Kendra, as she is not only a talented actress, but also is part of a cabaret show! When I heard that I had to do a red lip on her, and glam her up a bit! Love the boa! One of my favorite red lipsticks is "Russian Red" from MAC, a lipstick I have found looks awesome on just about everyone.

The look translated so well to black and white I absolutely have to share that version as well!

As a final treat:

Kendra Anderson Photo Shoot - April 2011 from M&M Photographie on Vimeo.

Check back soon for more shots from this shoot, as well as my recent photo shoot with Sam Green of Samantha Green photography!!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at or