UNSUNG HEROES

The old faithfuls of Anna’s makeup bag

Mascara never goes on unless my lashes are curled. If I’m going to the gym, usually bare faced, I always curl my eyelashes before jetting off. It makes you look five times more awake and literally like you have five times more lashes than you actually do. And I don’t care what every single makeup artist warns, a quick curl over finished eye makeup, say, after a day of school, is an instant pick-me-up to your face (and I hate to say it, but the dried mascara holds a curl SO MUCH BETTER. Just be super careful).
I’ve tried a few different curlers, and having had some that have literally pulled out half of my lash count (*cringes*), I only have one curler in my life. Shu Uemura is infamous for their lash curlers– made for asian eye shapes, they really catch every lash and curl WITHOUT PULLING. I repeat, WITHOUT PULLING.
Back in the day, when I didn’t know the difference between pink and yellow undertones, I was convinced that the reason I had a line of makeup along my jawline was not in fact the wrong shade of foundation, but instead that I wasn’t blending it well enough. And while both probably needed some work, I found a brush that I still use, like, every single day. The Sephora #56 brush is a buffing brush, so you can use it to apply liquid or cream foundations, tinted moisturizers and concealers, which was what I originally used it for. Nowadays, I do all that jazz with my fingers, then do a one-over with the 56 to make sure everything all blended and not, like, sitting on top of my skin. Because we all know how attractive that is.
I’m not gonna get started on oily skin here, because, well, I’ve pretty much summed up how annoying it is in about every single article I’ve ever written. But something that I’ve learned is that every skin type produces oil (or sweat) in some way or another, especially when wearing makeup. Boscia’s Blotting Papers are more or less my one true love in life, always there to make me look better, feel better, even sharing their superpowers with my friends. Who needs men??
Not trying to brag or anything, but I usually have pretty soft lips. Like, I always put on lip balm but I know very well that I don’t really need it. Then, all hell broke loose when the temperature up here in CANADA dipped to like -1000 (that’s in Celsius, so like WAY more cold than you even thought) and my lips really felt it. They were dry at the corners and the skin was peeling and it was a disaster that I had never seen on myself before. But thank god for my trusty Rosebud Salve! I bought a tin back when it was super trendy and loved it immediately because of the thick viscosity and the natural-looking red stain it left. But this stuff’s not just a pretty face, it’s been my saviour since my lips checked into rehab for being a hot mess.
— Anna Raponi
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