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NEWS // CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY AT SEPHORA

Red alert! Or should I say red and green alert… Continue reading NEWS // CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY AT SEPHORA

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REMOVE YOUR DOUBLE CHIN (WITH CONTOURING)

While taking a Snapchat video of me singing along to the new 1D song to my best friend the other day (that whole idea is a lot more embarrassing once typed out), I was a bit shocked to see how my face looks while I’m moving, or rather, lip syncing.  Continue reading REMOVE YOUR DOUBLE CHIN (WITH CONTOURING)

GEL LINER PENS // BENEFIT VS. HOURGLASS

Gel liners delivered in the form of pencils are all the buzz these days– not a concept I was completely on board with. Why? Well, the reason I gravitate towards gel liners in the first place is to capture the precision of an angled brush paired with the pot of liner. But come to think of it, liquid liner pens are also fabulous for super thin lines and graphic flicks. Continue reading GEL LINER PENS // BENEFIT VS. HOURGLASS

PHOTOGENIC FACE

Photogenic Face
Photogenic Face

Photographs can bring out the worst in your makeup–you might think you aren’t that shiny, or that you applied your makeup pretty well–but through the camera’s lense any unblended makeup looks obvious and blotchiness comes through.

Whenever I know that I am going to be photographed–whether at a club, a birthday, a wedding, whatever–I always follow the same rules.

1)Primer: First use Benefit’s Porefessional to hide any obvious pores around my nose, chin, forehead and cheeks, then apply Smashbox’s Photofinish primer all over my face to ensure a smooth surface. Primer will also help to adhere your makeup to your skin, making it last longer. Lancôme also makes a really great primer, and if you’re looking for something lighter, Dior CC Airflash Primer is weightless.

2)Complexion: You’re going to want to use something with a more matte finish–cameras are not kind to any kind of dewy look–but don’t cake on the foundation either, because this will show up. I used Nars’ Sheer Matte foundation (I also really love Dior’s Airflash Foundation, as you know) in a shade that is actually slightly darker than my super fair complexion. I tried this out a few years ago in attempt to look less ghostly on camera, and it does help a bit. If you’re going to do this, make sure to blend into the neck. I concealed my dark circles with Lancome Effacernes and Clé de Peau‘s concealer. I also covered up some redness with the CDP. Be sure to really blend everything and blur any leftover brush strokes with fingers.

3)Powder: This is key for not looking like there is an oil slick on your face. I generously apply Vichy’s Dermablend Setting Powder, wait a few minutes, then brush off the excess. I touch up with Cover FX‘s matte powder.

4)Eyebrows: These are key for making your face pop on camera. Eyebrows are the architecture of the face, so be sure to fill them in. I love Lancome’s Le Crayon Poudre.

5)Blush: Apply more than you think. It actually takes a lot for it to show up on camera. A peachy pink shade always looks nice and fresh. On my wedding day I applied tons of Nars’ Orgasm to have a pretty bridal flush. I used Make Up For Ever’s HD Cream Blush which is really easy to use and super buildable. A little bit of slight contouring with bronzer also helps to warm up the face and add definition.

6)Lips: Hydrated lips always look best. Apply a satin-sheen lipstick or lipgloss. Matte textures can look severe, especially on more mature skin.

Remember: good lighting will always help, hold your camera slightly above you and know which side is your good side! (It’s the left for most people)

HOW TO: HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR

Do you feel like you keep hearing about contouring and highlighting, but feel like it’s something complicated that when done wrong, can make you end up looking like this?
Don’t fret, we’ve got your back. It’s actually incredibly easy. This isn’t Kardashian-level kontouring, it’s for the everyday girl.
All you need is a bronzer, a fluffy brush, and a highlighter (we like liquid for this, easier to blend). By using a light hand, you can achieve a softly sculpted face with a pretty glow.
Also–no need to buy a new highlighter for this–if you have some white or light gold pearlescent/shimmery shadow hanging around, use it! There are usually one of these shades (or both) in most eyeshadow palettes.
The key to achieving a natural look is to apply in light layers–remember that if there isn’t enough on your face you can always add more.
Now, go on and get your Gisele on.

QUICK FIX // BRIGHTEN UP

When Winter will seemingly never end, and skin becomes more ghostly by the day, it can be hard to keep your complexion from looking lacklustre and dull (plus those fluorescent lights at work don’t help). So, we say (along with everyone else), fake it ’til you make it.

A radiant glow can easily be restored with a bit of beauty chemistry. Mix a few drops of liquid highlighter (we like Benefit’s High Beam) into your tinted moisturizer or foundation before application for a luminous face. Be careful not to over-do it though–you want it to be imperceptible.

INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH BOLD BROWS

Just in case the hundreds of ‘Christmas Inspired Makeup!!!!’ tutorials (usually involving silver sparkles of some sort and/or red lipstick, gosh this is getting old) haven’t reminded you, it’s the holiday season and wether you like it or not, you will most likely be attending parties that will involve people expecting you to dress up and look cheery.
 
Now, I love Christmas. Usually I’m that annoying girl who get’s excited halfway through October and puts up the decor November 1st. But this year, I’m just not feelin’ it anymore. The shopping, these said ‘parties’, oh and the coincidental exams right around this time of year, it’s all too stressful and it’s lost its magic. What was I getting at here…oh yes, despite all this you still got to look bangin’. I mean, you’re gonna be seeing friends and family that you may not see very often. And while I’m sure there will be many posts coming giving you the 411 on a candy-cane pout and glitter (everywhere!!), I think it’s about time we went back to basics–bold brows that last. Who ever said that brows can’t be exciting!! I mean, how great does a perfect red lip look with just a little mascara and strong arched brows?
So I played around with the contents of my makeup collection, looking for the longest lasting, most effective and easiest to apply option. Eyeliner! Strong colour payoff, long wearing, and with this technique, you can’t really screw up. Pick a liner that is similarly coloured to your brow hair–taupe for blonde and redheads, brown for brunettes, and black or dark brown for black hair. Draw some onto the back of your hand, warming it up a little. Now dip your angled brush into the colour on the back of your hand, brushing it around to work off a little bit of the pigment and get in there! Avoid too much pigment at the very insides of your brows (you may end up with a near-unibrow), accentuate that arch, and maybe even extend the ends just a tad for some extra drama. Once you’re happy with your creation, spray some hairspray onto your spoolie, then brush your brows into place–I like brushing up, then outwards for my biggest brows). Now literally highlight your masterpieces with highlighter, right under the arches of your brows. When the light hits your face, the highlighter will make your arches appear just that bit higher and give your face more definition. They brows won’t budge and are party-ready (even if you aren’t).

–Anna Raponi

 

PART III, MY WEDDING MAKEUP // TUTORIAL


As you know by now, I did not only my own but also pretty much all of my bridesmaids’ makeup (with assistance from Anna, of course) on my wedding day. With practice, good products, and a good amount of time on your wedding day, I believe that any bride can take matters into their own hands when it comes to bridal makeup. Hiring a make up artist might not always work out for the best, and like I said before, no one will know your face better than you.

Step 1: Prep your face
You absolutely need to have a good foundation before you apply any makeup at all. Make sure that you give your face a good exfoliation either the morning of or the night before. I did the night before with Ren’s Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

Step 2: Prime
Apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to your clean face before you begin. Then, I applied Benefit’s Porefessional to my nose, chin, forehead and cheeks to fill in any pores. Think of it as spackling your face to create a smooth surface (kinda gross, I know). Then apply a primer–I used Smashbox’s Photofinish Primer–for me this is ol’ reliable. I’ve used it multiple times, and it just works. Follow suit under the eyes with Smashbox’s Undereye Brightening Primer, and on the lids with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer.

This might seem like a ridiculous amount of products, but primers are essential. They will adhere the makeup to your face, making it last longer and prevent creasing in the eyelids and in any fine lines.

Foundation
Since I have freckles, it was actually quite hard for me to find a great foundation that matched. Too light, and it enhanced my pale complexion in a bad way and I came out looking dead. Too tan, and I got severe foundation jawline. As I’ve mentioned before, I finally found Diorshow Airflash, and fell in love. No SPF, so no flashblack, and buildable coverage with an ever-so-slight pearlescent finish to hide any imperfections and give a nice glow. Spray the foundation on to a foundation brush and apply to your whole face, making downward strokes. Be sure to blend the jawline.

Concealer
I wasn’t sure if I was going to cry or not at the ceremony, but I decided to play it safe with a waterproof undereye concealer, Lancome’s Effacernes. Great consistency and coverage. Apply this under the eyes and in the inner corners of the eyes.
For any facial imperfections, I applied Cle de Peau’s concealer with a brush to pimples and the sides of my nose to cover any redness.

Lock it in–Step 1
Generously powder your face with Vichy’s Dermablend Powder. This powder is a miracle worker–sweat-proof, shine-proof, rubbing-proof–your makeup won’t be going anywhere. Apply tons of this to your face, let it soak in for 2 minutes, then brush off the excess.

Contour
Apply Nars’ Laguna bronzer with a fluffy brush at the top of your face, tracing down the perimeter of your face, down your cheekbones, and then tracing down your jawline (it will look like you are drawing a big “3”). Also apply down the bridge of your nose and on your chin. Make sure you blend this in well. Nobody wants to see where you’ve actually applied this step. You just want to give a bit of definition and glow to your face. It will also make your face look smaller.

Brows
I don’t care who you are, eyebrows are crucial to the architecture of the face, so they need to be strong and well-defined so that they show up on camera. I filled mine in with Lancome’s Eyebrow Pencil. This pencil is foolproof–I just colour it on where I need it and brush it through with the handy spoolie attached to the end. Pick a pencil that is a shade lighter than your hair colour for a natural-looking brow.

Blush
For my engagement photo shoot, I applied both a cream and a powder blush for a long-lasting flush. However, I didn’t apply enough. I really wanted a rosy-pink glow to my face, so apply more than you think–you might feel silly, but if you want it to show up, put more on. I first applied MAC’s creme blush in So Sweet, So Easy for a good base, then I layered over Nars’ Orgasm blush. Orgasm is a shade I wear in everyday life, and gives a great bridal flush. It has little pieces of gold flecks, so it will give you a pretty glow as well.

Eyes
For my eye makeup, I applied Urban Decay’s Virgin (in the Naked Palette) all over the lid, Toasted on my eyelids, and Buck in the crease and lightly following my lower lash line. Then, I traced along my tightline with Sephora’s Waterproof Eyeliner in brown, and ever-so-lightly along my lower lashline for added definition. I then curled my eyelashes, lined my upper lid (with a thicker line than normal) with Smashbox’s Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Brown and applied Lancome Definicils Mascara.

Lock it in–Step 2
Spray your face a few times with Urban Decay’s All Nighter to set your makeup.

Eyelashes
Kirsten, my maid of honour, applied all of our fake eyelashes (I knew that I wasn’t going to have time, and she is a cheerleader, so she really is a pro at applying fakies). I chose a more dramatic set of Ardell’s lashes than usual to really make my eyes pop. Make sure you get a waterproof eyelash glue!

Lips
I was going for a pink, glowy, blushing bride look, so I opted for a slightly brighter lipstick than usual. It showed up on camera really well and perfectly matched my flowers.
You are going to be kissing people all day long, so you can’t afford to have a lip that fades. I applied Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealer to my lips (make sure that you wipe off any excess lip balm first), then I filled in my lips Chanel’s lipliner in Fuschia, and then followed up with one coat of Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Paradis (the Rouge Coco formula is my favourite for lipstick), straight from the tube. Blot, with one layer of Kleenex. Then I sprinkled and brushed some translucent powder (the Laura Mercier from the undercover pot). Apply one more coat of lipstick, and bring it with you for touch ups. I chose not to finish with a gloss because it can look like you ate some goop in photos.

Anything I would have done differently:
The only thing that I would have maybe done differently is take a moment during my reception to apply some blotting powder to my nose. I was having so much fun that it did not even occur to me that I might be shiny after about 5 hours wearing a 10-pound wedding dress in July. But, the day goes so quickly that there is no need to even worry yourself about that. Having fun is the priority.

All the products I used:

Benefit Porefessional
Smashbox Photofinish Primer
Smashbox Undereye Primer
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Lipstick in Paradis
Chanel Lipliner in
Cle de Peau Concealer
Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye concealer
Vichy Dermablend Powder
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner
Smashbox Eyeliner
Ardell Eyelashes
DUO Eyelash Glue
Lancome Definicils Waterproof Mascara
Nars Blush in Orgasm
Nars Bronzer in Laguna
Dior Diorflash Airbrush Foundation
Lancome Eyebrow Pencil

P.S. My bridesmaids all still loved me even after I was bossy with them.

GIVENCHY // MISTER LIGHT INSTANT LIGHT CORRECTIVE PEN

Personally, I never really cared that much about my dark circlesthey were the least of my concerns, and I kinda got used to them. I used to apply a bit of High Beam just below my tear duct to brighten my eyes a bit, but I got lazy and, well, it was almost attracting too much attention to the area. So I went on, ignoring my dark circles that my lovely parents blessed me with. It was up until Marc released his makeup line, when I tried out his brightening under eye concealer that I realized what I was missing out was. I eventually finished off the sample, and luckily received a sample of Givenchy’s version just in time. As always, the sample wasn’t matched to my skin tone, just thrown into my Sephora bag by the boldly made-up cashier. And when I opened it up, I looked far too orangey for me. But after giving it a try, I realized how easily it covered up that darkness that I never knew was so prominent. The sample lasted me weeks, and the day I ran dry, I knew I had to splurge on the real-deal (this included me running away from a school field trip to pick one up). The clicker-pen is beautifully designed and fuss-free. The lady recommended the second shade (Mister Milk), but I found that this shade didn’t cover like my sample shade, which was shockingly shade three, Mister Toast. And yes, I have very pale skin, especially at this time of the year. But I think the warmth of this shade is the key to covering the purple hue that naturally shadows my eye, no matter how much sleep I get. While it’s a bit of an investment piece, this is totally this is that product that you didn’t even know you needed.
 
–Anna Raponi