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This past fall, I was sorta obsessed with my abundant and ever-growing collection of lipstick. That’s why when summer rolled around and I had no desire to do any more than lip balm, it was a bit of a sad moment. Even my summer corals and pinks had no appeal to me. Why? Well, makeup in the summertime is already a hassle as it is– I feel like I’m already blotting and powdering by the hour, why add another step in my touch-up regime? That’s why on my recent trip to Paris, I packed one lone red lipstick, knowing that it was probably just wishful thinking.

Red lips are kind of a toughie for me. I always feel way overdone when I pair it with my everyday eye-makeup (liner and mascara), but I still want a little definition on the eyes! Plus I hate to cake on the base products because I just feel like it’s sooo not-chic. Anyways, determined as I was to wear out a red lip, and very inspired by the lack of makeup French girls wear, I think i figured out a modern, light and easy way to wear a red lip for this summer weather.

Starting off with correcting any red tones in my skin (the only red on your face should be on your lips with this look), I do a thin layer of a thin, light-coverage foundation (preferably water-based–I use Maestro from Armani) on my cheeks, nose and chin. I then touch on any blemishes using a high coverage creamy concealer–the Dermablend foundation stick is awesome. I use my fingers to really melt it into the skin and blend onto the rest of the face so it’s undetectable. Then for my violet-hued undereye circles, I dab on a tiny bit of a very orange-toned concealer, which for me is the matching Maestro Eraser. I finish with a thin layer of translucent powder (to beat the heat!)–Dermablend makes an industrial strength one that is literally suitable for everyone.

Onto the eyes, I really went for less is more with this one. I simply did a wash of MAC’s Camel Coat, but any tone slightly darker than your skintone will do. This will add some subtle definition and really give you that Parisienne-cool look. No mascara, no liner, keep calm.

In my opinion, there is literally no occasion in which a strong brow isn’t needed– I fill my in with a slightly darker matte eye-shadow then comb into place with a little hairspray on a spoolie.

Now for the lip. Nothing new here; I start off with a crimson pencil, first outlining the ideal shape of my natural lips, then filling in. Smack your lips together, blot, then onto the lipstick. The key for this look is to create a really long-lasting, worn in red lip that doesn’t really scream “look at me!” but more like “I have my life put together” (this look does not, however, put your life together). I personally think a matte red is my favourite look right now, so I used Military Red by Burberry. Two coats, blotting after each.

I added a little Nars Laguna bronzer and Mistinguette highlighter onto my cheeks for a little definition to finish it all off.

All written out like that, this look doesn’t seem as effortless as it initally felt, but trust me, this really takes five minutes before you’re out the door. And with matte lipsticks, touch up’s are only necessary after eating/drinking (or excessive kissing). So put your neglected lipsticks to use!

–Anna Raponi



Pretty explanatory, today I’m going to give you the lowdown on my everyday makeup look, which inherently means sharing my favourite products and how I like to use ’em.

I start off doing my liner with a Korean pen-liner which is INCREDIBLE–Clio’s Liner in Kill Black. No, it’s not quite ‘waterproof’, but I’ve had this for nearly six months, and it’s still inky and has a super precise tip. I typically do a little cat eye and clean up with some Bioderma-soaked Q-tips (which is why I do this first).

Then, I work on my skin. I do a thin layer of Armani’s Maestro in Shade 3 all over– this stuff is almost water thin and looks super natural, it’s seriously next-level makeup. I go under the eyes with Shade 3.5 of the matching Armani Maestro concealer, which has dark orange tones that correct. I set it with Vichy Dermablend Translucent Powder and I’m set until lunchtime when I more often then not need to blot.
t any purple circles. If I’ve got any blemishes to cover up (which I 100% do have 95% of the time), I go in with Vichy Dermablend Foundation Stick in the first shade OR, if I need some serious help, Amazing Cosmetics.

For a little definition, I apply some of Nars Laguna right under my cheekbones using a tapered paint brush I found at the art store (it really gets into the hollows of my cheeks and it was like $20). Continuing with Laguna, I grab a fluffier brush and give the contours of my face a little bronzer. I’ve been loving a dusting of Giorgio Armani’s Eccentrico on my cheeks for a natural flush and highlight.

I finish off my eyes with a few coats of Maybelline’s Mega Plush, which is ah-mazing. As for brows, I get them died nearly black so I just brush them out with a spoolie.

I always, always, always apply some Rosebud Salve to my lips before heading out, and if I remember, a coat of Rimmel’s 104 lipstick.

And people say I’m high maintenance!

–Anna Raponi


In case you didn’t already know, I’m getting married in July, one of the hottest months of the year. One of my biggest worries (or really everyone’s worry in the summer) is looking greasy and shiny in person and in photos. It seems almost impossible to prevent when there is sun, sweat and a naturally oily t-zone working against you, right?
Well, after a few recommendations from some other fellow beauty bloggers, I picked up Vichy’s Dermablend Setting Powder, which claims to provide 16 hours of staying power to your makeup as well preventing oil and shininess when used along with their Dermablend foundation (a corrective foundation that provides medium to high coverage). This powder is still great on it’s own and is acult favourite (check the reviews) for setting powders on top of moisturized skin, other foundations or tinted moisturizers. I have been wearing this over just moisturizer or tinted moisturizer.
All you need to do is use the powder puff to apply the powder all over your face (I even put it over my concealer under my eyes), let it set for two minutes, then brush the excess off. I apply it before doing my eye makeup in the morning so that the two minutes of waiting time goes by without noticing it. The result is a more even and matte complexion that lasts for hours.
Given the humidity that we have had in Toronto the past few weeks, this has decreased the shine on my nose signficantly.  It keeps everything in place for you, even through sweating, smudging and bathing! This is a must if you’re worried about your face sliding off in the summer heat.