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Now–normally I’m one to shy away from natural makeup, but this brand has got me seriously converted. Continue reading JANE IREDALE // PUREPRESSED POWDER & SMOOTH AFFAIR PRIMER


As someone who for years feared looking even slightly dewy and hoards little packages of blotting sheets, it is truly weird that 1) I even purchased not one but TWO products that do not include mattifying in the title, and 2) actually love them. This is progress if  I ever saw it everyone. Continue reading LUMINOUS COMPLEXION MUST-HAVES


Clarins Fall 2014 Ladylike2Clarins Fall 2014 Ombre MatteAs if fall couldn’t get any prettier (see Chanel and Dior), Clarins is bringing soft pinks and taupes to the cooler months with their Ladylike collection.

Clarins Fall 2014 Lipsticks Clarins Fall 2014 Blush

The line features the new Ombre Matte eyeshadows (6 shades), 5 new additions to the Rouge Éclat lipstick collection, as well as a new blush, eyeshadow palette, brow palette and eye primer.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the lipstick, blush and new Ombre Matte shadows–Clarins has great lipstick formulations; the tone of blush looks like it would create a beautifully subtle flush; and I’m interested to see what these matte shadows are all about.

Clarins Fall 2014 Perfect Brows Clarins Fall 2014 Eyeshadow

The Ladylike collection will be available at Clarins counters in August.

Clarins Fall 2014 True Radiance

Also being released this Fall, a new foundation: True Radiance, which promises to perfect skin, while evening and illuminating the complexion. As Clarins loves to work with plants, this foundation is enriched with moisturizing and anti-pollution properties which provide luminosity and help protect the skin against external aggressors as well as the sun with an SPF of 15. True Radiance will be available in 12 shades.


Foundation has a really shitty rep, and no one really seems to love wearing it. It’s gross to apply (or at least for me, anyways), it transfers, a lot of the time you can see it on the skin… and more or less defeats the purpose of looking like you have great skin.

Alas, I have found a foundation that manages to avoid all previous concerns AND provides medium coverage. Yes, Giorgio Armani’s Maestro is heaven on earth. I know for a fact that I’m not the first to praise this product, but I feel as if many people rule themselves out as suitable to wear this one. I was afraid it would be that “sheer” coverage that a lot of these water-thin foundations typically give. Also, I’ve got hyper-oily skin, and haven’t dared worn a foundation that doesn’t cater specifically towards keeping my skin matte. This was all until one day in which I was so grossed out by the thick and just unappealing texture and feel of a not to be named foundation on my skin–I still looked shiny and I could just see the product on top of my skin. Lo and behold, I found myself perched on the Armani chair at Holt’s testing shades on my jaw, giving into this product’s cult following. And I say ‘giving in’ because this product is like $70, but stay with me here.

It literally has the consistency of water, and applies like a dream. You can’t see it atop the skin, it completely melds in, while still giving enough coverage to completely even out my skin tone and even hide a few blemishes. It doesn’t move, it won’t get all over anything that so much as grazes the skin of your face. It’s long lasting, EVEN on my oil-slick face (wow, nice, Anna). And for those days that I’ve got some unwelcome spots harbouring around my chin and forehead, adding a layer of Maestro Eraser, also water-thin, gives me the coverage I need without the world knowing it. In my long sixteen years on this planet, I have yet to see such an undetectable foundation with such obvious results. Bravo, bravo, Giorgio.

–Anna Raponi


A red lip can be scary to wear out, and the best advice I can give you is to apply a long-wearing formula and start with super-perfected skin. However we all know very well that this is easier said than done, and this is the perfect time of year to recreate the classic, glamorous red lip look. Hourglass, who really seems to be hitting all the right notes these days, has got the perfect recipe for an easy holiday face that is both long lasting and basically does all of the work for you. 
The Immaculate Foundation is god-send–the formula feels like a gel moisturizer, the coverage is light but buildable, and it controls oil while looking natural, what more could ya ask for?! I apply just using my fingers, working it into the skin and down the neck to neutralize any discolouration or redness. Oh, and this thing has a pump dispenser, which is any makeup-wearers best friend.
Now this is where I was taken aback. The Ambient Lighting Powders were kind of a mystery–I was totally convinced they were highlighters until I was faced with the shade Diffused Light in my very own hands. After some playing around (and a little reading), I can tell you that 1. they aren’t highlighters and 2. you need to get your hands on one (or all) of these compacts! They basically control how light hits your skin, creating your own personal lighting that is most flattering while setting your foundation and/or concealer. Genius! Diffused Light is perfect for the entire face, while Radiant Light would work great along the cheekbones and Mood Light on the apples of the cheeks. It’s almost like some extra coverage that’s got your back no matter which light and is super photogenic.
Now for the film star lip. Don’t psych yourself out before you give me a chance here. This is no doubt the easiest red lip you’ll find. Start will some lip balm (you can also do a little lip liner), then using the flexible wand, apply Icon straight to your pout. This method gives max precision and intense colour, and once it’s dried, it’s not moving. Seriously. Finish with a swipe of mascara, even a feline flick if you’re so inclined and ta-da! You’re ready for the red carpet (or office Christmas party).
–Anna Raponi



Let this be the next addition to the chronicles of Anna’s fight with her shiny-face (ugh, I just sound SO elegant don’t I?!). If you haven’t previously heard my unfortunate combination of oily, acne-prone and and uneven skin, well then, lucky you. After hearing so many great things about Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet (when Lisa Eldridge says it’s good, you know it must be pretty damn good), I knew I had to give it a try. I mean, it sounds perfect– medium to full coverage and the ability to keep your hyperactive oil glands at bay. This is arguably my favourite (gasp!), yes, my favourite liquid foundation on my skin. It has amazing coverage, like one thin layer and my redness is covered and my skin is fairly even. Now let me remind you that not one product, not one has kept my skin completely matte all day. But I think that’s just the sad reality for all of us oily-skinned guys and gals. I actually found that by mixing in a tiny bit of moisturizer with this product (3:1 ratio, give or take), I can go about an hour or two longer without facing a shiny face in the girls bathroom. The finish is also a tad more natural this way, which is always a bonus in my eyes. The shade selection is great, and when paired with the matching Duo Mat powder, I get great coverage and notable matteness. Checkmate, oily patchy skin.

Anna Raponi


Do you know how hard it is to find a foundation sans SPF these days? Very hard.

I was on the hunt for the perfect foundation for my wedding day for MONTHS (I guess I am slightly obsessed with makeup) and these were the holy trinity of my criteria: no SPF, long-wearing and didn’t make me look corpse-like. Not hard, right?
Allowed to explain:
1) No SPF: I could not have any SPF in my foundation as SPF creates flashback on photos a.k.a. super white flash face. Not cute.
2) Long-wearing: I got married at the beginning of July and who doesn’t want to have the perfect bridal face all day at their wedding? Exactly.
3) No corpse effect: I am very fair (when in doubt, go to the lightest shade in the foundation range and there’s my match) and I find that foundations made for people of my paleness can make me look like a zombie or just plain dead. I have freckles and the combo of covering them up and almost-white foundation has unflattering results (shouldn’t people look alive on their wedding day?).
Even if you are not a bride right now, and you are just looking for a great foundation, THIS IS IT.
The be-all and end-all of foundations. It has the ever-so-slightest pearlescent sheen to it that gives you a magic glow and watch as it erases all unevenness and blemishes.
I used this on myself and three of my bridesmaids (Anna included) on my wedding and day and our skin looked flawless. At around 60 dollars, it is a bit pricey for a foundation but I have been assured by many that women come back and will buy a bottle a month. It is quite simply the best.


Even with the HUGE (and somewhat intimidating) selection of foundations available these days, I still feel like the options for oily skin are quite sparse. And for the teen with uneven, acne-prone skin, this sucks. Not to say that the few of products on the market aren’t good though, well, at least the ones I’ve given a go. Over the past, hmm year or so, I’ve tried out two foundations for my not-so-lovely greasy skin, one liquid and one powder, and I think it’s about time I discussed.

First observed on a Lisa Eldridge YouTube video, the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation. It’s packed with SPF 15 (which, I should add, you should not solely rely on), a fresh, watermelon-y scent and the ‘Skin Detox’, which the brand claims to tighten pores and control natural-occurring oils on the skin. I first started out with this product last summer, using the first shade, Ivory. The texture is easily the BEST I have ever seen in a foundation. It’s almost… dry? Upon application, it’s not wet or sticky, it just glides on and sets almost immediately. The coverage is just as easily the best I’ve seen in a foundation. I trusted it to cover the red patches on my cheeks, the acne scars around my mouth AND the blemishes I was fighting off at the time. I can report that this superpower unified my skin tone THE best a foundation ever has, however I still followed with some targeted concealing on any zits still visible.

While this foundation promises to keep you matte all day, I know my skin, and that promise is just too good to be true. Following application, I set the whole shebang with a translucent powder, and I could go about 3-4 hours until I had to whip out a blotting paper. However, I have exceptionally oily skin and this product could most likely go a bit longer solo on someone else’s ‘oily’ skin (however, I would like to see me prove me wrong, it’s a lonely fight over here). Probably my only complaint, which is the sorrowful reason I had to, sigh, abandon my good ol’ friend, is the somewhat-lacking shade selection. While Ivory worked on my (slightly) tanned, summer skin, it’s just too much of a contrast on my hibernated, winter-y skin. Perhaps I can reconnect with ol’ Clarins after I get some sun.

So after Amanda commented on the, shriek, line of darker foundation on my jaw bone, and I knew it was time to break up with Ever Matte. It was a good run. So I hit the web, and after scrolling through about a hundred different products and reviews, I thought I should pursue a new endeavor, a powder foundation. I mean, powders are known to absorb oil, duh. However, I’ve typically shyed away from these bases because they don’t provide that much coverage and are known to look cakey. I thought my best bet would be the Make Up For Ever Duo Mat, which promises medium coverage and an, obviously, matte finish. I conceal any blemishes and large red patches beforehand (using a creamy concealer), then pack this on using a dense powder brush. I get the high coverage I would get with the Clarins this way, however I have to go heavier with the concealer using this powder. The Duo Mat wins the matte race– I can go a whopping 6-7 hours without the shine (hallelujah!). I use the shade ‘Beige Opalescent’, which fits my fairer skin tone, and there’s even one lighter, you know, just in case.

Where Duo Mat lacks in coverage, Clarins performs. Duo Mat wins the matte AND the colour competition. The prices are more or less the same. For me, Duo Mat gets my heart. But honestly, these two are killer in not-so-abundant variety of foundations for oily skin.

–Anna Raponi