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As if you needed another reason for Chanel to take their money (because their summer collection and sunscreen weren’t enough), Chanel has revamped their Les Beiges line to include face sticks, glosses, lip balmpolishes and the new Marinière powders. Continue reading CHANEL // LES BEIGES MARINIÈRE


Chanel Les Beiges in No 10

I’ll be honest about this one–I more just wanted the beautiful packaging. Plus, I mean, how beautiful does Gisèle look in the ad campaign. Brainwashed by the media, I am.

How chic would it be to pull this compact out of your purse? Exactly.

Les Beiges isn’t meant to be a blotting powder (though it will absorb some oil), but a sort of skin finish, or a very sheer setting powder. It is very lightweight, and has a nearly undetectable shimmmer that leaves a slight glow to the skin–very natural and not powdery or cakey in the least.

You can use these powders in a few different ways:

  • As an all-over powder over moisturizer for a natural finish (these don’t provide coverage though, so you would need excellent skin)
  • As a finishing powder over makeup
  • To highlight and contour by using the lightest shade (see above) and a shade a few tones darker than your skin tone

I could see the darker tones as being a great tool for very fair-skinned girls who need to liven up their pale complexions in the winter. Since they are quite sheer, it would make for a foolproof application: no worrying about the bronzer looking like dirt on your face, or looking too orange.

I like to apply it in the afternoon all over when my tinted moisturizer needs a bit of freshening up (and the powder has a beautiful scent, that smells clean and fresh). The included brush is soft and great for sweeping across the nose or down cheekbones, but I like to use my retractable kabuki brush when buffing the powder in a circular motion all over the face for a glowy finish.



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)


I’m already a fan of Dior’s Airflash Foundation (I used it on my wedding day), so I was pretty excited to try out these two products. The idea of both of these products blew my mind–Dior is so innovative–I mean, a sprayable primer? and a sprayable powder? What?
These are really the first of their kind.
Airflash CC Primer: This is a super light, weightless primer that you sprays on as a colourless, ever-so-slightly tacky base. This is not your heavy, silicone-y primer that feels as if you are spackling every crevice of your face. This is for someone who wants their makeup to apply smoothly and stay longer. I like to spray a little extra over my problems areas (chin/anywhere with pimples) and dab it in with my fingers. I’m really loving it so far–it’s hydrating (contains hyaluronic acid) and leaves skin looking fresh while also blurring slight imperfections . The formula is quite easy to spray (I do a quick Z-motion across the face) and it is suitable for any skin tone.
Airflash Matte Touch: Now this one is pretty freakin’ cool. This spray creates a super lightweight mist of powder to set, even and mattify makeup. I was initially kind of skeptical of this–how could a liquid mist do this with no brush? But it does (I tried it for the first time in the car before an appointment and now I want to keep it in my purse always for touchups). The clay infused formula absorbs oil and leaves a matte, velvety texture.
This spray would be great if you’re having a lazy day and don’t feel like applying foundation. A quick spray of this stuff will give you a more even complexion.
It does come in one universal shade, and I’d be interested to try this on darker skin tones. It comes out as a beige-y fluid that while is certainly darker than my über-fair complexion, doesn’t appear so once applied. Also, be sure to use this one before applying any eye makeup unless you want your lashes dusted. Though, if you forget, not to worry, mascara can go right over top without clumping.


Honest to god, if I had remotely good skin I would hit the treadmill completely bare faced. However this is not Neverland and I have blotchy, acne-prone skin that ain’t so pretty. And while working out with makeup probably isn’t the greatest for your skin, no one wants to workout surrounded by potentially hot (and fit) guys and modelesque ‘why-are-you-even-at-the-gym’ girls sans your usual ‘face’.

I don’t go all out with coverage, but I do like to attempt to even out the tone–I use Dr. Jart’s Premium BB Cream all over. This stuff has the texture of a thin moisturizer and looks super natural, however it’s ‘universal’ shade is borderline too dark for me, so some blending down the neck is required. I set it with Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder, which claims to actually get rid of blackheads–it absorbs oil (and sweat, for that matter) like it ain’t nobodies business. I usually like a little bronzer–Nars Laguna is a cult classic and makes me feel just that little bit more Angelina Jolie circa Tomb Raider.

I actually tried wearing eyebrow gel to the gym once but when the most of it ended up smeared across my towel I realized that I wasn’t taking that chance again. I simply brush them out and hope for the best.

For me, I like some definition around my eyes, even for a workout. A little brown kohl along my lash line and a good dose of mascara gives me just enough voom for a trip to the gym.

That being said, everyone has a different idea of ‘gym makeup’, per say. I definitely think, unless you’re totally comfortable with your naked face/occasionally a model in fashion week, that you should more or less do a lighter version of your everyday look. If I look decent, I’ll workout longer– it’s a confidence thing. There’s this stunning redhead at my gym that wears nothing but a dark red lip to workout, and looks amazing every time I see her. If anything, what you wear on your face at the gym should make you feel your best–if you’ve devoted the time to work on your body, you should feel amazing.

–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



The chances of getting a natural tan at this point is long behind us, fellow beauty lovers. And as the winter winds roll in, we’ve all got to update our beauty routines– heavier on the moisture, perhaps higher coverage, you pick your poison, but we all make a few changes. Amidst all the kerfuffle, be it our wardrobes and the concoctions we slather on our faces, it can be a bit overwhelming. So what if I told you that this product will eliminate one product from your [I’ll bet] vast variety of cosmetics, save you an extra thirty seconds in the morning and keep you right on trend?
So now that I’ve got your attention: the cosmetic in question. Well, they’re basically a mish-mash of a bronzer and a blush. You got your peachy-bronze tones and your rosy-pink tones. All in one! Who knew!
Yes, it’s really that simple! The pinky hues call for a natural-looking contour and those flushed cheeks we all want. And the tan shades? They warm up our October complexions and mix with the tones to create a warmer, peachier colour on the cheeks. Clarins Graphic Expression Face and Blush Powder and Lancome’s Blush Rose Désir are my go-to’s this season. Lancome’s rendition offers a more dramatic, luminous finish (warmer tones) whereas the Clarins powder is great for a subtle, everyday look (cooler tones). I reach for a big duo fibered (stippling, if you will) brush– MAC and Make Up For Ever make great ones. After a swirl in the compact, dust of excess product onto your wrist (ie. simplest way to avoid Dorito cheeks), then at the sides of your forehead (along the hairline), continuing right down behind your brows and onto the cheekbones– a bit on the apples of your cheeks and in the hollows of your cheeks (fish face required). A little tap on the nose and on the chin. Finito. Your practically a movie star now. You’re welcome.
–Anna Raponi