Personally, I’m not about to sacrifice coverage or texture for my oily skin. However, shiny faces are only cool on the runways, and I will take desperate measures (okay maybe I’m being a bit dramatic) to keep my face matte. Continue reading MAKEUP FOR OIL CONTROL
I used to use Maybelline’s Master Drama, and I’m telling you this stuff is most pigmented liner ever, which made it so effortless to apply. But what good is a defined black line if within 4 hours it’s faded and transferred under your eye? So, unwilling to shell out the $$ for a high-end eyeliner, I returned to the drug store with my best-friend (also having the same dilemma), kind of clueless. After searching around while simultaneously searching up the reviews of each product on our phones, we were pretty sure this Rimmel liner was our best bet. The pigmentation cannot beat the Maybellines’, but with a little more effort and time, I’m left with a line that stays. And, it does stick to the waterproof promise. So overall, such a great drugstore find.
This is probably the best eyeliner pencil I have ever used–and I’ve used a lot of them. It works better than any waterproof pencil I’ve tried (Lise Watier, Make Up Forever). The colour doesn’t fade and it’s smudgy enough that you can get in-between the lashes, or create a smoky eye, but so long-wearing that it won’t budge at all. I use this highly-pigmented black as a layer underneath my liquid eyeliner for more staying power and depth when I know I’m going out or need a stronger look that will last. While it’s a bit pricier than the Rimmel, the colour is so strong that you barely need to touch your eyelid and you have a super strong black–in other words: this pencil will last you forever.
–Amanda Raponi & Anna Raponi
Illustration by Hergé
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.
And people say I’m high maintenance!
I’ve never been a daily-lip-product-wearing gal. I like my Rosebud Salve, yes, but in terms of colour on my lips on a daily basis, well, that’s just way too high maintenance. But after seeing Kylie Jenner’s selfies circa Coachella, where her lips seemed to suddenly look perfectly defined yet subtle (also much bigger than they used to…), I needed to get my hands on an nearly natural shade as well. Too many times I’ve selected nude shades far to beige that made me look sick, and opted to grab a lipstick at the drugstore to be safe. Rimmel’s Kate Moss collection literally takes all of the guess work out of lipstick shopping– all the the shades are super chic and they’re all decent quality. I played around with a few rosey-nude shades, eventually picking 104. It’s essentially a bolder and slightly pinkier version of my natural lip colour, which means application sans mirror is totally an option. It has a satiny-matte finish that is comfortable on the lips and layers really nicely. It’s actually quite moisturizing for a ‘matte’ product (though, as I said, this isn’t entirely matte), and layered over some balm, makes the perfect bitten, berry-mauve pout.
I’d like to start off with a disclaimer; I am no makeup artist, and the products I chose are what I find works for me. I regularly sub in new products for others according to my taste and my skin concerns. So, let’s get this show on the road.
Kiehl’s BB Cream: After cleansing and toning and moisturizing and so on, I apply this in what I like to call sunscreen style, ie. rubbing the product between my hands and slathering all over the face. A layer of this BB gives me some light coverage with a very natural finish. It’s more of a base for my powder, plus the SPF can’t hurt.
I would usually apply concealer at this point, however I don’t know whether it’s been the heat or the lack of school, but I just can’t be bothered these days.
Benefit High Beam: I first saw this technique used in a Charlotte Tilbury video and I’ve used it since in place of many ineffective under eye concealers. I do two dots right below my tear ducts then dab with my pinkie– the light reflective properties counteract the natural shadows under the eyes and give you that ‘8 hours of sleep’ look. Genius.
MAC Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle: With my index and middle fingers, I first dab the cream, remove most of the product onto my hand, then apply and blend, smiling to find the apples of my cheeks. This colour is EXTREMELY intimidating in the pan, however when used in moderation and correctly, this coral shade completely wakes up my face and lasts all day.
Benefit Watt’s Up: This sample-sized luminizer is a prime example that good things come in small packages. And the seriously cute packaging is only the beginning. I apply a bit to my fingers, then dab and blend on the tops of my cheek bones and right under the brow bones.
Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation: A recent find, I’ve been loving the coverage this gives while simultaneously keeping things shine-free. I apply this all over, using the Illamsaqua Powder Brush, kind of in a packing motion to build up the coverage.
Clarins Instant Sunlight Bronzer: While this product is unfortunately discontinued now, I can promise you that the Clarins range of bronzers will give you the most natural sun kissed glow on the market. Using my MAC Small Duo Fibre Brush, I sweep this across the sides of my forehead, along the cheekbones, down my nose, and a tap on the chin. This one in particular has minimal sparkles and a matte finish that makes a tan on a fair, freckley girl like me look believable.
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara: I just use a swipe of this to keep my usually bushy brows at bay throughout the day.
Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner in Black: This is one of the cheapest, longest lasting eyeliners I’ve ever used, and while I use in minimally, I’ve had the same pencil for a year now. I fill in my tightline, and drag it across my lower lash line (not the waterline though) for some definition.
Lancome L’Extrême Waterproof Mascara: Because while waterproof is a pain to remove, it’s just too convenient during the summertime between the dips in the pool and the extra perspiration. I guess you could call this one the ‘favourite child’ at the moment. It defines the lashes and the thin brush gets right into the roots.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten: I’ve already ranted and raved about this product, however I just cannot stress the high-end quality and high pigmentation of this lip stain. It literally lasts for hours, it won’t smudge and it tastes like mint. What else could you ask for.
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Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation
Clarins Instant Sunlight Bronzing Powder
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara
Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner
Lancome L’Extrême Waterproof Mascara
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain