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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
The French certainly are good at the classics. Although this isn’t from the 2014 awards season, I chose to replicate Marion Cotillard’s look from her Oscar win in 2008 for (a throwback, if you will). Pretty waves thrown over one shoulder, a red lip and a sparkly eye–what could be wrong about that? These choices will never go out of style or look dated.
TRY A NEW LIP COLOUR
It’s cheaper than a complete closet overhaul
It’s a New Year! New you, right?? And all that crap. Everyone goes through that post-Christmas slump of no-money January when all we really want to do is buy a new wardrobe from all the Winter clearance sales. Unfortunately, though, no money=no new closet.
But…you can probably afford between $5-$30, right? Behold the lipstick, the mini-makeover wonder! With one of these small, coloured bullets, you can revamp your look with a new lipstick. A bold, bright or dark lipstick can change everything about your outfit–including your attitude.
I find that with a red lip on, I’m way more graceful with my movements. It’s like wearing a pair of heels–you need to be more conscious of how you conduct yourself. You probably want to walk instead of run, you’re not gonna shove that lunch in your mouth, you’re going to be ladylike and use your fork.
Plus, it totally changes your outfit and adds an eye-catching detail to your face. Is that white frilly dress too saccharine? Add a dark, plum lip and now you’ve transformed into a goth angel princess (like Rooney). Does your white shirt look too “normal” and corporate yuppie? Add a bright lip to a clean, bare face (messy hair helps too) and now you’re a cool french girl.
Yes, it’s higher maintenance, but with the right application method, your perfect pout doesn’t have to budge and a tube of lipstick is wayyy cheaper than dropping your whole paycheck on the new arrivals at Aritzia and Topshop.
Accent is the perfect blush for winter–pink with bronze to warm up paler skin tones
“The main reason why I love this mascara so is the incredible brush (which I learned is really what differentiates a mascara from the pack). It has a small plastic brush so you can really get in there, and it grabs on to each lash with a bit of tension, so you get that long, defined lash, never any clumps. “
“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.”
“It has the perfect amount of thickness and pigment for coverage but never ever clumps or gets stuck in fine lines. It just. doesn’t. budge. Just smooth it on and never worry about your makeup moving around again.”
“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 shouldn’t have been so blasé, this palette is actually amazing. Every single colour I have tried looks great. Every. Single. One. And! They are super long-lasting. The colour stays true all day long, without a primer “
“I woke up with a more younger-looking, plumped up face. The skin around my eyes looked so much better–the lines had faded, and the skin was smooth. My skin had a more even and luminous tone. “
“If you have the money, these are really a great investment for your face, they will make a noticeable difference in your skin. “
“I must admit, at first the smell put me off, but you see the results. My chin acne is pretty much gone now, and my skin is clearer and has a more translucent, glowing quality to it.”
“The consistency is quite thick, but not sticky at all, and you barely need any of the honey and grapefruit-scented formula to save your lips from that tight, dry feeling.”
“It decongests the pores and works well to help fade post-acne scarring, blackheads, blemishes and sun-damaged skin.”
“The aromatic cleanser throughly cleanses the skin, but leaves it feeling soft and supple. For an extra hydrating/anti-aging kick, a few drops of the Cell Repair Night Oil boosts your skin’s ability to repair your skin overnight.”
“It creates such a smooth, voluminous blow dry, without weighing hair down. Seriously–your hair looks like it came from a shampoo commercial.”
“Overall, this line holds my blowout longer (3 days!), fights frizz and most importantly to me, doesn’t feel like I have any product in my hair. Winners all around, and at a great price.”
I could go on and on about my opposition to a product that I own far too much of, but I actually really do wish that I could pull it off. I mean, if I’m not wearing a cat eye, I usually go pretty bare–a little brown kohl on the tight line and some mascara–tops. Until my best friend gifted me with a tube of the infamous Primer Potion in Sin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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
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.
I’m all summered out. Done. Bring on the cold. Oh, and don’t forget the new Fall shades. This Autumn (and what feels like every Autumn up to date), take the upcoming change of season as a pledge to wear bold shades on your lips. Trust me, it’s so satisfying when people compliment it, and it’ a great transitional accessory during that awkward ‘I have no Fall clothes’ stage at the very end of summer. I’ve chosen two of my favourites from each shade of the season.
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in the shades Rouge Caprice and Prune Desir. This formula is killer– it goes on super smoothly, good pigmentation, not drying on the lips and super long lasting. The Paris themed packaging is beautiful and it has a magnetized top so it will stay shut while it’s being thrown around at the bottom of your purse. These two have a satin finish, which I would say is ideal for the cold weather. They are also infused with vitamin E to hydrate and replenish your pout while looking pretty badass. The, I guess you could say triangular shape of the bullet is extremely convenient when applying– no lip brush necessary. A solid duo.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame is my second mulberry-toned favourite. Keep in mind, this option is much deeper a purple than that of Lancôme, and is slightly more pinky. The colour payoff is crazy, and I mean it. Also a moisturizing formula, this one has jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. This one is slightly longer lasting, however, I found that it was actually more drying on the lips as it wore on. The circular bullet isn’t as helpful, that being said, you still wouldn’t really need a lip brush to apply. Oh, and the hammered chromey-violet packaging is almost as beautiful as the product itself.
Burberry Lip Velvet in Military Red is, in my opinion, a perfect basic red–it doesn’t really cross the fence towards an orangey or blue tone. But we just have to talk about this packaging first. The heavy, plaid-adorned, magnetic casing is so luxe and, come on, even the bullet is imprinted with Burberry’s signature plaid. Swoon. Anyways, this formula’s pigmentation is a big stronger than the Absolu Rouge, however it is definitely less comfortable on the lips– typical of a matte-finished lipstick. Contrarily, the shape of the bullet is very similar and applies with ease.
Ah, I really can’t complain about this group, they’re all great products that give great results. I always start off with moisturized lips and lip liner, which will increase the longevity of your colour and precision. I typically have to touch up every 3-4 hours or so, or after eating, with these all-stars.
I think it’s safe to say that most of us get pretty stuck in our routines, whether it’s our makeup, our skincare, our exercise, you name it. And I get it, what’s easier than using the same products, the same colours, the same textures? You’ll always get the same results and when it’s 7 a.m. before work and you didn’t necessarily get enough beauty sleep, this is comforting. However, I’m calling an intervention. If I told you there were ways to shake it up while still looking subtle, would I, just maybe, spark your interest?
I don’t know what came over me that day. It’s all a blur. No, it’s not, it was about a week ago and I had too much time on my hands. But weirdly enough, I grabbed for a purple Physician’s Formula pencil from my abandoned makeup stash, and well, went to the races. I lined both the upper and lower lash lines, then blended a ton with a little sponge, then went over the purple haze with a brown liner, and back again with the purple. I guess you could say I created a super simple smokey eye within minutes and using practically no technique whatsoever. And, though I hate to admit it, all of those teen magazines that told me that purple brings out brown eyes really is true. I mean, I don’t have pretty hazel eyes or coppery eyes. No. Brown eyes. I’d never call them unique or anything. But against the purple, they just looked more… interesting. I was sold (however I promptly broke the pencil after shooting it for the blog).
A few days following this technicolor revelation, I found myself checking out on sephora.com with a turquoise sparkled, navy blue eyeliner pencil in my cart. What!? This sounded like a bad grade six school dance makeover waiting to happen. Let me explain myself. I was watching one of my favourite YouTubers, Vivianna Does Makeup, as she listed her festival beauty must-haves (she also made a corresponding PDF packing list, she’s a genius). I noticed that her eyes looked different, they were more defined, but not obviously so. She later said that she had used a new liner– Urban Decay’s 24/7 in LSD, a sparkling blue. I had to have it. While I can’t say it’s as pretty on my eyes as it was on Vivianna’s greeny-brown eyes, I still love mixing it with a brown. It’s unexpected, and adds dimension.
When thoroughly blended, I think coloured liners can work on anyone, for any occasion. While there’s certainly specific colours that work better on certain eye colours, I don’t see why that should restrict anyone from playing around with what the colour wheel’s got to offer. Heck, the other day I saw a video of Kat Von D using green liner, and it looked awesome. Awesome enough that I might spend this weeks allowance on a minty pencil of my own.
Foreword: I know that this Urban Decay Naked palette has been so hyped up (some would save over-hyped) over the years, and that by writing this post, I am feeding into it myself. But, this is not for nothing.
About a month ago, I went to Sephora for a bridal makeup consultation (I basically just had them do my makeup and help me pick colours/products, etc.). I really thought that I would be able to use my favourite Dior palette, but then the makeup artist pointed out that they eyeshadows were cool toned and the blush I hadselected and my lipstick, were warm toned. Duh! How did I not notice that? You definitely want the colour story on your face to be on the same track.
So after asking me if I was ok with shimmer (yes) she brought over the Naked palette and I thought ‘Oh great. Of course this is what she would bring over’. I shouldn’t have been so blasé, this palette is actually amazing. Every single colour I have tried looks great. Every. Single. One. And! They are super long-lasting. The colour stays true all day long, without a primer (at least on me–if you do need a primer, Urban Decay also makes a great one and if you buy it from Sephora, it comes one!).
In case you were wondering what she suggested for my bridal look, she said to start with “Virgin” all over the lid and brow bone, then “Sin” on the lid and “Buck” in the crease. This combo gives a clean, fresh look (though the names suggest otherwise).
I am also in love with “Half Baked”. This is a shade I would probably never purchase for myself on it’s own as it would be more bold and golden than I would think would look good on me. But it’s beautiful and brings a glow to the face. “Toasted” and “Smog” are also great for a nighttime look, and if you want to jazz it up a bit, go for “Sidecar”, which has a bit more glitter.
I have yet to make my way through the whole palette, but I will get there one day (some many shades!). This is a great palette for someone who is scared of colour/enjoys neutrals (me), or a beginner who might not know where to start when looking for an eyeshadow. It might also lead you into trying colours you might never thought have worked on you.You’re really getting great value for your money with the formula and the amount of shadows.