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31 days to a prettier 2017 : find your perfect concealer …

Have you ever caught your reflection midday and thought to yourself : “woah …”; and not like an enthusiastic woah that you hear in rap songs but more like a “what happened?” kind of woah. Midday or late day, you may find that your coverage has faded, or that some redness has appeared, or at the very least you are just in dire need of a touch-up. Let’s prevent that from happening.

Day 25 : January 25

Get yourself the perfect portable concealer.

I’m a huge advocate for having a concealer stick or pencil in my makeup kit – even if you only wear a base and rarely need any concealer (if that’s the case you’re super lucky!). Concealer sticks/pencils are small, transportable,  and easy to use; and if you find the right one – they are super creamy and blendable. All of these factors combined makes it the best tool for makeup that always looks fresh and natural. All it takes is a quick look in the mirror during your lunch break, your concealer, and your fingertips.

As mentioned, you’ll want one that is creamy; this will allow you to blend over your skin without the aid of more moisturizer and if your skin tends to get drier as the day wears on. Concealer sticks are better for this, but some pencils can be creamy in consistency – it’s just a matter of testing products out. Creamier concealers are good for touching up under the eyes and around the nose. Concealer pencils – which tend to by firmer – are exceptional at covering up hard to hide zits or marks on the face. If you find your skin blemishes need more help than bags under the eyes, they might work better for you.

When it comes to application, it doesn’t get any easier – its basically apply directly from tube to face and use your fingers to warm the product and blend it in. No brushes, no sponges. 

Bye bye bad face days!

TIP : Get colour matched. It’s super easy and any makeup artist at any beauty department can point you in the right direction.

HOMEWORK : Know what brands work for you before you shop. If there are certain brands that you know work best for you as base products, try to shop within those brands for consistency and ultimate happiness with your chosen concealer!

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try it : the one “must-do” step before applying colour corrector …

my Instagram feed is literally dotted with colour correcting and concealing. seriously. the newest hype is officially dot concealing … because you know, dotting your concealer in specific places is way different than applying it normally in those same places. totally. *insert rolling of the eyes here*. and please don’t get me started on excessive colour correcting. just don’t.

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for those of you who aren’t sure what the difference between colour correcting and concealing is, here’s the Cole’s Notes : colour correctors – usually in shades of peach, orange, lavender, and green – are used to counteract or neutralize different unflattering colours in the skin such as blue-black under the eyes, or redness over the cheeks and around the nose. corrector formulations vary, with some being more liquid and wet like (YSL’s new pen correctors) and others more firm or dry-creamy (such as those that come in palettes like Stila and Tarte). they are meant to stay on top of your skin, and not sink in. your concealers and foundations are meant to be worn over these correctors.

for most and depending on one’s skin type, the layering of correctors, concealers and foundations can go awry pretty fast and the end result in broad daylight and not through an Instagram filter is … interesting. the whole area can look aging, thanks to too many layers. or it can crease. or it can emphasize the drier area directly under the eye. there is one thing those tutorials are forgetting to tell you, which is :

the number one step before you go to dot dot dot correct town, is to pat pat pat on some hydrating under eye cream. very liberally.

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for most of us who are busy AF, we tend to have a nighttime skincare regimen that is totally on point complete with a state of the art exfoliate, moisturize, and then moisturize again method. when we make up in the morning, it’s simply wash face, moisturize face, make up face, and go – which is totally fine, because how much damage can you do when you’re fast asleep.

but what we aren’t thinking about, is the 12-15 hours we spend between in between with those said layers of corrector, concealer and other related makeup. regardless of how creamy or “hydrating” your concealer or foundation says it is, you still need a protective barrier between the delicate skin around the eyes and those extra makeup products that are sapping moisture from it.

here is your best bet when it comes to perfecting your eye cream-corrector-concealer trifecta …

choose an eye cream made for hydrating and moisturizing the eye area. there is a plethora of formulations out there, so stick with ones with those key words instead of “firming”, “brightening” or “lifting”. firming and lifting are more about tightening the eye area, which means there formulations are a little more “dry” than moisturizing or hydrating ones.

apply your eye cream liberally. using your ring finger and a good dose of eye cream, pat on the product under the eye and over the upper cheeks. bring it up into the inner corner (carefully) and outer corner as well. technically, you can apply corrector and concealer anywhere on your face, but its this area around the globe of your eyes that is most delicate and needs the extra love.

give it time to sink in! i know – who has time in the morning, right? but you do. apply your face cream and eye cream immediately after your shower or when you wash your face. then go get dressed, or do your hair, or have some breakfast. if you don’t give it time to sink in, your corrector and concealer might not stick or adhere to the skin well, and will slip around throughout the day.

apply your corrector. if you’ve followed the three steps above, once you are ready to apply your corrector colours – whether swiped on, dotted, or in little tiny stars – it should glide over the eye area and blend with ease. remove any excess product with a beauty blender or sponge and let it sit. removing the excess here is clutch!

apply your concealer/foundation. this is the easiest step .. because all I have to say is “apply as you normally would, and complete the rest of your makeup. with either foundation or concealer, just make sure it’s a formulation made to cover up the green, lavender or orange shade you did your colour correcting with. sheer formulations probably won’t help!

and here is the bonus tip : while applying your corrector, if you happen to notice that it’s already streaky upon application, isn’t spreading/gliding easily, or looks super dry after application (even with our super eye cream tip!) … remove the colour corrector and just reach for your concealer.  reconsider the formulation you’re using, or reconsider the idea of colour correcting completely. don’t get me wrong, when done correctly and with the proper products and application for an individuals skin type, correcting can be effective … but it’s not for everyone …

hope this helps you navigate your way through the newest makeup trend. please do leave me any comments or share your stories on what works and doesn’t work for you when it comes to adding in some peach, green and lavender into your makeup routine!

-s-

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try it : pencil me in …

My favourite kind of packaging for any makeup product is a pencil. Whether it looks like your standard lead pencil, thick like a chunky pencil crayon, or feels more like a Sharpie in your hand, I find stick makeup portable, user friendly, and the ultimate choice for easy touch-ups. And with all this hype about Adult Colouring books and colouring for relaxation … what better canvas to colour with than your beautiful face??

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Here’s a list of my current obsessions …

Bobbi Brown Retouching Face Pencil in Illuminate : Bobbi Brown is all about easy, natural makeup, so it’s no real surprise that she has introduced a great pencil foundation/concealer for on-the-go touch-ups.  In addition to a variety of shades, she also has one for illuminating the skin … I think this is a great choice for those who want to jump on the strobing trend but require the most fool-proof way to do it. The Illuminate colour isn’t your typical pearly, super shimmery white hue, but rather has a slight soft golden tone to it, which I find the most flattering for a spectrum of skintones. The product is creamy enough to blend but still firm enough to lay down a nice layer of coverage. They also come with a sharpener making your life that.much.easier.

Clinique Chubby In the Nude Foundation Stick : Again, I’m not very secretive about how much I love Clinique’s Chubby Stick Highlight and Contour products; so when they introduced the new Chubby Stick foundations, I was in line already to be on board that train. With 8 shades, the formulation is sheer to moderate coverage, so you can layer it on when you need a little more help in the “looking well-rested and healthy” department or spot treat on the days you’re near flawless! I find the creamiest of most pencil or stick foundations. It’s also a twist up which means you never have to sharpen!

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze : Even your smokey eyeshadows can be applied in pencils. Charlotte Tilbury’s pencils are rich in colour with just the right amount of shimmer. Plus, she has done all the guess work for you, offering colours based on your eye colour AND providing a shade made for day and another for night.  It’s enough to wear each colour on their own thanks to the quality of pigment, but don’t be afraid to mix and match either. I adore Amber Haze, but I also have Golden Quartz and Dark Pearl!

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NudeStix Cheek/Lip Pencil Duals : The reason these are a no brainer is the fact that you can cover both lips and cheeks, but also, you can get two colours in one pencil. This is the perfect example of staying on top of touch-ups without the fuss. Nudestix also come in a handy tin with a mirrored lid and a sharpener made for the size of their pencils. The colours layer on sheer, so you can build to your desired intensity – going light during the day and then adding more colour and layers when the clock hits 5.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils : This is a love affair that has gone on and on for years. When any client asks me for a statement red or bold lip I choose from three of NARS finest Velvet Matte Lip Pencils : Cruella, Red Square, or Pop Life. And then there is Damned … Never Say Never … and Sex Machine … I find these give the right amount of slip over the lips but no budge. A staple in my bridal makeup kit … but also my personal one too!

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil : Lately I’ve been Instagramming their Amuse Bouche line because it just came out, but I became a fan of Bite when I started dating their High Pigment Lip Pencil line. I love this brand when I wear brighter or softer shades. It’s creamy colour that isn’t matte, but isn’t super glossy either – just a layer of spot on lush lip colour. Madeira, Violet, Velvet and Tulip are my favourites. This pencils are also twist-up which for me means less mess, more product!

There are several other pencil products I enjoy using however the above products are currently in rotation and heavy play!

I hope you get a chance to check them out.

-s-

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best of bridal beauty : a few of my favourite things …

Our Bridal Beauty Preview for Fall/Winter 2015-2016 was a smash success, and it had me thinking that I should really take a moment to share some of my favourite items for knocking out some bridal beauty.

Like any makeup artist worth her beauty blender, I have a huge kit, but a selection of products that are a must, must, must. I have products I love for creating a smokey eye, a classic twist, a vintage red lip. So keep reading … because I’m about to share.

The Red Lip …

Hands down, it’s NARS. Always NARS. My favourite product(s) is their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in either Cruella, Red Square or Pop Life. The matte finish stays put but doesn’t look dry and for an all day event like a wedding you need something more matte than glossy.  If it’s not the pencils – it’s their new Audacious lipstick colours and you can take your pick : Rita, Marlene, Geraldine, Lana  – which range from true red to a more orange based (which I think is hot for a bride!)

The Rosy Lip …

Photo by Jonathan Ponce

Rose, Plum, and anything softly pink are the other bridal favourite.  To be honest, I smushed everything down into a palette, and didn’t write the names anywhere, but I do have my favourites in a tube. They include : Plumful, Syrup, and Twig by MAC; Casablanca by Tom Ford; and pretty much anything by Bobbi Brown! And while we are here, let’s talk about nude lips, again, I’m going to throw to NARS for Belle Du Jour and Bobbi Brown for a colour I have called Uber Pink (which isn’t a bright pink at all).

The Eyeshadow …

Makeup artists have their shadows they swear by. For example, it doesn’t matter what other palette I have in my kit … I’m a slave for MAC Shroom. I will always have a pot or seven of it in my kit(s). But right now, I’m favouring Lorac Pro Palette for it’s neutral but shimmery shades however this is currently not available for Canada so you have to online shop it.  My Smashbox Double Exposure Palette is hitting the mark for more glam styles (and you can get this at Murale or Shoppers Drug Mart for those Optimum points!) and I’m am currently obsessed with TooFaced Chocolate and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Eyeshadow palettes.  Both the Smashbox and the TooFaced Palettes, I find, really stick to the eye … not a lot of shadow fallout so I really enjoy using them for shading a heavier look.

The Flawless Skin … 

Photo by Jonathan Ponce

Again, I’m very much attached to my MAC Face and Body, because it allows me to adjust and layer as needed without getting to cake face. But for concealers, I’m devoted to my Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in various shades from Ivory to Light Honey, MAC Select Cover-up in those super portable triangle containers, and also, Stila Perfecting Concealer.

If I happen to have a client with acne issues, I’ve been reaching a lot for me Estee Lauder Clear Difference BB Creme, which for me, lays down a nice layer of coverage without looking dry, cakey or messy. For mature skin, I find their EE Creme to be effective as well.

Also, you can get great skin without primers. For the eyes, it’s always Urban Decay eye primers, and for the skin, I’ve been using Makeup Forevers new Step 1 Primers.

The Blush, The Highlight and The Contour …

Well, this list could go on forever, huh? Ha ha. I would have to say my friends right now are Cliniques new Highlighter and Contour Chubby Pencils. Just for the ease of use alone.  But I am also loving my new Stila Shape and Shade Custom Contour Duo and NARS The Matte Multiples in Altai.  As these are creams, after I set the cream product, I’ll go back in with a powder set for intensity, so I’m often reaching for Makeup Forever’s new Pro Sculpting Duos (which are insane – j’adore!), and my Aerin (Estee Lauder) Kaleidoscope Palette especially when the bride doesn’t want too much shimmer/shine.

For blush, well, hmmmm. I always layer cream under powder and my favourites are from rms beauty in Modest, Smile and Demure.  I also favour Makeup Forever’s HD Cream Blushes and NARS The Multiple in Puerto Vallarta or Altai.

For powder blushes, it’s always a selection of pinks and peaches from MAC that I lightly dust on.

The Lashes and Brows …

Photo by Rhommel Bernardino

I currently carry all three shades of Cargo’s Brow Kit in my bag and use both the powder and the wax for perfecting brows. But I also lean on MAC Brown Pencils as well and I love these for their easy application and also the spooly on the other end.

To define the lashes, it’s always Maybelline Great Lash in various formulas ranging from brown to dark brown to black. I rarely use pencil liners, but when I do, I’m using Cargo’s Swimmables or Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils.

The Hair …

Let’s start with caring for the hair … which I normally don’t carry in my kit, but suggest to my brides. Especially after the long cold winter we are JUST getting rid of, brides need to start nourishing their hair back into shape.  I’m currently recommending the Nexxus Therappe and Humectress line of shampoo and conditioner for longer length hair that needs to be brought back to life from a dry season. I would also recommend OGX Vitamin E Shampoo and Conditioner for hair health. I suggest brides also pick up OGX’s Penetrating Oil and work it into the ends of the hair  – especially if they plan to leave the hair long and loose for the big day.

The Updo …

Well, I am sure bobby pins are a no brainer – right? I’m picking them up by the box at Sally Beauty in shades of black, brown and silver.  SalonCare is the brand available, but there is also Marianna.

To reduce  oil or add texture to the hair, it’s always Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo.  For tousled perfection, I’m really liking Tresemme’s Perfectly (un)Done Hairspray. I also like their big cans of spray and will usually carry a couple of extra hold formulas, and also climate control. To tame frizzies, or induce a sheen, I’m going back to Not Your Mothers for their Smooth Moves hair creme.

For hair prep and finishing, I’m also relying on Sally Hershberger’s Signature Line (available at Shoppers Drug Mart) mainly using the Keratin Repair Spray and also, the Galm Waves Texture Spray.

So that’s it!

My kit in one really long blog post.   Would love to know what other artists are using in their kits, but would also love to answer questions any brides or beauty bunnies out there might have about any of the above products! You know where to reach me : beautymail@blushpretty.com!

Have a great hump day all!

-stephanie-

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made up with mer : clé de peau beauté concealer

Meet our newest BP contributor, Mer!

I am writing this review exactly 1 year after purchasing the Clé de Peau Beauté concealer.  Yes, 1 year. Kind of crazy, right? The beauty of this product is it expires after 24 months of use, and I can confirm that  you may indeed have it for just that long.

Packaging? Solid. Tube still turns nicely and product is nicely secured. Application is easy (with a small synthetic brush or your finger).

Pigmentation? There are 6 colours to choose from. All are very highly pigmented and provide a ton of coverage. A little goes a long way.

Formula? Smooth for easy application. Not sticky. Not drying. Glides on the skin. Does require setting powder to stay put.

Price? $85. (an investment for sure).

Worth it? I say yes – only if concealer is an essential part of your beauty routine (and who doesn’t need a good concealer?). If $85 is just too much for your beauty budget, consider Hourglass hidden corrective concealer.

Where to buy? Holt Renfrew

As with any new product (especially one this costly), consider trying it out for a day.  Ask the experts at the counter to apply for you – wear it for the day and see how you like it.  It’s never worth buying something that doesn’t work for you no matter what the reviews say!

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