a pop of colour: purple haze …

January 21, 2013By stephanie

Purples – it’s a makeup artist favourite. Universally flattering on most skin tones, purples aren’t as dark and heavy as your blacks or greys, but aren’t as soft and see through as your pastels and neutrals. A good purple can be your best friend.

Try incorporating a shade of grape into your look whether for the eyes or lips. It’s really easy to do. Trust me! Our picks:

Stila Colour Balm in Gemma, $25. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale.

Laura Mercier Kohl Eyeliner in Purple Sapphire, $25. Available at select Sephora and Holt Renfrew

Christian Dior by Dior Lipstick in Mysterious Mauve, $32. Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora.

L’oreal Colour Riche in Hollywood Icon, $11.99. Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart.

COVERGIRL Liquiline Blast in Violet Voltage, $9. Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart.

MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadows in Vibrant Grape, Beautiful Iris or Nocturnelle, $14.50. Available at The Bay and all freestanding MAC stores.

trending: sing the blues … or wear it instead …

January 16, 2013By stephanie

It used to be that wearing blue around the eyes was something saved for mature women who wore plastic visors and played the slots in Atlantic City  … but that’s changed. Gone are the days of matte powder blue eyeshadow from lash to brow and it’s no longer taboo to wear such a bold and bright shade when you wink.

Today’s blues are wearable, creamy, and open the eyes when applied tastefully. Blues that are dark, bright, glittery or come with a touch of green, are certainly on trend for Spring 2013 (check out our board on Pinterest), so we thought it was only fitting to share some of our favourite eyeliners with you.

Tip: Line your inner rim and lash line (as close as you can possibly get) with your favourite black and then trace with your blue of choice and give it a crisp wing up and outward!


fresh year, fresh start: the glow …

December 30, 2012By stephanie 4 Comments

Everyone can benefit from a bit of blush, so it’s essential to add one or two or several to your vanity table to perk you up.

Blush can come in many formulations and finishes, and they can be fun to play with, but here are some essentials to build your makeup wardrobe.

Stila Covertible Colour

For me, I believe cream colour gives the most natural effect, so I have a large selection of creams sitting around. I like the Stila Covertible Colour because they have no shimmer to them which makes them wearable for any occassion. It’s a portable compact (plus you can add some colour to the lips) and my favourites are Gerbera and Lillium for the most natural look and if I want a pop of colour – Gladiola. You can apply this with two fingers and blend, or a sponge – your choice. Available at select Sephoras and Shopper’s Drug Marts.

NARS Blush

Okay, everyone wears Orgasm and while I agree it’s a great colour – I actually no longer wear it myself. In fact I prefer some of the other colours like Deep Throat and Desire. I turn to these finely milled powder blushes to build intensity over my cream blush and also, when a little bit of highlight and shimmer is appropriate. I also really like Luster so look into that colour as well! NARS is available at Murale and Holt Renfrew.

YSL Blush Radiance

Mixing and matching blush is not for everyone – but sometimes mixing two colours can give off the most natural effect. This YSL compact allows you to swirl your brush over two colours before sweeping it onto your face for a well-blended flush. The glitzy gold compact is a perk me up in and of itself too! Available in 8 shades, I prefer No. 2 for everyday and No. 8 for when perky and pink calls my name! Available at Sephora, Murale, and Holt Renfrew.

… and the must-have for blush …

A blush brush!! You will have plenty of choices when deciding on a blush brush, but it is a must (holy crap – tongue twister). A proper blush brush is essential for exceptional and undetectable application and blending – so factor that into your budget if you don’t have one!

Tomorrow: the eyes …