“I LOVE makeup!!! I love reading about new products and looking at new products and buying new products and testing new products. That being said, I own WAY more makeup than I actually wear. To be honest, as a former beauty editor, I can write how to apply makeup much better than I can actually do it. So, I keep things simple.

I’m pretty boring when it comes to my daily cosmetic routine because I do my makeup the exact same way every day, and I use only three products: Eyebrow pencil, mascara, and blush. That’s it. I try to look as fresh and natural as possible, so I like to keep things to a minimum. With much trial and error (including mass, prestige, and even cult brands), I finally found the perfect pencil for my eyebrows. And it’s under $2 at Walgreens! Wet n Wild Kohl Brow – Eyeliner in Mink Brown is the perfect shade for me, and I’ve got three of them in stock just in case they stop making it. On my cheeks I’m currently using Bobbi Brown Blush in Clay (sounds muddy, but it’s a nice, bright pink), and I’m obsessed with finishing the entire pot before moving on to another product. Mascara I’m quite picky about. It has to go on easily, and it has to wash off completely with no effort when I wash my face at night. If it doesn’t, I toss it, and I move on to the next tube. Right now I’m using CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara in Black, and it fits the bill.

I’m trying to play more with makeup these days and actually use all of the products I own. So for special occasions and nights out, I’m experimenting with eyeshadow and liner. (The one thing I pretty much steer clear of is lip colour — there’s something about it that I think often ages people.) And I’m starting to watch YouTube makeup tutorials, which are quite inspiring, but a little overwhelming. When I do TV or video, I slather on a thick base (M.A.C Select SPF 15 Foundation in NC25 and M.A.C Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder in Medium), darken everything up, and play around with my eyes.”

– straight from Denise’s mouth …

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Former magazine editor Denise Wild, a sewing star since the age of 13, started teaching sewing classes in her Toronto apartment in 2004 while she was working at FLARE, Canada’s top fashion publication. Those classes evolved into The Sewing Studio, now North America’s leading sewing school with locations in Toronto and New York City. In January of 2010, Denise merged her love of sewing with her passion for magazines by creating LoveSewing.com, the top online sewing destination and the only sewing portal to focus on fashion and style. Denise has worked as an editor for top national publications including FLARE, House & Home, Faze, and ANOKHI, and has written for Hello!, Elle, HGTV, W Network, Glow, Elevate, Chatelaine, and Slice. Denise has regular television appearances that include The Shopping Channel, Steven and Chris, Inside the Box with Ty Pennington, Breakfast Television, CityLine, Daytime, NBC Mobile News, and Fairchild Television. For more information on Denise, visit www.denisewild.com.