31 days to a prettier 2017 : brighten up the eyes …

January 18, 2017By stephanie

Today, I’m going to tell you to treat yo’self …

Day 18 : January 18

Buy yourself a new eyeshadow.

We spoke about eyeliners before for defining the eyes, but today we’re going to talk about brightening up and highlighting the eyes. You’re going to do this with a simple swipe of eyeshadow. You probably already have plenty of shadows ranging the colours of a rainbow, but the shadow I want you to pick up will be a neutral shimmer.

Look for something across the lines of soft champagne, rose gold, soft gold, or bronze. Shades that fall within this category can be swept across the lids and instantly lift and brighten the eye area within nothing more than perhaps mascara.

It’s a great way to get ready quick with minimal makeup! And don’t worry, the right neutral shimmer can always be incorporated into your full colour looks from winged liner to smokey eyes!

Now, off you go!

TIP : For easy on the go, try cream eyeshadow sticks. I particularly love Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown!

HOMEWORK : Buy yourself just one, but it doesn’t hurt to take note of other shades that don’t make the cut. You can always pick them up later!

mondays+moms : makeup? what makeup?

May 12, 2014By stephanie

I have a confession to make. I actually don’t wear a lot of makeup.

I love makeup.  I have lots of makeup. I eat-drink-breathe-makeup.

I just don’t happen to wear tonnes of it.

My typical day consists of working through the morning; doing lunchroom supervision around, well, lunchtime; hot yoga; and then an afternoon of either driving around to meet clientele or an afternoon of driving around to various after-school activities.

My makeup routine is quite minimal and I think both my colleagues and clientele find this quite comical, you know … being a beauty artist and all. I thought I would share with you a couple of items that I have in rotation right now. The pic above shows what I might put on in the morning if I have a moment.

rms beauty un-cover up in 22 and cream eyeshadow in lunar : I adore this product thanks to the sheer layers you can apply with it. Never cakey or heavy, always the right amount. With the foundation, I simply apply as needed – usually under the eyes and around the nose. Sometimes the cheeks.  I like applying it over my Pelle Beauty face oil and Consonant Body sunscreen – I find it applies best after I have allowed both of these products to sink in a bit. The cream eyeshadow I actually use as my highlighter. While they do have the living luminizer in the line, I find lunar to highlight my skin tone a bit better.

bite beauty : If I’m going to brighten up my look, it’s always with lip colours and bite has the best selection of colours in my favourite form : chubby pencils. From the everyday rose to a bright and electric orange, I carry a few of these pencils in my regular makeup bag. My other favourite is NARS Lip Pencils and I look to their matte pencils when I want statement lips.

aerin rose lip conditioner : My lips, despite my best efforts will always remain chapped and  dry. It’s not fair, but what can you do. I find this lip conditioner allows me to apply once in the morning and get to about late afternoon without having to reapply.  Added bonus : the scent is quite nice!

MAC veluxe brow liner and tweezerman tweezers : Okay. I’m kind of lying about the tweezers and using them everyday because  I don’t get the chance to tweeze each morning, but the moments I do – normally after glancing into the rearview mirror on my way out the driveway (damn you natural sunlight) – I’ll make it a priority to tweeze later that night. I prefer slanted tips for the best grasp and Tweezerman has a larger selection of tweezers to choose from. For filling in my brows, I like dual-ended brow fillers – either with colour on one end and a spoolie on the other OR colour on the end and brow gel on the other. MAC’s pencil gives the soft look of powder but defines the brows like a champ!

tom ford eye defining pencil in metallic mink and stila smudge stick waterproof liner in emerald : I don’t wear mascara only because I find when applying to myself – I’m pretty messy with it. So I rely in eye pencils to define my eyes.  I love inky blacks and browns and love the Tom Ford pencils (MAC pencils are pretty great too!) and I usually apply this under the lashes and at the root to fake the look of more lashes and artfully applied mascara. Over the top lid, I’ll use a bright colour like Stila’s emerald which after application LOOKS like liquid liner – so pigmented. It’s all about the subtle pop!

I’m not sure if there is anything I would change about my makeup routine – it’s works for me and the amount of time I have to get ready for the day. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think : I really should use my primer … or my concealer … and maybe I should fill in that crease. But then I think to myself that my job is to apply beauty to others – not BE the beauty.

Well, that’s my Monday morning stephanie-ism.  Hope you all have a great week!



magic monday: correcting your corrector (or concealer)

December 17, 2012By stephanie 2 Comments

It saddens me to hear when someone purchases a great product but cannot seem to make it work for them. For example, they went out and bought that golden ticket mascara that everyone is raving about, brought it home and applied it, and only ended up with clumpy mascara and a bad taste in their mouth.

I think this happens quite often with concealers and/or correctors. Beautythusiasts will say that the creamiest of creamy concealers will cake, flake or even worse, provide no coverage at all.  However, some of these issues – MOST of the time – can be chalked up to improper application and skin prep techniques. (I mean, yyyesssss,  there are really REALLY bad products out there, but normally you’ve done the research and know not to buy those ones.)

When it comes to artful camouflage, you have to remember that concealer is meant to be a little thicker and heavier than your foundation or tinted moisturizer – after all – the point is to cover it all up, right? In addition, even though it is meant to cover-up the flaws, you still have to prep those flaws properly in order for the product to “stick”.

Here are a couple of tips to try when you think your corrector/concealer isn’t making the grade …

Exfoliate and prep the skin.

Concealer is usually the answer to tired eyes. You wake up, see bags or dry patches and think – “holy cow! where’s my concealer?” – and you start to throw it on and expect it to liquid paper everything away. Step back a moment. Before you apply ANYTHING prep your skin properly. If I know it’s gonna be a heavy artillery kinda day, I moisturize thoroughly and around the eyes, I apply an extra helping of eye cream, THOROUGHLY applied, and let it sink in for awhile before I get started. I get the eye area as smooth, plumped, and line free as possible before applying my concealer. In the case of a blemished area, maybe you need to softly exfoliate some of those dry patches before applying your mascara. The key is: prep.

Dab and layer. Dab and layer.

I think a really common mistake is application. I’m of the school of applying your foundation and base first to see how much it covers up. Then I apply concealer accordingly. (Foundation is often lighter, so if it covers up 60% of the problem, you will be applying 60% LESS of your concealer which again is much thicker.) Once you are ready to apply concealer, you dab. You dab. You dab. You dab. And you blend with your ring finger. Many apply concealer in sweeping motions which only thins out the product over where you need the coverage – so you apply more, and more, and more – in the totally wrong sweeping motion. Hello cakey. Hello flaky. Dab the product in place and just blur the lines. Less product, more coverage.

Set but lightly.

Setting cream products with powder will ensure all day coverage and less chances for the coverage to travel – just make sure you are using a lightweight translucent powder. You don’t need another helping of MAC Studiofix. No no. Just something light and dusty. Blend well.

Know your product.

Some concealers help to brighten. Some help to erase. Some help to just cover the whole damn thing up. Know what your problems are and pick the proper concealer and/or corrector.  Correctors (think peaches, pinks and lavenders) are just meant to correct skintone and are for layering under a skintone concealer that does the actual covering. Some concealers do both.  Other concealers are heavier and tackier because they tackle pimples. And then there are some that are creamier and lighter to be used around the delicate eye area. Short form: don’t expect a colour-corrector concealer to hide that massive zit and don’t expect a industrial zit grade concealer to look all dewy and soft under the eyes!

Sometimes an extra tip or two can turn your makeup into magic … hope these help!