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!