November 4th, 2013
Guy Bourdin’s fashion photography features dramatic, sensual, and provocative imagery with exotic, mysterious women.
In a bid to make our lives a bit more like his photos and subjects, we are digging into the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday collection.
The limited edition eyeshadows, lipesticks, blushers, and nail colour come in a range of bold deep colours with names like Coeur Battant (magenta), Bad Behaviour (deep pewter) and Exhibit A (matte red.) And since we are nearing the holidays, the gift sets will make lovely presents or a great addition to our own lists.
Although you’ve got every right to be suspicious if a lover gifts you the lip set called Fling ($55), or the bronzer blusher set called One Night Stand ($72). —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Colour Collection, eyeshadows start at $28 at www.narscosmetics.ca
October 21st, 2013
Keeping up with the latest beauty products and trends is overwhelming (and expensive) but there is a way to test dozens of while keeping the pocketbook in check.
A $12 monthly subscription to Canadian company TopBox will deliver four top beauty products samples right to your door. With a 100 brands in the mix (including the likes of Benefit, Aveda and Clinique), boxes can be customized to match your skin care needs.
Finally, mail to look forward to. —Sara Samson
October 7th, 2013
Metallics and sparkles are huge for fall and winter—and we aren't just talking about fashion.
These brand new cream shadows from Stila come in 12 intense colours that will seriously illuminate your make-up routine. With holiday parties just around the corner, these are the perfect complement to a little black dress and sleek ponytail. Don't forget the primer to prep the eyelid and keep the shadow in place all night long.
Dull eyeshadow, you've been foiled. — Sara Samson
Stila Foil Finish Eye Shadow, $42, available at Sephora.
September 2nd, 2013
Hello, September! It’s time to give that make-up bag a fall makeover.
Forget the precise lip liner and embrace some good old smudging. Models at Derek Lam, Marni (pictured), Vera Wang, and Dior appeared with ombré lips, moving the trend from hair over to the face. The key word is “stain,” like looking through a soft focus lens. Use a cotton swab to blur the edges a bit. Editor’s Pick: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in ‘Palais Royale’ ($25 at NARS.ca)
To the Matte
The dewy summer face has been replaced with serious matte skin. With a focus on strong lips and eyes, it’s crucial to keep the canvas simple. Take notes from Dries Van Noten (pictured), Theyskens’ Theory, and Balmain, and dust the skin all over with a matte powder for a velvety Marie Antoinette-worthy complexion. Editor’s Pick: Cargo HD Picture Perfect Pressed Powder ($34 at Beautymark)
Pretty in Punk
Punk is the buzzword of the season, especially with makeup. As seen on the runways of Roberto Cavalli (pictured), Missoni, and Kenzo, there is a big focus on the dramatic eye, the slightly messy eye. Opt for a creamy eyeshadow that will let you smudge that smoky eye to punk perfection. Add a kohl eyeliner come nighttime to up the rebellious streak. Think more Debbie Harry, as opposed to Nancy Spungen. Editor’s Pick: MAC Paint Pot in ‘Blackground’ ($24 at MAC)
Pristine fishtails and Katniss braids take a back seat to tousled bohemian plaits. As seen at Rodarte (pictured), tiny braids are woven into piecey curls for that “Grunge princess” kind of a thing that’s hot again. Use curl defining mousse to add texture to the hair before braiding begins. Remember: messy is effortless. Editor’s Pick: Oribe Curl Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse ($40 at Kiss and Makeup)
While deep reds are always a fall favourite, our eyes are not surprisingly attracted to shiny things. Metallic lacquers, seen at Costello Tagliapietra, Erin Featherston and Nicole Miller (pictured) are a welcome transition between the summer brights and winter darks. As Marc Jacobs once said: “My favourite colour is shiny.” Editor’s Pick: Maybelline Colour Show Holographic Polish in ‘Bold Gold’ ($3.99 at various drug stores)
August 12th, 2013
Dermalogica has always been a facial favourite of ours and with a new line of sheer tints, our makeup is moonlighting as skin care.
For a quick weekend touch-up, we opt for the Sheer Tint, which evens out skin tone for a make-up free look. The Cover Tint kicks up the coverage with medium to full coverage, but it also hydrates while softening fine lines.
And because its Dermalogica, the formula does more than just make our skin look good - it has antioxidants to combat free radical damage and supports skin cell renewal, plus essential SPF.
All in all, it's sheer genius. —Sara Samson
$60 each at Dermalogica spas or online at www.dermalogica.ca
August 5th, 2013
Cara Delevingne, Arizona Muse—the girls with brows are unstoppable these days.
I admit I spent the majority of my 20s “un-Brooke Shields-ing” (this is a legit term in the beauty industry) my eyebrows — hey, we all have regrets! I’m now not only letting them grow, but I added a step to my daily makeup routine to exaggerate their fullness. In the past, brow pencils have always been rather harsh and often too heavy. NARS’ new Brow Perfector ($22) is gentle, with velvety texture that doesn’t give you the unsightly Sharpie look. Its companion, the Brow Gel ($22), keeps everything tidy and in place.
The best thing about a full arch, other than looking like the hot runway “It” girl? It will make you look younger, a distraction from wrinkles and such. —Anya Georgijevic
$22 at www.narscosmetics.ca
July 15th, 2013
Packing light for summer holidays is a cinch when it comes to clothes (bikini, sandals, and sundress - check!), but beauty products can easily take up half of our suitcase.
This year we are streamlining our cosmetics case with multi-functional items like CoverGirl's Flamed Out Shadow Pencils ($9.99). Essentially an eyeshadow-in-a-stick (meaning no brushes or bulky compacts to carry), the pencils can be used as a highlighter (across the brow bone underneath the eyebrows), as an eyeshadow, or a thick eyeliner. With colours like melted caramel and gold flame, we can reduce the bulk by simply carrying a handful of these pencils, a mascara, concealer, and something for the lips. That leaves room for sunscreen and body lotion, a priority on vacation.
And of course extra room in our suitcase means more space to stock up at a products from a foreign drug store, a favourite pastime of beauty fiends like us. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils, $9.99, www.covergirl.com
July 8th, 2013
If your social calendar has you in a flutter, we suggest paring that colourful frock with a face that's ultra simple.
Choose a clear gloss or neutral lipstick with smoky eyes and you're in business.
Here are a few of our fail safe nudes:
Bobbi Brown sheer lip colour in Bobbi
Clark's Botanicals lip treatment in moore nude.
Bite Lush lip tint in lychee.
Now, flutter on, lovelies.
May 13th, 2013
Kate Middleton may have done her own makeup for her big day, but we think some things are better left to the professionals.
The wedding season is about to begin and whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or a guest (hey, you’ll still be photographed), perfect makeup is a must. For my own recent very important event (um, the Prince concert!), I enlisted The Salon Beauty Bar’s Mobile Makeup service to give me a look that would stand out in the crowd. My laziness worked in my favour: Mobile Makeup’s artists beautify you in the comfort of your own home, so no need to run around town with a half-melted summer face. And did Prince notice me? I’m pretty sure I saw him throw a little glance in my direction. —Anya Georgijevic
From $150, The Salon Beauty Bar, 505 Thurlow St., 604-682-4645, www.thesalonbeautybar.com
February 5th, 2013
Betty or Veronica? The enduring question…for Archie, at least.
Now the famous redhead’s amours have teamed up with MAC Cosmetics for a special Valentine’s Day collection titled “Archie’s Girls,” available February 7. Veronica delivers vixen-y goodies like the Boyfriend Stealer ($20) lipstick, a broody dark berry shade. But Betty’s got a couple of tricks up her sleeve as well: never underestimate the power of a fresh-faced beauty with her Cream Soda ($26) peachy blush.
Why these two beauties still fight over Archie is beyond us, but love often needs no reason.
Available at MAC counters and www.maccosmetics.com