You’ve probably seen models file out onto the runway during Fashion Week, immaculately styled with even eyeliner wings and not a hair out of place. What you don’t see, though, is the frenzy of hair and make up that takes place back stage to make it happen. With multiple fashion weeks under her belt and clientele that includes the likes of Gigi Hadid, Eva Longoria and Anna Paquin, makeup artist Grace Lee has definitely picked up a trick or two to get people camera-ready in double time. As the Official Makeup Artist for Maybelline New York in Canada, we asked her to share some of her top backstage beauty secrets.
Working as a beauty editor, I’ll admit I have a slight obsession with makeup. OK, maybe it’s a little bit more than an obsession – doesn’t everyone have at least eight lipsticks in their purse?! What I love about makeup is its ability to transform you, even if if just temporarily, which is why it’s so much fun to play with. For instance, look at this massive beauty haul we pulled together from German-based beauty brand Essence.
Whether you’re curating a new makeup collection or you are just looking to keep up to date with current trends for a fraction of the price, these 10 items will update your makeup bag without breaking the bank!
From shimmery eyeshadow to the humble facial mist, here are six fool-proof products that offer serious bang for your buck, whilst constantly delivering on quality and efficacy. Charlotte Tilbury products are known for being unabashedly decadent, but did you know they offer 2-in-1 benefits too? The Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils can be applied as a liner for a chic and simple look that’s perfect for work, or smudged all over the lid for a messier, undone effect.
The Hourglass Veil Primer is a lightweight and oil free formula that’s great for people with combination to oily skin. Plus, it has SPF15 too! Hourglass Veil Primer, $60, sephora.ca Becca Backlight Priming Filter is an illuminating primer that is good for people with normal to dry skin. It provides hydration while giving your skin a lit from within look. Becca Backlight Priming Filter, $46, thebay.com Foundation To achieve a dewy natural look, avoid a heavy foundation with a matte finish and opt for a velvety or sheer finish instead. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, $9, walmart.ca Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink is a great foundation for combination to oily skin.
In makeup there are no rules but just to make your life easier (and to help you avoid looking like a clown), here are our top picks for every skin tone. Milani Cosmetics makes some really nice baked blushes and the shade Luminoso is perfect if you’re a fair-skinned beauty. Its gorgeous light peach shade adds colour and a subtle shimmer to pale skin and it’s flattering on a large spectrum of skin tones.
The bristle-packed design means the product is perfectly worked into the skin for a seamless look, plus you’ll use less product in the process! A buffing brush is also a useful tool to smooth in foundation as it gets the job done efficiently and quickly. A big, fluffy powder brush Nothing looks worse than caked-on make up. This brush prevents that for happening. The bigger the powder brush, the softer the application is which means that your powder will always look as natural as possible. A small setting brush A soft and fluffy brush is the perfect tool for targeted applications. It’s small size gives you precision so you can lightly dust setting powder under the eyes or add the perfect amount of shimmer to highlight the top of your cheekbones or just under your brow bone A ridiculously soft blusher brush A really soft brush makes it easier to blend everything into the skin.
A recent study from Stowaway Cosmetics and Poshly revealed that more than 80 per cent of makeup users know that cosmetics have an expiration date but have difficulties parting with old makeup because they forget, feel guilty about wasting money or worry that they may need it later. Just like food, makeup has an expiry — yup, it’s that little jar icon on the back of the packaging with a number on it, representing the number of months you can keep it once the product is opened. If you’re a makeup hoarder and find it hard to keep track of each product’s expiration, simply use a Sharpie to write the date you opened a product on its lid or packaging.
Some people are obsessed with packaging, but I firmly believe it’s what’s inside that counts. The new spring makeup palettes are no exception — just try popping them open without oohing and aahing. From exquisite ribbon blush to pearl illuminator to floral shadow quads, it’s easy to fall in love with the intricate designs etched in the latest batch of makeup compacts. Not so simple: bringing yourself to use them.
Frigid weather may not be enticing for everyone, but there’s no denying the appeal of sweet rosy cheeks. Thankfully, you don’t need to be out in the cold to have a lovely winter flush. These cream blushes make it a cinch to attain a natural-looking glow and are a helpful, moisturizing makeup swap when skin is getting dryer by the day. Related: How to Really Find Your Perfect Blush How to Apply Blush Perfectly Flushed Rosy Winter Cheek
Finding the right shade of blush is pretty simple. The key is to go with a blush that matches the color your cheeks when you exercise — usually a pink to peach tone. If you have alabaster or porcelain skin, you will look best in a pale pastel pink shade with cool tones. For skin that eventually tans by the end of the summer, go with a pink that is a bit dustier. For skin that tans easily, and rarely burns, go tawnier pink that has some brown tones in it. Women with tan, warm skin tones should choose an almost plum blush that looks like a rich pink when applied. For deeper skin tones, redder shades that have bluish shades like cranberry leave a beautiful finish.
Finding the right shade of blush is pretty simple. The key is to go with a blush that matches the color your cheek naturally turns when you pinch it. It’s usually a shade of pink to peach depending on your skin tone. If you have alabaster or porcelain skin, you will look best in a pale pastel pink shade with cool tones. For skin that eventually tans by the end of the summer, go with a pink that is a bit dustier. For skin that tans easily, and rarely burns, go tawnier pink that has some brown tones in it. ...
Nude makeup may be dominating the runways and the red carpet, but Peter Philips, the new creative and image director of Dior makeup, is making a strong case for bright colors this spring.
Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, and Cate Blanchette at the Academy Awards (Getty Images). More than a few actresses at the Academy Awards on Sunday night went with subtle, soft, nude makeup to accentuate their features on the red carpet. This look is all about bright and radiant skin. Makeup artist Carola Gonzalez perfected Kerry Washington’s skin using Marc Jacobs’ Beauty Genius Oil Free Foundation in Cocoa Light ($48) and applied Washington’s signature Neutrogena Healthy Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer in Raisin Glow ($12) to cheeks.
For a fresh and pretty flush, I like to use a combination of two blushes—a more natural shade and a brighter pop of color. Alone, the more natural color often fades easily, and the brighter color can be too much by itself in daylight. Here’s how to get the look: Related: The Surprising Cure for Chapped Lips To find the right natural shade of blush, choose a powder formula that matches the color your cheeks turn when you pinch them.
Photo: Henry Leutwyler The only beauty gift that comes along with cold winter weather is rosy, flushed cheeks. Thankfully, you don’t actually have to step out into sub-zero temps. To get this winter flush, pat a rosy pink cream blush onto your cheeks—but don’t blend it all the way in. Apply the color from the apples of your cheeks and up along your cheekbone.
Dear Bobbi, I really like the look of cream blush but I don’t know how to apply it. Do you put it in the same spots as you would a powder blush? Thanks! Kristin Dear Kristin, To apply cream blush, start by smiling and use your fingers to apply two dabs of blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Xo Bobbi Related: Your Concealer Questions Answered Hi Bobbi, Do you need to change your blush color depending on your lip color?
From creative product names to revolutionary formulas, these are the cosmetics that have established themselves as must-haves and truly deliver on their promises. Nars Orgasm Blush ($30) The name may have made us blush naturally, but the product is great at faking it. Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) Adored by makeup artists and product junkies alike, this palette contains a dozen ultra-wearable eye shadows so you’ll never have one shade used up while the others collect dust. Lancome Definicils Mascara ($28) A top-seller since the ‘90s, you can’t go wrong with this classic tube for natural-looking lashes.