The number of steps in my daily makeup routine change with the season. I’ve tried to condense my routine for the warm summer season. While standing in front of my mirror yesterday morning, my boyfriend Grant inspired this post. I can hear him say, “Are you almost ready? What’s that glitter you’re putting on your eyelids?” Today, I’ll reveal exactly what that ‘glitter’ is!
The first step in my makeup routine is cleansing. I apply Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. This gel cleanser keeps my skin soft and clear of blemishes. I supplement this step with a moisturizer – often Tarte’s Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer.
I simplify the rest of my facial makeup. I’ve used Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup for the past two years. It is a great medium-coverage foundation that lets my skin breathe. I buff the foundation into my skin using a buffing brush. I dot Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer underneath my eyes and cover any blemishes. I complete my face makeup by sweeping highlighter onto my cheekbones. I switch between different highlighter products, but my current favourite is Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit. It is luminous, with a beautiful range of colours!
I never apply eyeshadow without priming my lids. My primer of choice is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I switch between different eyeshadow palettes each day. The palette I use most often is Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. This palette contains creamy, blendable shadows that range from brick red to glittery gold. I line my waterline with Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyeliner. I complete my eye makeup with a swipe of mascara. My mascara of choice is Smashbox Full Exposure.
I line my lips with Bite Beauty’s Lip Pencil in a nude shade. Selecting a lipstick to wear each day is the hardest aspect of my makeup routine. I swipe on a shade that matches my outfit to complete my makeup.
Below is a before and after comparison of my makeup routine:
Being Canadian, I have a soft spot for cosmetic brands from Canada. I reorganized my makeup storage drawer this weekend, and it inspired me to shine a spotlight on my favourite Canadian beauty brands.
1. Bite Beauty
Founded in Toronto, Bite Beauty features natural products for face and lips. The creamy lipsticks are handcrafted with both restorative and nourising benefits. I like that Bite Beauty products are crafted with natural ingredients, but still colourful and moisturizing.
Nudestix are the ultimate busy-morning products. All eye, face, and lip products are formatted as crayons. The makeup range is both easy-to-use and create a flawless base. The Lip & Cheek Duo is long-lasting and creamy. The double-ended pen is lip colour, lip liner and cheek colour.
This brand offers vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. Each highlighter, concealer and foundation is customizable to fit your skintone. CoverFX was founded in Ontario.
I am always searching for a new highlighting product to try. I added a few Sephora Collection products into my daily beauty routine and picked up this product during that shopping trip. The gorgeous pink colour drew me to this product.
Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops are a liquid highlight. The product is contained within a small bottle. I like the unique dropper attachment that you use to dispense the product. It makes the product easier to use. The package is a pale pink colour, reflective of the highlight contained within it. It is lightweight and durable.
Though the product is liquid, it has a smooth texture. It is slightly runny when applying to the face, but blends well into the skin. The highlight has a subtle glitter in it, and this transfers beautifully to the skin. It gives the skin a brightness that does not appear shiny or sticky. The product is buildable. I enjoy this quality in a highlight product, it allows you to apply the product subtly or with more intensity.
How to Use It
I like to blend the product into my skin with a beauty blender or my fingertips. Unscrew the cover of the product and press the top of it to absorb the product into the dropper attachment. Press again to dispense the product onto the skin, brush or sponge.
This highlight is available in three colours:
- Ultralight – Luminous gold/bronze
- Starlight – Iridiscent pink with shimmery undertones
- Morning Light – Champagne with shimmer
I own the colour Starlight. On my skin it is a shimmery, glossy pink.
Sephora Collection products offer quality at a good price, and this highlight is no exception. I wear it when I feel like brightening up my face makeup, or pair it with a pink makeup palette. Sephora Collection Radiant Aluminizing Drops retail for $19 at Sephora.
Makeup trends traditionally leaned toward bronzed skin, coral lips, and gold eyelids. The common trends this season are beginning to change. For summer 2017, pastels and graphic cool tones are popular. Each colour trend is versatile. The colours are perfect to wear subtly or enhanced.
Coloured eyeliner makes the eyes pop. The colour white gives the eye a crisp, fun look. White eyeliner is versatile to wear with coloured eyeshadow or your favourite earthy shades. Sephora offers various white liners. My favourites include: Sephora Collection Colourful Wink-It Felt Liner and Nars Velvet Eyeliner.
Summer is encapsulated in this trend. A sunset eye features warm hues reminiscent of a summer night sky. This trend is bold but wearable by toning down makeup on the rest of the face. To achieve a sunset eye, mix warm shades like red, burnt orange, and yellow.
This trend is inspired by shine and metallics. Core colours used to create this makeup look include silver, pink, blue and lilac. Holographic makeup is reminiscent of princess sparkle and prisms. This hue is featured in highlighter, eyeshadow and eyeliner. My top holographic picks from Sephora include: Kat Von D Alchemist Palette and Milk Makeup Holographic Stick.
Which summer trend are you wearing this season? If you’re wearing a trend I did not mention, let me know about it in the comments!
With a variety of makeup brushes out there, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect one for you. Each brush comes in a different shape, size, and format. Today I offer a complete guide to the types of makeup brushes and how to use them.
1. Angled Blush/Foundation Brush
This type of brush is angled to distribute blush into the apples of your cheeks. Dip this brush into your favourite blush then hold it at an angle and brush along your cheekbones. Angled foundation brushes achieve the same purpose for foundation.
2. Concealer Brush
A concealer brush has rounded edges. This shape makes it easier to apply concealer to the nooks and crannies in the face. To use on blemishes and under the eye, apply the concealer in a patting motion.
3. Round Buffing Brush
These rounded brushes are stiff, yet soft. Use this brush by buffing makeup into the skin in small, circular motions. A buffing brush is multipurpose. It may be used for foundation, concealer, blush, or powder.
4. Stippling Brush
Bristles are long, soft and flexible. Stippling brushes contain duo-fiber bristles. Use a buffing motion with this brush to blend product into the skin.
5. Blush Brush
These brushes are rounded with sofr bristles. The shape allows for easy blending. This type of brush is ideal for applying blush, highlight, or bronzer. A blush brush is shaped well to blend product. It is also a good shape to apply powder with.
6. Fan Brush
A fan brush is flat and fanned out. It is flexible for gentle contouring or to sweep away excess powder.
7. Foundation Brush
Foundation brushes are flat and dense, with rounded ends. This type of brush works best when using small brush strokes to apply and blend. A foundation brush is suitable to apply foundation and concealer. It is also useful to blend cream products into the skin.
I received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer at Sephora. This moisturizer is oil-free. It is a daily moisturizer that illuminates and hydrates the skin. (I adore multipurpose products!) Tarte’s Brighter Days Moisturizer launched earlier this year with Tarte’s Athleisure skincare and makeup line.
This product comes in a tube with a gold-coloured cap. Its lavender container is fun and bright. The moisturizer itself is white and creamy. The full-sized tube holds 1.69 oz of product. It is unscented.
I read reviews stating that the moisturizer is glittery. Once I applied the moisturizer to my skin, it gave a light sheen. I particularly enjoyed this aspect of the moisturizer. I use highlighter as part of my beauty routine. I like that this shine/highlight didn’t overpower my skin.
The gel-like texture dries fast. Because it is oil-free, the moisturizer is not slick on the skin.
How to Use It
Apply a thin layer onto the face and neck after cleansing the skin. I sometimes dab it into my cheekbones to substitute for highlight. This achieves a soft glow. The product is perfect to wear on its own, or underneath makeup.
I am impressed with this moisturizer. It left my skin softly illuminated and refreshed. Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer retails for $42 from Sephora.
What is your favourite moisturizer?
While browsing Sephora last month, I noticed this set from BECCA Cosmetics. The kit contains a mini powder compact and liquid highlight in the shade Opal. The colour in this kit is a “golden opal pearl”.
Both products come together in a cardboard box. The compact has the word “BECCA” stamped on the cover and features a small mirror inside. The liquid highlight is in a tube, like a lipgloss. It has a doe-foot applicator.
The compact version of opal is a pressed powder. It is soft and smooth to the touch. One swipe of the compact dispenses a lot of product onto a brush. I find a light touch or pat works best when applying the product to a finger or brush. The colour is a champagne-gold.
The Liquid Highlight
I have not tried a liquid highlight before this product. To my delight, it did not feel wet or sticky on the skin. When applied to the skin, the product has a slight cooling effect. It dries down within a few seconds. I blend the liquid highlight into my skin after I apply it to evenly distribute the product. A small amount of product goes a long way.
I like the colour in this set. It will be a perfect option for summer – a subtle, shimmery highlight. The travel-sized kit is ideal. Other highlighters I own are full-sized, and are more difficult to pack into my makeup kit.
This kit retails for $20 at Sephora.
Have you tried BECCA products before? Thoughts?