Look Wide Awake Without Trying: The Only Concealer You Will Ever Need, And A Perfect Eyelid Primer

Look Wide Awake Without Trying: The Only Concealer You Will Ever Need, And A Perfect Eyelid Primer

It is not often that I use a beauty product that blows my mind. Yes, I fall in love with many beauty items, and they often fall into the pile of All The Beauty Products Like This That I Love And Already Own. I also have holy grail items that become the favourite, the one thing I fall back on, even if I have other similar items that I love. If you read this blog you know that Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof UnderEye Concealer has been my go-to for doing exactly what it says it does for around twenty years. I’m not sure what made me try something different. I read a review somewhere for a Tarte concealer. I bought it, and while I like it well enough, it is very thick, and despite the fact it’s called “creaseless”, it is not. Thick as in “concentrated” is one thing, but thick as in “goopy and hard to blend” is another. The review I’d read mentioned a “glow”, and I did not get that.

So, hours days a month or so later, I’d read everything I could find on concealers. I read blog reviews of expert opinions I trust (vs editorial content that is the same on every blog because they are all being paid/given product to write a good review), I read Make Up Alley, I read Sephora customer reviews.

At Armani Beauty Counter - thank you Jolanta!

At Armani Beauty Counter – thank you Jolanta!

After much comparing and analysis, I narrowed it down to one- Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer ($39 USD). Anyone who uses this is probably gently nodding their head right now, saying “Yes, this is The One you were looking for, Grasshopper”. I popped over to the Neiman Marcus Armani Beauty Counter where I met Jolanta, the Armani MUA.  A love woman, Jolanta is Polish (her lovely accent was easy to spot!), smart, funny and gorgeous. She was so lovely! She sat me down and said “Let me treat you!”*. First, she busted out the Crema Nera Reviving Eye Cream, which she said adds radiance. It sure felt good, and it did look pretty amazing on it’s own, but for $170 USD, I was not immediately sold.

Anyways, she went on to test out different shades of the Armani High Precision concealer until she found the one she thought best. One was actually a perfect match for my skin, so it looked invisible, and one was a tad lighter, which always freaks me out because I remember the 80s. I would have gone for the exact match, if left to my own devices. But, she insisted it would be better to go with the lighter one. I looked in her mirror right away and was like WUT.

Natural makeup look,  using Armani concealer + Dior primer, with Blinc mascara

Natural makeup look, using Armani concealer + Dior primer, with Blinc mascara. Look how it glows under my eyes! Outside in shade.

From the Armani Beauty website:

A high precision concealer which blurs imperfections, treats dark circles, and highlights the complexion. Contains light reflecting pearls, which diffuse light for radiant skin. Vitamin E and moisturizers pamper the delicate eye area. High definition applicator. All skin types.
– conceals imperfections and blurs dark circles
– adds radiance
– rich, moisturizing formula
– high-definition applicator

Those “light reflecting pearls” are so subtle they are not really visible to the naked eye. This swatch on my hand looks matte. It is only when I stand back and look in the mirror that see a visible glow! I could not stop staring at myself.

Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer

Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer swatched in indirect natural light, applied on left, blended on right

Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer Dior Backstage Eye Prime

Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer Dior Backstage Eye Prime



Inside, with natural light

Inside, with natural light

Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer is amazing. The tiny brush allows you to put a tiny drop anywhere you want. I use a tiny amount under my eyes, and on the inside of my eyes, around my nose, on lines, and on blemishes. It blends seamlessly, and wears on and on. I did yoga (regular, not hot) while wearing it, watched a few animal videos on Facebook that made me cry, and STILL it looked incredible. I used the Dior Backstage Eye Prime on my lids – it is my new obsession for a no-makeup-makeup look, and stays put all day. Protip: a paler shade on the eyelids adds a youthful look. A light dusting of Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base and touch of Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow blush, which is a lovely petal pink blush.

*side note: sometimes, when you feel down, tired or just bleh, there is something about having someone touch you gently and just pamper you. I remember when my father was very sick, near the end of his life, and I felt like I was living in the palliative care unit. I went to see my girlfriend who was with La Mer. She had an aesthetician at the counter that day and she said, “You look tired. Let me give you a hand treatement”. She went on to wash, scrub and massage my hands, while I turned to jelly in her chair. So much tension left me, I may even have had a little cry. But there was something so wonderful about trusting someone else and letting them take care of me. I feel like this when an awesome MUA is working on my face. Heaven.

My Fall Make Up Routine

My Fall Make Up Routine

I don’t wear a lot of make up, but I do enjoy owning a lot. I usually fall in love with something, wear it right away, or stash it and wear it when I rediscover it in my drawer. Or, I become obsessed with something I Must Own, get it, and use it every day until I don’t love it anymore, or, I buy it forever and ever.

My present routine is a little bit of both. Here is what I am loving right now, pictured above, and clockwise from the top:

 Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Compact: A lovely sheer buildable powder, it lasts and lasts without getting cakey or yellow. Sheer is key for me. I like to even out my skin and add a glow, not cover it up with a spackle knife. Love.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eye Shadow: This has been an old standby for years. I own three and will always have them in my collection: Shore, a pale nude, Cement, a cool “greige”, and Sand, a browny beige. Sand is the one I’m wearing these days, it has a slight burgundy tone that brings out the hazel in my eyes.

Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in Black: The perfect pencil for tightlining. I am a huge love of the Aqua line from Make Up Forever, that stuff is like a make up tattoo. Love.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara: I raved about this amazing stuff here.

Tweezerman Brow Mousse: Yes, that’s right. Mousse for your eyebrows. Seriously, though, with thin eyebrows finally going the way of the dinosaur (for a long time, I hope) lovely natural brows are back. But groomed is still important! Tweezerman Brow Mousse keeps those pesky hairs in place, and doesn’t flake off or get crusty like certain clear mascaras. Love this stuff.

Tweezerman Eyenhance Pencil: This double ended pencil was part of a summer promotion from Tweezerman and is no longer available, but the single ended one still is. The best part of this pencil is the highlight end – its a perfect shimmery taupe colour that accentuates brows and eyes PERFECTLY. I use it on my lower waterline and it makes my eyes pop! A little under my brows and the inner corners of my eyes also adds sparkle. LOVE.

Eyelash Curler: Pick your favourite. All lashes should be curled – it opens the eyes like nothing else. Sometimes I use this gently heated with my hair dryer (CAUTION HERE PEOPLE) and forgo mascara altogether. My Vichy Lash Serum helps with that as well…

Urban Decay Potion Primer: I use this on my eyelids every day. This nude shade, Eden, works as a neutral shadow as well as a base, so I often just use this with nothing else. As we age, the skin around our eyes darkens, so lightening that up makes us look wide awake and a little younger!

Lancome Effacils Waterproof Protective Concealer: I’ve been using this for many years now, and have yet to find a rich creamy under eye concealer that works this well. Doesn’t crease, is NEVER cakey and doesn’t settle in the lines. It also stays put for quite awhile, even on my oily skin. Love.

Becca Beach Tint: I fell in love with this last year when I grabbed a tube of the coral toned Graperfruit Beach Tint, and it is one of my favourite blushes. It’s a cream blush that is sheer ( read: fail proof) and can be built up. The shade Fig is like a cross between a rose blush and a bronzer, and is the most natural shade of blush I have ever used.  I got it in a little trial duo at the candy counter aka the little displays we have to walk by to get to the cash at Sephora.


On my lips: La Mer Lip Balm

Short Post. Miraculous Product. La Roche Posay Cicaplast

Short Post. Miraculous Product. La Roche Posay Cicaplast

la roche posay cicaplast

I have mentioned La Roche Posay Cicaplast in passing, which isn’t really fair. It is a miraculous product I can’t be without and deserves a solid mention. Cicaplast was created to deal with several different skin irritations like dry patches, chapped skin, and skin that is tender and healing post-dermatological procedures like peels and resurfacing. I use it for skin injuries- most recently my daughter badly sliced her foot on a broken OPI nail polish bottle (beware!) and we have been using Cicaplast to speed healing, reduce scarring and relieve the itching that comes with healing skin. The thing I use it for most often though is healing acne blemishes that have been picked  ruptured. A sore pimple is bad enough and can take ages to heal. Once it scabs up it becomes almost impossible to camouflage with concealer, and may even have dry flaky skin around it due to any drying acne treatments one may have used. Well, Cicaplast to the rescue. I use this nightly on healing acne pimples to speed up the process and see a dramatic difference in healing time. It is soothing and comforting and easy to apply thanks to it’s silky smooth texture. Cicaplast also makes a perfect “primer” for a healing pimple before applying concealer. It creates a soft smooth canvas as well as soothing the poor spot.

Here is what La Roche Posay says about Cicaplast – which is concise and to the point.

Cicaplast accelerates reconstruction of the skin barrier thanks to a formula that combines:
– A copper/zinc/manganese mineral complex to stimulate the production of new cells,
– Madecassoside to encourage proper cell organisation and procure fast, high-quality epidermal repair,
– Its insulating texture is enriched in anti-bacterial agents to protect the skin. Invisible and non sticky, with easy spreading. This soothing, moisturizing treatment relieves itchiness and tight sensations.
Paraben-free formula.

I get La Roche Posay at my drugstore for under $20- a tube used on spots and injuries will last ages. Like, so far I’ve had it a year and it’s not finished yet. Verdict? A must-have.

My No-Fuss Daly Beauty Routine

My No-Fuss Daly Beauty Routine

Even though I am obsessed with beauty, I don’t spend a lot of time getting ready in the morning. Reason? Laziness, perhaps? Also, as time goes by, I find I don’t like the feeling of a lot of stuff on my face. But, like anyone, I like to look polished, bright eyed and as radiant as possible with as little effort as possible. I spend time on my skincare routine, and even though it took me almost 12 minutes to explain it, it really takes less than 5 minutes in the morning and at night to take care of my skin. If anything, as we age we should spend more time on My cosmetic routine in the morning is pretty no-nonsense as well. So- what do I use?

Start with a cleansed and moisturised face. Give your skincare a few minutes to soak in before applying make up- this is a good time to brush your teeth, apply body lotion, brush hair etc. Then:

Concealer: this is a must have for a wide awake and radiant look. Nothing ages you quicker than dark skin around the eyes, and uneven skin tone. Using a concealer brush ( love the one I got from Lancome) I apply my HG concealer, Lancome Effacernes. It is creamy and never creases or settles into lines. It’s also waterproof. I blend it lightly under my eyes and on the sides of my nose.

Eye Make Up Primer: I have oily skin, and truthfully a lot of use have oily eye lids even if the rest of our skin is dry. My hands down HG primer is the incredible Urban Decay Potion Primer  (UDPP) in the slightly yellow toned Eden. I use my fingers to apply a very thin layer on my eyelids- too much gets cake-y and uneven so a light hand is key. Also- a trick: using a small brush, I use a small amount of UDPP on spots/blemishes before applying any concealer on them. It helps extend the life of any concealer you use. It’s the little things, folks. UDPP in Nude is slightly pinker, Greed is a gold shimmer and Sin is a taupe shimmer. I also have and love Sin. Gorgeous.

Powder: I don’t use foundation, but if you do, apply it now! I just use a foundation type of powder, and dust it all over my face. My favourite is Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base pressed powder. It’s practically invisible yet evens skin tone beautifully. It has sunscreen and doesn’t irritate my oily acne-prone skin. I will weep if this is ever discontinued.

Eyeliner: I am a huge tightlining fan. I tightline along my upper lash line (explanation here) and I use a waterproof pencil or liquid. My fave pencils are Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Pencil and Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof. I take tightlining a little further and like to wriggle the pencil between my upper lashes a little bit as well. My favourite liquid liner is L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip – this stuff is fool proof! When I use this, I don’t waste my time trying to draw a line along my lashes- oh goodness no. I leave that to the pros. And my daughters. What I do with the felt tip liner is dot it between my upper eyelashes- tightly of course, sort of like connecting the dots. I always use black or an almost-black colour, as this shade will make the white of the eyes appear whiter and brighter. Brown tones can emphasise redness in eyes- NOT what we want. What tightlining does is give the illusion of thick eyelashes and opens the eyes beautifully. On a lazy day, that’s all I do. I use Revitalash and tint my lashes so mascara is mostly optional. But for a more finished look, I give a swipe of my favourite mascara, Clinique Lash Power.

Blush & Bronzer: Almost done! Now, I look in the mirror and smile, so I can see the apples of my cheeks. Then I apply a soft dusting of a sheer pink blush right on those babies. My latest love is the gorgeous Bobbi Brown Antigua – it’s called and illuminating bronzer but to my eyes its a sheer cool pink. I LOVE it! The shade is universally flattering, and so sheer that it is practically fail proof. Illuminating? Yes it is glowy, but only in the broadest definition. There is no glitter or glimmer but somehow it adds a glow and I can’t believe it took me until 2 months ago to get it! Then, if I need it, I grab my favourite bronzer (lately also Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in Aruba but I also love Guerlain Terracotta – read about my fave bronzing powders here ). You don’t have to go all Jersey Shore with bronzer. At this time of year, a tiny bit to add colour to our pale faces is all you need.

Lips: And now apply whatever you want on your lips! After brushing my teeth, I give my lips a good scrub with a facecloth to prep them. I am a balm fanatic so I usually apply my lip balm now and put on gloss or sheer lippy before heading out the door. Almost all my lip colour is in my purse so I do that after my morning routine. My balms du jour are La Mer and, save me from myself, Chanel Lip Care. Cold weather and central heating dry out my lips so I work hard to keep them soft and supple.

S o- TA DA, you are done! Seriously, if this takes you more than 15 minutes, you need to practice and practice to get your time down! It’s easy and a great way to look polished but not make up. And, it’s super easy to glam up your look for parties by adding some shimmery taupe or gold shadow, or a little grey or taupe liner along the bottom lash line, and a dramatic or bright lip colour. I keep a blotting powder in my purse to keep shine at bay, and my YSL Touche Eclat in case I need to hide/highlight anything mid-day. But- that’s it!

Do you have any tips for your morning routine? I’d love to know!

Go Ahead, Try To Perk Me Up: Benefit Perk Up Artist

Ok let me share the neatest little Benefit make up kit with you! You NEED this, trust me. Benefit The Perk Up Artist contains a yellow corrector/neutralizer to banish redness and discolouration, a concealer to hide dark circles and imperfections, and a pink toned brightener make eyes pop.

The Perk Up Artist is in the cutest little compact with a nice double ended brush and mirror, so cute and portable, perfect for the purse. No one does cute and cheeky packaging as wonderfully as Benefit!  When I first opened it up I was concerned it might be more product than I could ever need or want.  But then I followed the Benefit instructions and was impressed with the results! I also thought the colours were much darker than they appeared on the skin, but they are surprisingly light and universal. By universal I mean they work well on my St Tropez’d skin as well as my porcelain toned daughter, so your mileage may vary.

Correct, Cover, Brighten – indoor, daylight

The creamy soft texture is not too light, nor is it too pasty or thick, but it’s just right. It applies beautifully and blends like a dream. It isn’t Cle de Peau concealer, but that isn’t what it is trying to be. It is a lovely quality product that works, in a darling yet practical case. In other words, just what we have come to expect from Benefit.Verdict? Perfect for the purse, gym bag or travel bag. LOVE.

The Perk Up Artist vailable where Benefit is sold and on their website for $30.

Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte: Never Let Them See You Shine

Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte: Never Let Them See You Shine

The other day on Twitter, one of my fellow Canadian beauty bloggers, Jessica over at Beautizine, asked us what make up item we never leave the house without. Not surprisingly,  my answer was Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte Powder. What was surprising however, was how I have never reviewed this. At this point, Brush-Me Matte is in the car keys/cell phone/purse realm. You know, the things that become extensions of your arms, the things you use so often they are so integrated into your daily routine that you don’t even think about using them. Like, breathing. This is my theory as to why we so easily “lose” keys and phones – our use of them is practically reflex or subconscious. So, just in case I haven’t been clear, I NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH OUT MY BRUSH-ME MATTE POWDER. Sorry for yelling.

Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte powder is a loose powder, handily packaged in a little tube with the brush attached. Seriously, the best design ever. The powder itself is designed for oily skin. Here are the ingredients as listed on their site: Mica, Rice Starch, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Stearate, Pine Bark Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate. I’m not sure how this would feel on the skin if you had dry skin, but then it’s likely a dry skinned person would not need this product. It appears to be colourless, unlike the other blurring/mattefying powder I use, Make Up Forever HD Powder, which is white. There is a soft “powdered” effect on the skin when first applied, but no discernable colour. The powder appears to be beige-ish on its own. The brush is a twist-up style, with a cap that snaps on easily. The brush is not very fluffy, but it actually works perfectly to blend the powder. I literally use it on my t-zone- up and down, side to side- and maximum two swipes in either direction is all it takes. If by accident a little more powder comes out than I like, then I just brush over it again and it’s gone. It also blurs other things- lines, spots or slightly uneven skin tone. I’ve had mine 6 months and used less than a quarter of the product.

Not a good look


Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte is only available from Jane Iredale on their website. UPDATE: it is NOT discontinued.

Givenchy Mister Light? More Like Mister Right!

On my last trip to Sephora, they sent me home with an awesome bag of samples. As usual! Nothing like being a VIB to ensure a delicious assortment of tempting samples. Smart, those Sephora marketing geniuses, as I’m already preparing a list for a trip back. Sigh.
Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen was one of the samples I received and I think it may be love. Often samples, especially the ones that come in a foil pouch, are a disappointment in that are small, and often contain too little of the product for anyone other than a Lilliputian to sample, or worse, the product is dried out. Not so with the foil pouch sample of Givenchy Mister Light. Funny, I read around online after tweeting with another beauty blogger who was going to try her new sample of Mister Light from Sephora, and could only find reviews on Eastern European blogs. I *think* they were positive reviews as the photos looked pretty good….
In natural diffused light- 1 tiny drop, 2 swatches, swatch on left blended. 
Anyways, I LOVE Mister Light. It applies like a dream, the tiniest amount goes so far. The colour I received was #4 Mister Macaroon, which sounds dark, being 4th on the list, but actually is perfect for my medium-fair-but-self-tanned skin. It is opaque yet so light, like some kind of heavy concealer/ YSL Touche Eclat hybrid. I love Touche Eclat, but let’s face it. It conceals nothing. But sometimes a thick gloppy concealer is too much. Did I mention you only need a microscopic amount of product? It lasts a decent amount of time on skin, with a little powder on top, and doesn’t settle into, ahem, fine lines. And since I have been using my **HOLY GRAIL ALERT** Vichy proEVEN my heavy concealers have been moved to the back of my make up rotation. I only need a bit of coverage around my eyes and on the sides of my nose. Seriously. 
I find Givenchy cosmetics getting harder to find but at least Sephora has it. My next trip to The Mothership (aka Sephora) will be for some Mister Light, although I still haven’t used half of my foil pouch, which I’ve been using daily for over a week. Seriously. So, at $33 for a pen/tube of product, it seems one will get a lot of bang for their buck as this stuff covers a lot with just a little.
Get Beautiful in 15 Minutes or Less….

Get Beautiful in 15 Minutes or Less….


As much as I love makeup and all things beauty & cosmetic related, I am not into a heavy, made up look. At all. As I get older, the “less is more” theory becomes more relevant. If I have a special night out, I can add a little more drama with a slightly darker eye and some color on my lips, but for my daily Daly (lol) look, I keep it pretty simple. Long wearing is also key for my day-to –day cosmetics; I don’t have the time or desire to tote a large make up bag full of everything I need around in my purse. There is enough in there to sink a ship already…. if you read my Top 5 in my Purse post, you know that I stick to the basics. I also have oily skin so, make up, if not long wearing, tends to slip away and disappear before lunch. The descriptions may seem detailed and long winded, but trust me, get the hang of this routine and you’re out the door in minutes. So here we go. Get ready quickly, and look good all day. …
Tinted Moisturizer
I am not, and have never been, a foundation gal. On the days when I feel a little blotchy or pale, a little TM is all it takes to give my face the dewy look of an 18 year old. LOL, okay, not quite, but you know what I mean. I have two favourites- a high end product and a drugstore product. I love them both and actually alternate depending on my mood. High end- Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisture spf 15. Incredible, sheer, matte and long lasting, I use the medium tone all year round. Makes me look healthy in the winter, blends with the light tan I inevitably get in the summer. Drugstore- Olay Totally Effects UV Moisturizer + Touch of Foundation . This one is actually fantastic, and it adds a little more moisture to my face in drier weather, ie winter when the central heat sucks every bit of moisture out of everything. I have been an Olay lover for years and this product does not disappoint. The magic Total Effects ingredients have won over users in blind tests involving super high end creams (hello La Mer….) since it was released and the tinted version is fantastic. The anti aging ingredients offer a light exfoliation, which helps keep oil at bay as well as smoothing out wrinkles. Not that I have any…
This is a KEY product for me. Probably the one thing I’d use if (HORRORS) I was asked to choose the one thing I could not be without. You can go from tired and old to perky and young in a minute with the right concealer. And the only one, as far as I am concerned, is Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Concealer . This product was recommended to me years ago by a make up artist at a Lancome counter. I went to buy Lancome waterproof mascara as I was going to a wedding (preparing for tears…) and she showed me Effacernes. WOW. This stuff is truly *Holy Grail material and I could never be without it. It is creamy and moisturizing while also having a matte finish. I use it under my eyes and on my eyelids, as it says it’s for under eye area. But I use a brush and lightly dab “spots” (ok, pimples) and very lightly dab it on the sides of my nose. A light dusting of powder on top and it stays put. As we age, that area gets red/darker and you would be shocked at how your face changes when you lighten the sides of your nose. Worth testing first, as a waterproof product may irritate a supersensitive skin. But I guarantee if this works for you, you will never be without it. A huge selection of color choices makes matching your skin tone exactly easy peasey. No more dark circles, the color will not settle into lines and will last for hours.
Bronzer &/or Blush
A touch of color is essential to a complete & healthy look. I don’t always wear both but sometimes a bit of blush and a light dusting of bronzer give me the pick-me-up that I need. You know those days – tired, run down and pale – without a good look and I am a big believer in “live it- be it” so sometimes I hope to psych myself out with a pretend glow. My number one blush is Benefit Benetint which is a liquid tint originally created, according Benefit’s site, “for an exotic dancer in the 1970s”…interesting. It is sheer, easy to apply and the perfect blushing cheek tone that lasts almost all day. I use few drops on my lips too! It also comes in a handy little package paired with lip gloss that is another perfect purse item (now that’s another Top 5 post!). My number one bronzer is the classic Guerlain Terracotta. My beautiful friend Heidi always looks so lovely & effortlessly bronzed- years ago I asked her what she used & she said Terracotta. Perfection! I had used it eons ago and now would never be without it. I use the lightest formula (01, sometimes called Blonde), which is foolproof. The Guerlain or Sephora rep can help you find your perfect shade. Using a nice big poufy brush giving yourself a light , even dusting all over the face can take you from tired to tan in an instant.
Eyeshadow & Primer
I cannot believe there was a time that I ever did not use Urban Decay Potion Primer which is basically the most incredible thing. Ever. It is a neutral coloured eye lid primer, to be used before you apply your eye make up. Using the Original formula, very lightly applied (a little goes a long way and too much is sticky) UDPP will make your eye make up last until you remove it. This could be overnight if you are a bad girl and don’t wash your make up off (like my daughters). Tsk tsk! They have 3 formulas, but the slightly shimmery Champagne toned Sin is a lovely colour on it’s own for pretty natural look. Then I swipe a little taupe eye shadow on my brow bone for depth. My faves are MAC Quarry and Omega- there are swatches on this page…just scroll down on Tempatalia to view. They are my Holy Grail taupe/natural shadows as they perfectly enhance the eye and give your lids some depth, rather than screaming, “Look at me I’m wearing purple and green eye shadow!”
Eyeliner Trick
This is a great little trick to add some depth to your lash line and open your eyes without looking like you are wearing any make up. As a blonde, this is something that really helps but it really works for anyone. Again, my desire to remain relatively low maintenance & my laziness dictates that this be a long wearing look. For this purpose I find the felt tip style is perfect- foolproof and easy to use. My personal favourite is L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner . This stuff lasts until you remove it, comes in an array of colours to suit anyone and the product goes a long way as well. That and it is around $10 at the drugstore- also fabulous. So, my trick. After applying concealer and my primer (UDPP) and letting them set, I apply the liner. I take the tip and gently dot all along my upper lash line- not above the lashes but IN the lash line. And by dot, I mean connect the dots. It may seem a little awkward at first but I can do each eye in around 30 seconds now. I start at the outer corner and work my way in and as I approach the other end of my lid, I make the dots a bit smaller until they disappear/taper off. Give it a minute to dry and you have a lash line that looks defined and subtle. Add a brush of mascara and you look bright eyed and wide-awake. My day-to-day fave color is the brown, which works well with my medium-fair colouring and hazel eyes, but they have a great black that I will use for a more dramatic look. I have even wanted to try the grey, so stay tuned….
Everyone has their favourite powder- and it is essential for setting your make up after application. A light dusting of powder on your lashes before mascara will also help it adhere and again improve longevity.  I alternate two formulas. MAC Studio Fix, a matte powder foundation, which offers some extra coverage when I want it. A little goes a long way so a light hand is helpful with this. My day to day powder is Guerlain Meteorites Poudre des Perles I will admit a love and obsession with the Guerlain Meteorites line- very finely milled  and violet scented…. But frankly,  as long as it matches your skin, is finely milled and you apply it with a nice poufy brush (I have many- for powder, blush, bronzer…) then stick with the powder that works for you.
Everyone has their favourite mascara…some are high end and some swear by drugstore deals. My personal preference is for lengthening mascara that does not look thick or clumpy and it has to be in a waterproof formula. Non-waterproof ends up as black circles under my eyes in a few hours. Ah that oily skin. And its nice to know I can rub or scratch my eye without making a mess. At any rate, so far I have yet to find a High End mascara that works as well as L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in black. Waterproof formulas tend to dry out a bit quicker than non waterproof versions so I also feel a bit better replacing a $10 mascara more often than, say, a $30 mascara. But in the end, for me, it is about performance and L’Oreal Voluminous lengthens and holds a curl beautifully. Two coats on my top lashes and I’m out the door…
The End


* Holy Grail: A very desired object or outcome that borders on a sacred quest