Beauty + Hair

Winter Beauty | Part Two | Daytime Beauty Tutorial

January 17, 2014

Thank GOD it’s Friday. I don’t know what it’s been about this week, but I’ve felt off and grumpy and weird all week, not to mention the past five days have seriously dragged on. I really can’t pinpoint what’s up and why I’m feeling so off of my game because I’m doing everything right – eating well, getting sleep, exercising, working efficiently, etc. I’m just going to go ahead and blame the full moon.
Needless to say, it is with tremendous relief that I’m welcoming this weekend and all the fun things I have lined up during it. Coffee with one of my favourite girls (Lily – follow her if you don’t already!), yoga class at YYoga, a night out with my besties and hopefully some much-needed time to unwind. At the very least, I won’t have to worry about what my go-to beauty look will be – I’ve been so heavily reliant on this fresh-faced, casual vampy lip look lately, and for good reason.

Let’s be honest – there’s nothing revolutionary about my approach to beauty. I don’t like heavy looks, I’m not particularly skilled with anything avant garde or strong and I pretty much always like to look relatively natural. In essence, I’m a blush, lipstick and sometimes cat eye kind of girl, and I’m totally all right with that. If I put much more than that on I feel off immediately, so mastering these natural beauty looks is really what I’m all about.
If you read yesterday’s post and begin implementing the skin care tips there, then the tips below are really just ways of enhancing your skin more than anything – very bare-faced, very fresh.

In yesterday’s post, I wrapped up by putting on Dermalogica’s tinted primer, which is usually all the coverage I want – just conceal where needed so that for the most part, your skin can breathe. I then apply local retailer Savile’s custom-blended blush to the apples of my cheeks, extending them along the lower edge of my cheekbones up toward my temples.

I then grab my favourite Lise Watier powder highlighter and begin by dusting a very thin layer from the apples of my cheeks along the top edge of my cheekbones. Depending on how high-impact I want the highlighting to be, I sometimes then do a slightly thicker layer just at the top of my cheekbones and extend toward my brow bones. Blend very well with a bit of translucent powder if needed, or just a makeup-free brush!

Full, well-groomed brows really anchor a natural look by keeping everything polished without looking obvious. I’ve been turned on to Geisha Ink (which I picked up at local favourite beauty spot BeautyMark), which is ink-based rather than powder. Am absolutely loving it. The sales associate at BeautyMark gave me the tip of brushing the ink into my brows little-by-little with one of those disposable mascara wands you can pick up at any beauty retailer. This little move really helps blend it all in while the ink is still a tad wet and ensures that it looks natural!

One of my favourite tricks: the eye-brightening eye pencil in the waterline! I’m loving Pür Mineral‘s pearlescent pencil – I usually just do it on the bottom waterline because I’m too lazy to do anything else, but if you really wanted to up the brightening factor, you could also smudge it (really blend it in well) along your top lash line!

I finish off with Annabelle’s Le Big Show mascara – this formula really gives big lashes, which is not a bad thing when you’ve got such a bare-faced look going on! Just really wiggle and move the wand through your lashes to remove clumps, and for a curling trick sans-eyelash curler, slowly blink your lashes through the wand as you apply.

Finally, I finish the whole look with my current favourite lipstick: Scarlet Empress by NARS. The sheer formula’s amazing – I swipe it on once (like here) for a more subtle daytime look, but you can easily layer it on to make for a more vampy look for the nighttime. Definitely a must-have for any berry or vampy lip shade lovers!

And there you have it! A winter-apropos look that’s still just as fresh and luminescent as any spring or summer look. With some little tweaks (liquid liner or gold shadow, another swipe or two of lipstick) this look is good to go for a date or night out as well. Oh, and don’t forget an extra spritz of perfume – Evening Rose by Estée Lauder is my current favourite.

Hope you guys liked this mini winter beauty series! If ever you have any other questions about hair, beauty, fitness, etc, don’t hesitate to contact me! Fitness and nutrition are definitely the ones I’ve been asked about most but unfortunately, for whatever reason, they’re the ones I’m having the hardest time pulling together! Will do so soon though :). Have the best weekend everyone!

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  • Reply OceanWind January 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your beauty routine, I always wondered what kind of lipstick do you wear. As usual, you look great and very fresh!!!

    Have a great weekend!

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  • Reply Hannah January 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I would be scared to use the NARS lipstick because it looks so dark in the tube but it looks so gorgeous on! Thanks for introducing me to some new products!

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  • Reply RoselyC January 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I love that you use very few things on your face. I'm not a make up person because the few times someone has done my makeup they put so much stuff in my face that I end up feeling like I am wearing a mask. And although the end look is nice I just don't feel like me. Your routine however looks great and seems so simple and easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Reply Lisa January 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Geisha Ink's been a longtime fave of mine. Every other eyeliner disappears within two hours or smudges to high heaven.

    Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner is quite good too.

  • Reply Annick January 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Loving these beauty posts! The Big Show mascara is my favorite ever! Such a great mascara for big lashes – the removal part is less fun though!

    I'll have to pick up that NARS lipstick next time I'm in Sephora – it's absolutely stunning on you!

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  • Reply Tessa and Scarlett January 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I love how you always look so natural and fresh-faced, so lovely!

  • Reply Monika Faulkner January 18, 2014 at 4:54 am

    You always have such a pretty, "just back from a brisk walk in the park" look…and now we know why, Alex!! 😉
    I'm familiar with Dermalogica products by name only; my go-to "foundation" for the last few years has been Maybelline's DreamFresh BB cream. The skin on my face seems to react to chemical sunscreens, but this uses titanium dioxide as it's active ingredient…and no parabens!! It feels nice and light, gives a bit of glowy coverage, and moisturizes!! And the price-point can't be beat!!

  • Reply Nazlı Ece Kahraman January 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    i think you should use brown eyeliner it makes you more amazing 🙂

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