The Early-Class Makeup Edit

School Makeup Essentials

I’ve found myself in a bit of a makeup rut lately, largely because I usually do my makeup around 7:30 every morning. I’m so not a morning person that I usually don’t feel particularly creative or adventurous. Read more!


The Recent Repurchases


With so much out there in the beauty world, for me, finishing a product means an opportunity to try something new – to go out there and find the next best (or just new) thing.

But sometimes, there is nothing better. Read more!

Eyeliner for Liner-Noobs (and non-Noobs alike)

MAC Teddy swatch

In my makeup counter days, I once had a client tell me that brown eyeliner is pointless. Read more!

‘The Hunger Games’ Cinna-Inspired Look

Cinna Look Comparison Collage

I only recently watched The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, so I’m super late into the whole fandom. Also, I got the opportunity in one of my classes to give a presentation on Marxist undercurrents in The Hunger Games, which was an analysis that I had a lot of fun with. Needless to say, I’ve had THG on the brain.

In any case, despite his small amount of screen-time, Cinna is probably my favourite character. I love that he uses his talent to contribute to the rebellion, whether he knows it or not. That takes its own kind of bravery. Character analysis aside, I feel like his makeup look is bold and unique enough to fit the dystopian setting, but it isn’t Effy-style over-the-top. Of all the substantial-makeup-wearing characters, his look is probably the most wearable in day-to-day life.

Gold is a flattering colour for me and therefore one of my favourites to wear, so I had to give the gold liner look a try. Read more!

Meow! The Basic Cat-Eye (& thoughts on Brian Griffin)

Tools for Cat Eye

Exotic. Elegant. Elusive.

The perfect cat-eye is a tricky thing to master.

I’ve been practicing mine for about four years now, and I’ve just recently become super comfortable with it. Even so, I do mess it up sometimes, at which point I aggressively take a makeup wipe to my face to try to erase all evidence of it.

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Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner in Beige

Rimmel ScandalEyes

One of the classic tricks in makeup is to put white eyeliner on the lower waterline to make your eyes look wider and more awake.

Well, I’ve tried it. And maybe it’s because I have darker skin, but it just made me look like a crazy.

I’ve found that, regardless of your skin-tone, you can achieve a less unearthly “awake” effect by opting for a beige liner instead.

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