What’s in my makeup bag/drawer?

Most of us women have that one cosmetic bag that is stuffed with all kinds of lip glosses, eye liners and shadows, and our cosmetic drawer is full of make-up we barely use. Sometimes we just don’t know what to do with all these products, and even worse, they expire and we don’t even know it. The key is not to buy all kinds of makeup items because in the end they will just become junk in your drawer.

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Here are a few make-up essentials to invest in:

#1: a BB cream or tinted moisturizer matching your skin tone. These day time coverage hydrate and even out your skin tone without giving too much coverage. For night time use and more coverage, a foundation with just a shade darker than your skin tone is ideal.

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Concealer. Concealers are your BFF when it comes to dark circles. Invest in a good non creamy concealer and dab it around your eye with your ring finger.

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A chump-free mascara. Mascara enhances your lashes which define your eyes even more. The problem most people seem to have with mascara is that it thickens and leaves clumps. The secret is to buy a chump-free mascara and to change it every 3 months. Curling your lashes with an eye lash curler before is recommended.

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Good set of brushes. The secret to applying make-up is to have a good set of brushes. There really is no other way to put it: your make-up will look better. That being said, there is no need for 25 different types of brushes. You need one for foundation, one for powder, an angle brush for blush, 2 or 3 different brushes for eye shadows (depending on your make-up), a blending brush (for smokey eyes) and one for applying lipstick (your lipstick looks better when applied with a lip brush).

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Color palette. When buying make-up, select colors that you will actually use when it comes to eye shadow, blush and lipstick. Is that bright purple eye shadow really necessary? How often am I going to wear it? It is better to stick to natural and neutral tones that compliment your skin tone.

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Here’s a useful tip: Make-up does not last forever and have an expiration time believe it or not. It is recommended to throw away your mascara after 3 months, your foundation and concealer after 6 months, blush powder eye shadow and lipstick can last up to a year or two. Brushes however should be cleaned with cleaning solution twice a month.

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Fun day out outfit

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Pictures by Katina Thébaud

Sen Tunic,

Asos Dress,

Stuart boots,

Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses

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I might just steal this vespa and go go go!

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Top 5 Lip Color Fall 2013

This fall lip color trends are shades of tomato reds, burgundy, and hot pink.

Here are our favorite picks:

A major trend, this fresh look is a must have this season
Try: Chantecaille’s Persimmon HydraChic 

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Turn heads your way!
With YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture No.50 Rouge Neon

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Make a bold statement!
With Chanel’s Rouge Allue Velvet Luminous Matte in L’Exubérante.

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A favorite this season, burgundy and plum were scene on most runways.
Our pick: Tom Ford’s Bruised Plum

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Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer in Esprit for a shinier iridescent look

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RED

I remember as a little girl on family occasions, I would get a red marks on my cheeks from older family members who would leave their lipstick mark when kissing me. Growing up as a young teenager I avoided red shades and anything too bright due to the fear of looking like “ma tante Clémence” and concentrated more on lip gloss as they were “the cool thing to wear” at the time.

Looking back, I asked myself what was I thinking? I am not a fan of lip gloss at all especially the clear ones. In my opinion they make you look like you were eating spaghetti or any greasy food and did not clean your mouth after.

The truth is there is something empowering when a woman wears a nice lipstick. Doesn’t have to be red necessarily any shades of pinks or beige will do but many of us girls hesitate at times when it comes to wearing red lipstick. But I personally love red lipstick and anyone who knows me, knows it’s my signature.

The key to choosing the right shade of red is all in the tone of your skin. If you have a warm tone choose a red with a orange undertones, and if you have a cool tone to your skin, red shades with blue undertones are best. Now if you’re lucky enough to have neutral skin tone, you can go for whatever shades you love.

Some of my favorites shades I own:

Sephora Lipstain, Deborah Milano Mat Red, L'Oreal Infallible Refined Ruby #337,  Chanel Rouge Allure Passion #14, Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, Dior Addict Red Desire #959, MAC Russian Red, and Bourjois So Rouge
Sephora Lipstain, Deborah Milano Mat Red, L’Oreal Infallible Refined Ruby #337, Chanel Rouge Allure Passion #14, Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, Dior Addict Red Desire #959, MAC Russian Red, and Bourjois So Rouge

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When in doubt, wear RED