With 20 brilliant shades and 5 different finishes to choose from, there is a colour suited for every desired look, mood and style. These high performance pencils are water-proof, sweat-proof, smudge-proof and transfer-proof. They were put through the ultimate tests by makeup artists in extreme weather conditions such as under water tests, on stage and on camera. They’ve certainly been put through the ringer and the proof is found in the high quality of these liners. They are far superior to many eye pencils currently available on the market due to their wearability and vast colour range. The colour range includes your everyday neutrals like black and browns to more daring, bright colours such as pastel purple, pink and yellow.
The liners are divided into 5 different finishes: M – Matte ME – Metallic I – Iridescent S – Satin D – Diamond
The XL in the name of the liners (AQUA XL) refers to the formula – Extra-long (XL) lasting formula. The XL formula provides:
XL Performance: A unique blend of ingredients – flexible resin for long-lasting results, vegetable wax for consistent colour payoff, and a revolutionary dry oil that locks in the color and creates water resistance.
XL Colour: Unique, translucent, crystal copolymer gels helps amplify color intensity and brightness.
XL Comfort: Emollient oil and microspherical silica provides an easy, creamy and smooth application. Mango butter helps prevent skin dryness on application and throughout the day.
These liners are incredibly long-lasting and the pigments are seriously impressive. They glide on so silky and smooth and literally do not move or smear until you take it off with remover. The Aqua XL pencils can be worn a number of ways which we love. Applied on the upper lash line, smudged out, they can even be applied and hold up nicely on the waterline.
M-92 (swatched above) is my (Natasha’s) favourite. It’s a beautiful pastel violet with a matte finish. The color payoff is amazing. This pastel shade is perfect for the Spring and Summer months when it’s all about the vivid, bright colours.
Where to buy:
AQUA XL Eye Pencils retail at $25 CDN and can be found online at Sephora.ca as well as at Sephora stores across Canada.
MAKE UP FOR EVER recently launched their brand new Pro Sculpting Collection. The collection features face palettes, brow pencils and lip products all designed to contour and enhance your natural beauty.
You would have to be living under a rock aka not be interested what so ever in makeup to not have heard about this trend. It’s all about facial contouring lately. Shading, brightening, highlighting specific areas of your face to achieve desired looks. Whether it’s a smaller nose, defined cheek bones, or accentuated temples, you can have it with contouring! Like magic. A little practice, experimenting, blending and voila, your wish is granted. Of course you’re going to need some high-quality products to work with and that’s where MAKE UP FOR EVER has you covered…
MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Pro Sculpting Palette includes four shades to contour and sculpt the face. You have your Highlight, Contour, Shimmer& Colour (blush) all in one. The palette’s formula is very pigmented, creamy, easy to blend and results in a beautiful weightless, satin finish.
The whole point of contouring is to enhance your features by shading and adding light to sculpt the face. The colours included in this palette make it very easy to do so. You have all you need in one sleek, compact palette. We have tried numerous contouring products and the Pro Sculpting Face Palette is by far one of the best. It’s simple to use and the shades are all very natural looking.
Helpful step-by-step contouring instructions suited for all different face shapes are included with the palette. If you are new to the world of contouring, this palette would definitely be an excellent choice to begin with!
There are so many different options when it comes to filling and shading your brows. From various powders, pencils and gels to more extreme options such as dying the eyebrow hairs and permanent tattooing. Perfectly sculpted eyebrows have become increasingly popular in the last few years.
We both like to keep our eyebrows fairly natural looking and opt for shading our brows in with eyebrow products. We’re SO excited about MUFE’s new Pro Sculpting Brow which is a 3-in-1 product! Amazing right?
The Pro Sculpting Brow features the colour, brush and highlight all in 1 product. Everything you need to sculpt those gorgeous brows! First you apply the colour, than comb the hairs with the built-in brush and finish off with the highlight under the brow bone.
MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Pro Sculpting Lip is designed to contour and highlight your lips in 2 simple steps. One end features a semi-matte lipstick and the other end has a shimmer tip sponge. First you coat your lips using the lipstick end, then highlight the center of your lips using the shimmer tip sponge. This makes lips appear larger and more defined.
Pictured Left – Semi-matte lipstick worn alone Pictured Right – Lipstick combined with highlight
MUFE completely simplified the process of sculpting and contouring your lips with this lip pen. It’s very easy to use which is especially good if you are new to contouring. We were both really impressed with the Pro Sculpting Lipstick. Even without applying the highlight, the lipstick shade can be worn alone and is absolutely gorgeous!
Where to buy: MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Pro Sculpting Collection can be found exclusively at Sephora stores, Sephora.com, MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques & online at MAKE UP FOR EVER.COM
We have all heard about HD televisions and most people probably own one by now. The HD 4K TV is the latest technology for TV screens which basically means it’s quadruple the number of pixels found in an HD picture. Ultimately this means much better detail, depth, and colour resolution. Wayyy better quality, therefore people appear way more ‘life like‘ on film. This technology also applies to many android cell phones as well. This is totally awesome for our television and smart phone viewing pleasure. But for all of those that are actually ‘in‘ the film, TV and photos (hello selfie lovers!) well, your face is now like a real life close up. But not to worry! That’s where MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s new ULTRA HD Foundation really steps up and knocks it right out of the park.
You definitely don’t have to be in the movies to wear this foundation. Sometimes people think foundation that works for film must be heavy, thick and cakey and therefore they don’t consider it. I think that is certainly how it used to be. But that is no longer the case. This foundation is light weight, oil-free, buildable, provides a light to medium coverage and is for all skin types. The best part is that this foundation makes your skin look natural.
photo credit: MAKE UP FOR EVER
You may be asking yourself… what is this HD 4K Complex of which they speak? (or maybe not, but just in case you’re like us and did…)
We’re definitely not tech geeks, nothin’ wrong with tech geeks, it’s just not us. So really any technical talk doesn’t faze us all that much. But the curiosity (and my type A personality) led me to do some research. You know, be in the know. You know?
So this is the scoop, the new Ultra HD Foundation formula is going to make your skin look like hot damn on film, photos and to the naked eye.
The formula is developed with advanced technical ingredients such as: Amino Acid Coated Pigments: reflective particles which blur and provide a translucent invisible coverage. Hylaronic Spheres: hydrates and plumps the skin for a longer more comfortable wear. Sericite: a fine grain that reflects light to create radiance and luminosity.
Available in 40 shades, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation provides a natural finish in a lightweight, oil-free formula.
I have been wearing this foundation in Y215 and I have to be honest… I really, really, really like it a lot. I have never been one to wear much make up. A Make Up Artist that doesn’t wear much make up… odd, yes. I only started to wear actual foundation a few years ago. Literally I hit my 40’s and BAM… needed foundation. Well, that and the fact that a co-Make Up Artist friend couldn’t stop raving about how ‘great my skin looked‘ after she applied foundation on my face. Obviously I really needed it. Subtle, she’s not.
Being more of an oily skin I have always been leery of what goes on my face. Not a fan of heavy or thick products.
I typically like to wear a light BB cream during the day and only wear foundations at night or when I’m going out. But I decided to give this new Ultra HD foundation a good ol’ try and put it to the test. I have been wearing it during the day to work. All day long and into the evening until I wash it off. I was very surprised at how light the texture was when applying it yet the coverage is amazing. I don’t need to apply much at all. The first couple of days I kept checking in the mirror through out the day when I’d get a second. I was concerned about my oily skin looking even more oily. But happily I discovered that was not the case. It has sustained it’s wear even on the days I was running around doing errands in the hot summer heat wave we’ve been having here in Vancouver.
Natasha and I both have been supremely impressed with this new foundation and can’t wait to wear it to our next event! 😉
Where to buy: MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Foundation retails for $50Cdn and can be found exclusively at Sephora stores, Sephora.com, MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques & online at MAKE UP FOR EVER.COM
Working in the Cosmetic & Skincare business as a Makeup Artist for the past 15 years, I have seen many trends. The biggest beauty trend in the last few years has definitely been facial contouring. Makeup Artists have been contouring forever but it has now become more popular for women consumers. This has occurred due to many reasons, partly due to social media influences such as the Kardashians. Mainly Kim K. Everyone has seen photos of her (or 1 of the sisters) getting their makeup done and all of the contouring that is involved. I am happy to say that we definitely do not need to be applying contouring quite as dramatically as they do on a daily basis. It’s great fun to go through those contouring extremes for photos and special outings, but for everyday wear, the quicker and easier the better!
We were thrilled when MAKE UP FOR EVER recently launched their amazing Pro Sculpting Duo pressed powder (in 2 shades). They have taken the guess work out of contouring for everyone and made it simple and easy for us to achieve professional looks. No more searching for the perfect shades of different concoctions, mixing and matching and trying to get that glamorous Professional Make Up Artist look. Thanks to the perfect contouring combinations in a handy, travel friendly compact.
#1 Pink Beige: Light with cool tones. This is the one I (Laura) use since I am fair and blonde.
#2Golden: Tan with warm undertones. Natasha is brunette and uses this one.
Tip: You can use either colour combo that appeals to you. These were our personal preferences but we have each used both Duos and have created numerous contouring looks with each.
The Pro Sculpting Duo compact is a gel powder formula, talc-free and literally feels like smooth silk. The advanced formula contains skin enhancing ingredients to smooth and perfect the skin, light-reflecting mica to add radiance and pigments of pure colour to create a naturally defined appearance.
I absolutely am in love with this duo compact! The very first time I wore it to work the first person who I talked to immediately complimented me on my cheeks! The funny thing was I had been feeling a little under the weather and ironically she commented how healthy I looked. If that isn’t an awesome testament about the product! The pink shade has a beautiful iridescence and is the perfect highlighter.
Tip 1: I used the Beige to contour under my cheek bones, around hair line and jaw then I used the Pink to highlight my cheekbones, temples and cupids bow. To finish I combined the 2 Duo colours by swirling my brush in both then applying the mixed combo to the apples of my cheeks and blending very well. The colour was gorgeous.
Tip 2: Use the Beige to contour and the Pink to highlight then use one of your favourite coloured Pink blushes on your cheeks to create a whole different ‘rosy’ look. Blend well.
Tip 3: Blend. Blend. Blend! I cannot express this enough. I have seen way too many women using the contouring method without blending the colours together. You shouldn’t be able to visually see where you applied each individual colour. You can never blend too much.
This duo has the most beautiful gold highlighter we have ever used. The tan portion is a little on the darker side so we recommend using a light touch when applying.
Tip 1: We loved trying this Duo in various ways. Try combining both colours by swirling your brush in both and applying it all over the cheeks then adding a little of the Gold on just the cheek bones. This was one of favourite looks with this compact. We call it our ‘J-Lo Glow’ look… and who doesn’t want to have her always fabulous glow?
Tip 2: Use the Tan portion lightly all over as a bronzer applying the Gold as an eye shadow, on cheek bones and above the cupids bow. Apply one of your favourite blushes on the apples of your cheeks and blend well.
This #156 Blush Brush is light-weight and has super soft synthetic bristles. This brush was adapted for applying compact powders easily. Many Film Makeup Artists use this brush on actors as its flexibility makes it quick and easy to create a healthy looking glow.
Primer is a very critical step in your make-up application. If you’ve NEVER used a primer under your foundation before, well, you haven’t been living! That may be slightly exaggerated, obviously, but seriously… you definitely HAVE to get some and give it a try. ASAP.
Using a Primer is like a painter using a base coat before painting on his canvas (or wall). It just makes more sense to prime first.
Primers makes a huge difference:
#1. Makeup goes on seamlessly. #2.Optimizes the colour and finish. #3. Your foundation will last a lot longer.
There are 10Step 1 Skin Equalizers to choose from. Five are for texture related issues such as oil/shine, large pores, fine lines, dryness and redness. Five are to boost radiance in specific skin tones. You can use a combination of a couple different primers or choose just one to aid your main concern.
One single primer does not always work for all skin types. We love that MAKE UP FOR EVER introduced a wide variety of primers to choose from. A primer available for every different skin tone and many different skin concerns!
Texture: Mattifying Primer reduces shine. Smoothing Primer evens the skin’s texture. Hydrating Primer restores skin’s balance. Nourishing Primer moisturizes and comforts. Redness Correcting Primer neutralizes.
Tone: Radiant Primer Blue adds radiance to light skin. Radiant Primer Pink adds radiance to light to medium skin. Radiant Primer Yellow adds radiance to light to medium skin. Radiant Primer Peach adds radiance to medium to tan skin. Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance to dark skin.