Being that it is spring in Vancouver, we are never in short supply of our very own “liquid sunshine” aka rain. Here in Vancouver, we can look forward to pretty much any day that ends in Y having some rain in the forecast. As I sit here writing, I can hear the rain pounding on the roof, reminding me that frizzy wet hair and sad looking ladies with that “I forgot my umbrella” look in their mascara-running eyes are just outside my door.
All of the items I will be talking about today are readily available at Sephora for an easy, one-stop shop. As for waterproof hair? Well, we are not quite there yet, but with these waterproof makeup suggestions, you will be “Singing in the Rain” in no time.
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
I know you may have never used a shadow base; it seems like a gimmick. After all, can eyeshadow really wear all day without that horrible, greasy looking eyelid appearing halfway through your afternoon latte? The answer – YES! I am a convert to the NARS Smudge Proof Eye shadow Base and I am never looking back.
Prior to my foray into makeup artistry, I had never used an eyeshadow base product. I was content to accept the fact that my eyelids would look like casualties of an oil spill, and that frequent touchups and re-application throughout the day were just a part of life. But I am happy to say this is no longer the case.
After having used this product myself on a trip to Maui, with 110% humidity and a husband that loves to take hikes in a rainforest, I am all in with NARS.
This pigment free, creamy, mineral powder and polymer blend works for all skin tones (yay!) and it will not change the colour of your eyeshadow. Say goodbye to caking, creasing, and fading and hello to all day, long lasting, water resistant, stay in place pigment. The soft felt applicator makes this easy to use; I use a touch under my eyes as well to help eyeliner stay in place.
Kat Von D Beauty Waterproof Tattoo Liner
Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner with an easy-use felt tip applicator has become a cult favourite and with good reason. Yes, it is worthy of the hype.
For those just getting into the winged liner craze, this simple pen will soon become a staple item in your makeup routine. The tip flows with just enough product to help you create a winged liner tip sharper than those Manolo stilettos. And waterproof!? Yes, it is a dream come true, especially if you love to wear black liner without looking like the kid from The Grudge after a day at the office.
This product does not flake or fade and remains crisp and fresh looking all day. Tip: if you end up going a little wing crazy a la Amy Winehouse and you need to reshape your wing, take a tiny dab of foundation on a q-tip and gently remove the excess wingage. Makeup removes makeup; this is an industry trick that will help you only remove what you need without leaving an odd “void” in your makeup.
Milk Makeup Eye Pigment
Although relatively new to the makeup scene, Milk Makeup is already getting a lot of buzz due to over 60% of their line being vegan. Many items are also gluten and/or soy free, and the entire line is crueltyfree which is amazing. Milk’s cream eye pigments come in a range of great colours and are versatile in their ability to be worn as a shadow or a liner if you feel confident enough to use an angled brush to apply it.
A nice, everyday neutral would be their Peep Show; a soft shimmery Taupe. This one item would be such a great addition to any makeup bag. Play with different possibilities; it would make a phenomenal highlighter or even a lip colour; double or triple play makeup at its best.
Tarte Lights Camera Splashes Waterproof Mascara
Finding a good, crueltyfree, waterproof mascara that actually works is always a challenge. Tarte’s Lights Camera Splashes Waterproof Mascara is a winner in (and on) my eyes.
Who knew this little purple, snake print embossed tube of mascara could be such a beauty powerhouse?
It has an easy to use wand that picks up just the right amount product so that you will not get clumping during application. The wand is slim enough to get into those tight corners, defines each and every little lash, and keeps lashes curled all day. It has no fragrance at all, which I love, and their formula contains mineral pigment that will keep your lashes soft and nourished. This deep black mascara lengthens with a bit of volume, without lashes becoming hard or flaky, the perfect choice for everyday wear. Get out in the rain any time with no more mascara fears.
Although this is just a short list, I hope I have given you some excellent options that you can grab on your lunch hour without feeling overwhelmed. Who knows, you may just end up finding a new favourite.
Peace, Love, and Lipstick,
Next week join me while I explore epic dollar store finds that are crueltyfree and gorgeous!