Makeup & nails
6 Cool Canadians Share Their Can't-Live-Without Makeup Picks
Hydrating lip gloss, melt-like-butter blushes and a brow wax that won’t quit.
by : Jillian Vieira- Mar 2nd, 2022
Background: Getty Images, Instagram @laurensundstrom, @nabrabadr, @v_camps
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You know those makeup prods that are so high in the rotation, there’s always a back-up stocked for when you run out? We consider those the pinnacle of beauty picks. Here, we tapped six locals—a model, photographer, tattoo artist and jewellery designer among them—for their tried-and-true products, including a $13 cream blush, the best natural-looking mascara and a genius, all-in-one liner for eyes, lips and brows.
Lauren Sundstrom, content creator and marketing specialist
Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint in Baby Doll, NYX Professional Makeup
“These blushes are gorgeous. Baby Doll is a soft pink colour that’s perfect for pale folks. I love a very blushed look, so I pile it on the apples and the tip of my nose for that “English Rose” vibe. They’re affordable too—around $13—so of course, I have three of them. I use them every single day, including the shade Soft Taupe on my eyes (it might not be recommended for that usage, but I like to live dangerously).”
Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, NARS
“I know this one has been talked about a lot, but that’s because this concealer really is *that* girl. It covers my (very) dark circles, has a buildable creamy consistency and can be used to cover blemishes as well (do not ask me to use one concealer for eyes and one for blemishes, I don’t have the time). Vanilla is my perfect shade match, too, which means I can skip foundation on lazy days.”
Major Brow Shaping Wax in Clear, Patrick Ta
“Good brow days make me feel like I can conquer anything and Patrick Ta’s Major Brow Shaping Wax makes me have more good brow days regularly. It keeps everything in place and can either tame my brows on days that I want a subtler glam or it can make them the fluffiest brows ever. I usually follow up with a little pencil or shadow for additional shaping.”
Nabra Badr, photographer
Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer in Deep Bronze, Saie
“When I need to get ready in a pinch, this Saie bronzer is one of my favourite products. I love to apply it with a dense brush and then set with a powder if I know I’ll be out for a while. The creamy texture works as the perfect, sun-kissed bronzer, but it’s also a great pick as an all-over eyelid colour.”
MoistureGlow Plumping Lip Serum in Bare Glow, Makeup by Mario
“Now I won’t lie—I’ve become a bit of a lip-plumping gloss fiend. If that effect is in the description, I get an overwhelming desire to give it a go. This one from Makeup by Mario delivers the best hydration-and-colour-payoff combo. The plumping sensation is not overly aggressive and it has the most beautiful shine. My favourite way to wear this is to apply a brown lip liner with this pretty pinky shade in the centre.”
Blush Divine Clean Dewy Cream Blush in Dahlia, Rose Inc.
“I don’t think I could ever do my makeup without blush—it just doesn’t feel right! This Rose Inc. cream blush has been a newer favourite of mine but it’s been in heavy rotation since I got it. It looks like a rich red in the pan but when applied comes off as a more cherry pink tone. I love to take it up my cheekbones and on the bridge of my nose for that healthy glow.”
Emma Azari, model
Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black, Estée Lauder
“I have been on a long journey to find the perfect mascara. This one was recommended to me by a makeup artist. I love it because it does a great job at separating my lashes, making them look longer and doesn’t leave them looking chunky at all. If you like a natural look, this is one of the best.”
Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Foxy Brown, Charlotte Tilbury
“I fell in love with this liner last fall when I was looking for a perfect brown shade that would match with my darker pink lip shade. I love this one because I can wear it on its own without lipstick. Just outline the lip and I’m ready to go.”
Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Love, Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez
“I’ve always been a fan of liquid blushes because of how natural they look. Most of them don’t have glitter in them which I like for a more everyday feel. I love this one from Rare Beauty specifically because it melts like butter and stays on the whole day. I even apply some on my nose bridge if I’m going for a sun-kissed look.”
San Farafina, DJ
Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector in Tan, Laura Mercier
“I used to be a full coverage kind of girl, but the pandemic changed that. I love that this Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer offers minimal coverage—it’s just enough. Plus, you really don’t need much, so the bottle lasts forever.”
Artist Color Pencil: Eye, Lip & Brow Pencil in Limitless Brown, Make Up For Ever
“I love a good lip and this Make Up For Ever pencil is my everyday liner. I like it because it doesn’t bleed a whole lot. It’s also a really versatile pencil—I’ve used it to define my eyes and to add freckles across my nose and cheeks.”
Invisimatte Blotting Powder, Fenty Beauty
“I’m kind of on the oilier side, so it’s very important that this Fenty blotting powder is in my bag at all times. I love that it’s pressed too, which makes it easy to use on the go.”
Vanessa Campana, content creator and jewellery designer
Dior Addict Lip Glow in 15 Cherry, Dior
“The Dior Lip Glow is my favourite lip product of all time. I normally hate wearing lip gloss because of how sticky it tends to be, but this product is so hydrating and gives the lip a nice shine. On its own, the cherry colour gives the appearance of a popsicle-stained lip which I am obsessed with.”
PermaGel Eyeliner Pencil in Xtreme Black, Pat McGrath Labs
“A smokey cat eye is my staple evening look, so I have been around the block when it comes to black pencil liners. This Pat McGrath eye pencil goes on so smooth and is easy to smudge around the lid and waterline. There is nothing worse than having to harshly blend out a rigid liner, so I really love how effortlessly this product blends.”
Ultra Glued Gel, Göt2b
“My best-kept beauty secret is using Göt2b hair gel for my eyebrows. I discovered this a couple years ago when I ran out of my brow gel and was desperate for a last-minute substitute. All I had lying around was my boyfriend’s hair gel so I used it with an eyelash brush and now it’s the only way I do my brows. It gives a laminated look and holds all day long unlike most brow gels I’ve used.”
Loukia Koyman, tattoo artist
Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Deep Bronzer, Physicians Formula
“This is a drugstore staple for me—one of those products I grab for every day. Sometimes I use it as contour and other times to add a sun-kissed look all over my face. I’m not usually crazy about fragrance in makeup products but the smell of this stuff is undeniably delicious.”
Freck XL, Freck Beauty
“I’ve attempted so many different methods to achieve faux freckles and Freck has created a very easy to mistake-proof product. I was a little hesitant to buy it because of the price point for such a small amount of product, but it’s been lasting me a long time. It’s absolutely worth it!”
Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil in Cara Cara, Merit
“I have more lip balms than I can count, but the Merit Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil really stands out to me. The pigment in the shade Cara Cara is beautiful and buildable, and the amount of hydration it provides is amazing especially in the colder months. It also has such a high-shine look without it being sticky—a huge win in my opinion.”
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