It's summertime and like the song says, the living is easy! That’s not to say that there aren’t a million vitally important beauty decisions to be made – for example, to bronze or not to bronze? For those of us who lack a decent amount of natural pigmentation, that’s an easy one, bronzer is a big YES please! Beyond that it becomes a little less clear as there is a multitude of choices out there. Then you need to decide on colour, matte or shimmer – what’s a girl to do?!
Fret not my pretties, as one of the palest people on earth (it’s true, there is even a tour bus that drives by my house and announces that at 6pm every day), I have the dubious distinction of having tried every bronzer on the face of the earth in my search for the holy grail of bronzers and in the process have made every mistake and picked up every trick in the book and of course I am happy to share my knowledge with you!
Colour AKA: how to avoid pumpkinitis! When it comes right down to it you can buy the most expensive bronzer on earth but if the colour is wrong, it’s just going to look bad, bad, bad! Natural looking bronzer should be no more than two shades darker than your natural skin colour, should be in the same shade family as you would naturally tan and should never, never be orange! If you are testing them, don’t test on your inside wrist as you might with other products – the skin there is much lighter so you could end up buying a bronzer that just won’t show up when applied to the darker skin on your face.
Shimmer Baby (or not)! Things to keep in mind if you are going to go with a shimmery bronzer, and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE shimmer with a fiery passion, but it is an illuminator. Is there anything on your face you don’t want to be drawing attention to? Just remember that lines, wrinkles, blemishes or scars will all be put in a spotlight with the addition of anything shiny on top of them! For most people who lack perfect skin, a matte bronzer is a much more flattering alternative and actually has the opposite effect of shimmer by helping to conceal flaws on your face!
I actually recommend using both a matte and shimmer bronzer together, here’s how I do it: I apply my matte bronzer with a large fluffy blush (If you want to amp up the colour, use a bronzer brush with a flat top instead) on any part of my face the sun would naturally hit: cheeks, nose chin and forehead and then I use the shimmer bronzer at the tops of my cheekbones to add highlight and if I’m wearing something strappy I’ll add a bit to my shoulders and clavicle bones – I don’t know anyone with ugly shoulders so go crazy with this one!
If you want to look healthier in seconds, bronzer is a great and necessary addition to your summer makeup routine!
Marcelle’s new Feline look is perfect for the summer! The Wild Pattern Multi-Use Pressed Powder can be used on your eyes, cheeks, and face. You can swirl the shades together and apply on your cheeks as a blush or over the entire face for a glowing complexion. The shades in the palette can also be used separately or in combination as an eyeshadow! Our Wild Pattern Lip Gloss is offered in two multi-colored combinations. The non-sticky formula provides a perfect shine and completes any look!
Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video tutorial to create the look for yourself!
The make-up industry is one which certainly isn't lacking talented workers. Passion flares in the eyes of the artists who get a chance to be paid to put colours to their brushes and enhance beauty or create art on a facial canvas. Although artists usually appreciate the recognition of their art and the exposure it brings to their creations, they are not necessarily at ease in front of a camera. We needed to find a professional make-up artist who could do both. Over and above, our artist had to be able to communicate in Canada's two official languages. And then we met Ariel.
Born and raised in Montreal, Ariel first got into makeup when she first started learning to draw. "I used to give my Barbies makeovers' in marker: red lips, green eyeshadow", she tells us. " It went on to elementary school were I use to be one of the only girls sporting pink lip gloss and sparkles; and then in high school I used to give my friends makeovers, or help them with their make-up if they were going on a date. I really love making people feel beautiful and confident." It wasn't long before we saw a special sparkle in her eyes when we started discussing make-up and playing with products. Then we turned on the camera, and she glowed.
Ariel seriously got involved in make-up and decided to make a career out of it after high school when she enrolled at Edith Serei Academy, studying fashion, photography and special effects makeup.
With no further ado, we are proud to introduce Ariel, our professional make-up artist who will be providing tips for women of all ages.
Porcelain dolls. Pure, innocent, girly and rosy cheeks; fragile almost. There is something dreamy and romantic about porcelain dolls. Perhaps it's in the softness of the colours or the imaginary stories that we create when we hold them dearly as a child. To be precious, fancy, feminine, poised and soft on the eyes is part of romanticism.To celebrate the arrival of spring season and the pastel softness it brings to mind, Marcelle launches two new face products: The Multi-Colour Face Powder - Luminous Veil and Multi-Colour Powder Blush - Pink Fusion.
Read my lips: Real Lips Are Back! Even if they sometimes go unnoticed, lips are part of sensuality and desire. A kiss is personal. A kiss is precious. Perhaps you only vaguely remember your latest kiss, but you certainly remember your first kiss! As a kid, lipstick or lipgloss is often the first colour cosmetic item we hold in our hands and wear as the princess we incarnate in our make-believe childplay.