This was a great brief – using cosmetics, illustrate someone I consider a beauty icon. I chose Amelia Earhart – because she is adventure incarnate and a windswept, natural beauty. She symbolizes what I aspire to be, both in attitude and appearance. To learn about what I used to create the illustration, visit the Toronto Standard.
My current beauty rituals are a fashion-female’s take on rendering super-natural. It has taken me a while to get to this point, and I can confidently say I’ve never felt quite so attractive in my own skin as I do now.
I take cod liver oil supplements, drink lots of water, and eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. For skincare, I favour Clinique products – currently using the anti-blemish wash, the number 2 toner every 2 or 3 days, and the Age-Defense moisturizer. I exfoliate about once a week.
For makeup, every day I use YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes, Naturally Glossy mascara in black, and a dab of Clinique cream blush in peachy. Lips get a bit of M.A.C. conditioner. If I want a bit more punch, I add a smudge of M.A.C. eye pencil at the outer corners of my eyes and a swipe of lip stain.
I’ve been growing out my hair for over a year now and I’ve finally embraced the natural wave of it. I get it trimmed occasionally with an undefined edge, to keep split ends at a minimum while avoiding a cut look. I wash it every 3 or 4 days with Redken Fresh Curls shampoo and conditioner. I style it with a fingertip of Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine at the ends, and a shot of hairspray to keep it out of my eyes. On day 2 or 3, I spray on some Klorane dry shampoo to keep it going.
My philosophy now is that feeling beautiful is partly about knowing yourself, and partly about spending the time and money on what makes you feel good. Is it just vanity? I don’t think so. It is a powerful way to fortify self-confidence on a daily basis.