The Feline Flick

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Oh the classic Cat Eye, there are so many variations that can one can play with along with tips and trick and many eyeliner tragedies, I have finally settled on one that works for me.

I use a pot, Make-Up Forever, matte gel, (it last all day, and doesn’t smudge) and a thin pointy painterly brush. I start from the centre and move out, stopping at the natural end of my eye. I then, or sometimes before put a piece of coloured paper wrapping tape on the end-bottom of my eye, going from the bottom on an angle, just to have a guideline for my flick, and then I carefully draw that on, remove the tape, and voila, flawless. My last step is to go in and thinly do the corner part of my eye.

Now the trick is always getting the other side to match, however, one eye is always slightly different, just like the eyebrows, they are cousins, not sisters. So make sure to go with the structure of that particular eye, otherwise it will really look mismatched.

And depending on the day, time of day, or outfit, the intensity of that feline flick may change. And that is the beauty of the Cat Eye, it has the power to speak a great language.-tM

Beauty Refresh

I was drawn to these photo’s because they reveal a face not so hidden by layers of make-up and Photoshop magic. I appreciate the lines and graceful bags under her eyes, the shadows of light and dark.

I think North America is in dire need of a beauty refresh. I don’t know how we got here, but we did, and it is a sad as well as ugly reality. Somehow in this process of liberating ourselves as women we have also allowed ourselves to be confined and even chained to this youthful, perfect face.

There is nothing wrong with looking like you have lived. I find the living face an incredibly beautiful and graceful face.

Perfectionism is a myth, an excuse for being insecure. It’s time to go inward for many reasons, great things always begin from the inside. -tM

Photography: Porter Magazine

Back to the Future

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

So this is how I have been wearing my hair for the past year and a half. I took the risk of cutting my bangs again, and wearing a mid length curly shag. Oh so retro you say? Well yes, and back to the past and into the present/future I have gone.

You see, this was one of my childhood haircuts. It suited me then, and it suits me now. There are a few things that need to be revisited from childhood as you age: passions, hair colour (you childhood colour will always suit you best, especially when needing to cover greys), and in my opinion haircuts. Of course you may have a variation on that said “do”, and I think the trick is to learn how to style it as an adult, but in general those youthful cuts of our past can make us look even more youthful today. Call it nostalgia, or just plain lack or creativity, all I know is that it is working for me.

How about you, what childhood style/accessories have you recently revisited? -tM

Finishing Touches

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

What are your finishing touches before leaving the house for either a day of work or an evening out?

I have four: 1. Hair needs to be coiffed; 2. Some Lipstick or lip balm, depending on whether I have made up my eyes; 3. Earrings/Necklace never both at the same time, unless I am wearing small studs; 4. Rings, always my rings which I tend to have on rotation depending on the outfit.

These are my feeling ready necessities. However, it is interesting that most revolve around my face. I guess you could say that “giving good face” is important to me. Now tell me some of your essential beauty requisites. -tM

New Discoveries: Blush Brush

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A new discovery.

A blush brush that is made to contour to your cheekbones. For those of you, like myself, who are always playing around with the perfect placement of blush, (esp. as the face changes with age) here is a fail proof way to powder your way to a sculpted face, giving the face the little optical illusion lift that it needs. And really, who doesn’t want those cheekbones to stand out a little more.

You could also use this to contour the face, nose, jaw line etc. With this magical wand you can make all of your cheekbone dreams come true. -tM

Rituals

Photography: Unknown | Kate Moss

Photography: Unknown | Kate Moss

I love the ritual of putting make-up on. I find it meditative, peaceful. I connect to my inner self, which outwardly gets expressed through the face I choose to put on that day. I am not an artist by any means, although I do creatively express myself through clothing choice, the design of my home, and my grooming rituals. Life really is an art. -tM

The Eye of the Mind

Photography: Unknown | St. Tropez, France

Photography: Unknown | St. Tropez, France

I have two great seductresses in my life, Beauty and Nostalgia.

Nostalgia's capacity for seduction rests in the power of our memory versus experience, a looking back with longing, a desire to linger in a moment or person that is now nothing more then an apparition. 

While Nostalgia may be a temptress, Beauty can be said to be our raison d'etre. Without its grace, its harmony of purpose and form, life as we know it would cease to exist,  no reason for living, nothing to inspire and fuel the soul. Beauty is grace, and grace is life. 

Beauty if sought after can be found everywhere, there is no escaping its allure, as it holds within its core the ecstasy of life.

I should know, because for good or bad there have been times where Beauty has kept me there. -tM

Icy

Photography: tM | Custom Made

Photography: tM | Custom Made

The Perfect Nude/Red, is now possible.

If you are a woman, you know how hard it is to find the perfect red or perfect nude for that matter. And if you are like the rest of us, your make up bag is plenty full of once hopeful shades of reds and nudes that rarely see the contours of your lips after falling short of being that "perfect" variation of either colour.

So in hope and in the name of curiousity a girlfriend and I set off to BITE LIP BAR to see what we could see and to create what we could create in hopes of customizing a nude/red for our very own.

Totally self indulgent, the process of a custom made lipstick was interesting. Beginning with lip prep, to discussions of what you feel comfortable wearing, throw in personal style, and skin tone suitability, as well as the trial and error of the layering and mixing of shades, the hope is that by the end of the process you will have in your hands and on your lips your most true and perfect shade of red/nude for you.

That being said, I ended up with a brown nude that I would not have thought would have looked this good on me. The most perfect shade, perhaps not, but one that suits my current tanned skin tone, YES! 

Cool experience, and fun to do, custom anything in my opinion is always the way to go because in reality, at the end of the day, you will end up spending much less money in the future looking for that perfect something, on substitutes, and things that come close but are just not quite. -tM

 

 

Beauté

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What would the world do without beauty?

A driving force that is essential to life, it too has technicalities and rules that need to be followed in certain industries and occupations. It definitely pleases the aesthetic senses as it truly resides in the eye of the beholder.

No matter how you "see" it or "experience" it, beauty is everywhere, and its only requirement is being present.

How do you experience beauty? Is it a motivating force in your life as it is in mine? -tM

It's a Vogue Idea

Italian Vogue

created a special "all black" issue. It was a project piloted by the late Franca Sozzani because of the lack of diversity in the fashion world. Loved my many, and hated by some, the issue received both praise and criticism.

I hope that at the very least it created a dialogue about inclusivity and euro-centric points of view, and as to why as a society we have to create "special editions" of magazines to bring attention to such important matters in our diverse culture. Will this solve the problem. No. But every little bit helps. And an open discourse may very well assist. -tM