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F is for Film-Fest Face: BeautyGeeks Lashes Out Large at Shu Uemura


While an artistic makeup line like Shu Uemura sends anticipatory tinglies up and down the spine of beauty geeks, beauty junkies and makeup artists everywhere, it can be a tad intimidating for women who think of themselves as maybe not-so-adventurous. A Fall lineup with bright blue, yellow and pink? Rainbow-coloured false eye lashes? What the?

Guess what? I'm not terribly adventurous with my own makeup. My favourite look is simple and fresh, a-healthy-lifestyle-that-includes-eight-hours-of-sleep in 15 minutes of makeup application. But in search of Film-Fest-appropriate drama, I took it upon my wannabe-adventurous self (staff=wimp) to test the Shu waters at Holt Renfrew on Bloor in Toronto.

Rather than the colourful Fall face, Shu beauty advisor Stephanie Macdonald and I decided on a neutral palette as back-up for a pair of Farfallina falsies ($36 CAN/$29 US). Hello, how could I not go for lashes? For the under-lashed like me, a lush fringe is a drama must. (Shu is one of the best places to go for those -- if you're out of the lash loop, click here).


Thought you'd enjoy seeing what a difference a lash strip makes. (Staff's rudely pointed out that I look half awake.)


See? A dramatic-faced me in not-boring neutrals. Not a me I'm used to, which is exactly the point; I'm inspired to try something similar on my eyes for a TIFF evening or the next time I have a shindig. And damn, I love the lashes. They make a hella difference. (Stephanie's wearing Shu falsies too. Amazing eyes she has, yes?)

Shu Uemura is available in Canada at Holt Renfrew and in the US at