Vanessa Jarman is a name you're about to read more and more in the next several months. Toronto-born and based, the makeup and hair artist is a favourite among beauty and fashion editors in Canada, and has just become the Canadian spokes-pro for Rimmel London. She also does the most wicked perfect winged liner ever.
I'm a huge fan of Vanessa's personal style -- love those Tom Ford frames. And at an event about a month back, I loved her glowy makeup so much that I had to snap a photo and ask for details. Here's what she uses and how and why:
Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer "It's a perfect balance between a liquid/cream primer and a heavier silicone formula that you might find in other brands," she says. Fix & Perfect has a peachy tint that subtly evens skintone out, too.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in 100 Ivory "This is my number-one foundation for the summer, because it's not a heavy full coverage. My freckles and the natural texture of my skin still show through, so I don't feel masked." Vanessa begins her application in the centre of her face and blends out, taking care to include her lids.
YSL Semi-Loose Powder Natural Radiance Vanessa sets her face with powder, but not everywhere. Interesting technique alert #1: she avoids powdering her eyelids, cheeks and under her cheekbones.
Rimmel London Sun Shimmer Bronzer in 001 Gold Princess Of the three shade choices in this compact, Vanessa uses the lightest. Interesting technique alert #2: with a fluffy crease brush, Vanessa uses powder bronzer to set the foundation on her lids. She does the same on her cheeks and under cheekbones too, with a powder brush and a light hand "to avoid any sticky catch where powder hasn't been applied." Why no powder first? "I want the true colour of my bronzer to show; powder on top of powder can look dull," she explains. She also applies bronzer to the bow of her lip and down the bridge of her nose. "Nothing concentrated, just a fast swoop of my brush."
Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Liquid Liner in black "The applicator brush is firm, which helps keep lines steady. Plus it has an interesting vinyl finish," says Vanessa. To get her perfect wing, take note first of her tip for ensuring eyes always look happy and awake: imagine an invisible line extending along the line of your lower lid past the outer corner, and avoid putting shadow or liner below it.
Start with a tick at the end of the upper lashes, following the trajectory of the imaginary line that extends from the lower lid. Repeat on the other eye, making sure both ticks are even. Begin lining at the inner corner of the upper lid. Keep the brush tight against the base of the lashes and work toward the outer corner, increasing the thickness of your line as you go. Then from the top of the tick, reverse the angle of your applicator and work toward the lashline to finish the wing and fill in any blank spaces.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in 700 Nude Delight + Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Lipgloss in Sparkling Nude "This lipstick lasts for a good few hours," says Vanessa. "The lipgloss adds sheen, a great scent, and added suppleness so your lips don't dry out."
What do you think of Vanessa's powder/bronzer technique? Will you try her winged-liner tips?