Make-Up and Go!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

If I were stranded on a deserted island, I wouldn’t need anything but sunscreen. But if I was there with, say, Ryan Gosling or Robert Downey Jr. (or both!!), I could not live without my five key make-up must haves. They may not be enough to walk the red carpet, but I wouldn’t want my matinee idols (or most people) to see me without them.



Diorshow Black Out Mascara icon

It’s not the cheapest mascara but I maintain that it’s the best.  It does it all–lengthens, thickens and defines like no other.  Basically, it makes my lashes look huge.  This is largely due to the full and thick applicator brush. I always buy it in Blackest Black.

MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter

Even when I’m supposed to arrive somewhere without makeup, I still sneak some of this concealer on to hide the dark circles. (They persist, no matter how much I sleep.) I particularly like this product for humid climates, like the aforementioned deserted island, as it stays put and doesn’t entrench itself in wrinkles. I also use it to lighten other spots, like the area around my nose.

stila Convertible Colour

stila Convertible Colour 

In my old(er) age, I’m all about the cream blush.  It gives a dewier and more youthful look than a powder blush, and with a bit of practice, it’s as easy to apply.  I like to use a brush to apply it but you can also use a make-up sponge or your fingers.  Try it in Peony, a warm pinky brown shade that works on many skin tones.  Added bonus: it doubles as a lip colour.

Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder icon

As many a cameraman has pointed out, my forehead is like a reflector beacon.  And while this may prove handy on a deserted island, who says I’d want to be rescued? This powder is extremely light and cuts the shine without feeling like you’re piling on any additional make-up.

MAC Lusterglass 

I’ve tried a zillion other glosses but I still keep coming back to MAC’s Lusterglass.  It’s inexpensive, not overly sticky and perhaps most importantly, the container doesn’t get all goopy. (Major pet peeve.) I have gone through about 10 tubes of Love Nectar, my favourite shade.   It’s a warm nude with a bit of gold shimmer that works well on its own or over a lipstick or lip pencil. 



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  • tiger_lily_2

    If it’s a desert island, wouldn’t it be dry (with reference to the MAC Prep and Prime section)? Like a desert?

    The day I find a retailer of Armani Luminous Silk products in Winnipeg, Manitoba will be a day of jubilation.

  • bluegrass69

    You can share a deserted island with me anytime, with or without makeup, Kristina. Your humour and inner beauty makes you look beautiful on the outside as well.

  • http://twitter.com/KristinaMatisic Kristina Matisic

    You are right tiger_lily_2, a desert island will be dry but a deserted island may be humid. I like to have all my basis covered! Try Holt Renfrew. That’s where I got mine (in Toronto though.) And thanks bluegrass69, very sweet of you to say!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eileen.schmidt.16 Eileen Schmidt

    Hi Kristina,

    What is your favourite eyeliner?

    • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

      Hi Eileen, I tend to use liquid eyeliner on my top lids (my favourite brand is Geisha, it has a very thin pen). I find that my eyelids are quite oily and liquid eyeliner tends to stay on better. Then, I usually use eyeshadow with a thin brush to line my lower lashes. For the water line, I use an old black kohl pencil that I got at Shoppers Drugmart in Vancouver, ages ago. It’s soft and goes on easily so it doesn’t hurt the inner eye.