Grooming, Men, Skin

Bearded Ones | Barbus

If you haven’t already noticed, this week has been predominantly dedicated to our favourite pretty princesses boys.

Sorry, ladies, here comes another one…

Some time around October of last year the boyfriend started growing a beard. Typically I would probably gag as I prefer skin over hair any day of the week. But in this case I welcomed the lumberjack-chic guise with open arms because I wanted his skin to breathe and because I influenced his minimalist wardrobe (that has been blossoming handsomely) to accept shades outside of black/white/gray/denim to shades of navy and maroon in his button down plaid hoodie. Not to mention his two week trip to the depths of Idaho to shoot wildlife on a hunting range – his vegan ass loved that.

Through this process I discovered that my fuzzy wuzzy was shaving nearly up to his eyeballs! Naturally, his affliction had to end. Naturally I’d be the one to do it…with my cape flailing in the wind.

Now, as part of Josh’s grooming routine (aside from daily face washing and moisturizing, weekly manicures and exfoliants, bi-weekly pedicures and monthly haircuts) we take time out to pluck the strays sprouting around the hairline of his beard and a bit of the area above his brows.

You’ll need tweezers and a mirror!

Now, let’s evaluate:

You can see the stubble monsters peeking through the skin and making his complexion uneven.

Using tweezers, carefully pluck the unwanted strays. Please do not over do it. The goal is to tidy up – not create facial hair art like Kenneth Branagh in Wild Wild West.

The end result should look something like this:

Some redness is expected. Feel free to rub an ice cube over the irritated areas or saline solution/eye drops. After a few weeks of plucking you will notice the hair growing in much more sparse.

Keep your beards trimmed and ruley, ’cause hypertrichosis is only attractive in a side show.


Foundation | Camouflage

Halloween is but once a year and most of us are not worthy of Kabuki thespianisms…sporting a mask is not acceptable any other time of year.

Perhaps your grandma’s neon pink blush accents her rose petal foundation or you’re a huge fan of the cake sitting atop of your local MAC counter artist’s face – they have one thing in common: halos. I don’t mean the kind floating around the beautiful depictions of saints in Roman Orthodox churches. I mean the kind that crusts around the jaw and hair lines of our fellow makeup loving friends, no matter their age.

Have no fear, Annah’s advice is near!

Some of you may be fortunate to match your skin tone to one colour on the market, while the rest might have to hunt for two or three different colours (or even brands) in order to find your perfect partnership. Coming from a background in painting I am always customizing foundation for my clients. All you need are your foundation, moisturizer, palette and spatula…I prefer mine in stainless steel as they are super easy to clean and won’t break on you!

Choosing the right colour/s can be tricky. Always make sure you are trying them on in daylight – this is the most unforgiving light and is absolutely perfect for matching. Your neck doesn’t lie – always always always replicate the skin tone of your neck to your foundation, this is how you veer away from the halo effect! If one colour isn’t working, find two of the closest ones: one lighter, one darker.

Next I scoop my selected colours onto the palette with a spatula, giving enough room to mix in between. Then a nickel sized spot of moisturizer – if your moisturizer doesn’t come with UV protection, please feel free to squeeze a few drops of sun block into the mix. Finally dipping a concealer brush into the cream followed immediately by combining the lightest colour with a dab of the dark – apply from the center of the face spreading outward towards the frame of the face.  Add more of the darker colour as needed.

Blending is extremely crucial when it comes to makeup and especially foundation. If your complexion is normal – you can use your fingers, sponge or concealer brush – the choice is yours. For dry skin I recommend using fingers as their oils will heat up the makeup and blend more precisely onto the surface. For oily or acne prone textures I suggest trying a sponge by way of dabbing the product right into the skin.

Prior to this adventure you can use a primer of your choice. Post-evenness can be sealed with a bit of translucent powder: dry skin may not need it (but if it does – dab onto areas that may be prone to shine), normal skin can benefit from a brush, and oily skin can be careful with a sponge…again dabbing.

Let’s free the world of halo skid marks one face at a time!