Although I can appreciate experimental, creative makeup, when it comes to my own face, I like to be as minimal and as natural as possible.
Toronto-based makeup artist Diana Carreiro is a kindred spirit, known for creating fresh looks and skin that looks like skin.
She is also one of the most experienced and well-respected professional makeup artists in Canada, whose work can be seen in Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign, as well as magazines like Flare and Fashion, to name a few.
I was honoured to chat with her about her top makeup products and more...
Tell us about what you do.
I've been a makeup artist for more than 20 years. When I'm not shooting with a magazine or advertising client, I'm devouring fashion and beauty magazines and websites from around the world. I love learning about the latest beauty products
Who is your beauty icon?
Which beauty products can you not live without?
Tinted moisturizer with SPF, tweezers, concealer, an eyelash curler and tinted lip balm. I can look polished in five minutes with five products!
Which beauty products should people invest in?
Splurge on your foundation products—concealers, foundations and powders.
What can you save on?
Scrimp on lipstick and glosses.
What was your first fragrance?
Chanel No. 5. It's what my mother wore.
Which fragrance do you wear now?
What is your weirdest beauty habit?
Not really weird... I don't think... but I do an aspirin mask once or twice a week to exfoliate my face and hands.
What was your biggest beauty fail?
How much space do you have in this column?! I'd have to say that my worst beauty fail was sporting square-tipped, 1 1/2 inch-long acrylic nails in the '80s that I painted every day to match my outfits. One particularly embarrassing combo was brown with gold sparkles. Thankfully, there are no pictures.
What is your beauty pet peeve?
Spider lashes. Lashes that are so laden with mascara, they're clumping and drooping all over the place.
What is your number one best beauty tip?
Drink as much water as you can and wear your SPF.
Do you have any career advice for aspiring makeup artists?
This is a very tough and competitive industry. It takes years before one can make a living at it. However, if you have the passion and the drive (and a few part-time jobs!), it can be most rewarding.
Take a course on colour theory and shadow or assist a working artist. And practice, practice, practice!