Fall Face Forward

Despite the fact New Years is supposed to be the time to overhaul your life, fifteen years of starting school in the fall has me (and many others) viewing that season as the one of transformation. Whether through a subtle change like a new haircut, or a bigger one, like starting a new school or job, when the leaves start changing colours, more often than not, so do we. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight a few products that can help freshen up your look without major commitment (but still providing major benefits).

All of ’em are from MAKE UP FOR EVER, which if you don’t know, is only available at Sephora locations (and online) across Canada. And if you’re one of the lucky ones – like me! – that live in Halifax, this Saturday, September 8th you can actually pop by the Sephora in Halifax Shopping Centre to meet with a MAKE UP FOR EVER pro to find your perfect shade of HD foundation + receive a free gift with your purchase. As a dedicated user of their HD line, and someone that never wore foundation until I tried theirs, I can tell you – you will not be disappointed. Want some ideas for other makeover magic goodies? Read on!

Black Tango Palette – $50
MAKE UP FOR EVER has earned legions of professional fans for their intense colours and insanely long-lasting formulas – from theatre and film to sports (like the women’s 2012 synchro team) and dance. After brand founder Dany Sanz was invited to dance showcase Tango Argentino to help doll up the country’s best dancers she was inspired to create a bold, modern palette of her award-winning Aqua Cream shadows that promise long-lasting staying power for whatever your daily activities include. The shades are inspired by the drama of the sensual dance, but also the makeup styles favoured by younger dancers – scarlet ruby, emerald green, and midnight sapphire, with a soft ivory to help highlight your brow bone. The handy little limited-edition kit containing the four shadows plus a pro brush makes it easy to apply this eye-focused look – and the price point makes it an awesome choice for birthdays or Christmas…or you could gift yourself if you’re looking to up the drama factor right about now!

Aqua Brow – $22 each
You have no idea what a little brow grooming can do for your face, trust me. A couple of years ago my sister introduced me to the art of eyebrow threading, and I have not looked back, other than to cringe at how sloppy my brows looked before being converted. A well-groomed brow seriously frames your face and puts attention where it should be – on your gorgeous eyes, or perfect cheekbones, or full lips. Of course, trimming, waxing, plucking, and threading are just half the effort – most people can seriously benefit from a good brow intensifier / filler, and this new formula should just do the trick. It goes on as a smooth gel, making it easy to incorporate when filling in thinner spots, but it dries like a waxy powder for all-day hold and a natural look. Combined, I promise you will up your polish factor by tenfold – and unlike other beauty treatments, this is one that truly enhances your natural beauty, as opposed to competing with it. Available in three shades to match most brows, the other important thing to note here is a little goes a very long way – you can expect to keep this little bottle in your makeup kit for quite some time. Before you jump into your car to pick it up, fair warning: it’s not going to be in-stores till the end of September, so take this time to get your brows primed and plucked to perfection before moving into the filler phase.

Aqua Rouge #8 in Iconic Red – $27
I read a really neat article a year or two ago about a journalist that was challenging herself to try something new. A barely-there make-up kind of gal, she opted for donning bright red lips for two weeks, and was amazed at the transformative powers both emotionally and socially. People would frequently comment on how amazing it looked on her, men paid her extra attention, and she felt a bold surge of confidence, coupled with a huge feel of surprise every time she glanced in the mirror. I imagine you’ll be turning heads if you slick on some of this intensely pigmented, double-ended lip formula designed to give you all-day colour without rubbing off or leaving your lips feeling sticky. I’m highlighting this new shade of Iconic Red because it was actually very recently created in collaboration with Madonna’s makeup artist, Gina Brooke, who was looking for that perfect shade of red with insane staying power. As you can imagine, a singer goes through lipstick faster than almost any other career – with the constant moving of your mouth and jiving under hot lights, you’ve got to have a tough-as-teflon formula that also looks amazing, and this perfect shade of true red is it.

Whether you decide to play up your eyes, frame your face, or intensify your lip colour, these are just three awesome ways to dial up your beauty style this fall season. As I mentioned, if you want to start at the very beginning, there’s a reason why it’s called foundation – and MAKE UP FOR EVER really does have some of the best stuff on the market. Want to try it yourself? I’m giving away an HD Complexion Starter Kit to one lucky reader, with a value of $89! You’ll get to choose your custom shade of foundation, and pair it with the brand’s smooth-as-silk primer, micro finishing powder, and signature kabuki brush for a flawless start to your look. Here’s how to enter:

1) Tell me which fresh fall look you’d be most excited to try – dramatic eyes? Groomed brows? Fire engine lips? Or a perfect starting point – a smooth foundation base? Leave a comment by September 24th for your chance to win!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around September 25th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Tell me which foundation shade you want in your HD Starter Kit. For best results, I strongly recommend you visit your local Sephora (again, Haligonians should get down to Sephora on Saturday, September 8th) to find your perfect match – I myself tried four shades before landing on 115! 

5) Bonus Entry Part Deux: Like MAKE UP FOR EVER Canada on Facebook and leave a comment for a bonus entry. Be sure to drop your Facebook username / link in the comments below so I know you’ve done your duty! 

82 Responses to “Fall Face Forward”
  1. Linda Chaput says:

    I’d like to try Aqua Brow.

  2. Marsha ARditti says:

    I would love to try the starter kit.

  3. JENNIFER HART says:


  4. JENNIFER HART says:


  5. Patricia says:

    The Aqua Brow sounds interesting

  6. Brenda Penton says:

    I am most excited to try Fire Engine lips. I just need to find a shade of red that doesn’t make my teeth look yellow.

  7. Brenda Penton says:

    Bonus Entry 1: My shade would be 115 – Ivory.

  8. Brenda Penton says:

    Bonus Entry 2: Liked Make Up For Ever Canada on Facebook as Brenda Penton – http://www.facebook.com/brendajpenton

  9. Donnas says:

    A smooth foundation base for me.

  10. Donnas says:

    Bonus entry #1. I would be a #55 Neutral Beige.

  11. Donnas says:

    Bonus entry #2: I like MAKE UP FOR EVER Canada on Facebook as Donna Lee Szocik

  12. Louise says:

    I would love to try the dramatic eyes

  13. Louise says:

    I think my foundation shade would be 118 flesh because Im light skin tone

  14. Louise says:

    I Like MAKE UP FOR EVER Canada on Facebook -fb name Louise gilbert

  15. Lindsay S says:

    I would like to try the Aqua Brow.

  16. Holly Sproule says:

    I would like to try the Aqua Brow, I liked them on FB and would LOVE to try the foundation kit but would have no idea what shade I am!

  17. Sharon F says:

    I would try the Aqua brow!

  18. Sharon F says:

    Bonus: My HD shade would be 118 🙂

  19. madiha says:

    I would like to win too

  20. madiha says:

    But I don’t know what shade I would be my complexion is medium

  21. Quinn says:

    I love dramatic eyeshadow and I love creme eyeshadow so that would totally be my pick. BRING ON THE DRAMA!

  22. Tracy says:

    i’d love to try fire engine lips!

  23. Tracy says:

    my shade would be 155

  24. Tracy says:

    i’ve liked makeup forever on FB (tracy kwan)

  25. tova says:

    I want to try the Aqua Brow as it sounds great

  26. tova says:

    My bonus entry is flesh #118 foundation.

  27. marriumsahar says:

    I would like to try the HD foundation 🙂

  28. Hello, my must have fall look would be the dramatic eyes; for Bonus Entries: I “Like” MAKE UP FOR EVER Canada on Facebook and you can find me under username: Dawn Cruickshank Baldwin My foundation pick would be #37810, though I don’t really wear foundation and have no idea if this would be the correct shade for me. I’m not near a Sephora store. Thank you! I would love to win.

  29. laurie says:

    i’d love to try the hd foundation and dramatic eyes my foundation pick is #118 flesh

  30. Susan says:

    I would try the Aqua Brow. #CGG

  31. I would like to try a perfect starting point – a smooth foundation base!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  32. I Like MAKE UP FOR EVER Canada on Facebook (Karla Sceviour)

  33. hmmm. alot of shades to choose from..I think I would like the 118 Flesh

  34. Shaunda says:

    aquarouge look amazing I would love to try that

  35. arash naghdi says:

    I would like to try Aqua Brow.

  36. 1websurfer says:

    1) Definitely dramatic eyes! 2) Bonus entry #1: Not sure which shade. I’d visit the Burlington store to make sure. 3) Bonus entry #2: I ‘liked’ the facebook page. My profile link is http://www.facebook.com/1moniqueberry. This is a great giveaway that I hope to win!

  37. Victoria Ess says:

    Dramatic eyes!

  38. Victoria Ess says:

    I think my shade would be 140, but I’m definitely going to need a consult!

  39. Kiki says:

    I’ve love to try a red lip, or a smoky eye… or both at the same time? The model in the “Black Tango Palette” looks amazing!

  40. Lisa Morrison says:

    I would like to try red lips. I have never been brave enough before.

  41. JM says:

    I’d like foundation base

  42. kelly p says:

    I’d love to try red lips but I have yet to find a red that is flattering to my skin tone.

  43. Beverly W says:

    Ooooooo I need to try the Aqua Brow!!

  44. joyce s. says:

    I’d like dramatic eyes.

  45. jenna3967 says:

    liked Makeup Forever on FB

  46. I would love to try a smooth face with a perfect foundation!

  47. Jessica Lord says:

    I would love to try the dramatic eyes

  48. Caitee says:

    I LOVE the Black Tango palette. I’ve never tried MUF but I’ve been recommended their products at Sephora. Maybe now is the time? Thanks for the review!

  49. Caitee says:

    I think my color would be 118 Flesh 🙂

  50. lisa bolduc says:

    a smooth face for sure!!!!

  51. I would love to try the bright red lips this season!!
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

  52. I like MUFE Canada on Facebook! (Rebecca Roberts)

  53. melissa Avey says:

    Smooth skin and fire engine red lips!! Delicious combo 😉

  54. S says:

    Fire engine lips. 🙂

  55. Glogirl says:

    The Fall look I’m interested in is a smooth foundation base.

  56. Glogirl says:

    The foundation shade I would choose is 115 Ivory.

  57. Glogirl says:

    I Like MAKE UP FOR EVER Canada on Facebook. (Amy M)

  58. Prim says:

    Aqua brow + tango palette? Too much? I like them both!

  59. Hayden says:

    Smooth skin for me.

  60. Bex says:

    Admittedly I already wear lipstick, but I’m keen to try that red!

  61. Lindsay says:

    I would love to try the Aqua Rouge #8 in Iconic Red on my full lips!

  62. Sandy says:

    Groomed brows hands down!

  63. sean pynaert says:

    My wife would love to try the Black Tango

  64. stacey h says:

    groomed brows

  65. stacey h says:

    foundation colour – 115

  66. stacey h says:

    like on fb (stacey htkka)

  67. eleanor q says:

    I like a smooth foundation base.

  68. aly3360 says:

    Dramatic or smokey eyes are what i’d love to try!

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  69. aly3360 says:

    I like Make Up Forever on facebook and left a comment (Amber Lynn)

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  70. kittypride says:

    The Black Tango Palette kit looks amazing…Dramatic smokey eyes all the way!

  71. kittypride says:

    Bonus entry: I think my foundation shade would be Ivory 115

  72. julia g says:

    I want to try the Aqua Brow

  73. julia g says:

    My Foundation would be 115 Ivory.

  74. julia g says:

    I liked on facebook and commented on a post (Julia Grant)

  75. Maegan Morin says:

    Definately most excited to try Dramatic Eyes!

  76. Heather Holmberg says:

    I am looking forward to the bold bright lips .. I usually wear a light pink or clear gloss, but I am gonna turn up the heat this fall : )

  77. Heather Holmberg says:

    BONUS ENTRY: I would pick a 118 .. I love how they have so many different colouring choices !

  78. Heather Holmberg says:

    BONUS ENTRY DEUX – https://www.facebook.com/MAKEUPFOREVERCANADA/posts/105263139630714?comment_id=27844&offset=0&total_comments=1

    gee another makeup face to like and have influence on my pocketbook ..thanks !!

  79. aimee says:

    black tango

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