How To Create Striking Eyes in 3 Easy Steps

Fall 2011 Make Up Trends

How To Create Striking Eyes in 3 Easy Steps

This season make up is thoughtfully groomed for the highest level of precision.

The make up is reflective of this precise style bringing metallic finishes to the eyes accented with the most sculpted brows.

Creating this look takes a little practice and creates the most sophisticated finish for day and night!

Striking Eyes Step by Step

Well groomed brows create the look.
There is a magic V shape for all brows and when aligned, they will create a bold effect that commands attention. Imagine a line running vertically from the outside edge of the nose up to the brow - this where the brow should start for a clean a sculpted look. Next, imagine a 45 degree angled line from the same starting point connected with the outer corner of the eye - this is the end point for the brow. The arch of the brow should line up with the far outer edge of the iris.

Metallics shine so place them carefully.
Apply a bold metallic across the horizontal of the eyelid being careful not to go above the mobile lid. Make sure the intensity of the application is even from all viewpoints. Next, line the eye with a deep coloured pencil - black is a good choice here - focus on the outer rims. Lastly, use a lighter tone of metallic shadow to create reflection in the inner corner of the eye.

Mascara is a must.
Finally layer black mascara to create the full effect. Use a generous amount but be careful to avoid clumping.


The Lowdown on Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

The Pros and the Cons

The Lowdown on Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

@Soph_Don tweeted me “Do you know anything about Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator?

The newest addition, to the EL range is the Even Skintone Illuminator and it is getting mostly positive reviews from most sources. Keep in mind is that EL owns dozens of cosmetics companies and often, with a little searching, you can find very similar products at varying price points. EL claims this product will remove hyper pigmentation, sunspots, redness and correct the overall tone of the skin.

Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator ($72.50 for 30mL & $100 for 50mL)

A well formulated product with proven skin lightening ingredients. This product combines both the benefits of skincare and make up creating a great finish that is not sparkly but highly reflective on the skin. The “instant” illumination is from mica particles and not from any skincare ingredients. This can also serve as a lightweight moisturizer for oily skin types.


1. Excellent blend of skin lightening ingredients including BHA and dimethoxytolyl propylresorcinol.
2. Great water binding agents including hyaluronic acid, squalane and NMF’s.
3. Mild exfoliation with Vitamin C blended with Vitamin E for skin conditioning.


1. Fragrance added to the formula which can irritate
2. Heavy concentration of irritating plant oils
3. Stimulating caffeine added which can increase redness in the skin


The right ingredients have been included in the formula for the claims to be met. For some people this formula could be irritating but for the most consumers this is a good choice. Expensive when compared to similar formulas so shop around.

Less expensive option: Estee Lauder owned Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector ($63 for 30mL & $93 for 50mL) is almost the exact same formula without the fragrances and mL for mL is 7% to 13% less expensive.


Daniel Thompson Cosmeceuticals

Come Celebrate the Official Launch of My New Cosmeceutical Line!

Daniel Thompson Cosmeceuticals

Once in a while I want to tell you about something I am working on. As most of you know I am the Creative Director of Daniel Thompson Beauty, but what some of you may not know is that I am also a paramedical aesthetician, a professor of cosmetic chemistry and a product developer.

Paramedical aestheticians are a subset of industry professionals who work primarily with dermatologists and surgeons providing skin treatments based on advanced technology based procedures. Basically, they are highly trained specialists that go beyond the basic skin care treatments provided at a spa, using lasers, microdermabrasion, peels and cosmeceutical grade topicals to create the healthiest skin possible.

In the last 10 years I have developed 14 different skincare collections and in the last year I have been working on two formulas that I consider game changers.

 On July 21, I am launching these two amazing products to the public, with a Champagne Reception here in Toronto and I want to invite you to attend! At the event you will also have the opportunity to receive free Daniel Thompson Beauty products!

Just click on this link to RSVP – this is a private event and only those on the RSVP list will be admitted. I look forward to seeing you there.

Daniel Thompson Beauty Cosmeceuticals:

The new formulas offer high potency combinations of paramedical grade ingredients that work at the dermal/epidermal junction influencing amino acid production and stimulating collagen synthesis. Results appear quickly and are long lasting.

The Cleanser
Offering the benefits of a makeup remover, facial cleanser, exfoliator and toner. The Cleanser replaces multiple skincare items.

The Moisturizer
Offering the benefits of a day cream, night cream, eye cream and specialty treatment. The Moisturizer replaces multiple skincare items.