Do I need a toner?
Need? No. Want? Maybe. Toners are liquid formulas used for purifying skin after cleansing. The old-school versions were astringent fluids strictly used to reduce oiliness, but the new generation does so much more. Sometimes known as tonics, mists or elixirs, they’re brimming with antioxidants, soothing agents and vital hydrating ingredients.
Best for mature skin: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50T, $66, phsantebeaute.com.
Best desk spray for all skin types: Glossier Soothing Face Mist, $22, glossier.com.
Best for acne-prone skin: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner, $24, kiehls.ca.
I’m looking for a full-coverage under-eye concealer that won’t accentuate lines. Any ideas?
Makeup application and technique are just as important as the concealer you choose, says Maddox Lu, national brow and trend artist for Benefit Canada. “Full coverage might not necessarily be the answer,” he says. “You may find you’re better off with a sheer-to-medium concealer that’s buildable and flattering for your skin type while giving you the coverage you need.” Lu suggests trying a moisturizing product, like Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer. Apply it to the orbital bone, then pat and blend gently into the skin using your ring finger.
Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer, $27, benefitcosmetics.com.
What is micellar water?
Like many beauty advances, micellar water (pronounced “my-SELL-ar”) hails from France. It’s made from water infused with micelles, which are tiny oil molecules that attract dirt. On
the skin, they draw out impurities and dissolve them while leaving behind a glowing, hydrated finish. Designed to be applied with a clean cotton pad, micellar water replaces traditional cleansers for some skin types; for others, it can be the latter part of double cleansing.
Olay Luminous Micellar Water, $12, olay.ca.