Don’t let people tell you your 30s will be the best time of your life in a tone that suggests your looks will fade so you better find inner peace. Vicki’s Pick is a weekly beauty column that features Vicki’s all-time favourite beauty products and latest discoveries for women in their 30s who plan on staying pretty on the outside for a long, long time. Inner peace is optional.
Let’s be serious: There are only a handful of weeks left where going virtually makeup-free up here in the great Canadian north is on par with going makeup-free in Southern California. Once the cold weather filters in, it’s back to looking like the walking dead zipped up in Canada Goose coats. But just like early-90s Pamela Anderson, we Canadian girls clearly make better beach babes than anything California can produce naturally, provided we’ve got enough vitamin D to give ourselves the lifeguard-on-duty glow of C. J. Parker.
Sure, August might feel like a month-long Sunday, but that’s no reason to get nostalgic for summer when it’s still here – especially when we’ve had enough tank top-worthy days at this point to have the kind of sun-kissed skin that suggests it never rains or even snows in Southern, um, Ontario. Right now I’m not letting a drop of foundation or concealer touch my skin because it’s so lightly yet perfectly tanned it radiates “I don’t even know what seasonal affective disorder is.” But there’s a fine line between a sexy natural glow and a microcosmic solar eclipse caused by the shine on your forehead. Right now I’m all about Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder ($41), available at Sephora, to keep oily skin at bay without restricting the natural beauté of my summer skin.
It’s almost like this stuff was made with Northern women like 90s Pam in mind, yet it’s good enough for those of us who just like to look amazing in every Facebook photo we force our friends to tag us in. Created specifically for HD technology, this mattifying powder might look as white as actor Sean Patrick Flanery circa his breakthrough and perhaps only notable role in Powder, but it’s actually designed for every skin type. Not only does it reduce shine, it minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores, yet it’s completely invisible even in HD – much like the present careers of Pamela Anderson and Sean Patrick Flanery, amirite?