Somewhere above the arctic temperatures that produce the best lobster Maine has to offer lies a frozen wasteland that few dare to venture to for fears of extreme hypothermia and boredom. Some say there is much wildlife to explore. Others claim that Celine Dion is their most valuable national export. Yet Canada somehow gets a bad rap here in the States. We are too sheltered and insular to recognize that Canada has much more to offer than socialized healthcare and Pamela Anderson. One such native deserving of our attention and admiration for her contribution to the beauty industry is artist and entrepreneur Mindy Shear. The Mindy Shear Make-up Studio was founded and developed in 1987 with the goal of bringing superior performance and elegance to the daily ritual of make-up. Moreover, after extensive beauty industry training and of her completion of a fine arts degree, Shear set out to approach the make-up business with an artist’s eye in an industry replete with corporate disconnect. Having worked extensively and many years in her field with celebrities and well-known photographers, Shear obtained the experience and eye required to bring her status as a make-up artist to a higher level of artistry. Specifically, Mindy Shear’s focus is on continuous innovation, simplicity, lifestyle, and personalized service. The Mindy Shear make-up line consists of make-up products of artistically designed, aesthetically appealing, designer make up, including airbrush make up with the new addition of Semi-Permanent Eye Lashes. The exclusive line is of the finest quality ingredients, fragrance free, hypoallergenic and not tested on animals.
Recognized stateside by such prestigious vendors such as Ideeli.com, Mindy Shear’s line boasts a cadre of easy to use, lightweight and sheer cosmetic and skin care products that are as versatile as they are gorgeous. Among the most universally flattering products the line has to offer are the following:
Triple Split Eye Shadow in “Tribeca”-$25
This eye shadow consists of one eye shadow “split” into three coordinating shades of nude ranging from a shimmering beige highlighter to a darker brown for contouring and even for use as a liner. Further this satin-smooth formula blends easily and the shades can be worn as light or as deep as one desires for either a daytime or nighttime look.
Tip: Wear the medium tone on lid: the dark in the crease and along the lash line: and the lightest as highlighter.
Hydra Bright Concealer-$23
This hypoallergenic dual action, advanced formula concealer deflects dark shadows and moisturizes while a sheer line diffuser smoothes away the look of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, this shade blends into all skin tones eliminating the need to find an exact skin tone match as one needs to do with other brands. The application is as simple as the results are radiating: first use the sheer end to dot around the orbit of the eye and blend. Then use the beige end in the same dot and blend motion for an effortless light refracting effect. The result is not so much coverage as it is diffusing the appearance of fine lines and crows feet.
Liquid Lustre Lip Gloss in “Tempest”-$28
This gorgeous shimmering peach shade is the perfect gloss for day or night that can be paired with a nude eye look such as the aforementioned “Tribeca” or it can be used to keep the lips light if a darker smokey eye look is desired. With just enough shimmer to look youthful without looking like a cast from The Hills, this shade is universally flattering and loaded with hydrating elements that will keep your lips continually moist.
With a cosmetic and skin-care line so carefully engineered and professionally delivered, we can’t help but wish that Mindy Shear cosmetics were as omnipresent in America today as draft dodgers were in Canada during the Vietnam war. If this is what is emerging from Quebec, perhaps they should be allowed to cede from the rest of Canada after all! The Mindy Shear line is available at: www.mindyshear.com.