I met Deepa Berar through a South Asian Bloggers network. Although I hadn’t met her in person, I had been following along on her adventures on social media. She was in a long distance marriage, going back and forth between Toronto and California, had struggled with Alopecia, is on a mission to make working out a healthy habit and is a television make up artist. The funny thing about blogging is that you meet people virtually, but you don’t always get to connect in person. I soon discovered that she lived close to me and decided to connect with her to see if she wanted to do a collaboration.
When I reached out to her about the collaboration, she was all game…but, time was of the essence. She was moving to California (finally, no more long distance marriage) the following week. Luckily, we were both able to squeeze some time out of our schedules to make this happen.
Deepa has a very calm demeanour and seems totally at peace with life’s path. I was complaining about aging (because us women are wired to not appreciate aging gracefully) and she told me how her perspective on aging has totally changed since she came across this quote once, “Aging is a privilege denied to many”. So what was that wrinkle you were complaining about again?!
My fellow Torontonians may recognize her from Eye on Asia, who took the reigns from her cousin Arvinder Sahota from 2012 to 2016.
She’s been in the make up industry for over 12 years now and loves connecting with her followers through Youtube, where she shares make up tips, hair tutorials, inspirational interviews, vlogs and more. Deepa Berar has been really open about her battle with Alopecia Areata and has built an online community and been a support system to many. Her story about it has garnered over 55K views and she continues to share her progress and even styling tips for those who suffer from it.
I went over to Deepa’s place and since it was a Saturday, I hate a fun date night planned with my husband – Bansky Art Exhibit and drinks and dinner at Kensington market. I showed her some of the outfits I was debating and some of the looks she’s created that I like and then she went ahead and did her magic. See below for a before and after and a product breakdown.
I love how she gave me a totally different look than I normally do on myself. It was soft yet glam and dare I say…youthful? I love how well the soft smokey blends out, which you’ll notice is one of her signature looks she does on herself. Who wants a tutorial on this look?!
MAC Select Cover Up as Foundation in NC42
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC42
MAC Melba Blush
MAC Blunt blush as contour
MAC Eyeshadows: Print, Carbon, Orb, Ricepaper
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline Eyeliner
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder
NYX Slide on Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes
NYX Lip Pro Lip Cream Palette in The Nudes