KATE PENNEY CORBETT, 30 YEARS OLD, ACTRESS
Holyrood, Newfoundland/Toronto, Ontario.
“One of my favourite aspects of being an actress is the opportunity to transform both internally and externally based on the different characters I play. That begins with the external process of makeup, hair, and wardrobe that allows me to feel like I truly inhabit the character and provides fertile ground for the internal side of my character to grow organically. Work aside; I feel the need to be creative in my everyday life with my own personal style. I don’t like to stick to one particular look with my makeup or wardrobe. I can go anywhere from a girly A-line skirt to baggy military style pants. I’m not saying I always get it right, I definitely sometimes get it really wrong, but I try to stay true to myself and stay fueled by what inspires me on any given day.
ON HER BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY
Growing up, my mother instilled in me the philosophy that ‘less is more’ and that true beauty comes from within. Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and beauty products; but I’d rather play with and accentuate what nature gave me rather than cover up or contour my face so much that I don’t even look like myself anymore. Personally, I believe moisturized, healthy, glowing skin is the best basis to any look.
TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS
I’ve always been a big fan of lipstick. I’m naturally pale and growing up I often looked gaunt and ghostly. I remember going into my mom’s makeup bag as a little girl and “borrowing” all of her lipsticks and stuffing them straight in my book bag. I can always count on Revlon’s Colorburst Balm Stain in Lovesick as a quick fix to brighten up my face. It’s the perfect natural pink and sometimes I’ll layer it will Dior Lip Glow Colour Reviver Lip Balm in 001 for some moisture and shine to add some drama. I tend to stick to brighter colours because nudes and browns can easily drown me out. This particular lipstick was gifted to me years ago at an event I attended and have been buying it from Shoppers Drug Mart ever since. The one downside to this lipstick is that it is not as hydrating as I would like it to be. To adjust for this, I will occasionally mix it with some Burt’s Bees if I feel like my lips need some more moisture.
First things first – I love baths. Taking a bath before bed using the all natural Gold Apothecary Bath Soaks in Citrus Eucalyptus always ensures I get a good night’s sleep. I am at my best, truly, when I get enough sleep. I love that this particular bath soak is handmade and that it has a very refreshing and relaxing aroma. It even has dried flowers in it that will float around you while you bathe. I mean, who wouldn’t love a bath with rose petals?! Luckily for me, Gold Apothecary is a Toronto-based company and I can pick up their products from a store in my neighbourhood called Easy Tiger Goods. I find taking a bath with this product helps me clear my thoughts, allows me to relax my body by giving me a place to comfortably practice deep breathing, and helps reduce bloating and inflammation. Whenever I finish a bath, I like to rub Sweet Almond Oil on my extremities to keep my skin hydrated. I think it’s a known fact that too many baths can make your skin feel dry and prune like, but applying this oil afterward helps me avoid that. You should be able to get Sweet Almond Oil at any local health food store.
I have been washing my face with the Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser by Pai for a few years now. I was having a hard time finding a calming and nurturing cleanser as I have sensitive skin that tends to break out and get dry easily. Once I found this Canadian 100% organic skin care line that actually worked for me, I fell in love. To use, I squeeze the creamy cleanser into my hands and then massage it on my face. I then wipe it off with the complimentary rough muslin cloth that comes with the face wash. The cloth gently exfoliates my skin while simultaneously removing all traces of makeup and oil. Honestly, I now have to buy these facecloths in bulk because I use them every day and can’t go back to a normal cotton washcloth.
It took me a while to catch on to what the saying ‘brows on fleek’ actually meant. Since I’ve figured it out, I now like to go all out on lashes and eyebrows. Before last year’s Toronto Film Festival began I was looking something to perk up my look and decided to amp up my brow game. I was a virgin eyebrow girl. I had never ever tweezed or did much of anything to them; they were just kind of there. I made an appointment at Toronto beauty bar, Deco De Mode, and the girls there transformed my brows into a shape and colour that I now can’t go a day without. I maintain their work using Lloyd Alfaro’s Brow Designer. I purchase it from the salon in the shade Regina. I’ll occasionally get eyebrow tinting done there as well, which is fun to do because it makes my eyebrows appear thicker than they actually are since they end up tinting all of my little white hairs brown. Additionally, when I have certain roles or special events to attend I like to accentuate my eyes with eyelash extensions. I find they really make my eyes pop and based on what shape I decide to go with they can transform my look. I tend to stick a more classic look myself. Deco De Mode owner, Seda Piloyan, truly does a fantastic job of tailoring the eyelash extensions to the shape of your eye so they appear very natural – which I like. Friends often ask me if my eyelash extensions do any damage to my own lashes and the answer is no. But, I don’t pick at them and you have to be willing to let them do their own thing. They fall out eventually with your natural lashes so you would need to book an appointment every 3 weeks to get them refilled if you wanted to keep them for a while. The price point at Deco De Mode is reasonable and I highly recommend this salon to all Torontonians. I’m also addicted to getting my manicures done there. The place is my go-to for all my girly needs!
I generally try and stick with natural, organic products. Everything we use on our epidermis affects us internally. I have become quite the fan of the all-natural makeup line, RMS Beauty. I use their Living Luminizer as a highlighter. It is made with coconut oil and instantly gives my skin a dewy, healthy glow. I put it on my cheekbones, the arch below my eyebrows and my clavicles. My skin does seem to eat this up so it doesn’t have the staying power that I wish it had. However, it comes in a convenient little pot that I can easily throw in any purse, which allows me to reapply throughout the day whenever I want to get my glow on.”
– As told to the GRR