A self-taught makeup artist, Sonjdra Deluxe (@sonjdradeluxe) describes herself as a “decorator” who uses makeup and a fearless approach to hair colour to enhance her appearance. She takes the dramatic looks she creates for Instagram and breaks down exactly how to do them in tutorials on YouTube, and in non-pandemic times IRL, she travels the world teaching masterclasses and hosting workshops for her loyal fans.
Here are Sonjdra’s top five Big in Beauty picks:
The Tank Eyeliner, Milani
Featuring a unique storage tank to keep the intensely pigmented black formula airtight, this liquid liner draws on smoothly and dries quickly — perfect for creating the graphic eye looks Sonjdra is known for.
Forever Flawless Eyeshadow Palette in “Serenity”, Revolution
From cut-creases to holographic eyes, a multitude of looks is possible with the eight shades in this palette, which features textures ranging from glitter and foil to matte and shimmer.
Nano Brow Pen in “Black/Brown”, Marcelle
The extra-thin lead on this pen provides incredible precision, while the formula offers medium coverage and a matte finish. It’s also waterproof so brows won’t budge.
Eye Opening Vegan Mascara, Lise Watier
Enriched with black quinoa, vitamin E and minerals, this mascara comes with a unique brush that has multi-length fibres for defined lashes from corner to corner.
Extra-Firming Energy Radiance-Boosting Wrinkle-Control Day Cream, Clarins
Offering both immediate radiance (thanks to light-diffusing pearls) and long-term firming and smoothing results, this moisturizer will have your skin looking luminous.
Sri Lankan-Canadian beauty blogger Mathusha Thurairajasingam (@beautybymathu) creates both modern and cultural makeup looks and skincare tutorials — her Diwali looks and Bollywood-inspired transformation videos are particularly amazing. Her goal is to guide her followers to create a variety of looks that ultimately enhance their individual beauty.
Here are Mathusha’s top five Big in Beauty picks:
Clinique iD™ Dramatically Different™ Hydrating Clearing Jelly + Active Cartridge Concentrate™ for Imperfections, Clinique
The quick-absorbing water-jelly texture of this moisturizer is the ideal hydration prep for makeup, and the treatment cartridge controls oil production and minimizes breakouts.
Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup in “5N2 or 6W1”, Estee Lauder
With buildable medium-to-full coverage, this lightweight foundation also offers skincare benefits with probiotic technology, chia-seed extract and an IonCharged Water Complex.
Perfect Butter Bronze Powder in “Suave Sun”, Annabelle
This bronzer’s smooth, creamy texture — which also smells lovely — blends easily to create a transfer-resistant sun-kissed glow.
TattooStudio Tattoo Brow 36HR Pigment Brow Pencil in “Deep Brown”, Maybelline New York
This highly pigmented brow pencil defines, fills and fixes uneven arches without smudging or fading.
Color Sensational Ultimatte Slim Lipstick in “More Truffle” & “More Buff”, Maybelline New York
Providing intense colour with a matte finish, this lipstick never feels dry on the lips.