My Beauty World: Allana Davison

My Beauty World: Allana Davison

Allana Davison isn’t just a 318k Instagram star – she also has 762k subscribers on YouTube. That’s testament to the Canadian beauty vlogger’s trusted product advice and the glossy looks she creates with both high-end and budget buys. Here, she tells us more about her own regime, the products she’s never without and the main lessons she’s learnt along the way in her career…
Photography: @ALLANARAMAA

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Beauty Inspiration

“We are so lucky to have access to the industry’s finest through social media, and I think it’s amazing so many globally renowned make-up artists are so forthcoming with their knowledge online. That includes @Nikki_Makeup, @KatieJaneHughes, @LisaEldridgeMakeup, @PatiDubroff and @HungVanngo to name a few. I watch their YouTube videos and tutorials, and continue to learn so much. It’s predominantly where I get all my own inspiration for looks on my channel.”

Go-To Advice

“Stop plucking your eyebrows – I think we can collectively shout this one to our younger selves. It’s important to leave them alone and let them do their thing. Always leave shaping and everything else to the professionals. Another bit of advice I wish I’d had earlier is: get laser hair removal. It makes such a difference later in life if you like to be hair-free and means less upkeep in the long run. Finally, don’t go on tanning beds – you will regret it, I promise.” 

Hair Essentials

“I get my hair done by my lovely, dear friend @HairByArmineh. She does a full set of highlights every six months or so, and I go in for a tone to keep it fresh every two to three months in between that. She is a colour magician and I am very lucky to have her. For blonde maintenance, I love the Kerastase Absolu Line and, in between purple shampoo washes, I like to use anything by Oribe. I’m a big believer in hair masking at any given opportunity – I will always put a mask in my hair on a hair wash day. There are many I use on rotation but currently the Olaplex No.3 is my favourite – a timeless classic. Likewise, my styling products vary, but you will always find the Drybar Dry Shampoo and Ouai Leave In Treatment in my stash.” 

Skincare Motto

“You are what you eat. No matter how many hundreds of products I’ve tried, no matter how much money I’ve spent on skincare and treatments, nothing has helped my skin look more glowing and healthy than good food. Last year I spent a few months figuring out some gut health issues. That included food sensitivity testing and cutting out processed food and sugar for a while. I introduced a larger variety of veggies into my routine and my skin did a 180. It was incredible. I really believe that eating good food, drinking lots of water and using minimal products is the answer to healthy, happy skin. Everyone is different, of course, but my advice is to strip things back and keep it simple.”

First Beauty Memory

“I always loved to play with make-up at home and I used to get ready for those cringey Facebook at-home photoshoots – I am sure we all did that as teens. That said, I played a lot of sport in high school and didn’t wear too much make-up out of the house. For my high-school graduation, I got my make-up done at a MAC counter. It was the first time I had seen my face with ‘proper’ make-up application and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I can look like this?’ I was so amazed and empowered by the magic of make-up and the way it made me look – albeit still natural.”

Signature Look

“I create several looks for my channel, but over time ‘my thing’ has become glowing, juicy skin, lots of bronzer, mascara and a monochromatic lip and cheek. I really love natural make-up and I’ll always try and adopt a less-is-more approach in my looks. You want to look like you, just a bit glossier, with all your favourite bits enhanced.” 

Make-Up Staples

“I love to do a seasonal switch-up of my everyday make-up and occasionally toss in a pop of colour – like a new bold lipstick. That said, my staples pretty much remain the same. I always have a lightweight, hydrating tinted moisturiser or foundation to start. I can’t stop using the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer – it’s just too good and gives your skin breathable but smooth coverage. I keep a lighter shade of it, as well as one that matches my skin tone. I always have a good brow pencil and clear gel on hand. My current favourites are Dior’s Brow Styler and the Benefit 24HR Clear Brow Gel –for me it can’t be beaten. When it comes to my skin, I love to use a combined bronzer and contour product to add warmth and do all of the chiselling on my face at once – Huda Beauty’s Tantour is brilliant for this. A lip liner is another non-negotiable in my make-up bag. The Victoria Beckham Beauty 02 Lip Definer has been a constant. To condense the steps in my routine, I’ll often use a lip and cheek balm to tackle the blush and simultaneously add a wash of colour to my lips – the Nudestix Blushers are brilliant for this, as are the new Rose Inc Blushers. Finally, mascara is a must. I am the first to admit I have too many favourites and I almost always have four or five open – it’s terrible, I know. To finish off my look, I’ll rotate usage of MAC’s Fix+ in Coconut and Benefit’s Porefessional Spray – these are my favourites for locking make-up in.”

Beauty Storage

“There are several ways I keep my products organised, but my favourite way is with my make-up bag from Ellie Mae Studios. It offers two sizes, both made locally in Toronto from leftover leather and silk fabric. The colours are so fun and they fit all of my daily make-up in them.” 


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