In a flash: White graphic liner + Cavalia Odysseo comes to Winnipeg


If there’s one way I love wearing coloured liner, it’s applied over top of black.

Last Thursday I was invited to the opening performance of Cavalia Odysseo here in Winnipeg. If you live in the city then you no doubt have seen the ads all over town promoting the show, which runs until October 18 due to popular demand. Or maybe you’ve seen the big white tent on the corner of Sterling Lyon and Kenaston, which is the size of a CFL football field and houses the show and 2,000 seats. If you haven’t heard of the touring production, it’s essentially Cirque du Soleil but with horses.  Of course there’s all the acrobatic stuff, but the 65 horses are also an integral part of the show.

But more on that later… since I’ll take any opportunity to do my makeup, I knew I wanted to do something different with this look.  I received this Lime Crime Eyeliner in Lunar Sea a while back and love how opaque it is.  I find that white liners are typically quite sheer; not this one though.  This goes on as white as it looks in the tube, and best of all it doesn’t budge.

white liner

I doubled up the white with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper (I received the five-year anniversary edition of the product, which donates $1 USD to the California Wildlife Center), packed on the mascara and some falsies for a flirty eye look before heading out to the show.

Final 1 Steps 1. With a cream eyeshadow, like Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam in Sexy Glam, put this all over the lid area.  This is going to act as a base for the shadows we’ll be using.

2. Using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture palette, grab the colour Soft Peach on a fluffy crease brush and lightly work this into your crease, acting as a transition shade.

3. With the colour Morocco from the same palette and a Mac 217 (or any other crease brush), work this into the crease area to add some dimension and darkness.

4. With the colour Bellini, apply this on the lids, going lightly into that crease colour.

5. With a black liquid liner, I used Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, liner your upper lash line, winging it out.

6. With a white liquid liner, like Lime Crime Eyeliner in Lunar Sea, apply this gently over the black. If you are like me and don’t have a steady hand, go over the bottom of the white with the black to make it more smooth.  After, apply mascara, and if you wish, some falsies.  I used Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch with Kiss Ever EZ Lashes in 02, which are very subtle.  For the bottom lash line, lightly dust Morocco and then apply mascara.

Final 2

For the face, I used Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Full-Cover Foundation Concentrate in the shade 27 Bisque (I LOVE this foundation) with Make Up For Ever Ultra HD in 117 mixed in to lighten it up a bit (it was a touch too yellow for my skin).  For the lips I used Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Requiem (obsessed with this lip colour) with Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Tickled Pink over top to add some moisture.

Tents box office outside stage Although I’ve never been a huge fan of Cirque du Soleil, I was excited to check out Cavalia Odysseo. Just to be clear, Cavalia is a separate entity from Cirque, I believe the only tie is that the artistic director Normand Latourelle, who was in attendance on Thursday night, was one of the founding pioneers of Cirque du Soleil from 1985 to 1990.

Anyways, similar to the well-known Quebec aerial production company, Cavalia (who also hails from la belle province), also has acrobatics, but the real draw is definitely the horses.  The show marries equestrian skills, acrobatics, and theatrical effects to present a two-hour show that will leave you mesmerized (the show started at 8 p.m. and ended around 10:30 p.m. with a half-hour intermission).  So why horses?  According to Cavalia, the horse has marked human history and progress more than any other animal. Horses have taken us to the ends of the earth, enabled us to build bridges between cultures and expand civilization.  All that is really prominent in the show, as the horses are at the same level and treated the same as the human performers. The interaction between human and horse is so flawless that you’ll have to keep reminding yourself that these are real-life horses. Altogether there are 65 horses and 45 artists in the world’s largest touring production; with 11 different breeds and the artists consisting of riders (the stuff they do is equally as awe-worthy as the acrobatics), acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians. Fun fact: all the horses are male, consisting of stallions and geldings (neutered horses, which the audience learned in the trivia prior to the show starting).


Unfortunately photography was prohibited due to the safety of the performers (both human and animal), but if you can still grab tickets to this show, I certainly recommend it (check out Cavalia’s official site to see photos and videos of the show).

Regardless of the animal factor, I just felt overall that Cavalia puts so much love and pride into the production, more so than Cirque du Soleil, which is all over the world (how many of them are there in Vegas again?).  The quality of the production was amazing and you certainly won’t be leaving disappointed.

Will you be checking out Cavalia Odysseo?

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