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Vancouver Beauty: Geisha Ink

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 — 9:14am PDT
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For years I’ve bought and used Geisha Ink’s liquid eyeliner, not because its products are consistently listed as a “must-have” in fashion magazines like Vogue and InStyle (which they are) but simply because it’s best eyeliner available–it’s long-lasting yet super easy to wash of. With a Japanese woman in a kimono gracing all its packaging, I always assumed the line was based in Japan, where it’s manufactured, but recently learned I was wrong. Geisha Ink is actually local–owned and operated by Vancouver’s very own Sara Au Yeong.

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The genesis of the line began in 2006 when Sara was invited to be the head makeup artist for the reality television show, Pageant School: Becoming Miss America. Sara was hired to train contestants on professional makeup techniques and assembled their make-up kits. However, she found it a challenge to find an eyeliner and mascara could stay smudge proof and withstand the hot lights.

“As an artist, people were always asking, ‘What for should I be looking for?’ I couldn’t find a product that I really liked, so I decided to make one.”

So while visiting her relatives in Osaka, Japan, she met a cosmetics manufacturer that shared her vision, which lead to the first Geisha Ink product being born: the Geisha liquid eyeliner. Since then, she has also released the Ultra Volume Mascara, brow liners, and a mineral foundation, along with a Kabuki brush to apply the foundation.

Sara is constantly honing the formulas of her products to meet her high standards, including the removal of parabens and other toxic ingredients.

“I eat organic all the time. It’s really important to me. So I carefully look at the hazardness scale of the ingredients and reduce any ingredients that are unsafe.”

This spring, she launched a new mascara: The Silk Mascara.


The formula includes fine silk powder derived from Japanese silk, an Ancient Japanese beauty ingredient. When I applied the product, it glided on smoothly, without and clumps. I was surprised at how long my lashes got with just one coat and how feather-light and soft to touch they were.

“Because silk powder is so lightweight, it does not weigh down lashes. Most mascaras use waxes which weighs your lashes down,” explained Sara.

The look was very refined, fresh, and polished, which I thought was great for spring and on-trend with a softer eye. However, the mascara was also buildable. I applied more product to my top and bottom lashes, at every angle, and got a more dramatic look.

I applied the mascara at 8:30am and wore it all day (to meetings, a little 1-on-1 basketball game with a friend, and dinner out) and the mascara didn’t smudge or flake off at all, which is amazing since I tend to rub my eyes more this time of year because of allergies. At around 11pm, the product came off easily with warm water and a gentle massage using my regular face cleaner. I’m over the moon to have found a wonderful mascara this season and for seasons to come. Better yet, it’s local.

The Silk Mascara is available online or at local makeup shops like BeautyMark and KissandMakeup.

Silk Mascara Giveaway

Geisha Ink has offered up their Silk Mascara for one Miss604 reader to try, keep — and love! Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win @GeishaInk’s #TheSilkMascara from @Miss604

Follow Geisha Ink on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Update The winners are loucheryl and Jessica!

A guest post by Michelle Kim

Guest contributor Michelle Kim is a local actor, producer, director, and writer. Her book, "Running Through Sprinklers" is available spring 2018 via Simon & Schuster. Michelle contributes write-ups about theatre, film, and the arts.

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  1. Harjit says:

    I’ve been looking for an easy to use mascara that doesn’t clump, this sounds like the one, and it’s super that it’s created locally. Thanks for the chance to win , twitter fan@plumerea

  2. Jessica says:

    From running around doing work errands, to going to the gym, to weekly soccer games, I would LOVE to find a mascara that doesnt smudge! Thanks for the contest! 🙂

  3. Natalie says:

    No smudging or flaking off? SOLD!

  4. Donna says:

    ooh makeup junkie here! I’d love to try this. Always on the hunt for Holy Grail products

  5. KittyPride says:

    Would be so nice to have a mascara that doesn’t smudge and doesn’t make my eyelashes all stiff and gloppy.

  6. Winnie says:

    I use the liquid eyeliner and it’s awesome! Would love to try the mascara.

  7. maria says:

    Would love to try this!

  8. Rachel says:

    Would love to try this (Hi Mosop,.:)..from Stone)

  9. Rachel says:

    Looks awesome, would love to try it!

  10. JH says:

    Might finally be a mascara I like.

  11. Sandra says:

    looking for an eyeliner that will not irritate my eyes… hope this is it

  12. Stephanie says:

    Thanks Michelle for introducing me to this local company. Would love to try the products!

  13. ruby says:

    would love to win!

  14. Lisa says:

    Would love to try this!

  15. Cairine says:

    I love easy off mascara, I don’t want to tear my eyelashes out trying to get it off. Thanks for the chance to try this one.

  16. Anne says:

    This sounds like a mascara that would work for me!

  17. Lydia N says:

    Love the packaging!

  18. Andrea B. says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  19. Emilia says:

    I am also keen on trying a new mascara

  20. Danika says:

    Wonder if this works for oily eyelids…

  21. maria B says:

    Would love to see how this compares to Mac’s Liquid Last Eyeliner or the Evelyn Iona’s organic gel eyeliner!

  22. Valerie says:

    Hi! Thanks for the contest, would love to try this product 🙂

  23. evo says:

    would love to try this. been using the eyeliner for years

  24. Sanaz says:

    I’d like to try out this product line.

  25. Carmelle says:

    That seems like a great product! I’d definitely like to try it.

  26. Michelle says:

    I’ve become wary of buying new-to-me mascara because I either hate it or when I find one I really like it gets discontinued and I’m back to something I think is okay but disappointing in comparison. This sounds like it could be worth facing my fears to give it a try!

  27. hilary says:

    Gorgeous packaging

  28. I totally concur with Michelle Kim. It’s fabulous – no smudging and clumping! Initially it look a little thin-ish but went on effortlessly and smoothly; the second coat made it all worth it – what a nice subtle difference it made to my eyes. I was impressed enough to get the eyebrow liner – love it – just right for thinning blond caucasian eyebrows. Beautiful designed boxes and products – little jewels.

  29. Elaine says:

    I would love to give this a try!

  30. Eileen says:

    Sounds amazing!

  31. Amanda says:

    Would love to try this mascara! Sounds like an amazing product! 🙂

  32. Rebecca says:

    I would love to try the product. Thank you

  33. Kam says:

    Would love to win this for my wife!

  34. Maya says:

    I really want to try this now!

  35. Mary says:

    This sounds amazing!!!!

  36. loucheryl says:

    Sounds like FAB mascara! Thanks for the chance to win it. 🙂

  37. Glogirl says:

    Sounds like a great mascara! I’d love to try it.

  38. Dayna Wilson says:

    I’ve heard Geisha Ink is awesome.

  39. Rebthecatsitter says:

    This mascara sounds like heaven! I’d so love to give it a try!

  40. denise says:

    i would love to try this mascara.

  41. susannah says:

    I wonder how this product works for someone who cycles in the rain–would love to find out. (Usually I have to wait till I get where I’m going before applying mascara or else I get the dreaded racoon look.)

  42. Marianne says:

    Love to try this mascara brand!

  43. Reen says:

    Would love to try this! It’s so hard to find mascara without parabens! Especially nice mascara.

  44. Renfrew says:

    Sounds like the perfect mascara – finally.

  45. Sherry Fraser says:

    I would love to try this. I have bad allergies too and need something that works at this time of year.

  46. jan says:

    would love to try – thx

  47. Jen says:

    I would love to try this!

  48. Tracy says:

    This is so cool that a local company is producing this make-up! I’d love to try it 🙂

  49. wen says:

    Thank you for sharing this product.

  50. Rino says:

    My wife would like to try this

  51. Tania says:

    I’d love to try it

  52. tammy says:

    Sounds interesting

  53. Carol McCann says:

    I sure could use a great eye liner mine is the pits

  54. Katherine says:

    Love “shopping local”

  55. Kathleen says:

    would love to win!

  56. Darcie says:

    Would love to try this!

  57. Gabrielle D. says:

    New mascara, Yes please!

  58. Kristen says:

    Been in between mascaras for almost a year – need to find something amazing!

  59. Suzanne says:

    would totally love to win this!! I have been looking for a nice long lasting eyeliner!

  60. Donald says:

    Wife would like this.

  61. krysta says:

    I need this mascara!

  62. Deisy says:

    Yes please…totally need this.

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