To me, the secret of great makeup is a perfect 50-50 balance between natural and fun. And, as for everything that’s related to appearance, it’s about being appropriate within a context. I have 3 basic makeups:
The Gym makeup: BB Cream + waterproof mascara + tinted lip gloss. Just enough to look polished without feeling like I’m wearing a full face paint.
The Work makeup: Full clean foundation + neutral eye makeup + lip gloss. Potentially adding a little color to the lips for a meeting or a networking event.
The Going Out makeup: Full clean foundation + creative eye makeup (generally linked to the place or the general outfit) + light lip gloss.
Nothing crazy, but that’s a good rule of thumb. I did not invent the concept but cannot agree more on “chose your battle”: lips or eyes… I chose both, just in different occasions.
Now for the secrets… Here are my current cannot-live-without from my makeup bag:
Esthee Lauder Day Wear BBI splurged on that BB Cream a few month back because I had a gift certificate to spend and thought I would treat myself. To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan at first. With winter my skin was extremely dry and the cream tended to flake. But it got better. And better. To the point that I don’t know if I could envision my makeup routine without my favorite BB Cream. Added bonus: it has a SPF 35 and smells delicious.
Bare Minerals Eye Shadow in Dulce De Leche
This eye shadow was part of a kit called Sweet Decadence that is, unfortunately, no longer available. I’m very glad that the Bare Minerals makeup lasts so long because I’m a huge fan of the light texture and perfect canvas, to any creative fantasy, provided with that hue. First on my eyelid, in any makeup situation, to smooth and even out the tone. I will be very unhappy when I run out; so if you have any suggestion for replacement, I’m all ears!
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo
If there is a perfect red lipstick for every occasion, it’s MAC’s Ruby Woo. An absolutely gorgeous true bright red, perfect for that pin-up, sex kitten look but also classy enough to work for a professional environment; and the matte finish gives it a real edge other lipsticks lack. Discovered by word-of-mouth from a friend of a friend, I have no problem sharing the secret…
Now, last but not least, my new discovery: mascara trial sizes! If you can put your hands on them, they’re the best for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle! I got mine(s) (shhh…) at a Chanel counter in a French department store and I keep one in my car, one in my purse, one in my work drawer… They’re so tiny and easy to use for a quick touch-up, I don’t know how I did without them!
What are some of your tried and true makeup favs? I’d love to hear!