When Michelle and I decided to swap “what’s in your makeup bag” stories, I was stoked because I can’t get enough of that sort of thing—mostly because I’m extremely nosy. But also because I’m always curious to know what other beauty editors really use on an everyday basis. (You can read Michelle’s picks on my site, xoVain!)
At this point in my life, I have my routine down, and stick to what I know looks best on my face. It doesn’t mean I don’t still try a ton of product and experiment with different looks; I’m not so set in my ways that I can’t still learn new (makeup) tricks.
But it does mean that once a product has proven its awesomeness, it gets a permanent spot in my makeup kit. Here, a rundown of my tried-and-true go-tos:
If I have a signature look, it would probably be a cat eye. And Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper, a true black, is my favourite cat-eye liner. The dual nibs, one long (like a calligraphy pen) and one short (like… a calligraphy pen for miniature people) is brilliant because you can control how long or how thick you want the wing to be. It’s also never messy and couldn’t be easier to use.
For lids, I swipe on a bit of RMS Beauty Cream Eye Shadow in Solar, a rich gold. It’s sheer so it doesn’t distract from the cat eye; it just makes me look more awake.
Eyelashes are coated within an inch of their lives with Diorshow Black Out Mascara. People ask me all the time whether my lashes are real, and yes, they are. They’re a joint venture between biotin and this mascara.
And for brows, you will have to pry Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pencil from my cold dead hands. It’s super precise and extremely natural looking. If you live in the U.S., you’ll be seeing this brand in your neck of the woods at select Sephora doors come spring!
I’ve never been a foundation girl, but I am never without a pressed powder of some sort. Lately, my ride-or-die has been Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Press Finishing Powder in Naked Medium Light. Its staying power is as long as its name.
Next is concealer. You will not be even the least bit surprised to hear me say Clé De Peau Beauté Concealer is my favourite. It really is that good. It’s creamy, it’s blendable, and it stays put. Its only downside, and it’s a big one, is that its shade range is woefully limited, which is a drag. It’s also very pricey, but a tube lasts forever. My current one is over a year old and the quality has remained unchanged.
Blush, I can typically take or leave it. But I was sent the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush collection to test, and got hooked. The texture is sheer, yet still very buildable. One sweep of this is usually all it takes to wake up my skin. Two is great for more of an evening or low-lighting look.
Because I typically do an eye look, I keep my lip colour on the simple side. I alternate between a simple pinky-nude, like Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in… a mystery shade (the label has gone missing), or a sheer purple, like Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aura.
And of course, I always, ALWAYS, have to have a balm. Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment has a spot in my makeup bag, in my desk, and by my bed.
There are no better blotting papers that I know of (if you do, please mail me) than these ones from Tatcha. They’re just workhorses.
And because the subway is a real part of my life, I keep Renouve Anti-Aging Every Day Defense Hand Sanitizer with me at all times. I can’t vouch for the anti-aging part, but the sanitizing part seems legit.
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