At least 50 percent of the contents in a woman’s bag will consist of cosmetics. That large makeup kit taking up all your bag space would typically have a pressed powder compact, blush, concealer, eye liner, lipstick and mascara. When transitioning from one season to another or when putting together a cosmetic bag for a trip, the tendency has been to over pack. Three lip shades and two balms? Three bottles of liquid foundation? Five shades of blush? Really?
Unless one is a makeup artist by profession, it makes little to no sense to carry all that cosmetic weight around on the daily. It’s a realization we come face to face with once we take a closer look at the things we lug around in our totes all day long. The truth of the matter is that we only really need a few very basic items in our purse. How much time while on-the-go do you truly have for a full retouch? How often does one need to apply concealer in a day? These were questions that I pondered upon as I watched some of the most put together women walk around with the smallest clutch bags and the chicest mini totes this season. How are they so polished without having to carry an entire beauty counter in their bags?
The answer was simple: cutthroat editing. The key is to choose a few essential items that are effective, efficient and multifunctional. This might mean having to part with the comforting company of four blush tubes day in and out. It may also entail trading in a full eye color palette for that one trusty eye liner. Regardless of the makeup look you may be going for this Fall, here are beauty basics that will help you achieve with ease.
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Create a flawless base with LUNE + ASTER REAL GLOW TINT. This light weight tint diffuses light to effect sheer to medium coverage. Glow Tint leaves a long-lasting, natural finish on skin while effectively diminishing appearance of skin imperfections. True to Lune + Aster’s vision for providing simple makeup solutions, this makeup and skincare formulation also comes packed with hyaluronic acid (to plump skin), vegan collagen, vitamin E as well as licorice extracts (to support skin elasticity).
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Cooler temperatures call for intense hydration and a sun kissed (just back from the tropics) glow. LAURA MERCIER TINTED MOISTURIZER ILLUMINATING NATURAL SKIN PERFECTOR has mastered the no-makeup makeup look with this lightweight formula that creates a dewy radiant, flawless skin. Wear over your primer or under powder, this Skin Perfector was formulated with naturally derived plant based complex, which effectively soothes dry skin and brings long-term hydration. This cold-weather, beauty must provides broad spectrum SPF 30 UVB/AVA sunscreen and protects skin from damaging pollutants.
Winter cold means using skincare and makeup products that melt on skin instead of caking or leaving a scary cast on the surface. LA MER THE CONCEALER was a very recent discovery that did not disappoint especially when worn in low temperatures. It leaves medium to full coverage so you need not worry about dark circles or skin imperfections. I especially loved how it delivered on the promise of flawless looking skin after a long haul flight that left skin looking tired and dull. Creamy consistency also did not crease and stayed on for hours on end.
The search for the perfect nude lippie was endless until CTZN NUDIVERSAL LIP DUO. This double ended lipstick and gloss is highly pigmented for full color effect with a velvety finish. It comes in 25 nude shades each formulated to enhance your natural lip color. Formulated with mango butter, the lip duo doubles as a moisturizing agent that nourishes your puckers especially during extreme climate change. To create more looks with one lippie, apply a layer of the gloss to create a silky, reflective finish. Tip: give CTZNs Get Matched Tool a try to find out the perfect nude for you.
Asian women have had to be more creative when it comes to finding the perfect match for their skin type. More often than not, to enjoy formulations of beloved cosmetics brands, we’ve had to learn to mix one to two shades for a match that looks natural and flawless. ORCECOSMETICS addresses this concern with the introduction of high performance COME CLOSER SKIN PERFECTING FOUNDATION. This breakthrough formula comes in a variety of shade exclusively concocted for Asian skin. It gives buildable and breathable coverage while leaving a radiant, soft finish. Ingredients used for the skin perfecting foundations were chosen to specifically address common skin concerns of Asians—sensitivity, oiliness, hyperpigmentation and water-loss. For fair skin tones, shades like Finea, Celaine and Illume works wonders. When it comes to enhancing a golden tan, shades of Novae, Kiko and Lura will not disappoint.
You’ll only ever need one compact to create a stunning sun-kissed glow: GUERLAIN TERRACOTA CONTOUR AND GLOW PALETTE. This compact features a bronzer, contour and blush in one so you can sculpt, illuminate and enhance with ease. A matte contour powder helps enhance facial feature. Create a radiant glow with a stroke of the bronzing powder and add a natural flush with the gold and pink highlighting blush. This palette goes with all skin types and is ideal to use at any weather or season.
Most of the time, all you really need is a good liquid liner to wake up tired looking eyes. PAT MCGRATH LABS PERMA PRECISION LIQUID EYELINERmakes it extra easy to define eyes with one stroke. High pigmentation glides on the surface effortlessly while leaving a rich velvety finish. Flexi Art tips allows for expert and precision application. Waterproof formulation stays on for up to 24 hours, requiring very minimal touch ups. Expert tip: for a doe-eyed effect draw a thin line across center of the upper lash line. Do the same at the bottom lash line but make sure not to connect both lines to create an eye opening effect.