Beauty

The New Classics

When it comes to makeup, I’m not the most experimental person on the planet. I have my moments – like, say, when a babysitter arrives early and I can actually sift through my makeup bag as opposed to grab at things on autopilot. And sure, once in awhile I’ll break out a silver liquid eyeliner or some neon eyeshadow…but mostly (like most women), I’ve got my routine, and tend to order the same products over and over and over.

They are these:

  • MAC Studio Fix Powder-Plus-Foundation. I have used this product to even my skin tone (no need for concealer or foundation or anything else) for YEARS. I have no idea whether it’s because it’s great or because I know my color (C3) and just reordering it online whenever I run out means I don’t have to stand in a department store being swabbed by a makeup artist insisting that my undertones are chartreuse. I don’t care what my undertones are. I just want my Studio Fix, ‘kay?
  • Sephora Liquid Eyeliner. I started buying this product because it had the exact kind of brush I like (super thin and flexible) and because it was about nine bucks at the time. Spoiler: it is no longer nine bucks. But I still buy it and use it every day.
  • Lip Balm. I’ve been on a no-lipstick kick for…I dunno, maybe a couple of years now? I don’t really care what kind of lip balm I use (although this one is my favorite), so long as I always have some close by, because OY do my lips get dry fast.

Other products I use every single day (or at least every single day I put on makeup, which, as it turns out, is no longer every single day): brown eyebrow powder, a NARS eyeshadow palette, and mascara (if I don’t have eyelash extensions at the moment).

But I’m getting a little bored with myself, and would like to add a couple of new elements to my use-everyday beauty arsenal.

nars velvet matte lip pencil in belle de jour

Enter: My New Classics.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Cream. I learned about this stuff from Francesca, and it is HEAVEN. Every single time I put it on my son goes, “Mom, I want a cupcake.” Because guess who smells like a cupcake? ME. But not the super-sweet supermarket kind; the expensive and decadent kind. And smelling like an expensive and decadent baked good cannot be a bad thing.

 NARS Kohliner. Since we’re headed into the fall, I feel like smoking up my eyes a little bit more, and this pencil is a super-versatile pick: you can smudge it on, draw a fine line, make it bold or subtle…whatever.

Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in Pinkalicious. I found a bottle of this for 99 cents in the discount section of my local Rite Aid, bought it to give the kids manicures at my daughter’s birthday party, and ended up becoming completely obsessed with it myself. It’s bright pink that’s not too bubblegum and not too neon and instantly brightens your skin and oh yes: it’s cheap.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (pictured above) in Belle De Jour. Every time I put on lipstick, I’m all, “Oh. I look better.” And then I forget to put on lipstick the next day. This one is a perfect nude that makes my lips almost match my skin, and that I think will look super chic with a cozy fall sweater.

Any products you’ve recently discovered that you’re super into at the moment? I’m in the mood for some more fun new finds.

  • Samantha Brewster-Owens

    Hah, I’m the same with the MAC Studio Fix Powder! It was the first full face product I ever bought when I started wearing make up in high school, and ten years later I just can’t figure out how to use anything else/ everything else gives me serious rashes. If I want it matte, I dust on and go. If I want a little dewy-er look, I spritz a little mario badescu or caudalie spray over it and bada-bing!