Friday, September 11, 2015

Top Five Must-Have Makeup Products

As a makeup artist and certified addict, some days it's hard to resist putting all of the makeup in the world on my face. But over the years, I've developed the philosophy that when it comes to makeup, a little goes a long way, as quality makeup should. I strongly believe that the makeup we use on a daily basis should enhance, not mask, the natural beauty we already possess.  Plus, cake face isn't a good look for anyone, unless you're a clown or a fabulous drag queen, in which case, you do you girl.

The following five makeup products are my personal must-haves, but I would highly recommend every woman incorporate some, if not all of these items into their daily routine. These makeup staples are versatile, easily accessible and affordable, but most importantly, they really go that extra mile in creating a natural, yet polished look in minutes. I always find myself reaching for these products no matter what I'm getting ready for, whether it's the gym, a grocery store run, or a night out.

1. Brow gel

I love me a bold, defined brow. But sometimes I don't have time to sit there and carve them out, and in some cases, dramatic brows can be overkill, like at the gym, where they'll more than likely sweat off your face. On the days I want a subdued, yet defined brow, I'll reach for a brow gel. I'd suggest a clear brow gel if you're just looking to tame your brow hairs and give them a bit of shape, but I like Benefit's Gimme Brow because it's tinted, so it shapes and fills at the same time. The applicator is a tiny mascara-like wand that you just run through your brow hairs and voila  natural, defined brows in literally seconds.

2. Concealer

Concealer made the list because it's so versatile; it can be used to color correct, blur blemishes, brighten dark circles, correct makeup blunders  the list goes on and on! Concealer is essentially a colored cream, so it can be used like a foundation, too. In fact, I sometimes skip the foundation altogether and use concealer only where I need to even out skin tone because it's quicker and I achieve the same results.

Concealer is also great for correcting and/or defining the brows and the lips, and it's an absolute godsend for sharpening winged liner. My favorite concealer is Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind because it has great coverage, and while it may seem a bit thick when first applied, it dries to a smooth finish and doesn't crease or cake up throughout the day. Note: I use a damp beauty blender to blend my concealer out.

3. Eyelash curler

Curling your eyelashes takes seconds and it really opens up the eyes. If you're pressed for time and can't throw on a coat of mascara, just curling your lashes will instantly help you look more awake.

4. Blush

If you're applying foundation and/or concealer, chances are you're probably applying all one color and therefore covering up the natural flush in your cheeks. Blush will help put radiance and warmth back into the face. When choosing a color for a natural look, make sure you're choosing one that coincides with your skin level (light to dark) and skin tone (warm, neutral, or cool). My current go-to blush is Milani's Baked Blush in Luminoso, which can be found at your local drugstore.

5. Lip balm

We all know how important it is to moisturize the skin on our faces, but we tend to forget about the lips. Just like the skin on your face, your lips need the occasional exfoliation to slough off dead skin and also moisture. (I highly recommend a lip balm with SPF protection, too, like this one.) Using a lip balm will keep your lips moisturized, and it also acts as a primer by smoothing your lips for lipstick application. If you're using a liquid lipstick that is matte and drying on the lips, for example, applying lip balm beforehand is key.

Tip: Give your lip balm enough time to penetrate and really absorb into the lips before applying your lipstick. Otherwise, all of the moisture will just sit on top of the lips and ultimately alter the finish of the lipstick. If necessary, dab your lips with a paper towel or non-fibrous tissue before applying lipstick to remove any excess moisture.
What are some of your must-have makeup products? Let me know by leaving a comment!

xo  Sc
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  2. Hey Sarah,

    My current must-have is 'Garnier anti-dark circle eye roller'. I wouldn't say it instantly hides my dark circles, but I do feel it softens them. I'm open to trying other products if you have any recommendations.

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    1. Hey Michelle! Thanks for the comment.

      I'd suggest trying the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind as it claims to be a dark circle eraser as well, but I can't speak to its ability in that regard because I don't have dark circles (I know, you hate me).

      If you notice heavy discoloration under the eyes (typically I see blue or green in clients) I would try a color correcting concealer first to neutralize the color and then go over it with your skin-tone concealer. NYX Cosmetics has a good color correcting palette at a nice price point, and it has a variety of colors, including a salmon-y color to cancel out blue, yellow to conceal purple/dark red tones, green to combat redness, purple to correct yellow in the skin, and two skin-tone options as well (light and dark).

      Let me know if you have any questions!

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    2. Thanks! Once my one runs out, I will give Maybelline Instant Age Rewind a try.

      Do you do private consultations? I feel I am using the wrong color foundations/blush for my skin and would love to try something else to brighten it up.

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    3. Yes, absolutely! Let's touch base at TKD and set up a date and time.

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