if you want to fake a flawless face, chances are that you’ve got an army of concealer options in your arsenal, but the pencil might be one of the most practical choices – and chances are it’s missing from your makeup kit. i’ve recently discovered just how handy these little sticks can be and i’ve got two favorites, both under $20.
i love the way that these slightly chunky pencil points are the exact right size for making pimples vanish and i am even more delighted with how sticky the formulas are and how seamlessly they blend with my ring finger. i dot them on over my foundation to cover spots with speed and the best part about these is that they stay where you put them! (my biggest gripe when blending concealer is that i feel like i’m taking it off instead of blending it in – so annoying.) you can use them on around-the-nose redness and under eyes in a pinch, too. both are creamy, natural, and not heavy or greasy. they take up very little purse real estate and i’m kind of wondering where they’ve been all my life.
this: urban decay 24/7 concealer pencil, $19
that: l’oreal true match crayon concealer, $7.99
i have a soft spot for vintage-inspired sparkle and i’ve had my eye on these lulu frost stunners for the longest. my husband might have a heart attack if i spent $180 on a pair of earrings (that in all likelihood, i will be over by next season…i’m the most fickle of fashion lovers), so i could not be more thrilled by these gorgeous alternatives from mark. both styles offer a unique feathered shape with an art deco feel. they’re ornate and at the same time, timelessly elegant. one of each, please?
these: mark. good vintage earrings, $18
those: lulu frost demeter earrings, $180
ps – did you hear lisa salzer was at the ifb conference in nyc yesterday? she doled out a wealth of warm-hearted business advice, i think i developed the most serious of girl crushes. still not sure i can pull the trigger on those earrings, though :)
gilded eyeshadow will likely never go out of style and i’ve been lusting after the tufted look of laura mercier’s illuminating eye color for quite some time. these sephora look alikes popped up on the scene recently, and i’m having a hard time telling the difference. stunning in the compact, these pearls, golds, and bronzes dance somewhere between a baked, cream, and powder formula with excellent color pay off and a smooth, polished finish.
this: laura mercier illuminating eye color, $24
that: sephora collection outrageous prisma chrome metallic eyeshadow, $16
it’s been a bit since we talked about the red lip, and although it takes a certain dose of confidence to rock the look, there’s no better way to boost your mood. we soaked in a little red lip’spiration and searched far and wide for two bold, deep red shades to serve as the ultimate way to glam up your look this fall.
rouge d’armani comes at a higher price tag but literally lasts for hours (with impeccably saturated color), while kate moss’ creation is of surprisingly high quality for a drugstore find, with a creamy, moisturizing texture and smooth finish.
this: armani beauty rouge d’armani lipstick #400, $30
that: rimmel london lasting finish lipstick – kate moss collection 001, $4.64
which begs the question, what’s your favorite red lip of late?
metallic nails were all over the spring ’13 runways, but you don’t have to wait until next year to sport the trend. whether you prefer to dabble in an array of nontoxic shades a la priti polish or you choose to commit to one (or more!) full size bottles of essie’s new mirror metallics collection, the brands are bringing lots of options for you to experiment with. the one theme that rings clear is that shades from silver to gold, copper and even blue are all appropriate ways to add high shine to your fingertips.
this: priti heavy medal for london 2012 (olympic inspired kit) – on sale!
that: essie mirror metallics, five shades available
my brows are moody. i find that they need different things on different days. some mornings i can get by with a quick swipe of brow gel to tame a few unrulies and some mornings they are mostly well-behaved, but a few sparse spots need filling in. of course there are the days when they need both (little brats) and instead of stocking two brow products in my beauty bag, i save precious real estate with one of these brow duos. they each boast a tinted, soft-hold gel with spoolie brush and an angled waterproof pencil for definition – a bratty brow owner’s saving grace.
top: smashbox brow tech to go, $26
bottom: pixi beauty natural brow duo, $18
i love a blush and bronzer duo. my years as a beauty addict have taught me that going with a formula that has multiple tones can be super flattering to tricky skin tones since there’s often nothing better than a product that allows you to create a custom blend. i need a bit of bronzer to warm things up after putting on my daily dose of foundation, but for fair girls like me, the addition of a peach, coral, or rose to the bronze can add a brightening finishing touch. it pulls the whole look together and makes it look more natural. i’ve chosen two bang up options for anyone in the market for a blush and bronzer in one compact, regardless of your budget.
top: nyx cosmetics bronzer & blusher combo, $9
(a mostly matte finish, perfect for those fighting
blemishes or wrinkles which shimmer tends to amplify)
bottom: bobbi brown limited edition bronzer/blush duo, $36
(so stunning in pink peony and bahama brown)
on top: new! revlon just bitten kissable balm stain, available in 12 shades.
on bottom: clinique chubby stick moisturizing lip colour balm, available in 16 shades (inlcuding 6 brand new releases!)
on top: kate spade travel nail polish set includes
watermelon fingers, seafoam swirls, orange solar, and yellow cockatoos
on bottom: sonia kashuk ‘a powerful punch’ mini nail set includes
ooh la la, khaki shorts, making waves, and tutti frutti
ps – thank you for all of your votes this week! you can still vote today up until noon and we will know on monday if i’m in the competition for week three. you are all amazing and i can’t tell you how much i value your love and support :) have a fabulous weekend!
on left: forever21 pink hearts glitter nail polish, $2.80
on right: opi nothin’ mousie ’bout it, $8.50
(from the vintage minnie mouse collection available in june!)