Begin with a Healthy Base
The best makeup is the one you don’t have to wear. Create a healthy canvas and everything you add on top will magnify your natural beauty. To achieve a flawless face we recommend using a brightening exfoliator. Our fave is Skin & Co Sicilian Light Gommage ($29 at Henri Bendel) because it deeply exfoliates and regenerates the skin. The active ingredient boost collagen and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Look more youthful and radiant for less than the cost of one spinning class. You don’t need to be in a bathing suit for another 9 months, so what have you got to lose?
What Does the Cat Say?
Cats have more influence than just exciting lazy employees watching YouTube. Colored cat-eyes are the perfect way to add some flash to your lashline. We suggest creating the look with mark What A Line Eyeliner in Denim. Begin by drawing a thick line towards the inside of the eye. Draw the line along the lashline then use your finger or a q-tip to gently feather out the color towards the edge. This look is perfect for spicing up the office or après-work cocktails.
Pop Open that Merlot
The end of summer means saying bye-bye to vacations. Just because you won’t be heading off to Napa, doesn’t mean you have to break up with your favorite vineyard. Actually it’s the quite the opposite, break out the Merlot to inspire a full-bodied red wine lip color. Toss Alba Botanica TerraGlosses into your cosmetics case and reapply each time you order a glass of the season’s finest vino.
Naturally Seductive Kisser
If you’ve never been a fan of deep lip pigment, then stay true to your natural instincts. Instantly pump up your pucker adding a lip plumping agent to instantly add volume to your kisser. We love Kardashian Beauty Lip Plumping Shimmer Gloss because it works with your body to restore hydration and enhance your lips without the use of painful procedures. Plus it tastes like honey so your beau will get a delicious surprise when you kiss him hello.
Angular faces signal weight loss, maturity and sometimes, really bad plastic surgery. Achieve this look without going under the knife by enhancing your cheeks with a soft rouge to create definition in your complexion. Boost your natural features using a thick brush that creates a faded line while highlighting your cheeky side. We are smitten with CoverGirl Clean Glow Blush because it provides natural lightweight color that won’t clog pores. It’s perfect for transitional skin and offers a light but huey finish.
Become Your Own Makeup Artist
We know that A-listers travel with an entourage of experts to keep them looking flawless, so we were impressed when we found a pocket-sized palette that can be substituted for this glam squad. The Urban Decay NAKED Flushed is a versatile compact that contains a bronzer, highlighter and blush. It easiliy matches your other products and delivers fresh, radiant look no matter your skintone. The secret is in the light-diffusing shimmer and pearls that enhance the skin’s appearance, while the new micronized, jet-milled formula leaves a flawless finish with a silky texture.
Healthy-Hued Apple Cheeks
Create the illusion that you just spent the afternoon outside picking apples with Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush. This power product gives a sheer wash of playful color that is buildable but always natural. We heart it because it is has a gel formula that is the best of both worlds: feels light like powder blush, yet melts perfectly into skin like a cream blush. The result? An always-fresh flush.