3, 2, 1… DONE: Your Guide To The Quickest Mid-day Touch-up

Sometimes it feels like I barely have a second to breathe in the middle of the day. If I’m at school, I’m drowning in books and papers in between classes. If I’m at work, I’m glued to my computer, in a meeting, or drowning in beauty products (which is not a bad thing.) When I barely have enough time to get a much needed iced coffee, it’s sometimes hard to find enough time to touch up my makeup during the day, which is also much needed. Sometimes during a bathroom break I look in the mirror and see my makeup is melting off my face. You don’t have to pick between eating lunch and ensuring you’re looking and feeling your best if you stash these products in your bag and quickly use them to refresh your look.

The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain, The Body Shop, $14

I’ve been using this magic potion for years. I originally purchased it years ago because my lip color kept coming off on my boyfriend’s face! Haha. This color is rosier and a little more blue based than Benefit’s Benetint. I also like the gel formula better than Benetint’s liquid formula. I find this stain to be longer lasting and downright beautiful on lips and cheeks. One swipe on your lips, one tap on each cheek. Perfect.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, drugstores, $17

Look instantly luminous with a few tap, taps of this cushion makeup. Swipe it on under your eyes, accross your forehead, down your nose, and on your chin for an instantly luminous foundation refresh. Say aaahhh. (Hey oily girls – you can wear this too!)

Urban Decay Deslick Pressed Powder, Sephora, $32

A third of a hundred bucks for a non-colored pressed powder? Yeah, it’s pricey. But it’s so worth it. I first got this powder to bring with my on my trip to Italy last summer. It was hot and I was taking so many photos outside. That normally equals being a shiny mess in photos, but with Deslick stashed in my purse, my skin looked surprisingly fresh. It’s never cakey and never looks like you just put powder on your face, which is what I love about it. A little bit goes a long way and this compact will last quite a long time. Yep, you need this. Swirl your brush into the compact and glide it over your oily parts – sides of your nose, bridge of your nose, chin, and forehead.

Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Pointed Foundation Brush No. 121, Target, $13

I love this brush for quick touchups. The dense and angled bristles are fantastic for tapping both the Lumi Cushion and Deslick into your skin.  You can seriously use this versatile brush for everything from blending contour products to applying concealer.

What do you do during the day to freshen up your makeup?


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Closeup: Makeup for the Selfie Generation

Do you read the NY Times? Today in the style section, an article entitled “Makeup for the Selfie Generation” was published. I love reading about makeup and cosmetics in the news, especially the times. For those who haven’t read it, the article discusses this trend of HD makeup and makeup created specifically with your iPhone camera in mind.

With New York Fashion Week finishing up, it makes sense why camera-ready makeup is being talked about. The models were constantly being photographed, and not only does their wardrobe have to be perfect, but their hair and makeup does too, and not just in natural light. As we all know, our foundation could look flawless in our dimly lit bedrooms, and when we step outside, it looks melty, too warm, too cold, or too sparkly. Companies are now testing their products not only in different lighting, but through different camera lenses.

What is HD makeup anyway? According to WebMD, (yep, WebMD apparently has makeup tips!) HD makeup covers blemishes, cover up imperfections, and contain either mica, silicone, crystals, or quartz that reflect light and make the product really flattering in the camera’s lens. HD foundations usually have a demi-matte finish, but are also somewhat hydrating as to not make your makeup cakey or flaky. I like NYX High Definition Foundation, but Make Up Forever also has a very well liked one and powders to match.

As Rubin says in her article, warm tones aren’t always the most flattering, especially when it comes to your makeup, photographed. To sculpt my face for photos, I look for a gray-brown shade that looks like a true shadow. I use Smashbox Contour Kit (exclusive to Smashbox.com and Sephora) because the colors are beyond gorgeous. The shades (contour, bronze, and highlight) work so well together and look natural on the face. The highlighting shade also lacks shimmer so I don’t look shiny in pics.

Image from Pinterest.

How about for your lips or eyes? For lips, I find that matte crayons and lipsticks look best in pictures. This prevents too much light from bouncing off the product and making your face look shiny in its path. MAC matte lipsticks are great and look oh-so flattering in photos. I love wearing a bold, neutral red lip in pictures. Try MAC Ruby Woo. Ruby Woo-hoo! 😉 For eyes, keep the shimmer at a minimum. Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes are wonderful for photos due to the lack of shine.



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