I could feel her stare from three seats away and knew I was busted. Mom could tell I was wearing makeup—unapproved makeup. The year was 1990, and I’m pretty darn sure I was dressed in stonewashed denim and a baby blue turtleneck. Because it was, after all, 1990.
Mom sold makeup for a few of my elementary school years, so I always had access to her samples. She let me play to my heart’s content, provided I washed it off before going anywhere. Makeup before age 12 was only approved for certain portraits and plays. Period. But that didn’t mean I played by those rules.
It cracks me up that I spent so much time on makeup as a tween and teen, and now I want to create the perfect look in five minutes flat. While I don’t time myself, it’s pretty close. And, thanks to these five products, once my face is on for the day, it’s on. Very rarely is any touch-up required.
So let’s walk through my five faves, shall we?
I begin with this because my primer is a little…powdery, and I want my eyeshadow to have a perfect base. The UD primer has a doe-foot applicator, so it’s easy to get the angle right while applying it to the fragile skin around your eyes.
Working with this base, I’ve found that I can use cheap to mid-grade eyeshadow with good results. I usually use Avon, simply because it lasts f-o-r-e-v-e-r. As in, I use the same makeup every day and this has been in my bag for almost two years. (Don’t judge. I wash my brushes.)
Yes, you read that right. And no, I do not suffer from chafing. But you know all that high-priced primer you’ve been using? It’s unnecessary, especially if you follow up with item number four on our list.
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To apply the primer, simply squeeze a pea-sized amount onto your fingertips and gently apply to the entire facial area, avoiding the eyes. The purpose of a good primer is to create a flawless base to work with (read: no wrinkles, bumps, or blemishes), so you don’t want too much. The end result feels so smooth, you might find yourself applying this to your hands, as well.
In the past, I’ve experienced severe breakouts while using other primers. This has never happened while using Monistat. Sure, my skin still breaks out—it’s breakout prone. But Monistat doesn’t appear to clog pores.
From here, I apply all my makeup except my lipcolor. While this post isn’t about makeup application per se, I do want to share my all-time favorite eyeliner, which is…
Last Thursday I ran out of this product, and can you say panic? Ulta is not exactly a kid-friendly store, especially when you parent a high-energy child. I quickly determined that I’d leave for work early Friday afternoon and stock up while childless. (Thanks, Babe!)
The first few times I used this spray, my skin felt a little tight. But these days I don’t even notice, and my makeup stays on. Seriously. I don’t nap very often, but when I do, I’m ready to go after dealing with bedhead. My makeup goes on around 7am and it’s still perfect at 8pm. And if it’s a work night, it does its job and lasts until 11 or so.
Oh, and one caveat: make sure your mascara is dry before spraying your face. 😉
For years I’ve sought out the perfect lip color that would stand the test of my day. I drink a lot of coffee, a lot of water, and when I’m thinking I put my fingers on my lips. But this stuff stays put!
Like all long-lasting lip color, Colorstay does feel a bit dry, but not in the terrible way we’ve grown accustomed to. I usually dab on chapstick before applying, and I’m comfortable with the texture.
There you have it: five fabulous products to help you look your best.
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
- Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel
- Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
- Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
- Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick
Everything except the Monistat is available at Ulta, but you can certainly find all of them on Amazon, as well. However, the links I’ve provided are for the best prices I found online.
So tell us–what’s your favorite makeup product or technique?