I covered all my favorite skin care products in Best Of Beauty 2010: Part 1 and now it is time to move on to makeup. I have always believed that you should have fun with makeup, don’t be afraid to experiment with new colors, trends and products.
Makeup is one of the true joys we can experience as women. I once read a quote from a makeup artist who said, “It is better to be remembered as the person who always wears red lipstick than the person no one remembers because they try to blend in and look bland.”
My favorite makeup brands and a few of my tried and true colors that always work. Just a side note: I am fair skinned with blonde hair and blue eyes, so not all the colors I list may work on you.
Powder/Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, I have used this since high school, it provides great, natural looking coverage without looking cakey or powdery. I have tried many foundations and powders and always go back to this.
Blush: Bobbi Brown Blush in Sand Pink, a soft, light-weight powder that gives my cheeks a pink glow.
Bronzer: Benefit 10, this bronzing and highlighting face powder duo is just perfect for adding a little color to fair skin.
Eyeshadow: tie between Josie Maran Eyeshadow and Bare Escentuals eyeshadow, I have sensitive eyelids and these are the only two brands that do not irritate my skin. Lucky for me they are both amazing products, providing a wide range of colors and staying power. Josie Maran favorite colors: Pewter and Beach and Bare Minerals favorite colors: Drama, Disco and Night Owl. I also loved Bobbi Brown eyeshadows before they irritated my eyes, the best selection of everyday colors.
Mascara: Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara, this is one area where I have tried a serious amount of mascaras, never quite finding one I loved until I received this one as a free sample. It is beyond amazing, gives me extra long full lashes with 15 hour wear with no smudges. It looks just applied after a long day in the barn working and bathing horses.
Eyeliner: tie between Estee Lauder Artist’s Eye Pencil and L’Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Eyeliner, the eye pencil goes on smooth and smudges beautifully for everyday wear and the liquid liner is dramatic and intense for special occasions.
Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment, gives lips a plummy glow while protecting and moisturizing.
Lipgloss: L’Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss, smooth and creamy with amazing 6 hour staying power.
Lipstick: tie between MAC Lipstick and Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Cream, I love, love lipstick and try so many colors and brands but my favorites always tend to come from MAC and Chanel. They both provide great coverage and staying power while also keeping my lips soft and natural looking. Favorite MAC colors: O and Russian Red and Favorite Chanel Colors: Mademoiselle and Rivoli.
Perfume: tie between Balenciaga and Givenchy Very Irresistible, every time I wear violet scented Balenciaga I get compliments, like seriously daily compliments on how good I smell which is kind of weird but nice. Givenchy Irresistible is a rose infused fresh floral with a hint of powder, sexy and lingering.
Makeup Brushes: tie between Bobbi Brown and Bare Escentuals, both make high-quality brushes that get the job done.
What are your favorite makeup brands and colors?