Friday, November 13, 2009

Everyday Look- Makeup Basics

Putting on makeup everyday can be tedious and time consuming but sometimes necessary. So, we put together this list of products that are quick and easy to apply. We suggest keeping everyday makeup neutral but still enhancing your skin tone and features. This doesn't mean you can't have some fun though! Take one aspect of your face to play up each day using the new hottest trends (dark purple lips, fully lined eyes..etc). Here are some products that we own and use everyday.

For foundation we suggest a powder foundation for a nice matte look. Powder foundation is great because it keeps facial oils at bay and adds a light coverage. The Chanel Double Perfection Natural Matte Powder Foundation is our personal favorite product. It comes in an array of shades and you can go a shade down to create a tanned look. This foundation is highly pigmented so it doesn't' give a gray dusty layer. It's velvety and can be applied with an included sponge for heavy coverage or your own brush.

Double Perfection Powder Foundation (

For blush we suggest a tanned pink look. Lancome has a great matte and natural color blush line. Lancome's Blush Subtil in Rose Romantique is a great option for natural looking blush. This product has a velvet consistency with amazing pigments. The color lasts for a long time so touch ups are hardly necessary. This blush comes neatly packaged in mirrored black compact with a small brush included. The brush is great for when you have to apply it on the go or for travel. We suggest a large blush brush if you are at home though. (Color not shown below)

Lancome Blush Subtil (

For eyes we suggest loose powder kohl eyeliner. The application process does take some getting used to but once you've learned how to do it you'll find your morning routine will go a lot faster. Powder kohl eyeliner is traditionally used in the middle east and India to create perfectly lined eyes. Guerlain makes an amazing kohl eyeliner called Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner. This liner is a soft, fine and highly pigmented colored powder that is applied to the eyes using a sweeping method (click HERE to see a video explanation). The application doesn't hurt at all and it takes like 2 seconds! It comes in black, brown and blue. If you have pale skin we suggest the brown but if you have olive skin or darker the black is beautiful. This product is sold at Sephora or at department stores. For a drugstore option try L'oreal Hip Kohl Eyeliner in black or brown.

Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner (www.
L'Oreal HiP high intensity pigments Kohl Eyeliner (www.

Lip gloss is a staple in a girls makeup bag. Many companies make lip gloss that has moisturizing properties so it's good for your lips and doesn't dry them out. We suggest Lancome Juicy Tubes for a natural shine with subtle color. They moisturize your lips and dress them up at the same time. Try in the Fruity Pop shade for a light pink and champagne colored shine. Or try L'Oreal Colour Juice Lipgloss in Berry Burst for a simular shade for a drugstore price! (Colors not shown below).

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L'Oreal Colour Juice Lipgloss (www. L'

Mascara is another essential for everyday makeup. We suggest the Exceptionnel De Chanel Noir Obscur mascara. This mascara is applied using a double twisting method (instructions are included). It really lengthens lashes and thickens them without any clumping. It also has a great shiny black color that doesn't fade all day long. The best thing about this mascara is that you don't need it to be waterproof because it doesn't flake or smear even in hot heat. Because it's not waterproof it is easy to remove. A drugstore option is the Colossal Volum' Express Mascara by Maybelline. It doesn't clump if it is layered on when still wet and provides length and thickness.

Exceptionnel De Chanel Noir Obscur mascara (

Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara (www.

There you go! With these products you will be beautifully enhanced each morning!

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