I recently started organizing my lip colors by season, and for good reason. Whether it’s odd or obvious, having a capsule collection of lip products by season makes it so much easier to pair with an outfit. I’ve ranked my favorite fall lipsticks, 8 tried and true shades that combine beautiful color and long-lasting hydration.
Time hasn’t been on my side this summer. And this heat wave has me moving. so. slow. Which is why I’m heavily relying on a quick and easy makeup routine. Forget foundation, forget eyeliner… heck, even eyeshadow. Let me tell you about my five-minute makeup routine. Less is more and it’s oh so sweet.
First and foremost—I never walk out my front door until I’ve applied moisturizer. Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer in Rosy Glow has a perfect pearly finish. Seriously, I would be OK if I didn’t bother with a tinted moisturizer.
Lately I haven’t been wearing eyeshadow but to help prevent oily lids I’ve been using my trusty Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen. For these hot summer August days, it’s been working.
While I’m actually on the hunt for a new mascara, I’ve been using Benefit They’re Real Mascara Tinted Lash Primer daily. I rely on this heavily when I do opt for mascara because it makes it so much easier to remove at night.
For that no makeup makeup look (and dewy skin) Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is my go-to… especially during this horrific humid weather. My skin can actually breathe while wearing this tinted moisturizer. Plus, no need for a brush or sponge to apply. I find that my fingertips work best.
I like accentuating my cheekbones and cupid’s bow so I use Clinique Sculpting Highlight and blend with my fingertips. It has a pretty sheen to it without looking sparkly.
There’s only one bronzer that I love and it’s The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder—this all-over matte bronzer gives my pale complexion just the right amount of color. I use a fluffy IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Airbrush Powder & Bronzer #1.
Finally, I’ve been wearing Glossier Generation G in Jam on my lips. I love this deep berry shade and it’s my favorite matte lipstick right now.
What are your essential products for your five-minute makeup routine?
Raise your makeup bag if you’ve been a loyalist to black eyeliner. I’m right there with you but I recently started using copper eyeliner and it’s truly made a difference in my look. Don’t get me wrong, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in jet black will always hold a special place in my purse—but certain shades can intensify your natural eye color and in my case, copper is one of them.
If you have blue, green or hazel eyes, contrasting shades like copper eyeliner will make your eye color truly pop. Whether you’re dotting just the inner corners or keeping a tight line, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite copper eyeliners:
I think every gal needs a trusty Kohl eye pencil in their makeup bag. Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Copper is my go-to for crafting a smoky eye. It’s dark enough to make my eyes pop without it being black.
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Spice works double duty as a classic pencil liner or a smudgy eye shadow. When I’m not in the mood to wear eyeshadow, I’ll swipe and blend with my finger across my lid for an easy and effortless look. Stila Got Inked Cushion Eyeliner in Copper Ink is recommended for tight lines and cat eyes. It’s a pigmented liquid eyeliner in a cushion soaked pot. Right now, this is marked down on Sephora for just $17. Just remember to use a thin, stiff brush for picture perfect results.
I was first exposed to NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia at a Nordstrom beauty trend event. I ended up buying this on a whim and I’m so glad I did. It’s easy to apply and long-wearing (but not so difficult to wipe away with makeup remover). Via Appia has just the right amount of shimmer and it glides on so easy. I’ve also discovered this waterproof eyeliner by Mally Beauty is eerily similar to my NARS pick (and slightly cheaper) so if you’re pinching your pennies, you’re in luck!
Do you have a favorite copper or another colored eyeliner not mentioned in this post? I’d love to get your thoughts or product recommendations! Leave a comment below.
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