Here are some recent discoveries that have worked their way into my routine this fall:
I’m ecstatic about Chantecaille’s Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 (the sunblock ingredient is titanium dioxide, a physical blocker, and the kind I prefer). For anyone like me in search of the perfect “no makeup” makeup, this is the closest I’ve come. It’s lean but effective. It evens out skin tone beautifully and has a nearly imperceptible sheen to it. Enough to add radiance, not enough to make you look shiny.
This concealer pen brightens my dark circles and conceals my lines and blemishes; it’s a magic wand. The texture is more fluid and moisturizing than some of its well-known competitors (like the concealers from Nars and Cle de Peau). Concealer that is too heavy or cakey can actually make you look older but Terry De Gunzberg’s line is all about youth. Touche Veloutée is a great choice for those new to the concealer genre.
I recall one time in 10th grade sporting a hot pink MAC eye shadow to school and being asked by a classmate if I had pink eye. I actually think he was being sincere. I shunned all pink eyeshadow after that – a decision I am only now revisiting. I had the opportunity recently to sit down with a Kevyn Aucoin makeup artist who showed me a few things. Among them, she persuaded me to let her apply the Loose Shimmer Shadow in Candlelight on my eyes. She placed a matte brown shadow all over the lid, and then layered the highlighting rose gold shimmer shadow on top, but just on an imaginable center lane down my lid. This technique makes the eye look bigger. (Beyonce’s makeup artist demonstrates the same approach here using much bolder colors). I instantly loved the brightening effect of the warm, dazzling hue. A nice detail: this clever little gadget is designed with a roller ball tip which eliminates all mess and the need for a brush.
Charlotte Tillbury’s whole makeup line is fantastic and fun to explore, but this contour/highlighter duo is the item to write home about. The highlighter creates a candlelit glow when applied to the cheekbone, browbone, cupid’s bow and down the center of the nose. The bronze powder contours and lifts the cheekbone when applied to the hollow of your cheek (Charlotte’s instructions: “Suck in cheeks, follow the hollows!”). I’m fair-skinned so anything too beach-bronzed tends to look ridiculous on me, especially in fall or winter. But these shades are totally fair-skinned minded, a benefit of a red-headed Brit being the creator. Packaging addicts will love the gold compact, inspired by a 1920’s cigarette case.
You name it, this brush does it: blend, contour, sculpt, diffuse, define, highlight. The strawberry shape of the cluster of goat bristles gives you the ability to use the tip for precision or the fluffy sides for broader, softer applications. It’s an industry favorite for good reason: it really does all the work for you.
The Surrat Smoky Eye Baton is a fun little indulgence. It’s a clutch-size stick with a non-waterproof, creamy liner on one end and a shimmery shadow with applicator on the other. When layered, they smolder. The dark colors are quite sexy (I have the navy) but the taupe (called “cendres” ) would be an excellent color for daytime, not to mention an efficient 2-in-1 for on-the-go application.