I stumbled across this eye makeup gem while perusing how-to makeup YouTube videos. No matter who I was watching, from young girls to seasoned pros, nearly everyone seemed to be using this shadow primer, so I had to try it. I did, and I haven’t stopped using it since. It sounds dramatic to say that the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden ($20, urbandecay.com) can change your life but it comes pretty darn close! It transforms any shadow into a super long-wear, totally crease-free color. I put it on in the morning—yes, it’s an extra, but worth it, step—and my makeup doesn’t budge all day. I tap it on my lids and up to the brow bone until I feel it dry down to a matte finish then I layer over my regular eye shadow. I’ve even started using it under my eyes as well to help hold my concealer in place.
Neutrogena celebrity makeup artist Amy Oresman helps stars like Molly Sims, Zoe Saldana and Bridget Moynihan stun on the red carpet. We asked her to share insider secrets so you’ll be party-ready for any occasion this holiday season.
Go Back to Basics
“Create an everyday look that works for you. You need foundation, blush or bronzer, eyeliner, mascara and a lip color. These are what you put on everyday and just go. For a nighttime look, you just add more of your daytime basics. Many women mistakenly believe they need two sets of makeup and two different looks for day and night. You don’t; you just need to take your signature look and boost it a bit. One of my favorite products to add to my basics is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($13, neutrogena.com). It’s one of the best primers I’ve used. It goes under your foundation but it also works as a highlighter. I use on top of makeup all the time. It has optical diffusers, so I love it as a highlight under the brow. I’ll even dab it right over shadow on the lid. It gives that beautiful glow without any shine.”
Think Subtle Sparkle
“Women are especially drawn to glitter during the holidays, but you only want to use it as a liner, not as eye shadow. It should never be on your lid. Just use it over your black liner for that accent of glitter. You could pick a gold, you could pick a green, but it should always be a whisper. If it’s anything more than a whisper it looks costume-y. It should never be your focal point. Obviously, if you look like your Christmas tree, you’ve gone wrong!”
Pump Up One Feature
“Do all your beauty basics, then add your accessory piece. That could be a winged liner that could be glitter or that could be a red lip. There are a lot of fun elements to try. I think women always want to feel classy and elegant but they want to have that moment of trend, but yet they don’t want to be trendy. So for me, if you stick to the beauty basics and add an accent like a bright lip, you always look put together. It lets you save a lot of money, too because you just add that one extra piece that you like.”
“One of the best things you can pack in a clutch is the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm ($9, neutrogena.com) because you can use it as your blush and your lipstick and it’s tiny! I’m really about double duty beauty. Swipe it on the apples of your cheeks and blend in with your fingers and then use it on your lips. And, of course, pack mascara. I don’t pack powder; there’s a bathroom everywhere you go, so you can blot yourself in the bathroom. Tissue is a great blotter. Plus, if you’re wearing a primer, you don’t’ need to continually put powder on your face. That’s another one of the biggest mistakes women make. Powder is not really your best friend.”
Thanks to three of my favorite things — red wine, beer, and coffee — my teeth haven’t been as pearly white as usual. But I don’t have the patience for whitening strips, so I opted for GoSmile…their little ampoules are about the size of a pencil eraser and I loved pretending I was “erasing” the stains from my teeth!
Within just a few days (seriously, like, three days) I already felt more prepared to face the photographer at a wedding I was attending. Even better: GoSmile has toothpaste to keep my teeth white and “touch-up” ampoules that I can use for immediately after I indulge in a glass of Malbec.
Cheers to a brighter, whiter holiday season!
Makeup artist Bobbi Brown (one of my inspirations!) recently teamed up with KIND Healthy Snacks to create the company’s first Snack & Give Back campaign to help you look and feel beautiful from the inside out this holiday season. How it works: you can purchase Bobbi Brown’s limited edition Eat Pretty Powerful Cube featuring her four favorite KIND bars: Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, Cashew & Ginger Spice, Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan and Madagascar Vanilla Almond (they make the perfect snacks and gifts!). A portion of the cube’s proceeds goes toward the Broome Street Academy—a public charter high school that prepares New York City’s most vulnerable young people to graduate with Regents diplomas—a school close to Brown’s heart and one she chose for this program. KIND will also make a $10,000 donation to the academy to help fund a new KIND Kitchen.
KIND is also offering snack cubes curated by Arianna Huffington from the Huffington Post to support the Committee to Protect Journalists and Grace Potter from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The limited edition cubes are available for $42.95 on www.kindsnacks.com.