Our summer makeup bags house only the toughest humidity defenders— think mattifying primers, cheek stains, and tubing mascara. MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Groundwork is sure to maintain its makeup bag real estate through Labor Day. The double-duty eye primer/eye shadow combo doesn’t budge: Not even a hot yoga class can make it crease (we’ve tried!). The taupey-nude creates a veil of subtle definition over our lids while the slightest hint of shimmer brings out the tiny flecks of color in our irises. Best of all, our 6PM touch-up ritual is no longer needed.
—By Cody Marick, Beauty Intern
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We’ve been suffering from major spring allergies here in New York City and our undereye area has taken a beating from the incessant itching and dryness. Our salvation in a tube is Estée Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator— the brightening cream/concealer hybrid is dispensed through a ceramic applicator that feels cool on contact, so it relieves itchy eye pain as it hydrates crepey skin, soothes irritation, minimizes puffiness with caffeine, and light diffusers make the eye area look refreshed. The slim, lightweight tube is easy to tote anywhere, so we blend it over makeup whenever we have the urge to rub our eyes or they’re looking particularly parched.
Tell us: What product do you use to combat allergy-ravaged eyes?
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A true testament to a product’s greatness is when it elicits compliments every time you wear it. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow is one of those rare specimens. We trace the pinky-beige gleamy pencil along our bottom lashline no matter what eye shadow, liner (or lack thereof) we’re wearing– it lends an ethereal brightness to tired eyes and distracts from dark shadows. Its eye area-awakening abilities trump all forms of caffeine and any eye cream we’ve ever used. People are constantly asking us what the magic liner is, and now the secret’s out.
Tell us: What beauty product always earns you compliments?
You can customize sneakers, frozen yogurt, kitchens—and now skincare: The new bespoke line Truth Art Beauty allows you to co-create your own natural skin products in three simple steps. Choose your base (for example, sea salt or brown sugar for a body scrub), boosters (like antioxidants or anti-aging ingredients) and essential oils (grapefruit, spearmint, orange, lavender, etc.), then your product is custom-blended, so you’re able to see what goes into it from start to finish. Our favorites: The Body Buff, infused with fresh coconut, super-rich Eye Balm (below) and silky, luxurious Body Salve (above).
Everyone has that eye shadow that they reach for day after day—you know, the one that’s guaranteed to make you look good. Ours? Philosophy Windows to the Soul Eye Palette in Box of Truffles. This quad of variations on brown has everything: A wearable bone base hue, neutral taupe that we wear as a wash, bronze that we like close to the lash line, and a chocolate that’s perfect as a smudgy powder liner. What’s your go-to shadow shade?
Due to the nature of our job—trying new products left and right—there are very few that we use day in and day out. The exception? Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick, a twist-up creamy shadow/liner that glides on for an understated smudgy lined look or builds into an easy smoky eye in an instant. We wear the Saddle Shimmer shade, a slightly glimmery bronze, on our lower lashline every single day. It brightens our eyes, makes us look awake and complements whatever we wear on our lids. What’s your go-to shadow or liner?
Could all the beauty products you need be packed into three little sticks? If you ask model and former makeup artist Cindy Joseph, the answer is yes. Her line, Boom! by Cindy Joseph, consists of just three pocket-sized twist-up sticks, perfect for tossing in your gym bag and dabbing on-the-go:
- Boomstick Glo (below, right): A hydrating olive oil and beeswax balm formulated by Cindy’s beekeeper friend in Hawaii that can be used on cuticles, lips or face. This one has earned a spot in my (very-crowded) purse!
- Boomstick Color (below, middle): A berry hue for lips, cheeks and eyes that flatters all skin tones—it’s based on a shade she mixed at photo shoots and used on the full spectrum of celebs and models, from Uma Thurman to Naomi Campbell.
- Boomstick Glimmer (below, left): A subtle shimmer highlighter that can be used to accentuate cheekbones, brighten up the inner corners of eyes or layer on lips for a more dressed-up look.
Talk about a streamlined routine! What beauty essentials do you tote every day?