Cheek bones: all of of us have got them, but some of us need do so some heavy lifting with the makeup brushes to make ‘em visible. I’ve got the random collection of blushes, bronzers and highlighters that women can accumulate over time and I know just which ones — all different brands, in different compacts of course — work best for me. Napoleon Perdis’ Ultimate Contour Palette is a three-in-one palette that’s made packing up my makeup bag so much easier. Keep reading »
Highlighter is makeup that sounds like it was invented by the beauty industry just to sell you more crap that you don’t need. But at least for me, once I started using a highlighter from MAC, I wondered how I lived without it. Target’s new PixiGlow Fairy Dust Highlighter is a great new budget-friendly highlighter that I’ve been test-driving for almost two months and wholeheartedly endorse.
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Real talk: when it comes to shopping, a single, professional lady’s eyes are usually bigger than her stomach. I am not just referring to coveting $250 sandals that you really don’t need. I’m taking about the way we try to tackle huge style or beauty problems all at once. We watch too many chick flick movies growing up with “ugly-swan-to-princess” makeover scenes and get the idea — the wrong idea, that is — that kickass personal style, gorgeous hair or the perfect beauty routine for you will come at the snap of your fingers.
The reality, which is a lot less sexy, is that these things develop over time. Few of us have a bunch of Benjamins to blow on a whole new wardrobe all at once, or stock a whole makeup bag at the beauty counter. We acquire these things over time and usually there’s lots of trial and error involved.
I’ll leave developing a better style to the folks on “What Not To Wear.” (I love you, Clinton!) But one think I do know about is makeup and how, over time, you can develop your own Big Girl Makeup Bag. I’ve chosen five types of products and two price points — one around $25 or below, and one above $25 — depending on what fits in your budget for each product. Five paychecks from now, you’ll be looking fiiiiine, girl.
Highlighter is one of those makeup products that sounded kind of like BS to me, like lip gloss primer. Really? Do I really need this? Then a makeup artist at a MAC counter put some sparkly highlighter on me and — ta-da! — I had cheekbones for the first time in my life. As someone with very round features who suffered from the nickname Cabbage Patch Kid as a child, I can’t believe I went so long without illuminating the (few) angles in my face with a highlighter. I also wish I had started using highlighter years earlier to make my skin look more “alive” during winter months instead of slogging onward through cadaver-dom. So I am happy to report that Benefit Cosmetic’s Watt’s Up highlighter is quite pretty and is a bit more natural-looking than my sparkly MAC highlighter. Keep reading »