We've asked our experts to answer your most urgent makeup questions. Hear all they have to say below:
Q: What should I keep in my makeup bag?
A: Essentials only. That way, itll be easy to remember your exact routine. And while the pros may give you a laundry list of what your essentials should be, this can definitely vary from person to person. If youre no-fuss, then powder, blush, and lipstick may be enough for you to feel put together.
I require a tad more: I put on a pea-size amount of primer, which makes my tinted moisturizer easy to spread. I brush a concealer-highlighter, like Yves Saint Laurents famous Touch éclat, all around my eyes, and then dot on a tiny bit of concealer under each. To complete my eyes, I put on a neutral shadow, curl my lashes, swipe on mascara, and line my inner lower rims. (Most makeup artists say this last step makes eyes look smaller, but for me, it balances out my thick brows.) I swirl on blush and dust on bronzer where the sun would normally add color (across the cheekbones, forehead, and the bridge of the nose). I usually just wear balm or a neutral lipstick, since by mid-morning the color ends up on my coffee cup.
Whatever your essentials, the key is to look natural, not overdone. (No one would ever guess my makeup routine takes 11 steps!)
Q: Are there any tricks to selecting a sheer lipstick?
A: It sounds obvious, but start by looking for the word sheer in the name or on the label. While a full-coverage lipstick hides your own lip color, a sheer one lets that natural hue show through a bit, and because the colors of sheer lipsticks are softer and subtler, they dont require as much precision to apply. You can even go a little bit brighter than you normally would.
Colored balms, if they have enough of a color boost, are similar to sheer lipsticks, and may be easier to find. If youd like to give yourself a little tutorial, go to a Lancôme counter and swipe Lancôme LAbsolu Rouge, a full-coverage lipstick, and Lancôme LAbsolu Nu, the sheer version, side by side on your hands. Youll see the difference right away.
Q: Whats the difference between a lengthening and a volumizing mascara?
A: Two factors impact the effectiveness of mascara: the formula and the brush. A volumizing mascara has a thicker consistency and a fatter brush, designed to swipe the maximum amount of product onto each lash. It sounds good, but too much product can lead to clumping, especially if, like me, you have lashes that tend to overlap and clump anyway. A lengthening mascara, on the other hand, has a leaner brush, designed to separate lashes.
If you cant decide which to use, do what makeup artists do and layer a volumizing formula over a lengthening one.
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