Beauty And The Bride: Advice From The Editor Edition

This week we’re merging two of our columns, and I, your faithful editor, am going to reveal some of my absolute favorites from my makeup bag. It may not seem like that big of a deal, but if you knew how secretive I can be about the potions I use to fake a flawless visage, you’d know that this may only happen once (so it’s worth taking note).

Hopefully these little wonders are as good to you as they’ve been to me!

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Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer, $38.00

Like many, I was a serious devotee to Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer (we’re talking years of loyal use, girls). But, after I tried a sample of this more natural bronzer, I jumped ship. It’s not just the ingredients, this Tarte bronzer seems to have a more golden glow than Hoola (which can look a bit muddy) and contains enough subtle shimmer to work as a highlighter and really look down the whole sun-kissed thing. Plus, it’s long lasting, so you won’t have to worry about sweating it off mid-way through your wedding.

Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer, $64.00

Before you move on because of the high price tag or the fact that it’s a tinted moisturizer and not a foundation, let me tell you why this is so great. It doesn’t cause breakouts, doesn’t dry out skin and contains a gentle dose of SPF for days when you forget to slather on sunscreen. More importantly, it makes your face look both flawless and natural, which isn’t easy. Yes, it’s labeled a tinted moisturizer, but you can build up to medium foundation coverage, without starting to look like you obviously have something on. You don’t have to listen to me, though, there are rave reviews all over the internet (safety in the consensus of many, right?).

Korres Lip Glaze in Pomegranate, $18.50

When it comes to lip color, I’m generally about low maintenance (though I occasionally can’t resist a really great red lipstick—I’m looking at you, Chanel). When I started feeling like the lack of lip color in my balm was washing me out, I picked this up and now I use it daily. Unlike many lip glosses, it isn’t sticky, moisturizes incredibly well, and actually imparts a bit of lasting color (in this shade that means a vibrant color).

Korres Deep Colour Mascara, $23.50

I’m all for all-natural makeup (when it works as well as conventional), but the one area that I always try to opt for less chemicals is near the eye. So that means eyeliners and mascaras that don’t contain questionable ingredients that could migrate into my eyes, and, in my poor reasoning, my brain. This one never gets clumpy—does anyone actually like that spidery lash look?—and offers great length.

Nars Blush in Dolce Vita, $32.00

Do you have any makeup items that look so different in the packaging and on you that you can barely believe they’re the same product? That’s Dolce Vita for me. I tried it on for fun when I was in Paris and was amazed at how it balanced coral, pink and rosy red so perfectly. When I got it home and looked at the compact, I thought I’d picked up the wrong one, but as soon as I swiped it on again, there was that perfect colour.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil, $24.00

Of all the makeup looks I’d always wanted to master, the smoky eye sat at the top of the list for years. In magazines and on others, it looked sexy and smoldering. On me it looked messy and gothic. I finally found a great makeup artist to teach me, and I was shocked at how he achieved it. Instead of layering black and grey shadows, he smudged a healthy amount of this pencil in Wasteland onto my lid and in the crease, followed by another smear of the Lit colour part way up my brow. To finish, he blended the two together with a brush and lightly applied a little brown powder shadow to secure it. The end result was versatile enough to work day and night, and it’s what I did on my wedding day. And have done practically every day since.

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Eastend Snob, about $7

I know I already said I like low maintenance on my lips, but although this lip liner seems like the first step of a few, I generally wear it with just a little balm on top. It’s my version of a nude and basically mimics my own lip color but with a little oomph (unlike actual nude pencils which make me look like I’m ready for a starring role as a corpse on CSI-anything). It’s also great to use for filling in your entire lip before you apply a bright lipstick, keeping the more colorful layer from disappearing without affecting its shade.

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