FotD:Job Interview Makeup

*Photos coming soon!*

Yesterday, I had a job interview at a majorly cool restaurant in my city. I love the young, cool energy of the place, so I wanted to look fresh and natural. I relied on a lot of my favorite products to help give me a professional look (and most of them are from the drugstore).
While I love makeup, hair is something I’m less apt at. Since I applied for a position in the kitchen, I decided to pull my hair back into a simple, sleek top knot. I’m so nervous and excited for this job, so putting in effort to my appearance gave me an extra boost of confidence and one less thing to worry about during the interview.
What are your favorite safe for work products?

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Model Monday: Coco Rocha

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Coco Rocha is easily my favorite fashion model. She’s so beautiful, poses like a queen, and can sell any garment or product. But what I also love about Coco is her infectious spirit and hint of rebelliousness–she’s no stranger to a gorgeous purple lip or super winged out eyeliner. 
The Canadian beauty began her career in 2004. Since, she has appeared on the cover of Vogue, as well as five international editions, plus W, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. She’s done ad campaigns for Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Lanvin, Longchamp, and Zac Posen, to name a few. She’s walked the runway for top designers, such as Jean Paul Gautier, Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, Matthew Williamson, Carolina Herrera, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Chanel, and Versace.
She’s also crossed over a bit into TV, appearing on Project Runway modeling a contestant’s design as a challenge winning prize, assisting the models on America’s Next Top Model with a posing challenging, and mentoring a team of aspiring models alongside Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova on season 1 of The Face.
So naturally, someone with that much star power has landed a few beauty campaigns as well! Coco has done beauty modelling for luxury makeup line Yves Saint Laurent as well as budget friendly drugstore brand Rimmel.

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Coco has kept her laid back attitude despite massive fame, even doing her own makeup for several red carpet events. Being a model, she’s picked up tons of tricks from pro makeup artists like Pat McGrath and integrates them with her unique aesthetic. And to top it off, she has no problem sporting makeup from the drugstore. So what are some beauty products Coco loves? Here’s a few:

  • Smashbox Eyeshadow in Oyster
  • Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation
  • L’Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle Foundation
  • Maybelline Great Lash Curved Brush Washable Mascara
  • MAC Technakohl Eyeliner
  • Lancome Effacil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
  • Lubriderm Daily Moisture Moisturizing Lotion
  • Dove White Beauty Bar Soap
You can score Smashbox, MAC, and Lancome from any department store, and every local drugstore can satisfy your Maybelline, L’Oreal, Lubriderm, and Dove needs.
Sadly, I couldn’t find out the exact brand or shade of fabulous purple lipstick Coco loves to sport. But if you want a similar look, MAC Heroine, or limited edition Lavender Whip should get the job done. For a cheaper option, many have raved about Cover Girl Divine.

What do you think of Coco’s fierce makeup looks? And is there another model you think I should cover next Monday? Let me know!

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Gorgeous Green Eye Products

I picked up an Almay eyeshadow because the lovely green shade in the pan was irresistible. However, I was disappointed. So I thought I’d put together a list of the greens in my collection that I love and work well. Greens look great on those with green and hazel eyes, and they flatter a range of skin tones. I think I reflect that here in the diversity of gorgeous greens (at different price points, too!).

For the reader’s conveniance, I listed the products in ascending price. And of course, info on the product and links to reviews and where to purchase (non affiliate links) will be provided.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Brow and Eye Pencil in Olive:

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Like the name suggests, this liner is an olive green that leans a little khaki. It’s pigmented, despite it’s low cost, and would make a fun, but day-appropriate alternative to black or brown liner. I bought mine for 99 cents from Walgreen’s.
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This fantastic little trio has two great greens (even though the browbone shade looks white in the photo above, its actually a soft green). The quality in all three shades as stellar, and wore well (6 hours without primer, 9 with). Bonus, the eyelid shade is a great dupe for MAC Humid and Urban Decay Bender. I  got mine from Walgreen’s for $2.99.
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This palette has gotten a lot of love from beauty bloggers everywhere. While I truthfully don’t reach for mine very much, the lovely green eyelid shade in the right column deserves a mention. It’s so soft and pigmented and has a warmer tone, making it more universally flattering. This was $4.99 from the Drugstore.
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I absolutely adore this eyeshadow. It was my first purchase from MAC and I’ve never regretted it. The quality, texture, and staying power are all supreme. The pigment is rich, hunter green. I can definitely see this working as a bold alternative to a black smoky eye! I got mine at the MAC counter at a local department store for $15.
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Kush is the kind of beautiful green I just can’t help but be drawn to. It looks just as lovely in the pan as it does on the lid. It’s a great bright green, and UD shadows are cruelty free and vegan. I got mine in a palette from Ulta, but you can get it on it’s own for $18.
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Loaded is such a fantastic shadow. It’s a complex shade, mostly blackened deep green with shimmer. It looks absolutely amazing for a nighttime eye. I got this in the same palette as Kush, but it’s still available as a single shadow from Ulta for $18.
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I’ve raved about this liner nonstop. I love it so much, it’s a gorgeous jade green with a bluish tilt and gold glitter. It’s just so beautiful, I can’t shut up about it. The glitter is noticeable, even on the waterline, but it’s not so big that it irritates the eye. It’s smooth and creamy and long-wearing, just what I expect from UD’s liners. I got mine in a travel size set from Ulta, but you can pick up the full size for $20.
Have you tried any of these green products? I would love to hear your favorite way to wear green on the eyes! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below, or send me a tweet!

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MAC Eyeshadow in Star Violet Review + Swatches + Dupes

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MAC Eyeshadows are easily my favorite on the market. Star Violet was the first one I picked up, but it wasn’t quite love at first swatch. I spent hours (yes) at the MAC counter looking for a bold, unique shade (not a “natural, nude makeup look” kind of girl), and finally settled on this baby after seeing it’s burgundy flash gold. Buuuuut, when I got home, I initially found it a dupe for Urban Decay’s Last Call. (They’re actually not that similar). So I didn’t use it for a while. However, like all MAC shadows I’ve tried, the quality is great and it’s actually a really lovely shade.

MAC describes this shade as a “pinky-brown plum.” This description isn’t bad. The warmth and sheen in this shadow is more golden than brown, which sounds dirtier than this shade is. Its more burgundy than plum, which brings to mind a cooler, purpler shade. Star Violet is distinctly not purple/plum/brown. I feel comfortable labeling this shade “rose gold.” Without a base, this shadow is a soft, warm rose gold. Over primer, the pinky rosiness is more pronounced, making it look true to pan. (4/5)

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SV went on opaquely with and without a base, and gave me no application issues, like fallout, patchiness, or creasing. It wore very well, lasting six hours before I had any issues (at that point, I had some sparkle fallout, both when a base was used and without a base). By the 8th hour, there was some minor fading. (4/5)


Star Violet is in the veluxe pearl finish, which promises to be “vibrantly toned, velvety soft, shimmeringly metallic,” and “overlaid with high-shine pearl.” This was an apt description, and the shadow made good on all claims. This definitely has a reflective finish. The powder feels soft and smooth to the touch. There’s a little bit of powder kickup when a brush is used, but this isn’t much and doesn’t translate to powderiness on the lid. The product blends easily without sheering out. (4.5/5)


SV comes in standard MAC packaging–a metal pan in a small, circular black plastic case with a flip-top lid and clear window to see the shade inside. The brand is emblazoned across the clear window and the product name and texture is on the bottom. The packaging feels sturdy but light–nothing luxurious or shatter-proof if you were to accidentally drop it. While the size is small enough to travel with, the pan is large enough to use easily. This packaging is functional (easy to store/travel with/use) but also economical: I like that there’s no unnecessary plastic used, just enough to surround the product. (5/5)

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MAC shadows are $15 USD each, and contain 0.05 oz of product ($300 per ounce). While the brand is slightly more affordable per ounce than comparatively priced brands, I realize that the cost is still out of a lot of consumers’ price range. As I often state, MAC makes good quality products, so if you love the shade, splurge. (5/5)

Wow Factor:

I was impressed by this shadow’s complexity, it’s deep pinkish base with gold duochrome. It really plays well in the light. It’s excellent quality, pigment rich, soft, applies like a dream and wears great. However, it’s not the most unique shade on the market, didn’t hit the ideal mark with wear time, and had a little bit of fallout. Great, but not perfect. (4/5)


This is a great shadow that I’d recommend. I think Star Violet has versatility: the pinkiness playing up cool, fair skin, and the rich pigment and gold warmth would work well on deeper, warmer complexions. There’s enough product to last awhile, the texture, opacity, wear time, and application are all great. (4.4) B+


MAC is available at department stores, and online at their website.

Useful Information:

-MAC does not test on animals unless “where mandated by law.”
-MAC products are not vegan (and include ingredients like beeswax, carmine, and lanolin).
-MAC is a brand that gives back! Their Back 2 MAC program offers you a free lipstick if you return six empty product containers they can reuse for environmental friendliness. There’s also the MAC AIDS Fund, which donates 100% of the sale price of their Viva Glam products to improve the lives of those struggling with HIV/AIDS worldwide.

-L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Glistening Garnet
 (slightly lighter, less gold reflection, less expensive, closest dupe.)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Last Call (cooler, pinker, less gold, more expensive.)
Shiro Loose Eyeshadow in Heart Attack (Richer, bluer, cooler, no gold/duochrome, silver/blue glitter, cruelty free, vegan, less expensive. Best used wet. The powder looks like it could be a dupe for Star Violet, but actually isn’t. Don’t be fooled!)

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What do you think of this shade? My makeup stash is pretty small for a beauty junkie, and I was able to pull out 3-4 dupes. Those with larger collections probably have more. Know a dupe I missed? Love the shade? Hate it? Let me know!

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Face of the Day 05

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Perhaps this is a bit gauche, but when I’m unsure of what makeup to wear, I’ll take inspiration from my clothes. Since I had a sliver of green showing, I decide to play up that shade with my cosmetics. (This tactic gave me an excuse to wear my favorite eyeliner as well.) So here are the 11 products I wore today:
And here’s the finished product:
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What makeup did you wear today?

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Beauty Royale: MAC Viva Glam Gaga VS Revlon Cupcake

As consumers, we’re always comparing products: quality vs. quantity, high-end vs. drugstore, warm vs. cool, MAC vs. other brands, etc. This is where public opinion like beauty blogs really come in handy: you can see comparisons of products you’re interested in without the financial and time investments. And it’s also fun for the blogger–making life easier and helpful for your readers.

Hence, PV brings you the Beauty Royale, a category dedicated to weighing products. While dupes are obvious to include in these kinds of posts, there’s also those curious comparisons included here, those more vague “how does X measure up to Y?” kind of comparisons. If it assess two items (and likely comes to a winner at the end), it qualifies under Beauty Royale.

The first round is a pretty straightforward battle between lippies: Is Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter in Cupcake a dupe for MAC’s Viva Glam Gaga lipstick? Let’s take a look!

MAC Viva Glam Gaga:

As you can see from the pic above, this lippie is well loved and well used on my part. It’s a cool-toned baby pink with a creamy finish (I believe it’s in MAC’s creamsheen formula). This lipstick is no longer available, but was $14.50 when I bought it. It has a bit of an application issue (bunches up a little but looks fine from a normal distance). This is vanilla scented.
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cupcake:
Since I believe Cupcake and VGG are so close, I tend to use this pretty often (especially on those days when I want the VGG look without dipping into my tube!) Cupcake is also a cool toned baby pink, though it looks a bit more shimmery in the tube. Lip Butters are easily available at any corner drugstore for about $7.49 each. This feels really creamy on but also has the similar issue of bunching up during application.
One layer of MAC VGG & Revlon Cupcake. VGG appears darker and a solid cream finish, whereas Cupcake seems lighter, cooler, and shimmery. However, the differences are only really noticeable in the swatches; they look much more alike on the mouth.
Cupcake on the top lip, Viva Glam Gaga on the bottom lip.
How do they compare?
-The (on the lips) color, pigmentation, and application is equal.
Cupcake wore longer.
Both lipsticks feel creamy going on, and have a glossy sheen. 
-VGG faded better (evenly).
-Neither of these were drying (and felt equally moisturizing).
VGG has better (sturdier, chicer) packaging.

Cupcake is cheaper (and still available for purchase).
VGG scored higher when reviewed.
VGG has a lovely vanilla scent.

And the winner is…

Viva Glam Gaga!
Although the two products strike even in most fields (and I still totally recommend Cupcake to those looking for a color like this), the original can’t be beat. I’m partial to VGG because it caused my love for lip colors like this, and I feel like the product feels more expensive on the lips. 
Although Cupcake didn’t come out on top, I’m still very glad I have a great dupe for the sad day when my tube of VGG runs out 😦 

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Face of the Day 04

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After trying out Shiro Cosmetics Loose Eyeshadow in Detective over my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool in my last FotD, I was inspired to use them more often. Sure wetting loose shadow adds a step, but I think the results are worth it because many loose eyeshadows, like the ones Shiro puts out, are very unique. I wrote in my review of Divine Justice that the brown/orange tones don’t melt like a duochrome, and instead sit on top of each other as if you layered two. It really is a neat effect!
Anyway, here are the products used (and a photo of the end result):
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(Sorry for those wispy hairs!) What makeup did you wear today?

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Beauty Babe: Troian Bellisario

I love, love, love Troian Bellisario. I admit, I’m addicted to Pretty Little Liars, where Troian (pronounced troy-in) plays smart, perfectionist Spencer Hastings. But it’s not just her likable character on the show that draws people to her. She’s just as endearing out of character. In the February issue of Seventeen this year, she bravely opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder and self-harm that she experienced in high school. She’s incredibly humble and grateful to her fans about their support of her on PLL, but she also asks them to take their support a bit further, by reaching out to the Bright Students, Big Ideas campaign on the site donorschoose. Donations to the site help fund education topics that students really want, such as providing copies of To Kill A Mockingbird to an 8th grade class in the Bronx, and microscopes for a 7th grade science class in Detroit.

When it comes to her personal look, Troain has stated that she prefers a more natural look, although she did mention in Seventeen that she loves “piling on my black eyeliner.” She’s been spotted wearing MAC Liquid Eyeliner in Boot Black on the red carpet. Like all the PLL girls, who’s fashionable looks on the show are clothes the audience can actually wear, Troian’s cosmetics are reasonably priced (and often beauty fan favorites) as well: Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion, Benefit Dandelion Blush, MAKE UP FOR EVER HD  Mirco Finish Powder, and MAC Lipstick. medianet_width=’600′; medianet_height= ‘250’; medianet_crid=’228266391′;

A Beginner’s Guide to Eye Products

Following up with my Beginner’s Guide to Lip Products post, is a novice’s introduction to the basic products used on the eyes. This includes primer, shadow, liner, and mascara. Any combination of eye makeup can enhance the face and create an interesting look. That’s the beauty of (eye) makeup–it can range from stunning to simple to fierce to playful. Whatever mood you’re in or person you want to be, you can create and project that image through your cosmetics, and eye makeup has a lot to do with that.

1) Primer: Eye primer is one of those products those outside of the beauty habit don’t really know of, but it’s such an important, useful step. Any shadow can be enhanced with a primer, also called a base, under it. This works by making the shadows more vibrant, decreases problems like creasing and fallout, and helps them last longer. Some provide coverage on the eyelid, others are more invisible. Some are smooth, some are tackier (which helps keep powdery shadow and loose shadows in place).

Urban Decay Primer Potion is a staple in many beauty fans’ collections for it’s ease of use and effectiveness. Another popular choice is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. While the previous two come in tubes, MAC Paint Pots come in small jars and have more color options (both in skin-tone and colorful shades). ELF also makes an affordable drugstore primer.

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2) Eyeshadow: A common, popular product among beauty junkies and girls who prefer to stick to the basics alike is eyeshadow. Eyeshadow is a pigment that can subtly or dramatically enhance the eyes. There’s a lot of versatility in the way these products are used, as well as in the formula of the products themselves. There are single shadows, duos, quads, and palettes, as well as pressed, cream, loose, and pigment formulas.
Pressed eyeshadows are powders that are pressed into a pan, making them generally light and easy to travel with. They often can be used wet or dry, and get the best application when used with a brush. There’s a shadow in this form to meet everyone’s needs: matte/frost/shimmer/glitter/satin finishes, ranging from natural to smoky to colorful, sheer to pigment-packed, in every shade of the rainbow at every price point. Be on the lookout for fading, short wear time, or fallout with this formula, though. Wet ‘n’ Wild Trios are some of the best (and affordable) pressed shadows I’ve found at the drugstore, and MAC eyeshadows can’t be beat.
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Cream shadows come in an emollient, smooth formula that feels richer (and obviously less dry and more creamy) than powder shadows. There’s still loads of color options with this formula, as well as versatility. This formula can make a great base for sheer powder shadows, and works better than wet powder shadow as an impromptu eyeliner. These shadows are typically housed in glass jars and can be applied with your fingers or a brush. While I love this formula for it’s staying power, beware lesser quality formulas, which can crease or dry out quickly. Maybelline Color Tatoos come in a bold mix of shades, with some softer, skin tones added recently. These wear really well and are quite affordable. For high end shadows, I’m dying to try more of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Creams.

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Loose eyeshadows and pigments are fine powders that boast richer, more vibrant color payoff. They’re not pressed, so they can be more prone to fallout. When worn on the eye, these function much better wet (but a too-wet brush can cause streaky, patchy application!) This formula tends to really sing, with bold color payoff and rich texture. Because of the loose form, these can be reused for other things, such as becoming a lip product when mixed with clear gloss, or nail polish when mixed with clear varnish. This formula has a lot of versatility! I fell in love with indie brand Shiro’s loose shadows, and MAC makes to die for pigments. 
Image via Shiro

3) Eyeliner: Eyeliner is another useful tool in a makeup user’s arsenal. The swipe of liner across the lash line can enhance or alter the eye shape, add definition to the lashes, and add some personality to your look (depending on the color/finish you choose). A flesh tone or white liner on the water line (bottom inner rim of the eye) can make your eyes look bigger and the whites look brighter, helping you look more awake. There are three kinds of eyeliner: pencil, liquid, and gel/cream.
Pencil liner should be soft and creamy enough to draw the line on the delicate skin of the eye without skipping or tugging, but not so smooth that it smudges or has no staying power. Because pencil liners need to be sharpened, there can be some product waste, but this can be avoided by freezing the pencil first. Pencil liners are great for everyday use as they’re easy to use and don’t require any special tools. You can get close to the lash line or make a thicker line and do detailed work. I’ve tried Wet ‘n’ Wild’s liners, but so far, I find that Urban Decay’s range of pencils can’t be beat.
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Liquid eyeliner is a thin formula that’s brushed on, and housed in a small bottle. This liner has a shiny, very classic look and is great for making a winged, cat-eye shape. However, this formula is also the easiest to mess up and requires patience and a steady hand to nail down. The fine point of a liquid liner’s applicator also make them great for playing with shapes and doing detailed work to your makeup. Because I’m quite bad with liquid liner, I’ve stuck to Wet ‘n’ Wild’s range, but haven’t been disappointed with it’s affordability, ease of use, and color options.
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Cream/gel eyeliners are smooth, rich, and my favorite to use. They’re not as convenient as a pencil, since they require a brush to apply, but they’re not nearly as tricky to make shapes with as a liquid. This formula mostly comes housed in jars with screw on lids. They’re creamy and go on like a dream, but can dry out quickly (put the lid back on while you’re applying your liner to prevent this). Ulta’s gel liners are surprisingly good, and I’m eager to try Bobbi Brown’s as well.
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4) Mascara: Mascara is a special product, because it does different things depending on different women’s needs. That’s probably why it’s one of those well-loved items. Mascara comes in a tube and coats the lashes by applying product with the included wand. Depending on the formula, mascara can make your lashes look more voluminous or longer, as well as tinting and curling them. It’s important to know your bare lashes well, as what works for sparse lashes could cause thick natural lashes to clump, and so on. Whatever your needs, be careful of mascaras that clump, run, or dry out. I love Maybelline mascaras, and Benefit They’re Real! is also very good.
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What are your favorite products to use on your eyes?

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How-to: Do a Full Face Without Brushes

You might be wondering, “why on Earth would anyone want to do their makeup without brushes?” While it’s true that quality cosmetics brushes are worthwhile investments, some people just don’t have the interest, time, or means to do so. Or maybe you’re travelling, and–worst-case scenario, you’re travel makeup bag gets lost and you need to restock on a few functional products.

There’s an upside to this unconventional cosmetic practice: creams can be multipurpose (just make sure your products are safe for use on the eyes, lips, and cheeks before trying–not all products can go everywhere). Using a few key products can lend to a full face (and without those brushes and powders, it can save a ton of space in your travel makeup bag, and wallet, too).

So, here’s PV’s guide to getting a full face, without a brush in sight (feel free to skip steps that don’t apply to/interest you as necessary).

1) Foundation.

Images via Drugstore and Sephora

Fortunately, foundation is one of those products that is often applied with the fingers already. Pump or dab a small amount onto the back of your hand, then use your fingers to apply to the face, starting with where you want the most coverage and blending outwards. I love L’Oreal Visible Lift Absolute Serum Foundation ($14.99 USD), but I’m dying to try Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation ($45 USD) as well.

2) Concealer.

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Concealer is another one of those products that is commonly blended out with the fingers, and most come with built-in applicators. In fact, I’d say it’s more difficult to find one without an applicator! So with this step, apply concealer to any problem areas (acne, undereye circles, etc) as needed and dab with a finger to gently blend. I rely on my Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer, (about $6.94 USD) but Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclait ($41 USD) is a popular choice.
3) Eyeshadow.
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Many people worry about applying cream shadow to their lids due to fear that it will crease. However, there are many cream shadows on the market that are tried and true. They wear so well, in fact, that many use specific brands’ cream shadows as a primer for their powders, they’re that resilient against creasing! I love Maybelline Color Tattoos ($6.99 USD), but MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots are an industry standard and fan favorite ($20 USD). Use your ring finger (or a cotton swab, if you’re concerned about contaiminating the pot) to grab product, then dab onto the center of the eyelid and blend outwards. 
(Psst, Maybelline’s Too Cool Color Tattoo is sheer enough to be lightly worn as a face/brow highlighter too!)
4) Blush.

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Cream blushes add an especially lovely flush to the face because the warmth from your fingers melts the color a little bit, helping it flawlessly adhere to your skin. These products tend to run sheerer, too, so they translate to really lovely color on the face. Simply swirl your finger into the product, swirl onto the cheek, and blend outwards. I think Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush ($7.99 USD) isn’t bad, and Tarte Cheek Stain ($30 USD) looks great.
5) Then apply liner, mascara, and lipstick/gloss as usual!
Or, if you’re really strapped for time/cash/patience, use multipurpose products!
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Cosmetics brands know they have consumers with busy lives who want no-fuss products that will still help create the looks they want. NARS The Multiple ($39 USD) is ideal for this kind of person. A cream to powder product that’s safe for use on the eyes, cheeks, and lips, the Multiple is multipurpose color packed in a functional stick that’s easy and convenient to travel with. The shade range is impressive, too, so one of these babies in a darker shade could function as your bronzer for extra sculpting. Benefit Benetit ($30 USD) is also up this alley, with a bottle of color with a brush-on applicator that enhances both cheeks and lips. 

What do you think? Would you ever forego your makeup brushes?

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