Stick foundation is definitely on my list of must-have products. Bobbi Brown’s new sticks blend easily to cover imperfections for a seamless finish. Formulated with great staying power means they hold up in less than favourable conditions like humidity, and strong lighting. For me the lightweight packaging and the ease of being able to swipe straight from the tube is ultra convenient. The foundations are available in 24 shades.
The nude lip is essential for any woman regardless of the season. I recommend adding these to your makeup kit: Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks in buff tones offer a nude for every skin tone. From fair to deep shades there are 8 colours in the line up with some excellent options for dark skin. The lipsticks have a creamy texture that glides on effortlessly, feels comfortable, and has lots of pigment for a flesh tone finish.
The new Lightbulb foundation from Shu Uemura gives radiant skin without skimping on coverage. A combination of oil and minerals allow for a moisturized complexion and long lasting finish. Along with the foundation comes a unique sponge that enhances the foundation application. The lightbulb sponge provides an even finish, and controlled shine in areas that require less glow. The lightbulb foundation launched last year in Asia and I checked it out while I was in Japan. Like all Shu Uemura foundations I love the formulation, however the biggest disappoint is the limited variety of shades available.
You really can’t go wrong with liquid eyeliner that costs $2! The ELF felt tip pen is great for precision and the liner flows through for a perfect looking cat eye. For brightening and highlighting fair skin tones, the Studio Tone Correcting Powder adds luminosity without shimmer. Each colour can be used separately to neutralize different undertones, or use large powder brush to mix all the colours together for an all over brightened look.
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Right now I’m really into Garnier Sleek and Shine spray. It was one of those things in my stash of beauty products that I forgot about until last week. Lately my hair extensions have been quite dry despite heavy doses of Moroccan oil. What I like about this product is the combination of argan oil and serum because it leaves my hair nourished and adds shine. Even though the container has a micro-mist spray, spray with caution because too much and you’ll go from a glossy sheen to an oily mess.
*Garnier product was provided to Smudge Style.
With the help of Illamasqua product developer David Horne, anyone can create 10 totally personalized shades of nail polish. I think this is a such a brilliant idea. I have tons of nail polishes that are so similar to each other as I’m always on a quest to find the perfect shade. Custom blending is the perfect solution. Of course you also have to be ready to shell out £300–not exactly cheap!
Available at Selfridges
Last week in Tokyo I added to my Hakuhodo brush collection. The large angle brush is really good for strong big brows, I wish I’d had it for TFW! The tapered brush is similar to one I have already but this one is way softer, and is perfect for highlighting cheekbones. The red handle is my fave. It’s a basic eye shadow brush but the soft hair is excellent for blending out edges.
Last night I was putting together a quick men’s grooming kit and thought I’d share some of my go to products. The average guys grooming is pretty simple–they need to look like a cleaned up version of themselves. Just as with any makeup application skin prep is important. Unless the guy is extremely dry I tend to use a lightweight moisturizer that leaves minimal shine on the skin. Men’s lips can be dry so a lip scrub is useful or in a pinch wrap your finger around a wipe rub the dry skin away. Use a lip balm that’s hydrating but matte. Homeoplasmine works wonders not just on lips but any dry areas. Brows should be brushed and if they’re unruly a bit of brow gel will keep them under control. Depending on how the skin looks I will use concealer on any blemishes or under the eyes. In some cases I’ve used a very light foundation like MAC Face & Body, but only when necessary. Invisible powder is a must to keep unwanted shine away. Sometimes a sweep of matte bronzer can give a natural healthy glow and help avoid a washed out look.
1. Homeplasmine 2. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Hydrator 3. MAC Brow Set 4. MAC Set Powder 5. Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer Palette
The Shu Uemura S curler is the new must-have tool. This side bar free lash curler, gives total precision for hard to reach lashes on any eye shape. The inner blade system prevent pinching the eye lid, and the white guard gives total stability while curling. After trying it I’m hooked! It’s super specific and reaches every single lash, plus it’s fab for using on false lashes.
YSL Forever Youth Liberator serum-in-creme is the antidote for traumatized skin. Think extreme dryness due to weather change, stressed and fatigued skin. With YSL’s technology to unlock the skins youth potential in four weeks skin is revived. The texture is rich but lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly leaving a silky soft finish that’s really comfortable.
Available next month at YSL Beauty.