"What are your go-to makeup items?" It's my favorite question to ask makeup artists, from those who work behind the scenes on TV shows to the people behind the counters of department stores. "Nars Orgasm ($26) is pretty much up there," revealed Brett Freedman, who has beautified the faces of stars like Vanessa Hudgens and Scarlett Johansson. But he also had plenty of other top picks to reveal, like:
- Lorac Breakthrough Performance Foundation ($36): "I love the colors. I love the consistency. I love that they have a foundation that's oil-free with sunscreen. I love that matte finish," says Brett. That's why he has one in every shade.
- Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($28): You can customize your color by mixing the light shade with the deeper one, and that means they're perfect for all-year round. "You can [even] cover zits with it. That is a really nice thing because one concealer sometimes doesn't cut it," he adds.
- "Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($19), of course," he says.
- L'Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black ($7): "Love the brush, love how black it is, and I like how it stays" he explains. Brett's tip: Get waterproof; it holds the curl better.
- Rimmel 1000 Kisses lip liner ($3): "The consistency is genius," he says.
Hi everyone, I have a huge cold and to hide my red nose, I did these eyes today. They're still perfect for school or work even though they are fairly bright, but they're also very, very easy. I used Laura Mercier Foundation Primer ($30), followed by a mixture of Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 140 Soft Beige ($40) and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($42). I used Laura Mercier Undercover Pot ($34) in no. 3, which contains the Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer as concealers, and the Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($20) to set everything.
On my eyes, I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($18). I used 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Graffiti, which I bought in the 24/7 Super Stash ($36). To set the liner, I used Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Graffiti ($18). I set it even though it's a waterproof liner because it's snowing outside and I'm sneezing and have a cold, so I needed some extra security. This also adds to the depth of the color. After this, I used my Bare Escentuals Buxom Lashes mascara and I was done.
Katy Perry looked darling at the 2010 Grammy Awards with her soft pink pout, and you can re-create this look in just three easy steps thanks to this tutorial from makeup artist Sam Salk. Get red carpet ready with these pretty-in-pink lip products: Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Potpourri ($19), NARS Lip Lacquer in Baby Doll ($24), and a lip brush. Watch now to see more!
"I have been fighting with eye shadow brushes for months. Every single one I bought was too small, too stiff, and didn't distribute color evenly on my lids. I finally broke down and bought this one. What a difference. It covers my eyelid beautifully with color, and I can blend right up into the crease. In a pinch, it works as a crease brush, as it fits perfectly into the crease of the eye. If you were trying to keep make-up brushes to a minimum during a trip, you could easily survive with this one. I can't recommend it enough. It's expensive, but you'll waste so much more money trying to go for cheaper, smaller brushes. I wish I had bought this one sooner."
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We had a very traumatizing experience at Ricky's when we went to pick up cheap travel size products to aid our packing efforts for our jaunt to South Beach. Instead of simple sets of travel favorites we were overwhelmed by Halloween costumes. It turns out heading to Sephora was a much better idea even if we did end up spending a fortune to make sure we could avoid checking our favorite Laura Mercier, Frederic Fekkai and Ole Henriksen products