Blend the highlighter with concealer for a soft-focus finish, use the peachy shade to correct dark undereye circles, or contour with the darkest color to slim the face. You can even mix and match to create a customized foundation. While all shades are creamy and blend right into the skin, it's optimal to prep with a primer first to ensure a smoother working surface. But best of all, because there are so many undertones from which to choose, you can conceal everything from pimples to hyperpigmentation without having to lug around multiple products. Your face (and back) will thank you.
Laura Geller's new eye brow-enhancing product is called Long-Lasting Color Brow Marker ($19.97). Not only do I love the fact that this is another easy-to-apply, fool-proof makeup pen, but this brow fixer-upper is different from some of the others on the market because once it dries, it won't smudge or budge throughout the day.
This is a great solution for those of you who've overplucked and need a hand filling in thin or bare spots. The pen has a soft tip and from what I understand, the result is a natural, not overdrawn look. In addition, for every product that is sold, Laura Geller will donate $1 to Joan's Legacy, a lung-cancer research foundation.
To use it, shake the pen and apply a light layer to the natural shape of your brows. Wait about 20 seconds for it to dry, or use the time to blend the color. If it looks light, add another layer for a darker effect. It's available in taupe and brown; to read about which color is right for you, read more
One of the biggest developments in makeup over the last few years is the popularity of primer. Think of primers as a base coat for "painting" your skin: They help makeup go on smoothly and last longer.
On that note, I've just picked up Laura Geller Spackle Trio ($30). It contains three primers — one each for face, lips, and eyes — in one container. Having everything packaged together makes a lot of sense, especially for people who travel frequently. Unfortunately, not every part of this product is worth packing.
Earlier this year, Whiplashgirlchild reviewed Spackle for the face. Her review praises the product for reducing the appearance of pores and helping makeup glide on evenly. I agree; it creates a very smooth canvas on which to put foundation. But I also agree with her other opinion: It's a good product, but there are less-expensive options that work nearly as well.
To find out which Spackle product worked well and which was a stinker, read more
If you're anything like me, you love your lip products! In the past we've covered lots of great lip balms and many different lip scrubs, but here are a few more products new to the market that I know you won't want to miss. Not only are these items must haves for yourself, but at $15 or less, they also make fab stocking stuffers!
Karma Creatives Karma Therapy Buddha Balm ($3) is a lip balm that comes in a variety of fruit flavors (grapefruit, cherry vanilla, strawberry, and watermelon) packed in an adorable slender vintage slider. Not only does it contain natural sunscreen and keep your lips feeling silky smooth in the harsh winter months, but at just .3 ounces it's an easy fit into any clutch or small pocket. Who could resist keeping a little good karma close by? Since the products aren't sold online, you can click here to find a stockist closest to you.
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Today's user review comes from WhiplashGirlchild, who graciously shared her thoughts on Spackle by Laura Geller ($21.50) last week in the Beauty Product Junkies group. (Write your own reviews in the group, and I might post yours on BellaSugar too!) Here's what Whiplash had to say:
About a year ago, maybe more, I purchased Laura Geller Spackle makeup primer from QVC. It came in a jar like the one on the left, but if you buy it from Sephora, it comes in a pump like this:
I used Spackle pretty religiously until I got my Bare Escentuals starter kit, and then I started using the BE BareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper ($21) instead. So this morning, I decided to experiment. I put on my moisturizer as usual, and then put the Spackle on one side of my face and the Rev-er Upper on the other side. For the verdict, read more
Over in the Beauty Product Junkies group on TeamSugar, the members have been posting step-by-step breakdowns of their daily makeup routines, complete with before and after photos. What brave souls!
I absolutely love this idea, so I've asked several users if I can post their routines here. I also invite you to join the group and post your own routines. Who knows? You might just end up featured on BellaSugar too!
Suede blush is a unique new concept that blends a few different powder blushes together and then presses them into one compact. The result is a three in one: highlighter, deeper blush shade and brighter color to give off a more natural look and feel. I love this idea...it's perfect for those of you who don't like the fuss of having to blend your highlighter, contour and bronzer together.
Suede Blush by Cargo, $24, creates one perfect easy to wear powder blush that is foolproof to wear. It is sheer, and has a hint of shimmer to it to create a translucent glow. The formula is oil free, the product is plentiful (it comes in one of Cargo's huge tins) and it is available in three shades.
To see one more swirly suede blush, read more
Lately, I've been increasingly drawn to three up-and-coming makeup brands, all of which happen to start with the letter "L." Lorac, Laura Geller, and Lola Cosmetics are definitely brands worth keeping an eye on, because all three make amazing, professional-quality products with fabulous concepts and killer price points. Here are three great products from each of these quietly clever brands.
Lorac Multiple Rush is a makeup stick used to brighten your lips and cheeks. It's satiny-smooth going on, and the cream-to-powder formula gives your skin a glowing and dewy look that you can blend with your fingers. Buy it in either Crush Rush (mauve) or Love Rush (light, luminizing pink) here for $20.
Laura Geller Matte Maker is a dream come true for the gals with oily skin. This genius product is a virtually invisible blotting powder formulated to absorb any oil that appears on your skin. This is definitely a pocketbook keeper for an evening out on the town or a big meeting. Buy it here for $20.
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These easy-to-use and very chic cheek sweeps are a no-mess, no-brush alternative to blush and bronzer. You can use them on your eyes, cheeks, and lips for a uniform face or use them on your cheeks alone to add a hint of creamy, dewy color. With just one upward stroke, you can have an instant, fabulous flush. Take a look at a few of these new products.
Laura Geller Cheek Sweeps come as a set of two beautiful cream blushes in Primrose Pop and Peach Pop. They are super-compact and fit comfortably in your hand. Just strike them over your cheekbones and blend, then add a little bit of highlighter to the upper portion of your cheekbones. Buy this set of two here for $29.
Sephora Cheek Stain is another simplified option to powder blushes and bulky brushes. Just dab a little onto the apples of your cheeks and rub in. This stuff glides well and look very natural. Buy it in three shades here for $12.
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