Happy Thanksgiving! Today I am excited and thankful to be fixing a feast and spending time with the family.
I hope that you too will be sharing your day with those people that are special to you.
I usually start the day early, prepping the Turkey and letting it come to room temperature for two hours just like Martha Stewart suggests before it’s stuffed and into the oven. From there I start working on the sides which inevitably take longer than expected no matter how much prep is done the night before. Even so, there’s always time for football watching and card or board games between the snacks and the entree’ . But the good news is that Fashionista.com has put together a fabulous cheat sheet to help keep you looking good all day… Even through desert. Enjoy!
By Cheryl Wischhover
We talked to some makeup experts from MAC, NARS, and Maybelline for tips to make your makeup last (which will be helpful all through this marathon holiday season), as well as product recommendations for the most tenaciously long-wearing makeup we could find for your face, eyes, and lips.
Makeup primers help to make you look more luminous and fill in those little imperfections, but their main purpose in life is to help your foundation, concealer, and powder “stick” better. Jenny Smith, Lead Makeup Stylist for NARS, told us, “Makeup primer and eye primer are the first products you need to take out of your makeup bag to make the rest of your makeup go on smoothly and stay on!”
• Tom Ford Illuminating Protecting Primer, Saks, $70
• Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Sephora, $32
• Laura Geller Spackle, Beauty.com, $27
• Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer, Target, $7.99
• Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Face Primer, CVS, $7.49
• Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer, Sephora, $34
Long Wearing Foundation
OK, so you’ve primed. Now what? You can use a regular foundation, but there are plenty of brands that offer long-wear options, some up to 14 hours. Smith also gave us a concealing tip to keep those imperfections out of sight the whole day: “Touch on concealer as needed and seal the deal with loose powder–a makeup artist’s best kept secret for a long lasting finish.”
• Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup (comes in 30 shades), Macy’s, $36
• Clarins Everlasting Foundation (12 shades), Nordstrom, $36
• Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even-Finish Foundation (19 shades), Sephora, $47
• MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (17 shades), MAC, $30
• Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Comes in dry/normal or oily/combo formulations; 15 shades), Target, $9.99
• Chanel Perfection Lumiere (20 shades), Chanel, $55
Even if you’re not cooking this year, you better be in the kitchen helping the host/hostess carry dishes at the bare minimum. Between trips to the kitchen, and that super cozy sweater you decided to wear to your Grandma’s house (which is already heated to 94 degrees), you may get a little, um, shiny. Blotting papers are one of the best inventions ever–they’ll get rid of that extra oil without disturbing your makeup.
• Boscia Lavender Blotting Linens, Ulta, $10/100
• Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, Drugstore.com, $5.29/50
• Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers, Bloomingdale’s, $20; Refills, $5.00/100
• Sonia Kashuk Matte Blotting Papers, Target, $6.69
• Shiseideo Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper, Sephora, $18
Eye Shadow Primers
We already told you why you should use face primer–and the same goes for eye shadow primers. There actually aren’t many so-called “long-wearing” eye shadows, so primer is key to keeping shadow from disappearing (often a problem with powder formulations) or creasing.
• Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion, Beauty.com, $20
• NARS Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base, Nordstrom, $24
• Laura Mercier Eye Canvas, Bloomingdale’s, $26
• Makeup Forever Eye Prime, Sephora, $22
• MAC Prep & Prime Eye, Macy’s, $18.50
• Lancome Aquatique Waterproof Eye Colour Base, Sephora, $25
Long-Wearing Eye Makeup:
Once you’ve primed, you’re ready for shadow, mascara, and/or eye liner. If you’re going to be in the kitchen cooking (and thus sweating and possibly also crying from cutting onions–or fighting with your sister), waterproof mascara is a must, according to Maybelline New York Makeup Artist, Melissa Silver. (Try Maybelline’s Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara.) Silver also recommends applying cream eye shadow (see below) on lids and blending–that’s it!
If you’re an eye liner type of girl, many of them do come in long-wear formulas. MAC Senior Artist Neil Young recommends using a water resistant liner, coordinating shadow for a “smoked out” look, then topping with a waterproof mascara.
• Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil, Sephora, $19
• Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Shadow, Target, $4.99
• NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, Sephora, $23
• MAC Technokohl Eye Liner, Nordstrom, $15
• Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes, Saks, $40
• Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner, Macy’s, $22
Long-Wearing Lip Products:
This is probably the trickiest product to make last, what with that third dessert you’re going for (and second shot of tequila to blunt all your mom’s nagging). “For lips that won’t quit, start by defining the lip with [a lip pencil] in your chosen color and fill in the entire lip,” MAC’s Young advised us. “This will help to bind any additional products placed on top.” Use your favorite lip color–either a lipstick or gloss–on top.
• Maybelline Superstay 10hr Stain Gloss, Ulta, $8.99
• NARS Velvet Matte Pencil, Beauty.com, $24
• MAC Prolongwear Lip Pencils or Lipstick , Nordstrom, $18
• Diorific Long-Wearing True Color Lipstick, Sephora, $36
• Stila Long Wear Lip Color, Beauty.com, $20
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