By Amy Sciaretto
BEST LIP INNOVATION
Pat McGrath’s Lust 004 Lip Kits will sell out when they launch at Sephora on September 8. Beg, borrow, and steal for yours if you are shut out. There are three color stories — Bloodwine, Flesh, and Vermillion Venom. Each kit has five pieces: two matte lipsticks, one clear Vinyl Lip Gloss, one microfine pigment, and a gold pigment. You have all sorts of options, from matte to shiny, in the space of a singular lip kit. However, the end result is always the same: statement, “look at me” lips.
I have a soft spot for Barbie. I played with so many while growing up. But Barbie really is timeless. So I had to have the vintage-look Soho London cases and brushes with the signature Barbie blonde all over ’em. They are black, hot pink, come in a variety of sizes, from round top to see-through with graphics, and are available at Walgreen’s locations.
Scoop ’em up before they are gone, baby, gone. You can store so much makeup and travel in fun, fresh style.
They are sizeable, wipeable, totable, and fashionable.
The vintage bags are maj but the Barbie brushes also fuse a retro aesthetic with modern function. The 3-piece contour has black and white striped handles with black and pink ombre brush heads. They are crazy adorbs and you can stipple, buff, and conceal beautifully.
The 6-piece eye set brushes have hot pink handles and hot pink brush heads and come with a Barbie silhouette carrying case. Shadow, smudge, angled liner, cream shadow, and angled shadow brushes are included. So, yeah, this set holds everything you need and it’s extra cute.
BEST MATTE LIPSTICKS
Matte liquid lipsticks have taken over 2016. They dry down to a mega matte, richly pigmented finish. But Stila’s Stay All Day MATTE-ificient Lipstick offers a matte lippie but in bullet form. The gold cases are chic and sleek, but the mattes contained within stay put, offer full, creamy coverage, and don’t budge. But while some matte liquid lippies tend to dry and crack, leaving you with a desert-like pout, these are soft and moist. They are best when paired with the Stay All Day Lip Liners for a precise, perfect pucker.
BEST FACE HIGHLIGHTER
OFRA Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter is a golden, 24-karat powder highlighter that will let you extend that dewy, sun-kissed look deep into fall. Swipe it on your face, your décolletage, and anywhere else you desire a little extra shimmer and sheen.
Griege, which is a grey x beige neutral hybrid, looks best on fingers and toes, IMO. And lids. And lips, if you can pull it off and the formula is matte. I love the luxe Morgan Taylor nail polishes. Rule the Runway is the most perfect, compliments-all-skin-tones griege I’ve ever seen. I’ve been using for every late summer and early fall pedi. You will, too!
BEST BROW HIGHLIGHTER
Some people think filling and shaping is the only way to maintain brows. Not so! Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil is a nude, chubby crayon with a soft, blendable formula. Add a few swipes under the brow, blend with your finger, and boom! Your eyes look bigger, since this product spotlights brows by illuminating the arch.