Best Bets: April 2012

Liquid or powder? Which formulation do you prefer for your foundation? Well, Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation eliminates having to make that choice, since you can have both. A proprietary ingredient allows the creamy liquid to transform into a velvet matte finish that endures. It’s miracle makeup for oily skin, according to the company’s PR department. Well, I have classic oily skin and this miracle worker masked every flaw, but my skin could still breathe, and there was no need to pull out my trusty MAC Studio Fix compact to touch up during the day.

Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke offered an application tip, saying, “Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is a godsend for those with oily skin. It soaks up oil, inhibits shine but also lets skin breathe, and it wears all day long. You can apply Immaculate with the Hourglass No. 2 Foundation Brush or with your fingers using a downward motion towards the growth of your hair—the oils from your fingers will help blend for a more natural appearance. A little goes a long way so use sparingly. The water-resistant formula makes it ideal for use in warmer climates.” Viva la Immaculata.

Mascara is mission critical during my mornings, and thankfully, Eyeko is on a mascara mission, as the Skinny Brush Long & Tall Mascara (the curvy version) is packaged in a chic silver tube with a twisted, unusual and soon-to-be-iconic brush. The cluster of bristles is tiered, so it can plump, define and catch even the teeniest of lashes. I was able to hit individual lashes with this unique brush. Love, love, love the modern packaging and design.

It’s going to be a minute before you can hit the beach and work on your real sun-kissed glow, if you do like a natural tan. It’s also a bit too soon to hit the tanning salon so if you want to fake it, do so with Fake Bake’s Golden Faux Glow. It’s a commitment-free head start on summer that’ll wash off when you tire of it. It also comes with a pair of rubber gloves, so you don’t get tanned palms. The fact that your glow is faux is your little secret and the gloves ensure it remains such.

No need to make your mani and your pedi polish match! butter LONDON understands the inherent cuteness of matching your lacquer with your lip gloss, as the company has launched LIPPY, a line of five shades of lip gloss. “Matchy/Matchy” was a popular look at S/S12FW (Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Week, as if you needed us to tell you that) so these glosses offer the color and coverage of a liquid lipstick and opaqueness. Paint your toes and your pout and that’s all you need for a little color this spring. The glosses light up your whole face, so they are premium products for those days when you want to be makeup free.

Get lippy with Trout Pout (a cotton candy pink), Yummy Mummy (a taupe that won’t work for those who like safe makeup) and Primrose Hill Picnic (hot pink) The only gripe? The flowery smell was a wee bit overpowering.

Snow melts. Ice cream melts. Our hearts melt. One thing we do not approve of melting is our makeup. With the mercury rising, that fear inches closer to an inevitable reality, unless you use Skindinavia’s Makeup Finishing Spray which waterproofs your makeup, regardless of brand. It plays nice with every product and every genre! No creases, no migration, no melting. Eureka! I tested it out on that spate of unseasonably warm days in late March where it hit the mid-70s and was pleased with the result. Makeup won’t cry; it’ll mattify.

Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural in N4 is a rich, creamy mix of nude and coral pink that looks gorgeous with little else. Shed layers of clothes and cosmetic products and keep it light on your body and your lips.

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