Make-up Extravaganza: Put Your Most Beautiful Face Forward This Summer

What is wonderful hair without amazing make-up? Well, it’s still wonderful hair, but a little make-up can go a long way. I’m often asked what kind of make-up I wear. Really, I use whatever looks good at this point, but of course I have my favorites and some basic advice.

First of all, MOISTURIZE your face! I use St. Ives Collagen Elastin facial moisturizer. Starting with a good moisturizer is the secret to flawless make-up application and beautiful skin in general. Best of all, it does not have to coast a fortune. The moisturizer I use costs about $5 for a 10 oz. jar.

Next, if you use foundation, be sure it matches your skin tone. Picking a foundation that is too light or too dark can leave you looking ashy or be impossible to blend well. The only way to find your true match is to go to the make-up counter and have someone match you. Once you do that, you can basically go buy anything from Cover Girl to Christian Dior based on your original foundation match. However, though they will be similar, don’t assume that a “honey almond” colored foundation from one make-up line will be same as that from another.

Third, line your eyes. I’m addicted to eyeliner. Even when I use zero other make-up, I’ll sometimes line my eyes. I personally almost always use black eye liner. Though I dapple in navy, plum, and even white.

Last but not least, be sure you are applying make-up properly. Use the correct brushes. Know where blush goes. Stuff like that.

Here are my go-to items:

* Trish McEvoy treatment foundation in toffee;

* MAC bronzing powder in refined golden;

* MAC amber lights eye shadow;

* MAC rapidblack penultimate eye liner

* MAC wet wild and wonderful lip gloss

* Mary Kay eye primer

* Maybelline New York the falsies volume express

* NARS Orgasm blush

Favorite red lipstick: MAC Viva Glam Matte A37

Favorite nude lipstick: Trish McEvoy classic lip color in Natural

For summer, I did get some new items. All from NARS. Want some coverage lighter than foundation? Try NARS pure radiant tinted moisturizer. The color I use is “seychelles.” I also got a summery lip color. NARS lipstick in “heat wave” and lip gloss in “wonder.”

Eyes: MAC eye liner and Maybelline New York lash stilettos mascara
Lips: NARS lipstick in “heat wave” and gloss in “wonder”
Cheeks: Lorac baked matte satin blush in “Hollywood”
Me without make-up.


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