CGN’s Favorite Things: Lips and Cheeks
What defines a CGN favorite thing? So glad you asked! A CGN favorite thing is: A product (s) we actually re-purchase on a regular basis
While this may sound like no-big-deal to the non-addicted beauty people – any of you lip gloss abusers know that plunking down cold, hard cash on a refill for ANYTHING speaks volumes about the quality of the product.
Here’s to the CGN favorite things!
- Lips Pencils: I know there are less expensive ones out there, but I’m a MAC lover. I’ve repurchased their original Lip Pencil formula in Spice, Stripdown and Chicory more than once. However, NYX offers a decent low cost option as well. Their Wonder Pencils are the best! Find your perfect corrector in one of their three shades: light, medium, and dark. Perfect for cleaning up a lip line after applying one of fall’s deep oxblood reds!
- Lipstick: OK I admit it. I’ve never met a lipstick I didn’t try. Swear to God, of all my beauty addictions, lip color is my WORST! I need to take the politician’s way out and state for the record, I do not recall ever re-purchasing a lipstick color. However, MY favorite lipstick BRANDS take up a whole another story. I own several of l MAC‘s Lipsticks and Lancome’s Rouge In Love formulas and I recently discovered Urban Decay’s Lipstick Revolution – this fits the bill for anyone who loves a grown-up lipstick formula. Check out the fabulous F-Bomb for THE perfect oxblood read! On the bargain side, I bought 2-3 shades of the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick and grab those frequently for a quick pop of color in the morning.
- Lipgloss: Eh gads! Another lip product I can’t get enough of! I favor a stickier formula than most because I hate the feeling of my gloss sliding off my lips, so forewarned is forearmed! I recently became obsessed with Estee Lauder’s Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer with one of the BEST nude shades out there: Amber Halo. My typical go-tos are MAC’s Tinted Lipglass, NAR’s Larger than Life, and Jane Iredale’s Pure Gloss.
- Contour: At a recent makeup artistry event I attended, the talented Troy Young of Neiman Marcus, recommended sweeping on cheek color as the last step in your make-up application, however he started the application by chiseling out the cheekbones and jawline of his model with Tom Ford’s Shape and Illuminate. It’s an extravagance at $75, but it made a beautiful (subtle) difference. The palette teams a contour shade with a highlighter, so you can create stronger cheekbones, a more refined jawline, and stronger brow arch. If you’re new to contouring simply remember this rule of thumb: light brings forward, dark recedes. Want to create stronger cheekbones? Contour below the cheekbone (the infamous sucked in cheek look) and highlight the cheekbone. Want to minimize a slackening jaw line? Lightly contour below the jawbone and don’t forget to blend! We want to trick the eye, not stripe the face!
- Highlight: In Cute But Never Mundane,we talked about some of the top highlighters (sometimes referred to as Illuminators) out there. Benefit’s Watt’s Up is a lovely choice, as is NAR’s Illuminator in Copacabana. Remember – light brings forward. Highlight any feature you want to call out like the top of your cheekbone, arch of brow, or even pop a bit of brightness above the brow arch to lift the eye up.
- Cream Blush: You guessed it. I start with a cream blush and finish up with a powder in a similar shade for the longest wear. I LOVE Maybelline’s Bouncy Blush. It’s s delight to apply and lays down a beautiful sheer wash of color. On the prestige side, I favor Kevin Aucoin’s Creamy Glow cheek color. I know many of my colleagues rave about NAR’s multiples, but I find they don’t have the staying power I need.
- Powder Blush: I’ve never found a mass blush I love, so let me know if you have a favorite thing! I find most low-cost blushes feel too gritty, or sandy even when using a grown-up blush brush to apply them, so I opt for MAC’s Powder Blush, or NAR’s Powder Blush. I’m not a big blush girl — I’d rather bring out my eyes or lips.
Whew! We covered a lot of beauty ground, but we haven’t even scratched the surface of foundations, powders, concealers, or skincare.
So many favorite things, so little time!