This is what I look like right out of the shower, with a towel on my head:


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And this is what I look like (at least the weird-lighting iPhone photo version) after I’ve spent about 45 minutes primping, fussing, blow-drying, and spackling:

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If you’re thinking there isn’t a THEATRICALLY DRAMATIC improvement between the first photo and the second, I’m right there with you. Why, I remember a time when I’d put on a little makeup—uphill both ways, in the snow—and it would be like, damn, girl, you sure clean up nice.

Now it takes a ridiculous amount of effort just to appear as though I’m not wearing much makeup at all. Forget smokey eyes and defined cheekbones and dramatic contouring and all that, for me it’s pretty much all about trying to look awake and somewhat refreshed. My entire makeup strategy is this: REDUCE THE HAGGARD.

Since I really, really love it when other people talk about what beauty products they enjoy, I’m going to tell you about some of my favorites for Operation RTH. (This isn’t a sponsored post or anything, but I have included some Amazon affiliate links which you can always delete.) If chatting about makeup isn’t your thing, may I recommend this super-awesome video of a 4th grader’s first ski jump, which doesn’t at ALL seem like the kind of thing that could make you cry, but it totally will.

Okay! Here’s what I use on a regular basis, in the order I apply it:

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Treatment. This is a very unromantic-sounding moisturizer, but I absolutely love it. I feel like it helps my skin stay clearer and less dull (although this sort of thing is also highly affected by what I eat), and it absorbs quickly with no gloppy films or scents.

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Missha M Perfect Cover B.B. Cream. I recently switched to this cream foundation after I started noticing that the Bare Minerals powder I’d been wearing for years was starting to … settle into my various face-creases. This is a Japanese product I’d never heard of and I bought it solely based on its positive customer reviews, and I’m very glad I found it—for me, it does a great job of providing even coverage while still remaining sheer and breathable. I’ve been wearing the Light Beige color, which is pretty light, I’d try a darker shade for the summer (I think “Natural Beige” is about as dark as this line goes, though).

It does leave my face a little shiny as the day wears on, whether that’s because it’s a cream or because of the SPF 42 factor. But it doesn’t look oily like other liquid foundations sometimes do, so I don’t really mind.

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Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer. There’s no product on earth that can eliminate the major dark eye-circles I’ve been blessed with, but this concealer makes a pretty big difference. It last forever, too—I think I bought this tube like 2 years ago.

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Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder. After I put on the foundation/concealer, I dust this all over to set mah shit.

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Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder. I use this powder to fill in my brows (with a narrow brush), and I also sweep it over my cheeks and just under my brow bone. Another long-lasting item, because I’ve had this little box forever.

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BareMinerals Multi-Tasking Powder in Summer Bisque. I sweep some of this on as a sort of eyeshadow, from lid to brow. It doesn’t have a color, exactly, it just creates a smooth, finished look that also hides the fact that I don’t have perfectly groomed eyebrows.

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Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey. This is about the only eye pencil I’ve found that goes on smoothly to create a subtle amount of line. I use a small amount on my top lid only, which gives a little boost of definition.

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Benefit High Brow. Speaking of boosts, this product is insanely awesome and it’s hard to describe why. It’s basically a very light creamy pencil that creates a highlighted effect—I draw it under my brow line, then blend. It’s like, poof, instantly refreshed.

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NARS powder blush in Orgasm. There’s a reason this blush is a cult favorite, it’s super easy to blend and the subtle golden/pink-ish color seems universally flattering. Plus: orgasm. Heh.

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Blinc Mascara. I don’t use mascara every day, but on the days when I do, this is the best I’ve ever tried. It goes on like a dream, without creating gloopy lashes that stick together, and it lasts—with no smearing—until you wash it off. For extra va-va-va-voom effect, aim a blowdryer at your lash curler for about ten seconds before curling your lashes (thanks for the tip, Sarah Lena!), then apply your mascara.

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Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm. Last but not least, the best lip balm in the whole world, bar none. Not sticky or overly shiny, super-natural soft color. Love this stuff.

WHEW. Yeah, it takes a fair amount of work to REDUCE the haggard, but since the alternative is EMBRACING the haggard, so be it.

Tell me, what are your all-time favorite beautification products? What do you use on a regular basis?

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Clare
Clare
12 years ago

I absolutely love the following:

As a concentrated, extra great concealer for under the eyes, I love Benefit’s Erase Paste http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P208603

My sister is a makeup artist, and turned me on to MAC’s pro products– their concealer is also amazing. Only problem I’ve found is that it only comes in a teeny tiny bottle, and I have to re-order ever couple of months. Totally worth it.

I absolutely love Weleda’s Wild Rose Day Cream. I love almost everything they make, but this is the product that I use most often. http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/wild-rose-smoothing-day-cream.aspx

Also adore M.A.C.’s lip pencils– especially in Dervish. Their lip gloss in Viva Glam is a favorite among myself and many other girls I know. It seems to look good on everyone.

Alexandra
Alexandra
12 years ago

I wish I looked that good fresh out of the shower! Not haggard at all :P I don’t use as many beautification products (but then I also don’t look that amazing afterwards), but I like the new SIMPLE skincare line (hypoallergenic/noncomedogenic/etc.) and Clinique. I moisturize, use some Clinique foundation that’s specifically for acne (I had it really bad during my pregnancy and now have awful scars), and then top off with some mascara. Currently I’m using CoverGirl because it was cheap, but I’m tempted to try the one you mentioned (I HATE clumping).

Emily
Emily
12 years ago

Oh my, do you do that every day? I’m just happy that I remember to brush my teeth before I leave the house every day! (And keep in mind I work in an office where most women are wearing $200 shoes and have standing weekly manicure appointments!) Gaah. Maybe I’m just a slob.

Clare
Clare
12 years ago

Also, here are my sister’s favorites http://instagr.am/p/IVY-kdl0cg/

Mouse
12 years ago

Thank you for posting this! I’m currently on a quest for the perfect eyeliner and you’ve given me one to try. Confession: I’ve recently considered tossing my entire make up bag, which frankly consists of about 4 things, and starting all over. Thanks for the tips!
Ps- I don’t see haggard at all, not even in the before.

Michele
Michele
12 years ago

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Angella
12 years ago

Blinc mascara! I became a convert three years ago when a girlfriend opened an online boutique, and have sent it to both Sarah and Kerri Anne. Love.

Deb
Deb
12 years ago

I like Paula’s Choice for skincare – she wrote a book called Don’t Go to the Makeup Counter Without Me in which she reviews like, every single skincare/makeup product from every skincare/makeup line out there. She tells you which chemicals are irritants, which are pointless, and which are helpful.

I guess eventually she decided to quit reviewing and start her own line. I don’t like her makeup, but her skincare is THE BEST. There are NO irritants – dyes, perfumes, or gimmicky nonsense; and she doesn’t test on animals.

At this point in my ever-aging life, I use the RESIST line, which I love. Her website walks you through what products are best for your skin type. I noticed a difference the first time I used the Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. And she has great customer service.

http://www.paulaschoice.com/

Jeez. Commercial Over.

MotherGooseAmy
MotherGooseAmy
12 years ago

I hate foundation. Laura Mericer tinted moisturizer is the only thing I will smear all over my face.

Urban decay eyeshadow primer. I used to think eyeshadow primer was a waste of money, but this one keeps my eyeshadow and liner in place all day and night.

Not sure if you have frizz issues with your hair, but if you do I recommend Living Proof No Frizz spray.

Jill
12 years ago

Literally today I walked into Nordstroms and over to Kiehls and said, “Give me whatever you have that won’t make me look like this any more.” I’m going to cleanse, SPF, moisturize, and eye conceal the crap out of the ‘I work from home and chase two boys around all day’ face. PS- While Ashlee was sampling stuff all over me, I had to wipe oatmeal out of my eyebrows. That’s a start, right? Wish me luck.

Ginger
Ginger
12 years ago

I love how natural your makeup looks. Thank you for all of the recommendations – I picked up the Neutrogena lip balm because I saw it on your blog, and it is WONDERFUL! And WOW – without makeup, it’s even easier to see how much Riley looks like his mama!

warcrygirl
12 years ago

I’ve tried various drugstore cosmetics and they all did the same thing: made me look like my face was melting. Even the oil free stuff sucked. I’ve been using Clinique products exclusively for the last 17 years or so. I don’t wear foundation, just tinted sunscreen and loose powder to finish. I don’t buy the mascara as I usually don’t finish the tube before it gets skunky so I just use the travel sizes that come in the Gift with Purchase. If I need to get a full sized mascara I get Almay; it’s the only one I can wear without spending the rest of the day absentmindedly pulling my eyelashes out. I can’t tolerate any fragrance and the other drug store stuff irritates my eyes. I’m a 3-Step girl all the way, especially now that my ovaries and my oil glands have decided to gang up on me and make my face think it’s 14 again.

BTW, you have gorgeously shaped eyes.

Kim
Kim
12 years ago

I love that Hoola bronzer too; it’s the only one that doesn’t look muddy on my pale face. I love the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow pallet (the first one); it’s a neutral lover’s dream come true and I also like Smashbox’s face highlight for when I feel like looking a little more awake for not much effort. NYX’s Milk eye pencil in the inner corner of your tear ducts help in that situation as well. Looking awake is the best I can hope for these days as well.

Kelly
Kelly
12 years ago

Great post! I’m more into skincare than makeup and my 2 favorite things are:

Peter Thomas Roth’s Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads. I cut them in 1/2, use every other night so it lasts a long time. It’s helped my sun/age spots. (I’m 36)

BalticCollagen.com – face and neck gel – holy moly, instant facelift, lines plumped, smooth, amazing. 1 pump in the AM on damp face and neck is magic.

Kami
Kami
12 years ago

Perfect timing. I’am going through the exact same problem, infact I’m the queen of haggard. I started using the anti blemish/wrinkle stuff because of you-LOVE it.

I also just purchased erase paste, lemon aid, and eye bright all from sephora. All due to the haggard problem. This isn’t fun and damn expensive. Falsies mascara isn’t to bad for a drug store brand. I’am in love with Bliss fabulous facewash (sephora), it leaves my face so clean feeling and never tight. I use It’s a 10 in my hair there again because you recommended it, love it also. If your hair is flat I just got the Big Sexy root pump (my husband happens to think that is hilarious) that stuff can give anyone some big hair. I’am dying to try Make Up Forever from sephora it has amazing reviews and it’s hd? Blurs imperfections? That’s nexy on my list along with a foundation brush I may be the only person left not using one yet. Ok this was random but so is my make up at this point in my life. Please do more post like this ;)

Maggie
12 years ago

I worship at the altar of Erase Paste. I was using some lame-o drugstore concealer that was probably the wrong color, then I bought Erase Paste on the advice of the entire internet. They were not wrong.

Amy K
Amy K
12 years ago

A Clarisonic Mia and using Philosophy’s When Hope Is Not Enough daily have made a big difference in my complexion. My makeup staples are Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer and cream blush, Clinique Colour Surge Butter Shine lipstick because everything else dries me out, and Benefit High Beam for a subtle glow on my cheekbones. I’ve been looking for a better eyeliner and I’m way too uncoordinated to use liquid, so I’m definitely going to check out that Laura Mercier pencil. Your before and after pictures both look lovely, by the way.

ZestyJenny
12 years ago

Thabk you for that video!

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
12 years ago

I loved this post, I love to see what other people’s beauty routines are.
I’m very simple. I’m at work so I am going to try and remember the exact products that I use.

First I use Aveeno Positively Radiant moisturizer.

Then I use Revlon Photo Photoready foundation to even everything out.

Next on my eyes I use (I think) Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow, it’s a dark brown color like a cocoa.

Then Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in black just on my top lid.

Mascara is next and it’s Maybelline Falsies waterproof.

Last I use Revlon Colorstay lipstick and I cannot remember the color.

I only take a few minutes to get ready.

Cheryl S.
Cheryl S.
12 years ago

Oooh! I’m running off to google the Missha BB Cream. I got a sample of the Garnier BB cream and I LOVE the way it feels. I don’t love that it’s too dark for me and makes me look like my head is on the wrong body.

I love Laura Mercier setting powder too. I use the foundation as well, and it covers great but is a bit heavy.

Deanna
Deanna
12 years ago

Right there with ya jumping off the bare minerals wagon.
Recently saw this: http://ask.metafilter.com/208315/Pretty-me-up-on-the-cheap

So I tried the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel (walmart, near the condoms, 5 bucks and change) is *JUST LIKE* Smashbox primer. Wow! Awesome!!

Also: Beware buying make on ebay. I did and got fake High Brow and fake mascara. Who knew?!

Amy M.
Amy M.
12 years ago

Wow! I’m far too lazy to do all of that! I just use Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar (w/ spf 25), Makeup For Ever Aqua Eyes pencil & some Burt’s Bees lip balm (or whatever I have a free sample of in the house). Done in one minute. This is necessary to have time to child-wrangle before school. I may try the Blinc mascara for the rare occasion I get to go out. Thanks for the tip!

Lucy
Lucy
12 years ago

Ditto the previous poster on Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (oil-free for me). Additionally, I have very, very sparse eyebrows and a fivehead, and Smashbox Brow Tech is fantastic. I have been a big fan of Neutrogena’s Moisture Shine Lipsheers, but I’m pretty sure they’ve discontinued them.

Shawna
Shawna
12 years ago

Holy crap that is a lot of stuff! I had no idea people put that amount of product on their faces all at once! There is no way I could be bothered with the time and effort. I put on moisturizer after the shower and that’s it.

Of course, I don’t have a lifestyle that requires me to look particularly polished, I’m blessed by the fact that I look pretty young for my age, and it requires a certain amount of not caring what other people think about my lack of makeup.

I’m definitely going to check out that moisturizer that you mention though.

Thanks for this eye-opening post!

MRW
MRW
12 years ago

Oh man, I so desire to try new make-up stuff, but my skin is a complete PITA – sensitive, rosacea, etc. so I’m always gun shy about new things because it sucks to spend $$ on new products only to give them away or throw them out when they inevitably make me break out or have a rosacea flair up. I will keep using the same old stuff until they don’t make it anymore then have a crisis. I must say that to me you look fab before and after makeup.

bj
bj
12 years ago

I’ll add to the chimes that you looked good before all the makeup. I think you have fabulous eyes, just like one would draw for some kind of fairy creature (tilted, big, bright).

Have you ever run a test of less makeup to see how you felt about it? Or is this your standard routine? I also think that it’s a lot more important what *you* think, than what I think.

bj
bj
12 years ago

Your hair looks great, too, by the way. I’m wondering about what it takes to make your hair look like that too, say, with a straight out of the shower picture?

Jesabes
12 years ago

I’m not sure how much better this stuff can make me look, as my freshly showered unmakeup-ed face looks WAY WORSE. I am very impressed.

Paige
Paige
12 years ago

I’ve recently noticed the same problem with Bare Minerals. It settles into my laugh lines around my mouth and makes me look old and haggard. I need to find something different, but shopping for foundation is about as exciting as bra shopping. Blarg.

I have issues with undereye circles and puffiness too. I’ve been using Garnier’s Anti-Puff Eye Roller for awhile now and love it. (http://www.garnierusa.com/_en/_us/our_products/product.aspx?tpcode=OUR_PRODUCTS^PRD_SKINCARE^SKIN_RENEW^SKIN_RENEW_DISCOVER^SKIN_RENEW_RTN2&prdcode=P19112) They also make an Anti-Dark-Circle Eye Roller that actually contains a light concealer, but I haven’t tried it but since my problem is mostly puffiness.

For mascara, I like Covergirl’s Eye-Brightening Mascara. (http://www.covergirl.com/exacteyelights-eyebrightening-mascara) Their shade for blue eyes is Black Sapphire, which is a gunmetal grey color. Hard to say if it actually enhances my eye color, but I like the mascara itself.

I LOVE Clinique’s Quickliner for Eyes. (http://www.clinique.com/product/1597/4770/Makeup/Eyeliners/Quickliner-For-Eyes/index.tmpl) I have used it in slate ever since high school. I actually use it under my eyelashes along the edge of my eyelid. It gives my pale lashes more oomph without looking like I’m actually wearing eyeliner.

Just yesterday I bought some of that new Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eye shadow. ( http://www.maybelline.com/products/164/eyes/eye-shadow/eye-studio-color-tattoo-24hr-cream-gel-shadow/tenacious-teal/40?shadeId=917) I bought it in the “Fierce and Tangy” shade which is basically a bright tangerine color. I can’t decide if it makes me look cool and edgy or batshit insane.

Sarah Lena
12 years ago

Thanks for the shout-out! Are you now RELIGIOUS about blow-drying your eyelashes? Because I am, and I will not apply mascara if I don’t have access to a blowdryer. True story.

My new love is Perricone MD No-Foundation Foundation. It’s very similar to a bb cream, in that it’s a do-it-all with a great SPF, but it’s a little lighter. I have crazy dry skin and the bb creams really agitated it.

Also, Maybeline’s Baby Lips lip balm. Total winner.

cara
12 years ago

Dr. Bronner’s soap and lipbalm. The end.
And I think your undone face is cute. :)

bessie.viola
12 years ago

Thank you so much! I love this post. You look fantastic either way – your skin is so very clear! – but I always love getting new stuff. Thanks especially for the moisturizer recommendation – I need something anti-aging so I’ll start my trialing with this one. I’m 28 and all the women I know are screeching “ANTI WRINKLE! ANTI LINE! ANTI EVERYTHING” at me so I guess I’ll get on that.

Also, I am going to buy the Orgasm blush just for the name. Heh. Love.

Kari
Kari
12 years ago

I hope you aren’t as irritated by all the “gosh, that is so much makeup, where do you have the time, I’m too busy running after my kids” comments as I am. I enjoy those kind of remarks nearly as much as people who boast about not watching television.

I’m guessing your makeup routine takes about 15 minutes, tops (the rest is for hair). For me, it is one of the more worthwhile investments of time in day. I am more productive and feel more put together if I take those fifteen minutes to enhance whatever natural beauty I have. The ROI for putting myself together is through the roof.

To the end, I am a longtime fan of Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, as well as her loose powder bronzer. After spending five grueling minutes doing that, I somehow find the time to line my eyes with a mac pencil (I am on the lookout for a better one), then I sweep a little eyshadow over all of the imperfections in whatever line I managed to draw along my lashes. Somedays, if I have an extra two minutes, I curl the eyelashes and apply mascara. At most, 15 minutes.

We won’t speak about how much time I spend on my hair, but getting a keratin treatment every three months greatly reduces the styling time. I consider it a personal accomplishment if I can get hair and face done in 30 minutes, and most days I do. On certain occasions, I can take as long as 45 minutes. And it is always worth it.

Lisa
Lisa
12 years ago

I just ordered the Missha BB cream on amazon! I kept hearing all these great things about this mysterious BB Cream from Korea and all that and after reading your post, it sealed the deal. Can’t wait to try it. I ordered the No.23 shade, since you answered my question about whether No. 21 would be too light or not…Thank you!

Linda
Linda
12 years ago

Kari: yes, exactly! It takes a very short amount of time and makes me feel a lot better about myself. To each their own, but I don’t feel remotely silly about my little routine.

Cindy
Cindy
12 years ago

Thanks for the tips. Always fun to try new stuff and pray that by some f’ing miracle it makes me look hawt.

Rebecca (Bearca)
12 years ago

Somebody else already said this, but the Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle Peel Pads are AMAZING. I love them deeply.

Also, I wish I looked as good as you do right out of the shower. I… do NOT.

anu
anu
12 years ago

Man, I have like buckets of makeup. But I use a glycolic acid face cream every day (Aqua Glycolic or Alpha Hydrox), my Clarisonic and Cerave face wash. In terms of makeup-makeup, I’d say my NARS foundation is my favorite beauty find. I have extremely yellow skin-I’m Indian and my mother is straight up yellow (she usually gets mistaken for Persian) and my father is a more traditional brown color and I ended up with extremely yellowy olive-brown skin. It has a been a nightmare to find true yellow based foundation over the years!

So for all the yellow-toned ladies out there…NARS or Vasanti are probably a sure bet.

Jessica
12 years ago

I use Smashbox primer under my eyes before putting on my foundation. I have terrible bags and I like the way my foundation goes on after the primer.

I’ve never tried Blinc but I think I have to now. I’m always looking for a mascara that won’t flake off after a couple of hours.

Larissa
Larissa
12 years ago

The only sort of unusual things I use are DHC’s Velvet Skin Coat that is a primer/mattifier and Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Finish Mousse makeup which is extreamly light coverage.

willikat
12 years ago

Oh man, I do this for a living so I could go ON and ON.

Here’s one thing I will definitely recommend (besides my ever-present amazing hair dryer that you and I have discussed):

Vapour Soft Focus foundation. (http://www.vapourbeauty.com/Foundation-Concealer-and-Face-Makeup/Vapour-Organic-Beauty-Atmosphere-Soft-Focus-Foundation.asp) It’s all natural, and I’m telling you, it IMPROVES your skin tone. They are basically working themselves out of a product. Well, not really, but you know what I mean. I’m obsessed. They also make a GREAT highlighter, a la Benefit’s stick, but ti’s softer. (http://www.vapourbeauty.com/Foundation-Concealer-and-Face-Makeup/Vapour-Organic-Beauty-Stratus-Instant-Skin-Perfector.asp) It’s like using the blur tool in Photoshop. No lies. Makeup artist trick: blend highlighter into the hollow between your nose and eyeball. That’s where a lot of shadow falls. I promise your undereyes don’t appear as dark to others as they do to you when you are directly under the lights in from of your bathroom mirror.
FOr skin care, I love Weleda, Arcona, Intelligent Nutrients (I am sort of a safe-cosmetics person, for the most part.) A new thing I love are the Cover Girl Nature Luxe lip balm/lipsticks. You would love those. Try the Peony color. Feels like balm, has a little tint. The reds are great for people scared of red lipstick, but wanting to try the red trend. filling in brows is one of the best things anyone can do for their face–they’re your “frames” and defining them (and highlighting well underneath) is like a mini face lift! I like MAC’s powder or Sonia Kashuk’s pencil. Also, liners–I prefer gel formulations but if you love the stick, L’Oreal has new “intense” eyeliner pencils that gliiiide right on and have better pigment than most. OK, I’m shutting up now, but I have a million more.

shriek house
12 years ago

You’re so pretty! (in both pics)

I wish I could do the makeup thing, but my eyes completely reject anything on or around them, and it took me a long time to find the *one* moisturizer that doesn’t produce an instantaneous carpet of zits (Oil of Olay, actually – also good for channeling Grandma!) but this post inspires me to maybe try fiddling with things again. Primarily things that could change me from zombie-colored to living.

goingloopy
12 years ago

I used to wear real makeup every day. Now I’m down to oil-free moisturizer (either Tea Tree from the Body Shop or some cheap generic shit I bought at Target that I love), eyeliner (currently, one of the Sephora flashy waterproof variety), mascara (Maybelline VolumExpress Waterproof, which is not perfect but at least doesn’t flake off under my contacts all day), and lipstick (generally some sort of stay-on kind, although I’ll cop to using the Lip Venom Twilight-flavored lip stain sometimes, yes it’s gimmicky and expensive and dumb, but it’s an awesome deep, sheer red). And Warcrygirl-I hear you-I’ll be 38 in 2 months and I swear to fucking god my skin was not this oily in junior high. Which is kind of why I gave up on real makeup, it was gone in an hour anyway.

PS-Linda-you look gorgeous in both pictures.

Simon
12 years ago

Oh I am so glad I’m a guy. If I happen to shave, I’ll put on a little aftershave lotion of whatever brand I happen to have bought for the cheapest. Then I comb my hair and put in a dab of gel. Again, whatever was cheapest the day I was at Walgreens.

Shannon (@ShannonSheh)
Shannon (@ShannonSheh)
12 years ago

You have given me serious eyebrow envy. So neat & tidy & defined! I have what could be best described as two very lazy caterpillars strapped to my forehead & this post has inspired to make a (long overdue) waxing appointment.

Jenny
Jenny
12 years ago

OK, after seeing your before picture and noting how beautifully clear your skin is all by itself, I’m begging you to follow up w/ your care routine. You look awesome!

Lindsay
Lindsay
12 years ago

For you girls looking for a good pencil eyeliner, I recommend Sephora Collection retractable waterproof eyeliner. My eyelids are crazy oily and combined with urban decay primer potion, I no longer have a smudgy
mirror image of my liner on my upper lids anymore.

Casey
Casey
12 years ago

I’m a little late to the party, but I have to add my faves too.

First, I recently splurged and bought Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow. And it is fantastic! Plus, there are tons of videos on You Tube that show you different ways to apply it.

Secondly, after trying every skin care line known to man, I found Rodan and Fields Dermatologists and I am IN LOVE. They’re the makers of Proactiv, and expanded to include an Anti Age line, An Unblemish line (think Proactiv with a kick), a Reverse line (corrects sun damage/sunspots), and a Soothe line (for sensitive skin/rosacea). Lots of people in my town are using it and the results are INCREDIBLE. And as a shameless plug, I’m a consultant…you can check it out here:

http://www.caseystokes.myrandf.com

I promise you won’t be disappointed! And if you are there’s a 60 day money back guarantee.

Any questions?

casey0412@gmail

Maggie
Maggie
12 years ago

YES! Nars blush in orgasm! I fell in love a few years ago and I am never going back! Also: HOW good is that mascara? I’ve been on the hunt for a good mascara for a while now, but I don’t generally like to pay more than $12-ish…but maybe I’m getting what I pay for, and I should just suck it up and pay $18.50 on Amazon?!

Melissa
Melissa
12 years ago

Most things I use once they run out I try something new – eyeshadows, lipsticks, mascaras… I haven’t found ‘the one’ for me yet. I’m definitely trying your mascara and concealer.

The things I do replace and won’t go without:

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier – it’s $40 a tube and I’m usually cheap with makeup and skin-care, but I’m on my 3rd one. It’s a moisturizer, slight sunscreen & it really has helped my breakouts.

Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector – this truly is like spackle. I have enormous pores and it smooths everything over and makes them not so horribly noticeable. I won’t go a day without it.

And I LOVE that High Brow. I just recently bought it for the first time, but it’s some kind of make-up black magic. My eyes have always looked half-dead and it really has brightened everything up.