The eyelid primer of eyelid primers. Nothing beats out NARS! The tiniest dab on each eyelid and even right underneath your lower lashes (if you are applying liner or eyeshadow there), will keep your makeup in perfect form for hours on end. This is a true workhorse.
How so little primer can set your eyeshadow in place, along with capturing it’s true intensity, never ceases to amaze me. No melting makeup, no creasing, no smudging. Eyeshadow looks smooth, vibrant and freshly applied, without your eyelids looking dry and heavy.
No primer I’ve come across even comes close to this one and I’ve tried all the big guns. The creamy velvety texture of this base melts right into your skin without any tackiness. And although it applies white, it quickly disappears.
The one drawback? This stuff is so good, it’s hard to wipe away makeup application booboos. But I’ll take that over eye shadow that’s sitting on my cheeks after a few hours. Oh, and did I mention no creasing? I repeat. No creasing. No fading. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is worth every penny.
Let’s face it. After a few hours of wear, even the best concealers will start to fade. I have searched high and low for a concealer that won’t let me down. Now, while I’ve discovered some brilliant concealers, a no-need-to-touch-up concealer has yet to surface. Luckily, I stumbled upon a product that makes my fave concealers budge-proof, crease-proof, heat-proof, and fade-proof. This is going into the Must Haves List!
The Smashbox Under Eye Primer is a true multi-tasker. It’s not only hydrating but super-lightweight, with a silky texture that blends in smoothly and effortlessly. Loaded with caffeine and peptides, it also provides incredible nutrition for the skin. And the optical brighteners in this soft pink formula perk up those dark circles before you even add concealer.
But the best part? Once you pair this primer with concealer, concealer is locked in placed and looks completely natural. Those pesky fine lines disappear and even puffiness seems to be reduced (never an easy thing to accomplish with any product). All that and you need only the tiniest amount. One tube will last you a long time, making the $29 price tag more palatable.
From The Smashbox Site:
• Key immediate benefits:
o 69% increase in hydration-so don’t worry about skipping moisturizer!
o 56% improvement in clarity
o 46% improvement in radiance
• Key benefits in 8 weeks:
o 37% decrease in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
o 28% reduction of dark circles
o 21% decrease of puffiness
The dreaded international flight. How to do right by your skin while 30,000 feet in the air for 10 hours? Just read on!
As important as it is to stay hydrated on a regular basis by drinking water it is doubly as important when you are getting ready to and while flying. Try to double up on your water in-take in the days leading up to your flight. If you aren’t regularly taking a fish oil then add it into your daily regime. The fatty acids in fish oil are proven to both help the brain and cardiovascular function and help skin cells retain moisture. It’s a good idea to also throw some in your carry-on for in-flight or during your time away. It’s a powerful punch for something that doesn’t take up valuable shopping space in luggage.
IN FLIGHT OPERATION
Even if you pick a couple of these tips it will do wonders for your arrival.
1. Drink lots of water even if it means getting up multiple times to the frustration to the aisle passenger.
2. Drink hot water with lemon, refreshing, hydrating, and lemon is key to metabolic boosting!
3. Use a Hydrating mist every few hours to keep your skin feeling refreshed and stop it from getting tight. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater
4. During the flight, in addition to spritzing your mist, try to re-apply your moisturizer. The constant air conditioning can suck the life out of your skin, so even if your skin is usually oily, you’ll notice it absorbing moisturizers much faster.
5. Apply lip balm. The same applies for the lips in that the cabin air will suck the nourishment up so try Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $6.00 or Caudalie Lip Conditioner, $12.00 both available at Sephora.
6. Sanitize – A breeding ground for germs it’s important to make sure you land healthy on the other end. The worst would be to find yourself on an amazing vacation and coming down with a cold 2 days later. Sanitize your hands with L’Occitane Lavender Clean Hand Gel from the Provence to Go Collection, $7.00.
FAVORITE TRAVEL KITS
Trilogy Travellers takes the hassle out of packing and has everything you need to land with a glow. Plus I love the packaging! $37.00
Dermalogica Skin Kits have all the benefits of a full regimen… to go. Featuring convenient travel sizes in a durable travel pouch, your Skin Kit allows you to hit the road safe in the knowledge that you’re packing a full regimen of products. 35.00.
To read up on other travel kit options check out this article at Marie Claire.
Before you land give yourself a quick face wash with either a rinse free cleanser or a cleanser wipe. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes $4.99 are some of my favorite nourishing wipes! They are non-comedogenic, use no alcohol, and have the added benefits of PRO-VITAMIN B5 which are known to help restore, soften and smooth skin.
Then make sure to re-apply your moisturizer and touch up your make-up with the bare minimum. To mask the jet lag try a concealer, YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, $40, to cover up dark circles and redness. Then add a couple coats of mascara, such as Covergirl LashBlast Length Mascara, $6.94, to open up your eyes. And lastly, a lip or cheek stain in a soft pink or peach shade to hide any redness from the flight. If you go with a creme it also has the added benefit of creating a dewy look with appears more youthful and energized. It’s better to look clean and effortless while traveling.
Nars Blush in Orgasm is legendary for a reason! Year after year, it has been an Allure Best of Beauty Winner, InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys, and a Beauty Editor favorite. It’s no surprise that you’ll rarely come across a makeup artist’s kit that doesn’t include this! Why? This universally flattering peachy pink shade, with its subtle golden sheen, brightens the face instantly. Your left with a healthy flush that look freshly sunkissed, thanks to this sheer yet buildable powder blush. And the color is built like the Energizer Bunny. It just goes and goes and goes, resisting fading for hours on end.
To use, lightly run a fan brush or skunk brush over the blush, since Nars blushes are so highly pigmented. Then sweep it over the center of the cheekbones and softly blend it out. You can also dust some into the eyelid crease, temples, hairline, jawline, and bridge of the nose. One swipe yields a soft wash of color. Two or more swipes builds the intensity. SInce there is a good dose of shimmer here, for daytime you may want to buff it out with a sponge to take it down a few notches.
This iconic Nars blush can add elegant dimension, definition, and the warmest glow to your skin! And because you need so little, thanks to the intense pigmentation, one of blush will last you years. If you don’t already own this, try it for the perfect glow!
P.S. Not to be confused with Nars Super Orgasm Blush. Way too glittery in my opinion.