5 Products for “Low-Makeup” Days


I wear makeup whenever I leave the house, i.e. every day; more for work or evenings, of course, and less on weekends or days off when I plan to stay local. I don’t really “do” no-makeup days, but do have a low-makeup (lo-makeup?) routine that’s slightly more streamlined than my office look or my night-out look. Here are five tried-and-true products for days when I’m keeping things simple.

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Product Reviews: TouchBack Duo BrowMarker and The Face Shop Color My Eyebrow


In case you didn’t know, eyebrows are having “a moment.” Forget everything you heard in the early 2000s about tweezing, waxing, and threading your brows into wispy arched lines; today, those ocular accessories should be thick, dark, straight, even “boyish.”

My eyebrows actually happen to be naturally thick-ish, although I did deliberately narrow them somewhat back in the late 90s through repeated plucking. However, this spring, my seasonal pollen allergies gave me itchy eyes, and I ended up rubbing the affected area until I wore a small bald spot in one eyebrow. Now my brows were asymmetrical and potentially off-trend. What to do?

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Product Review: Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights (Baked Starblush)


As I’ve probably mentioned before, I don’t indulge in every cosmetics category as deeply as I do in lipstick. I own just two blushes, for example, and a few single-serving samples of bronzer and highlighter, and I usually find that’s enough for me to have on hand.

However, when I received an offer of this combination blush-highlighter from Smashbox, I was so taken by its rose-y colors and its fun pinwheel effect that I had to accept.

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Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins, Redux (with Some Very Familiar-Looking Images…)


Lipstick Queen has just launched a collection of seven lip glosses named for the Seven Deadly Sins (Lust, Anger, Avarice, et al.). I’m old enough to remember Poppy King’s original Seven Deadly Sins, a series of matte lipsticks in shades that were very daring indeed for the mid-1990s. I tried a few of them at Barneys (the Short Hills location! long since gone!) back in the day.

Anyway, once again I’m compelled to note that Lipstick Queen has apparently asked its graphic designers to seek inspiration from art history or, in this case, from classic fashion illustration. The latest victim is Georges Barbier, a French illustrator best known for his work for Gazette du Bon Ton in the 1910s and 1920s.

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