I’m planning on making “5 on 5” a regular feature for the 5th of each month; sometimes it will feature beauty products, sometimes other things. My list of beauty basics seems like a good place to begin. These are all items that I’ve purchased and repurchased over the past few years; they never let me down.
Shiseido Shimmer Rouge Lipstick in RS310 (Brocade): I love everything about this lipstick: its medium-rose shade (neither too “cool” nor too “warm”), its delicate shimmer, its sleek, deep-plum packaging, and the fact that it wears well through a cup of coffee or a snack.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion: Like many, many other readers of Makeup Alley, I learned years ago that this base product will enhance and prolong any eye shadow. I wear it every single day that I wear makeup (which is pretty much, well, every single day). And now Primer Potion is packaged in a squeeze tube rather than its previous rigid tube with wand applicator, nothing goes to waste, making it just about perfect.
Paul & Joe Beauté Stick Concealer: Yes, Paul & Joe is always coming out with new limited-edition color cosmetics in charming packaging, but this concealer is my favorite stand-by from the line. We all have flaws, and this is my personal remedy. It provides creamy but enduring camouflage for undereye circles and other problem spots. (I wear shade #2).
Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Gold Reef: I only use pencil liners on my eyes, and this bronzy brown is my choice for everyday wear. It looks alarmingly chunky, but if it’s kept sharpened it applies a smooth line of long-lasting color. The built-in smudger is a nice extra.
Caron Poudre Libre: I love Caron’s fragrances, but I’m also a devoted user of this classically Parisian loose face powder. It’s finely milled and rose-scented, and one gold-finish canister lasts for months. My shade is Translucide; there’s a wide range of tints, especially for paler skintones.
I haven’t included any skincare products…perhaps that will be the subject of another post!
Disclaimer: I’ve purchased all these products for myself, more than once. Paul & Joe is available at Bergdorf Goodman, and the best place to shop for Caron in NYC is the Phyto/Caron boutique at Lexington Avenue and 58th Street.