Lillian’s personal recommendations for a full face of beauty products:
Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Petal, $17.00
Lil’s Notes: A baby pink that brightens your complexion no matter your skin tone in the dull, dreary wintertime
Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Watermelon, $17.00
Lil’s Notes: Carries a natural sheen that perfectly matches your summery golden glow
Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium or Medium/Deep, $24.00
Lil’s Notes: Unlike other brow colorizers, this one shapes as it colors and volumizes. It combs stray sprouters into place and adds dimension in those sparsest of sparse spaces. For blondes, Light-Medium. For everyone with hair deeper than dirty blonde, I recommend Medium-Deep.
Benefit High Brow Glow, $22.00
Lil’s Notes: In a glowing champagne-pink, this highlighter is meant to underline and follow the exact shape of your brow. Blend lightly and it gives your eyelids instant dimension and lifts your eyebrows.
3. Contouring Highlighter *STEAL ALERT*
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant, $7.99
Lil’s Notes: One of the few drugstore products I would recommend over its department store counterpart–in this case, the YSL Touché Éclat (which is $30+ more). A little bit goes a long way with this pen’s coverage and it has the same lasting power as YSL.
Nars Blush in Orgasm, $30.00
Side note: I am not one for bronzer as I believe the right highlighting tool and a nude lip would bring out a tan-like complexion anyways. I have also yet to find a bronzer, in department or drugstores, that didn’t require a masterful skill in blending for it to appear even semi-natural.
So, I go blush all the way. In this case, the investment in the Orgasm blush is completely worth every penny. Not only does one tiny dusting on the brush highlight an entire cheekbone for the whole day (it lasts from morning to night. No reapplication necessary), but this shimmery peachy-pink is for EVERY woman, no matter her skin tone or shade.
Urban Decay PERVERSION Mascara in Blackest Black, $22
Lil’s Notes: Aside from the intensity of its “blackest black” coat, this mascara’s brush is its star selling point. Its multilayered bristle pattern catches the shortest and finest of all lashes and volumizes/extends like a falsie with literally one swipe of a coat.
Lil’s Notes: I have had the same Shu Uemura Curler since I was 16 with only a few switches of the curler cushion. The curl happens after an ideal 15 seconds of clamping and lasts all day with just a little mascara (no need for the curling variety).
6. Eyeliner *STEAL ALERT*
L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Black, $8.99 (at Ulta)
Lil’s Notes: Another drugstore product for which I have not seen an adequate rival in the department store counters! It glides on so easily like cream and stays on for 16 hours without caking. The color comes off and stays so intensely that I have been stopped on several occasions by complete strangers who just wanted to know the exact eyeliner I was wearing.
Lil’s Notes: The essential palette for Everywoman to transition a look from day to night. Two rows of nudes, one matte and one shiny, cover the spectrum of light to dark. The kit comes with a two-ended brush, one for lining the crease and one end with two sides marked black and white so you never dip a light-eyeshadow brush into the deep end. It seriously can’t get more comprehensive-yet-exquisite than this!
This palette was specially created by the pros at Smashbox Studios after years of working photoshoots on women with all different types of eye shapes and needs. As the above image shows, it comes with a very helpful guide as to how to potentiate the power of the palette to the max based on your particular eye shape… as well as a hefty sample tube of the much-lauded Smashbox 24-Hour Photo Finish Eyeshadow Primer.
8. Eye Highlighter
Benefit Eye Bright, $20
Lil’s Notes: So easy to apply and it lends all eyes a babydoll-like wide-eyed sparkle. KEY TIP: Use it to make a L-shape around your eyes’ inner corners. Blend lightly around the edges.
9. Setting Spray
Lil’s Notes: The idea of makeup setting sprays is relatively new to me, as I have never gotten my makeup professionally done (by choice–I don’t trust others to handle my specific look for major occasions).
However, not only do setting sprays keep your eyeshadows and blushes protected against the harshness of your day, they also smoothen the collective look of all the makeup on your face.