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Liner Notes

As a young woman, I could not get enough eyeliner. That seems to still be the trend in the land of youth. As a more elegant woman (I refuse to say mature), I’ve come to realize less is more. Eye makeup can give away your age quickly. It has a tendency to settle into fine lines and creases or smudging onto the brow bone. But sometimes a lady does need a little definition and color. Enter the wonderful eyeliner/ shadow stick from E.L.F.
This combo is a dream. The eyeliner is so slim it’s virtually fool-proof. It has twist-up ease, so there’s never a need to sharpen (just make sure you twist it back down before capping). This soft gel liner makes it a breeze to create dramatic definition and the light-reflecting pigments help line the eye subtly but effectively. Because of my eye shape, I often get mascara along my upper lash line, but one swipe of this hides those mistakes. The smooth glide shadow stick provides a soft, highlighting color that compliments the liner and really makes my eyes pop. Again, I just do one swipe and have instant and flawless color. It wears really well and never ends up where it shouldn’t be. It’s available in 6 shades, which makes achieving a smokey eye super easy.

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Eye Liner and Shadow Stick $3.00
available at ELF and most major drugstores (I got mine at Target)

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Perfect Papers

I’ve used blotting papers off and on since high school. They all do a really good job at eliminating shine, but often leave a powder residue. And really, the whole reason behind using blotting papers is to minimize the need for powder. There is one brand that has mastered the blotting paper and brought them to a whole new level. Tatcha has brought their 300 year old Japanese beauty secret to the masses. Using charcoal, which is known for it’s power of absorption, and high grade abaca fibers, they have created a paper that is completely powder free. These papers remove excess oil (which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts) and sweat without disturbing makeup or stealing moisture from the skin. They also minimize the need for harsh complexion treatment products and can be used as a primer and powder alternative. Ideal for all skin types, these are papers every girl should have.

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Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers $15 for single pack (30 sheets)
available at Tatcha

For a more affordable version, e.l.f. has a blotting paper that also absorbs oil, minimizes the appearance of pores, and is made with green tea. While not quite the quality of the Tatcha, these are a decent alternative.

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e.l.f Essential Shine Eraser $1.00 per pack
available at Target

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