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.
Eye Liner and Shadow Stick $3.00
available at ELF and most major drugstores (I got mine at Target)
Most of us ladies use a blush and bronzer every day, especially in the summer months. I know I’m feeling a bit pale these days and the right blush/bronzer combination can make all the difference. The latest and greatest from Charlotte Ronson puts the two together in one stick and it is fabulous.
Charlotte’s “2 X A Charm” double-ended cream stick is perfect. One side is a cream blush, the other a cream bronzer. Both impart a sheer, natural wash of color onto your cheeks. The color glides on effortlessly and blends very easily (I like to use my finger). The pigments used absorb and reflect light for a glowing effect. It comes in two shades, which are named after two of her friends. Abby Elliot (from SNL) is a bright azalea blush with a milk chocolate with gold shimmer bronzer and Mindy Kaling (The Office) is a soft, rosy blush with a toasted almond bronzer. Both are super pretty and flattering. And, think how easy it will be to throw in your purse or suitcase! This is a definitely a new love of mine.
Charlotte Ronson 2 X The Charm Blush/Bronzer $26
available at Sephora