I’m not allowed to wear makeup, but my parents finally agreed to let me wear some to prom. What’s an easy, pretty, and appropriate look that I can go for?
The best way to wear makeup is to let it enhance your features, rather than masking your natural beauty. Start with a lightweight primer like Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36) to ensure your makeup lasts all night. Use a multitasking concealer like Maybelline’s Cover Stick Concealer ($5.99) to cover up dark circles and pesky blemishes, which require fuller coverage, before evening out your skin with a moisturizing liquid foundation. We love that Clinique’s Even Better Makeup SPF 15 ($27) comes in 30 shades to accommodate various skin tones.
Keep it classic with jet-black eyeliner. Creamy gel formulas like Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner in Infinity ($27.50) are super easy to apply for any first-time makeup user—just trace your lash line (get as close to your lashes as possible) and build up to your desired thickness. Curl your lashes with Tweezerman’s Classic Lash Curler ($12.50), pumping the curler toward the ends as you lift upward. For separating and lengthening lashes, Covergirl’s Clump Crusher Mascara ($8.99) does a great job.
Add a pretty flush for pictures by fluffing a luminizing blush like Benefit’s Hervana ($28) onto your cheeks and building up the intensity. Complete the look with Tarte’s LipSurgance Lip Tint in Enchanted ($24), a pretty but subtle dusty rose. Finally, a hydrating lip stain is not only super easy to apply, but will also last longer. By sticking to timeless classics, you can take all your new products to college in the fall.
I keep reading about people changing their beauty routine for spring. What does that mean? What should I be changing?
Generally, people are referring to their skincare regimens, although some also like to update the colors that they’re using. A luxuriously rich and creamy moisturizer helps keep skin supple and soft during the cold, dry winter months, but once it warms up (and gets more humid) in the spring, our skin is naturally more hydrated.
If you’re looking to switch to a lighter moisturizer, try using Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath Oxygen Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($35)—though with sunnier days ahead, additional sunscreen is an absolute must. You may also want to consider investing in a mud mask like Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque ($23), which is a great product for purifying clogged pores and removing oil and sweat.
I love wearing eyeliner, but the color always smudges and I look like a raccoon by the end of the day. What am I doing wrong?
There are many culprits behind those dreaded raccoon eyes. Oily lids is one factor that can cause your liner to run. Try prepping your lids with a primer, which prevents slippage by giving liner something to adhere to. NARS’ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($25) is a great basic shadow base, but you can also have fun with primer by using something shimmery like Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance Champagne Eye Shadow Primer ($20).
You can also try swapping your kohl pencil liner to a gel or liquid liner, which tends to last longer. Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Eyeliner ($24) comes in 14 colors from basic black to a dark navy blue, and the creamy formula glides right onto your skin, quickly drying to a budge-proof finish.
Finally, be sure you’re using waterproof mascara like Lancome’s Definicils High Definition Mascara($27.50), which coats each lash to gorgeous definition. And if you’re worried about scrubbing all this waterproof makeup off at the end of the day, invest in a separate eye makeup remover like Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips ($18), which has a non-irritating formula that gently whisks away stubborn colors.
Last modified: March 21, 2014