Makeup Mondays: Beauty Chemistry and Summer-Lovin' Bronzer

Now that finals weeks are almost over for most of us, summer feels closer than ever, so I’m stocking up on new beauty essentials. I’ve discovered Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder, which I swear is the only bronzer I’ll need all season. I’m also doing “research” for a summer-friendly moisturizer via this periodic table from Refinery 29. And as addicted as I am to beauty products, I can’t imagine shelling out $75 for a single tube of lipstick. Would you? How much do you spend on beauty products? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us at @mochimag #makeupmondays.  

 

Olivia Wilde Deborah Lippmann
Olivia Wilde Deborah Lippmann

Olivia Wilde’s classy mani

By now, you’ve probably already seen the punky looks from Monday’s Met Gala, but have you seen this close-up of Olivia Wilde’s manicure? The fresh look of white nails is perfect for sunny weather, although it can be a tricky color to pull off. Wilde, however, pulls it off perfectly. To complement the actress’s custom Calvin Klein gown, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann gave Wilde a modern French Manicure. Recreate this elegant look at home by painting your nails in Deborah Lippmann’s Amazing Grace ($17), a gorgeous pure white, then tracing your tips oh-so-thinly in Face to Black ($17). How’s that for an easy, glam look?

 

Periodic Table of Beauty Elements
Periodic Table of Beauty Elements

Study this chemistry

Bookmark this gem ASAP. Refinery 29 put together a Periodic Table of Beauty Elements to help you navigate the many ingredients found in skincare products. Gorgeously illustrated by Niky Roehreke, the interactive chart details everything from vitamin C to caffeine to Retinol. Click on an element to learn more about its properties—and more importantly, what it can do for your skin. It’s super cool to see what these ingredients are doing in your skincare products. Plus, developing a better understanding can help you shop smarter. For example, if you have dry skin (like me!), look for a product rich in glycerin, vitamin E and/or glycolic acid when you buy your next moisturizer or serum.

 

Laura Mercier matte radiance baked powder
Laura Mercier matte radiance baked powder

A new favorite bronzer

While I love trying and testing new products, I love discovering new vanity staples even more. This week I’ve found a bronzer I won’t be abandoning. I’m confident I’ll be faking my summer glow with Laura Mercier’s new Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($36) all season long. Accommodating all skin tones, the five shades of the powder (which can be used as a bronzer or highlighter, depending on the shade) provide a gorgeous matte finish with a soft hint of luminosity that make the skin look flawlessly radiant. Infused with vitamin E and jojoba oil, the lightweight formula effortlessly blends into skin allowing you to control the color build-up. So perfect for faking my fresh-faced summer glow!

 

Serge Lutens in Roman Rouge
Serge Lutens in Roman Rouge

A bank-breaking lipstick

Would you spend $75 on a lipstick? What about if it were the only lipstick you’d ever use again? Serge Luten's Refillable Lipstick ($75) is available in nine shades and the matte formula intensely stains the lips. Plus, the shape of the column makes the color easy to apply without a brush. Still, $75 for a lipstick (and $55 for a refill)?! That sounds exorbitant, even to me. I wouldn’t be able to use the color enough to make myself feel un-guilty about the purchase. How about you? What’s the most you’re willing to spend on a lipstick (or any beauty product for that matter?) (via The Cut)