Inside Belle's Makeup Bag
Feb 10, 2011
Like many women, my skincare routine changes often. I bring in new products almost weekly in search of the Miracle Cure. But while my medicine cabinet is a revolving door of Sephora purchases, my makeup bag is a stalwart of consistency. I’ve been using many of these products for more than a decade, and I see no reason to change.
Products and links can be found in the Polyvore set, here.
On the Face. Two years ago, I switched from MAC products to Laura Mercier, and I am never going back. The foundation primer holds makeup with an almost heavenly power but doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. Because I have pores and acne, I use the silk crème foundation, which you stipple on like spackle. It’s the only foundation I’ve ever found with enough juice to cover a breakout without looking like you applied your makeup with a trowel. However, most women would do very well with just her tinted moisturizer.
As for concealer, I like her Secret Camouflage, but what really makes this concealer great isn’t the formulation, it’s the brush. The tiny brush head is like a lazer, pinpointing the blemish so you never over-apply.
If you’d like to try the primer, tinted moisturizer and concealer (with brushes), you can purchase a very generous trial kit for just $60.
On top of all of this, I apply a light dusting of Laura Mercier translucent powder using Sephora’s complexion perfecting brush. It’s a puffy, soft powder brush that never deposits too much product. And that is a very good thing.
On the Cheeks. I use two products. First, I brush Benefit’s Dandelion onto my cheekbones. And then, for a pop of color, I apply Bobbi Brown’s pale pink blush to my cheeks. This product looks REALLY bright in the package, but it’s actually quite perfect in its soft pinkness.
I use a soft angle blush brush from Sephora for this, but you could also use a fan brush.
On the Eyes. I’ve been wearing Stila Oasis for a decade of more. It’s the perfect pale gold shade for eyes. So every morning, I apply a bit with the tip of my ring finger and then add a muted taupe or mauve to the corners of my lids for extra pop.
As for eyeliner, I’m a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Liner. It comes in a lot of great shades (I find Violet Ink and Black Mauve Shimmer perfect for everyday use), and it really lasts. Unlike Bobbi, who uses a special brush to apply it, I like to wing out the ends, so I use an angled eyebrow brush. And speaking of eyebrows, you should ALWAYS fill yours in, even if you think that they are dark enough on their own. For this task, I use a simple drugstore brown pencil.
On the Lips. You’ll notice that there’s no lip gloss in the photo. That’s because I don’t wear any. When I do wear lip color (special occasions only), I wear Clinique Black Honey. Otherwise, I’m good with chapstick.
As for the makeup bag, I think it’s important that women have a sturdy makeup case that’s easy to keep clean. You have no idea the kinds of bacteria that will grow in there if you don’t. A Lysol disinfecting wipe once a week or so will do the trick.
Likewise, it’s important to keep your brushes really clean. I use an alcohol based spray for every day, and on Sundays I wash everything with natural baby shampoo.