Things Every Woman Needs in Her Makeup Bag
Have you ever wondered what products a makeup artist has in her bag? Moreover, which of them you should steal for yourself? Laura Geller, the beauty pro on Project Runway All Stars, sat down with Marie Claire to reveal all—and give us the behind-the-scenes scoop. Take notes!
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Primer: “Primer is an absolute must for every makeup bag. Primers create the perfect canvas for makeup to last all day, while helping skin retain moisture, feel softer and look smoother. It creates a beautiful, even surface to allow foundation to glide onto skin and not sink into pores. My favorite product is Spackle Under Make-up Primer, our innovative under makeup primer that infuses good-for-you ingredients into an amazingly lightweight formula.” Laura Geller Spackle Under Make-Up Primer, $32; laurageller.com.
Eyeliner: “A black liner on the top lash line will create the illusion of fuller, thicker lashes.” Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, $19.50; sephora.com.
Mascara: “Mascara is a must have. It will define your lashes and open up your eyes.” Covergirl LashBlast Length Mascara, $7.99; covergirl.com.
Brow Shaper: “Eyebrows are such an expressive feature and can have a big effect on the overall look of your face, so it’s essential to keep them well-shaped.” Revlon Brow Fantasy, $8.99; ulta.com.
Hydrating Mist: “Whether you have oil-prone or dry skin, all women must moisturize. Most women apply moisturizer in the morning and think it’s enough to last the day. But the skin needs constant hydration. A hydrating mist throughout the day will keep your skin dewy and refreshed.” Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray, $30; sephora.com.
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Highlighter: “Highlighter is the easiest way to create dimension and draw attention to your best features. Our Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey is such a versatile highlighter. Use it on your cheeks, inner corners of your eyes to make them look brighter, and even on the Cupid’s bow for an instant glow.” Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, $26; laurageller.com.
Bronzer: “I’ve lived in New York most of my life, and while I love the changing seasons, I don’t love how winter often brings dullness to my complexion. A bronzer is the best way to maintain a healthy, natural glow all year long.” NARS Bronzing Powder, $39; nars.com.
Blush: “Always, always have blush! A soft pink blush flatters all skin tones and adds a soft, youthful flush of color to brighten your look.” bareMinerals Blush, $20; sephora.com.
Concealer: “Concealer is a versatile product can be used to camouflage under-eye circles, hide dark spots and imperfections, and often, the best concealers can even be used as a foundation or in place of foundation.” Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal, $7.99; target.com.
Touch-up powder: “I’m a big believer makeup should just be refreshed, not re-applied, during the day. To maintain a flawless complexion, I use our Matte Maker Oil Blotting Powder to stay shine-free and always camera ready.” Laura Geller Matte Maker Oil Blotting Powder, $24; laurageller.com.
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Multi-Tasking Foundation: “Foundation is crucial to every makeup wardrobe. I often alternate between a powder and liquid foundation. Sometimes a gal needs to change her foundation during the year depending on the seasons and her changing skin needs.” Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, $38; sephora.com.
Lip Color: “If you find yourself in a morning rush, apply lipstick and sunglasses and you are ready to go! I love our Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick,which are quick and easy to use. Not to mention they come in a range of great, easy-to-wear colors.” Laura Geller Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick, $21; laurageller.com.
Double-Ended Brush: “You don’t need a ton of tools, you just need the right tools. A versatile brush that can be used for all powders such as bronzers, highlighters and finishing powders is a great investment. Double-ended brushes provide versatility without taking up so much space in a bag. Plus, a good brush can last a lifetime.” Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Brush, $36; sephora.com.
Lip Liner: “Lip liner is an incredibly versatile product. Line to create fullness to lips or apply under a lip gloss to build long-wearing color payoff.” tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon, $18; sephora.com.
Portable Mirror: “A must-have for travel. Instead of being at the mercy of the lighting in whatever room you’re in, stick this mirror on a window for natural light, which is the best for doing your makeup.” Sephora Collection Seeing Double Compact Mirror, $12; sephora.com.
By CAROLINA O’NEILL on MarieClaire.com