The Third makeup bag: every girl has one. It’s the least popular of all makeup bags. We don’t dig into it every day like the First makeup bag; we don’t carry it with us in case of emergencies like the Second one. The Third makeup bag is simply a cluttered gathering of long-forgotten brushes, shadow palettes, glosses, bronzers, and other beauty essentials that we save and push to the side “just in case.” In fact, sometimes we can forget it’s even there. But every once in a while, when a girl digs in to her Third collection of makeup, beauty balms, and miracle-working serums, she is pleasantly surprised by what she finds…
One. Body lotion is pretty much a no-brainer. (Don’t act like you don’t have nineteen bottles of the stuff lying around.) Lotion revives and rejuvenates dull, dry skin by providing it with an extra layer of moisture. The more often your skin fully absorbs creamy lotion, the better your skin looks and feels. And why wouldn’t you want to take care of the largest organ in your body?
TIP: Mix your favorite unscented, un-sparkled body lotion with your matching shade of liquid foundation to create a lightweight tinted moisturizer.
Two. Tinted lip balm is without a doubt the easiest, most versatile lip product available for those who are looking to both hydrate their chapped lips and create a statement pout. Because it is a balm, it has a lightweight formula that isn’t cakey, sticky, or heavy on the lips. It doesn’t require any special application or even a mirror; just swipe it on and go! Tinted lip balm comes in tons of colors ranging from au naturel to ready-for-the-runway, so you can go from day to night with ease. It’s like chapstick…only better.
TIP: Use a large chubby stick like the ones from Burt’s Bees, and treat it like a creamy blush! Lightly dab onto the apples of your cheeks, then smooth with your fingers.
Three. Cream eyeliner is the only option for your upper lid. Cream eyeliners come in pots, and most include matching angled applicator brushes that are sure to create the perfect cat eye. (If yours doesn’t, check out the selection at Sephora. Buy for quality because a crappy brush will yield crappy results!) Swipe the angled brush through the cream in a couple, short strokes. Then apply a fine line across the upper eyelid, thickening the line or flicking it out at the end if you choose.
TIP: Use at least two coats of a thickening mascara to ensure that your beautiful lashes don’t get lost under your newly defined lash line!
This post was originally published on Tumblr on January 9, 2014.