You’ve heard the phrase, “When you look good, you feel good,” and we couldn’t agree more. When your hair turns out exactly the way you want it to, your skin is clear and bright and you have more than five minutes to do your makeup—that’s not just a good day, that’s a great day. With this in mind, we asked four NewBeauty editors to tell us everything about their favorite beauty look, from why it makes them feel so good to the exact products they used to pull it off. Keep reading for some seriously real beauty inspiration.
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Elise Minton, Executive Beauty Editor
Why I love it: My skin has the perfect amount of glow and I was able to achieve a clean flick with my eyeliner.
I used Benefit Hoola to contour my cheeks and then applied it all over with a big fluffy brush. I added MAC Lustre Drops on the tops of my cheekbones for an illuminated look. To get a casual smoky eye, I first used Charlotte Tilbury Rock N’ Kohl in Black Magic on my lids and blended it out with a shadow brush. Next, I went in with her Nocturnal Cat Eyeshadow in Silver Leopard and layered that over the pencil for a more pigmented look with lots of glimmer to it (the two come together in the Charlotte Tilbury Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise). I lined my eyes with Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen—quite possibly the easiest and best liquid liner—and used beautyblender’s liner.designer to get a perfect flick at the outer corner of my eyes. I finished the look with a layer of Anastasia Liquid Lipstick and topped it off with the tiniest bit of clear gloss.
Carolyn Hsu, Digital Managing Editor
Why I love it: This look is natural but polished. I don’t feel caked in makeup, but I feel put together enough for my meetings and the social circuit.
I usually don’t double cleanse in the morning, but on days where I wake up with yesterday’s makeup on—it’s necessary. I start with Glossier Jelly Cleanser all over my face, lips and eyes. Once I’ve washed off all the makeup, I follow with Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser, which not only smells amazing, but is also so soothing. When I need some extra nourishment, I use the new SK-II Facial Treatment Oil, which contains a mix of good-for-your-skin oils and the brand’s signature ingredient, Pitera, which never fails to make my skin glow. I also swipe some VenEffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment all over my mouth area. I love this product because it hydrates my lips without leaving them feeling waxy, coated or greasy.
Today I’m using Urban Decay Naked One & Done Complexion Perfector, which I applied with a dense hourglass foundation brush (coming this fall) for fuller coverage. The one and done is great because it covers, hydrates, gives me SPF 20 protection and still imparts a natural radiance. Then I went nuts with Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach and Pink to brighten my dark circles. For some color, I put Benefit Dew the Hoola all over, applied with the Benefit Hoola Bronzing and Contouring Brush. The super soft and light bristles prevent too much color from getting onto any one spot. For lips, I’m using Glossier’s Cherry Balm Dotcom, which is basically the world’s easiest red lip product. I also can’t stop smelling it because it smells so amazing.
Sk-II Facial Treatment Oil ($150)
Glossier’s Cherry Balm Dotcom ($30 for three flavors: rose, cherry and mint)
Brittany Burhop, Senior Editor
Why I love it: This is my everyday go-to look for work—I like to keep it pretty simple (even outside the office too). Blush is one my favorite things. It makes me look awake and lively. I also love lots and lots of layers of mascara.
After I washed my face, I applied Key West Aloe Day Moist and then Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Spotless CC Cream in Light with my fingers. Then I used a big fluffy brush to apply Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Energy to the apples of my cheeks. I typically use my fingers to blend it in a bit too. Then I focused on my brows—Glossier Boy Brow in Blond sticks to all my tiny blond brow hairs and gives them instant thickness and shape (sometimes I groom them a little afterward with a clean spoolie brush just to make sure they’re in place). Next came mascara, which completed the whole look for me. My lashes are very light, so IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara is perfect for making them look darker and longer, which I love. When I got to the office I threw on a bit of lip color—I like moisturizing formulas so my lips aren’t dry during the day. Lancôme Shine Lover Lipstick in 388 Plum Daudice is my current go-to because it feels like a balm, but gives me just enough color to look put-together.
Why I love it: I always feel my best with voluminous hair and a red lip in tow.
For my locks, I use the largest barrel on the Thairapy 365 Tri-Curl Curling Iron whenever I curl it for a loose, undone wave that lasts all day without inflicting any more damage onto my hair. Before I style, I spray amika’s The Shield Style Extending Spray all over to ensure my curls don’t fall after only a few hours— this stuff is magic (plus, it sports the brand’s signature scent which I can’t ever get enough of). In terms of makeup, my oily skin doesn’t fall in love with many foundations easily, but a combination of Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in areas that need more product (mainly my under-eyes and forehead) and Chanel Double Perfection Lumiere Longwear Foundation everywhere else has been working wonders for my skin (leave it to Chanel to formulate a light-as-air powder that covers as well as a heavy foundation, right?). I rarely stray from Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer for a beachy glow, but love experimenting with different mascaras and lipsticks. So far, my top contenders are the IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara and Wander Beauty’s Wanderout Dual Lipstick for two looks on the go (Girl’s Night Out pictured here). Plus, the creamy yet long-lasting formula doesn’t hurt, either! Definitely a win-win.
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