It always happens. The minute you find your dream product—the cleanser that can exfoliate your face like never before or the lipstick that just makes your whole face pop—the manufacturer goes and discontinues it. Yes, like all things in life, beauty products come and go, and while we should probably just get over it by now and find a suitable replacement, we can’t help but return to the vault and revisit some of our favorite beauty obsessions from the past.
For me it’s Gap’s “Heaven” perfume which was my go-to scent in the ’90s, a quick spritz for after gym class or my special touch for a date at the mall. With its crisp, light scent of jasmine and white blossoms, just thinking about it fills my head with The Cranberries’ “Dream” and brings me back to sniffing perfume ads while flipping though Jane magazine. If I learned anything from this experience, it’s to stock up when you find something you really like—or be willing to do some digging on eBay. Here’s what the rest of our staff had to say.
I totally miss…
“…Hard Candy Nail Polish. When I was 12, every girl needed two things in her makeup bag: Bonne Belle Lip Smackers and Hard Candy Nail Polish. Not the Hard Candy polishes you see in Walmart today, but the coveted shades topped with plastic or rubber rings sold circa 1996. The shades were so innovative for their time and the print ads in Seventeenmagazine made for great collage material on my bedroom wall next to photos of Leo DiCaprio. That’s not to say that Hard Candy’s new line isn’t fantastic, but it doesn’t bring the same sense of giddiness and excitement those little bottles with the rubber gem once did.” –Alicia Hentemann, customer care/brand ambassador
“…Hard Candy Nail Polish (take II). Each bottle came with a Pretty Pretty Princess–looking plastic ring attached to the lid, made to match the polish shade. Everyone would always steal the rings off the bottles at Sephora. I miss those things.”–Stella Rose Saint Clair, contributing writer
“…Lola Cosmetic’s Glo La Shimmering Dry Body Oil. Years ago I had a friend who worked at a beauty store, and she’d give me samples. One of them was this full-size bottle of perfume oil by Lola Cosmetics. It was made of green tea, almond oil, and vitamin E, and smelled like honeysuckle and magnolia. I loved the scent and how well it moisturized my skin. I wish they still made it but luckily, a little goes a long way…so I still have a lot left!” –Marie Lodi, contributing writer
“…Essie Instant Hot Nail Polish. I LOVED this polish. It was part of Essie’s 2012 Bridal Collection. I thought my mom was the only person getting on me about not being married yet, now my nail polish, too?! Yet it was the perfect white with a tinge of peach and a super subtle shimmer, and didn’t seem bride-y at all. I can randomly find it on Amazon from time to time, but I still regret not buying in bulk when it was all over store shelves two years ago.” –Jamie Gaul, contributing writer
“…Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer. When I was younger I used this product religiously. It was lightweight, made with good-for-skin ingredients, and kept my complexion looking radiant. But once BB Creamsstarted to become popular, Tarte changed up the product to be a “BB Tinted Moisturizer.” It’s just not the same—the formula feels heavier and more than I like to wear on a daily basis.” –Caitie Schlisserman, assistant editor
“…John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves. Discontinued sometime in the mid-2000s, this remains the best-ever sea salt spray I’ve ever used. It was 2003 when I discovered this magical hair product, and at the time the only other option out there was Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. I found Frieda’s version worked WAY better, and it was a fraction of the price. All it took was a few spritzes for perfect ropey waves. I could skip heat styling entirely. Total miracle. So when, one day, I spotted my beloved potion on the ‘Clearance: Discontinued’ shelf at CVS, I silently wept and snapped up three bottles. I’m just down to the last few drops of the final bottle today. And I want to cry. But there’s hope! XOVain writer Danielle Guercio—like, apparently a bunch of other beachy-hair enthusiasts—shares my affection for this old gem and started an online petition calling for Kao Brands (current owners of John Frieda) to bring back Beach Blonde. Sign it won’t you? And we can all enjoy better hair days, forever.” –Jill Russell, managing editor
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, wearing the same color palette on your eyes every day, and one the most common questions we receive at Beautylish is, “How do I make my eyes pop?” If you’re tired of the usual eye color–shadow pairings, we’re here to show you some alluring and unexpected shades that will give your peepers the attention they deserve. Tip: Start with an eyelid primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance (which we used with all looks here). It’ll make your color more vivid and intense, and help the pigment stay put.
For Green Eyes
Sunset undertones like bold amber bring out the yellow and teal nuances in verdant eyes. Green and orange are split complementary on the color wheel, so they intensify one another without clashing. We blended a copper cream shadow all over the lid and in the corners, and accented with a copper loose powder.
We used: rms beauty Cream Eye Shadow in Solar, Sugarpill Cosmetics Loose Eyeshadow in Asylum
For Hazel Eyes
Hazel eyes can pretty much rock any color with confidence. But our favorite vibrant pick? A royal blue hue! A clean blue liner brightens up camouflage-colored irises and brings out any exotic amber and yellow undertones when smudged on the waterline.
For Blue Eyes
Since sapphire eyes are such a statement on their own, many with blue eyes don’t often venture into the world of vivid eye makeup. But if you’re looking for a subtle splash of color, try a wash of magenta or fuchsia shadow. Think Elizabeth Taylor, electrified!
We used: Inglot Cosmetics Freedom System Eye Shadow in 382 Matte and 449 Pearl, plus Inglot Cosmetics AMC Face Blush in 62 over the top for an extra hot-pink pop.
For Brown Eyes
Brown-eyed people can pull off any color from brights to pastels, but took a step back with a desaturated slate look. Gray sometimes gets a bad rap, but the shade really transforms brown eyes—silvery tones contrast with the warmth, and intensify any amber tones. The overall effect is multi-dimensional; essentially, a slightly shimmery, pewter smoky eye.
As a boy, I always took my mom’s lash curler from her vanity and curled my own lashes. One of the reasons I fell in love with makeup was because of that curler. I always got caught using it, but I didn’t care. I loved the way it made my young gay eyes look.
Now that I am a professional makeup artist, I still appreciate it. Curling the eyelashes is one of those parts of a makeup application that never gets much credit but can produce remarkable results when done correctly. With a proper curl, lashes look longer, thicker, fuller, and the eyes themselves appear larger and more awake.
Every artist has their own method, but here is my technique how to curl lashes for easy lash curling on a client or yourself—time-tested from years of experience.
Hold the curler the way you normally hold a pair of scissors. If you’re using the curler on a client, be sure to sanitize the entire tool, strip included.
Open the curler completely and bring it to the upper lashes, making sure to get the strip right up to the root of the eyelashes. Check to see that you have all of the lashes inside the curler. Place the tool upright, so the curve faces out.
Close the curler carefully on the lashes and squeeze lightly, with a soft, pulsing grip.
Now turn the curler upwards so that the curve of the curler lines up with the curve of your eyelid’s crease. This is the pro secret. It will give you curl, rather than a crimp effect.
Squeeze the curler handles in small pulses with light pressure, holding the tool in place for several seconds without blinking.
Walk the curler up from the root of the lash all the way to the tip, pressing and pulsing over the eyelash with the same pressure, until you reach the end.
Open the eyelash curler and examine the perfect pro curl. Repeat if necessary to define your lashes before applying makeup. Then, of course, do the other eye!
A lot of artists have their favorite lash curlers, myself include. The Shiseido and Shu Uemura are probably the two most popular with professionals. I do love them, but find they work better for flatter, less curved eye shapes.
For rounder eyes (the more common, universal shape), my two personal favorites are the Billy B Beauty Eyelash Curler and The Eyelash Curler from Kevyn Aucoin. Billy B’s is the ideal shape and size for most every eye and provides excellent pressure for perfect curl. The late makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin designed the Shu Uemura curler and felt it was not as universal as he wanted it to be. So he created his own, which is wider and allows for one of the closest, most precise curls I have ever seen.
Now you know my secrets for how to curl lashes. Don’t be afraid of the pinch. Just jump in and get those gorgeous lashes fluttering.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with darker eyeliners and eyeshadow hues. This has all been a lot of fun during the day, but not so much fun every night when it comes time to take it all off. In forcefully rubbing remover all over my lids, in the process, I’ve started losing lashes and irritating the skin under my eyes. It finally dawned on me: I’m not doing this right. Time to call in the pros.
Two experts came to the rescue: NYC-based Alexis Comforti Orlando, Laura Mercier Global Makeup Artist, and Dr. Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the author of Stop Aging, Start Living. Both used their specific know-how to break down the whole cleanse-and-remove process. Here it is below, in four simple steps.
1: Do a first pass
First, you should do a general clean sweep. Don’t worry about the particulars, just use a gentle wipe or gel to remove most of the makeup on your face. For heavy (or stage) makeup, you may need to use a more substantial product, such as an oil-based cleanser.
Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes are our gentle go-to; Orlando recommends Klorane Floral Gel Eye Makeup Remover for everyday makeup or Laura Mercier Purifying Cleansing Oil for heavy or stage makeup.
2: Cleanse thoroughly
Splash tepid water on your face and gently massage face wash all over, including the eye area, just keep your eyes closed! “This should remove most makeup,” says Dr. Graf. Then, pat skin dry with a towel.
Two mild cleansers we turn to often: Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser and Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser.
3: Take care of eye makeup residue
To get rid of the remaining bits of liner, mascara, and so forth, Orlando recommends using a mild, fragrance-free eye makeup remover with a cotton ball “to help prevent damaging the skin or lashes.” Be gentle: press the cotton ball onto the lid, hold for a few seconds, then lightly wipe.
Graf stresses that it’s important not to rub. “Rubbing your eyes can stretch and worsen wrinkles, which is why using mild products and a light touch is important,” she explains. If you’ve been an eye-rubber for years, don’t fret. “Damage is reversible when you stop rubbing,” says Graf. In other words, change your habits now, and you should diminish wrinkles and fine lines in the long run!
We like the delicate gel Bliss Lid + Lash Wash Makeup Remover and Orlando prefers Laural Mercier Dual-Action Eye Makeup Remover.
4: Hydrate hydrate hydrate
When putting on eye cream, the well-known advice holds true: dab it underneath your eyes using your ring finger, because it’s difficult to apply too much pressure with this digit. “We should be using an eye cream no matter what age we are,” says Dr. Graf, who favors retinoid-based products. Finally, apply your regular nighttime moisturizer everywhere else on your face, neck, and decolletage.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we all, most likely, have had an embarrassing encounter with foundation. Whether you weren’t able to get color-matched in person, or just didn’t even know where to begin and ended up with a shade that was completely wrong—it’s happened to all of us. And with such an abundance of formulas and finishes out there, the whole shopping experience can be intimidating. With that in mind, we asked Derek Selby, International Director of Artistry and Education at Cover FX, for advice on how to color-match yourselfwithout a ton of stress. Say hello to your new flawless face.
Know your skin type + undertone
Before anything else, you should have a clear understanding of your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive, normal, or combination) so that you know which formula suits you best. For example, if you have dry skin, you’re not going to want the same foundation as your friend with oily skin—that would only accentuate your flaws. Similarly, someone with acne-prone skin would most likely be better off with something more pigmented than sheer. Also, being aware of what your undertone is will make the process of picking a foundation a whole lot easier. If you have a rosy or bluish tint to your skin, you’re pink; if you have yellow, gold, or olive in your skin, you’re golden; and if you see neither rosy or yellow tones, you’re neutral. (If you’re still unsure, read more about determining your skin type here, and learn how to find your undertone here.)
Pick a formula and finish
The cool thing about Cover FX is that because the foundation formulas are oil-free and made with sensitive skin in mind, all of the products perform well on a variety of skin types. In general, though, if you have oily skin, powder foundation will do the best job absorbing excess oil. For dry skin, stick to a cream foundation, because it’s the most hydrating. And liquid foundations can be used on both oily and dry complexions, but are best suited for normal to dry types. Also keep in mind the type of finish you prefer: for a dewy look, Selby recommends Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation; for a matte finish, he suggests Pressed Mineral Foundation; and for extra radiance, try Total Cover Cream Foundation.
Find your match
Once you’ve determined your skin type, undertone, and formula preference, you’re ready to choose a foundation. Every brand categorizes foundations in a different way; Cover FX’s are grouped by undertone—P=Pink, N=Neutral, and G=Golden. Selby suggests you test two or even three different shades because, “when you think you have the perfect match, try one more—you might be surprised at just how perfect our colors can be! ” Whatever you do, don’t test any products on your hand or wrist, which will often be a completely different shade than your face. Do a streak test on your jaw—your face and neck won’t necessarily be exactly the same color, but this will help you pick a shade that you can easily blend for the most natural look.
Tightlining your eyes (also known as “invisible eye liner”) is a great way to add subtle definition to your peepers. Most people think that the point of tightlining is to make your eyes look bigger, but according to Los Angeles-based makeup artist,Jason Sanchez “it’s to make your eyelashes appear thicker and fuller.” Instead of lining the skin above your lashes, you line the inside of the upper lash line and in between the roots of the lashes. As you can see in the picture below, filling in the inside of the lash line really creates an illusion of fuller lashes, more so than just with a mascara. This technique can be used for any casual or formal occasion, and is pretty easy to master. “For best results,” says Sanchez, “use a kohl eyeliner because it’s specifically formulated to hold in the wet area of the eye.” Sanchez walked us through each step, so grab an eyeliner and follow along!
Before You Start
Make sure any product you use near your eye is clean. Not sure how to sanitize your eye liners? Check out this article
Using clean fingers, gently lift your lashes upward. You’ll see tiny gaps between your lash hairs, which you’ll be filling in with eyeliner.
Using your eyeliner (we used Inglot Cosmetics Kohl Pencil), lightly dab it in between each individual lash and get as close to the root as possible.
Technically you’re done, but if you’d like to intensify the look even more, you can tightline your bottom lash line, too. Gently lift lower lashes downwards, and fill in the gaps between each lash.
I used to travel for a living. Not kidding—for two very recent years of my life, I traveled to a different city in North America every day, living out of hotel rooms and getting on a plane at least three times a week, sometimes more than five times a week.
There are good sides and bad sides to all that travel. The good: racking up insane frequent flier mileage, having a new hotel room to mess up every night, seeing new places, and casually dropping in on an old friend who now lives in Tucson. The bad: never, ever getting to cook a real meal, cancelled flights, navigating a rental car through a blizzard in Fishkill, New York, and living out of a suitcase. Permanently.
But you know what living out of a suitcase made me super insanely good at? Packing. I’m a militant monster when it comes to traveling light, and keeping a makeup flight kit always packed and ready can save you a ton of time, not to mention stress. You know—a little bag, stocked with essentials, that you can throw into a bigger bag whenever—whether for an overnight at your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s place, a weekend getaway, or a full-on vacay. It’s ultimately up to you what you put in your flight bag, but these ten must-haves are seriously handy. Grab everything you need and let’s blow this joint!
1: The bag itself: It’s always a good idea to just go with what’s universally approved at the airport: a plastic, 1-quart zip-close plastic baggie. All those gift-with-purchase quilted satin bags from the makeup counter are nice to look at, but guess what else they are? Opaque. We’re going for efficiency, ease, and speed, and you need something you can see through that’s also spill-and-leak-proof. Airport security does not need to open and examine a regulation-size plastic bag full of toiletries—they can immediately tell: it’s just toiletries. (Editor’s note: Sonia Kashuk makes small bags in tons of cute patterns that open up to two TSA-friendly zippered clear compartments, which keep toiletries organized and easy to see through security.)
2: Teeny-tiny bar of face soap. Or a small refillable squeeze bottle of your face cleanser.
3: Small facial moisturizer. I like Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream for its easy-to-pack 1-ounce jar and skin-brightening benefits.
4: Travel-size shampoo and conditioner. Beautylish writer Jorie Larsen suggests swiping the free ones during a hotel stay to use for future travels. And who hasn’t done that?!
5: Concealer/foundation product. Two-in-one! Traveling is made for multiple-function products, like Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer.
Concealer is everybody’s friend. We’ve yet to meet a person who couldn’t benefit from a dab here and there. It brightens up the complexion and targets discoloration more effectively than foundation. Here are some of the top spots we cover up daily.
Under The Eyes
Even the most even complexion can feature discoloration under the eyes—a result of anything from lack of sleep to genetics. Dabbing a concealer one shade lighter than your skintone under and around your eyes will add a lifted effect to the area, making you look awake and refreshed. Try a creamy option such as Inglot Cosmetics Cream Concealer.
Around The Nose
A must for those on the go. The area around our nostrils tends to redden from element exposure and nose-blowing from seasonal allergies—all of which can make our schnoz appear larger than it really is. Using concealer to match your skin tone on a well moisturized nose will keep you from looking like a circus clown through pollen season. Try a full-coverage concealer with a built-in brush, like BY TERRY Touche Veloutée, for easy on-the-go touchups.
On And Around The Mouth
Make your lip shape pop by priming around your mouth with a creamy concealer such as ILIA Vivid Concealer—an all-natural option. Evening out skin tone around the lips will create a more defined lip line once you scribble on that lippie in fire engine red or perfect plum. Is your lipstick not bright enough? Pat a bit of concealer over your lips before applying a sheer color to up the brightness factor from beneath.
Concealer is acne-prone skin’s best friend. Where heavy foundations lend an unwanted chalky look to the whole face, applying concealer liberally to sporadic spots and splotches is a great way to cover up what you don’t want to show, while letting the clear areas of your face still go bare. We love a pencil option such as this one fromNudestix Concealer Pencil to target red spots with no mess. Tip: set with powder to blend spot coverage and even out texture between covered and uncovered areas, and you’re good to go.
Now that you’ve mastered classic winged eyeliner (aka cat eye), it’s time to take it up a notch with the bat wing! The name may sound goth or like something you’d do only for a Halloween costume, but the bat wing is a bold yet truly classy look. It’s similar to a cat eye, but the end of the wing goes further up to the brow bone, and is noticeably heavier, with a distinct shape, resembling—you guessed it—a bat’s wing. Try it on a special night out when you feel like adding that extra wow factor, or basically any time you want to summon an air of retro-glam sophistication a la Dita Von Teese. Follow along: all you need is your favorite gel or liquid liner and a makeup brush.
1: Start with a clean lid, then dip your brush in the eyeliner. Find your brow bone, and draw a line, right under it, following its natural curve, to the outer corner of your eye, as pictured.
2: Hugging the lash line, starting about midway across the eye, draw a diagonal line connecting to the end of the one you drew in step 1 to create a point. This starts off your “bat wing” shape.
3: Then draw a line from the open end of the line you made in step 1 down and across the lashline (as pictured) all the way to the inner corner. Then fill in the shape, so it’s solid black.
If you’re a fan of Sisleÿa, the breakthrough anti-aging line beloved by beauty connoisseurs around the world, we’ve got big news for you. Sisley-Paris, the French luxury brand known for their plant-based skin care formulations, has debuted a new foundation that combines the tried-and-true anti-aging technology of Sisleÿa with lightweight, luminous coverage that looks and feels like real skin.
Sisleÿa Le Teint targets the skin at two levels to bring out a radiant, youthful complexion: instantly and over time. When first applied, Le Teint immediately blurs imperfections, evens skin tone, and imparts a natural, soft-focus glow with light-diffusing mica and hectorite. It feels noticeably weightless on the skin with a long-lasting, satin-like finish that’s never cakey or heavy.
With regular use, Sisleÿa Le Teint works like the most effective anti-aging cream you’ve ever used. Powered by the same botanical complex used in other Sisleÿa products, it targets the three types of aging (environmental, genetic, and behavioral) to visibly smooth, firm, and plump skin throughout the day. Think fewer fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, increased radiance, and bouncier, more youthful skin. A foundation that does more than just make our skin look flawless? Sign us up.
A Glittery Life’s Trisha W. took Sisleÿa Le Teint out for a spin and loved how it covered redness and imperfections while still feeling light and breathable.
To see more before-and-after photos featuring Beauty Professor and TrendMood, check out our Sisleÿa Le Teint page. If you need help choosing a shade or want to learn more about this foundation, schedule a personalized consultation with one of our beauty advisors.