Working in the beauty industry can be very inspiring. Men and women of all ages come to you for your expertise. Sometimes it is simply to purchase a bottle of a signature perfume/cologne or the newest mascara, but sometimes it is to find the perfect skin care regime to help with spots, creases, dots, lines, scars, and complicated skin pigment issues that wear on one's self esteem. As a beauty advisor, you not only embrace the knowledge of the chemistry behind the newest innovation in skincare, and the knowledge of "this seasons" lip or cheek colour, but you also embrace the skills to uplift and provide men and women with the confidence that they didn't have when they walked in the door. Every client that walks in the door is an opportunity. As a listener, you build relationships, and are trusted with clients (sometimes very personal) struggles. You get to be a part of client's journeys in the healing of their skin issues, you get to be a part of their "first date nights" and weddings, and you are there through their treatments and illnesses. Your job is not only to enhance natural beauty on the outside, but to guide clients to confidence on the inside. I love the saying "laughter is the best cosmetic", and when a customer is having a hard time laughing- the opportunity for a beauty advisor shines. I often miss the beauty industry, but I have taken what I have learned about listening and understanding client needs in an effort to apply it to my role as a city planner in understanding community needs.
My love for beauty products will always remain in my heart, and I figured it's about time I share my beauty "must haves" here on my blog! Below are some of the cosmetic products I always have on hand and use daily (I'll post my favorite skin care products later this week). I've tested out thousands of products during my five years in the beauty industry, but only a few have really captured my heart. I have used many of these for years, and unless something else beats their effectiveness, I'll continue purchasing them. I guess you could say they're my "old faithfuls".
Face + Cheek
Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer: This primer comes in a few formulas, right now I'm using the dark spot correcting to help with those leftover pigment spots from breakouts. I've also used the brightening, and original formula's. For those not familiar with primers, a pea sized amount is to be used on top of moisturizer before makeup is applied. Primer helps minimize pores, minimize oil throughout the day, smooth the skin, and helps makeup stay put throughout the day and blend in smoothly.
Benefit High Beam: Now, I know this looks like a nailpolish bottle, but it is a liquid cheek highlighter, and an amazing one at that! A few dots blended along the top of the cheekbone after blush is applied, and you've got a radiant complexion all day! Perfect for summer.
Benefit Benetint & Posietint: Okay, these also look like nailpolish bottles, but they are lip and cheek stains! Benetint was one of the first beauty products I fell in love with when I became a beauty advisor and was introduced to the Benefit brand. It is literally made from crushed rose petals (smells amazing). When applied on the lips, you can go from a pale rose stain, to a red hot lip if you build it in layers. I love this on the cheek as well, a few dots blended along the cheek will give you a rose flush all day (the only thing I caution you on is that if you have a blemish on the cheek area, use a different blush until it is healed, as it can sit on the blemish and accentuate it). I've pulled my posie tint back out of hibernation for Spring as it is a fresh light pink shade. Again, I use it on both my lip and cheek. It has a bit of a gel-like consistency which differs from the very liquid benetint consistency, but it makes it easier to blend, especially on the cheek. Again, you can gain a brighter pink shade by building it in layers on both the lip and cheek. These bottles are around $36 each, but they last incredibly long (literally my last bottle of benetint lasted 3 years and that's using it faithfully!)
Lancome Le Crayon Kohl Eyeliner: I've used this eyeliner in both brown, and black ebony. It is the perfect consistency for a pencil liner- it has never dried out on me. It is a kohl eyeliner, which means you can achieve a very dark, sultry, smooth line (think Cleopatra). If you rub it, it will smudge just as any other kohl liner will, but it is very water resistant, and stays put all day. I used to recommend kohl liners if you're eyes are prone to run. It is very effective if you are lining the inner eye, as it will not transfer between lids. I'm pretty sure this will be my pencil liner for life.
Lancome Artliner Liquid Liner: Okay, you caught me- so I trust no one but Lancome for my eyeliners, it's because they are the best of the best! When I want a precise, dark, smooth liquid line I always turn to the Artliner. I've used this in every colour its ever been made in. It has a long, flexible, felt tip that is extremely easy to use. They are extremely creamy and pigmented. Some liquid liners get gunky and dry when used on top of eyeshadow, but this swipes flawlessly. They're pricey, but worth the splurge!
Lancome Definicils Mascara: Remember when I said I only trust Lancome for my eyeliners? Well same goes for mascara. I have tried a million mascaras (okay that is an exaggeration, but I confess it's close). I prefer a mascara that gives definition (let me see every single lash on my little eyes please!) and length. So if you're looking for a thick lash, you'll be disappointed (give the Lancome Hypnose a try). The Definicils mascara never clumps, and separates every lash for a full, fanned look. It is also the best lengthening mascara I've ever used, and it stays put all day. Unless you're going to be crying a river or swimming, you won't need the waterproof formula, trust me.
Benetint Benebalm and Posiebalm: Remember Benefit benetint and posie tint, the lip and cheek stains I mentioned? Well these are their cousins benebalm and posiebalm. These were released last Spring/Summer and are the same shades of the lip and cheek tints, except in a heavenly moisturizing balm. Unlike the tints, they are not buildable, however they give a light colour and glide on like butter. I've been wearing them to keep my lips hydrated during this cold, snowy winter/spring we've been having, but they'll do just as good in the summer heat.
Hope you've enjoyed! Do you have any "old-faithful" cosmetic products that you always turn to?
Stay tuned for my "must have" skincare products!