Valentine’s Day is coming up! While I am not a big fan of this holiday (or anything overly romantic for that matter), I do think it is a great excuse to send someone flowers, cook a special meal with your significant other (or BFF!) and (of course!) have a little extra fun in the bedroom.
For those of you planning a date with your s/o, I put together a list of my must have long-wear, no-smudge makeup. These products have been put to the test time after time and continue to out-preform alternatives!
This v-day, I encourage you to take my must-have high-performance beauty products for a spin. Remember that sex and makeup alike should make *you* feel confident–never do anything you don’t enjoy because someone else is pressuring you to.
Tarte Shape Tape concealer: When you’re with your boo, you want your natural glow–and that afterglow!–to show through as much as possible. So, ditch your normal foundation for something with lighter coverage, then address any problem areas with a medium- to full-coverage concealer.
Glossier Lash Slick: Unlike some of the other lovely ladies in my life, I was not blessed with naturally long or full lashes. So, I rely on mascara (and falsies) quite a bit. This is frustrating, considering almost all the mascaras I’ve tried (including those loved by some of the most influential names in beauty) smudge, flake or just plain don’t work on me.
Glossier (finally) launched a mascara last year, and I still find myself going back to it time after time. Of course I’ve tried a few others in between, but none have impressed me the way Lash Slick does. The revolutionary formula lasts through allergy attacks, tears brought-on by binge-watching military homecoming videos and (duh!) psychical activity. The best part? It’s not technically a waterproof mascara, so removal is mess-free and easy.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick (Celebrity Skin) & Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint (Unbotton): We all have our go-to liquid lipsticks; it is truly a matter of personal preference. My favorite long-wear formulas are from Jeffree Star Cosmetics and Fenty Beauty.
As far as matte liquid lips go, I gravitate towards nude shades because rich, dark shades and bright berries tend to be a little streaky and all-around difficult to use. Celebrity Skin by Jeffree Star Cosmetics has a natural pink undertone, while Unbutton by Fenty Beauty is a peachy nude. Once dried down, both stay in place all day without any smudging. And they are so lightweight, they truly feel like nothing is even there!
Glossier Cloud Paint: One of the most popular blush formulas on the market, Cloud Paint is anything but traditional. The first-of-it’s-kind gel consistency makes application so simple–no brushes necessary. This also allows for maximum staying power, and somehow, it looks better the longer it stays on.
All the shades are well-loved throughout the beauty industry. My personal favs are Dusk (for a quick contour), Dawn (for that cute sunburnt effect) and Haze (for that just-ran-two-miles flush).
theBalm Dew Manizers: I bought Bonnie-Dew Manizer on a whim and ended up falling in love! The lightweight creamy formula can’t be beat; it dries down perfectly *without* sacrificing any of the glow.
Although theBalm is famous for its Powder highlight formulas, known as the Lou Manizers, I opted for the liquid version and don’t regret it one bit! Bonnie-Dew is a classic gold glow, but Mary-Dew (the pearl shade) is beautiful, as well.
Glossier Lidstar: What Cloud Paint does for the cheeks, Lidstar does for the eyes. It is a mousse-y formula with buildable color payoff that lasts 12 hours without smudging or creasing. I like to apply with the wand, then blend with my fingers.
As far as the shade range goes, I gravitate towards Lily (lilac with blue and violet reflects), Cub (rose gold with warm reflects) and Fawn (cool gray/brown with violet and white-gold reflects). Whenever I use Lidstar, I always add the shade Moon (cream with opal reflects) to my inner corners and brow bone so that my eyes really pop.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Frost: The best part about this product is that it is easy to use all over the body–not just the face! For an otherworldly top-to-tow glow, I reach for my Liquid Frost in Canary Bling, a pale gold that accentuates a tan and any muscle definition.
When I’m wearing an outfit that leaves my legs or collarbones bare, I absolutely love the extra glow this product gives me. The shimmer effect is super-intense, and the formula itself is silky and dries down quickly.