The amount of new products and old standby’s I try out each month is staggering (just ask my accountant!). As I’m always asked by friends, client, business associates and others in field about what works and what doesn’t, I thought it would be best to share with you each month what I’m using and why. Here’s my hot picks.
Concealer – everyone is always looking for a good concealer to hide those dark circles, fine lines and lack of sleep we might have experienced the night before. My newest fave is from Amazing Cosmetics and is a full-coverage, waterproof conceal that seems to make all skin imperfections disappear. It comes in 20 shades, so I suggest running down to Sephora to see what looks best on you. They also sell a travel-size version, so you don’t have to spend the money on the larger tube to try it out.
Eyeliner – It’s hard to find a waterproof liner that really stays on, but I’ve found one with Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow by Make Up Forever. I actually use this as a liner, not a shadow, as I find this creamy, long-lasting formula easy to glide on the eyes (so they don’t have to pull) and its texture can create a sultry, smudgy effect when you want to smudge it for a smokey eye. Its rich black pigment works great as a liner, as long as you use a good liner brush along with it. If you don’t have one, call me and I’ll give you some recommendations in your price range.  
Lip liner – I absolutely love MAC “Pro Longwear” Lip Pencil as they’re creamy, glide on easily and stay on all day. These pencils define the lips with an instant release of rich color. I not only use them as a liner, but also fill in the entire lip with the pencil with just a gloss over the lip. This eliminates the look of a line, but keeps the color locked in place. They are available anywhere the “Pro” lines are sold.


 Air Repair Maximum Moisture Lip Quencher Plump & Repair Lip Treatment – This is a fabulous tinted moisturizer that plumps, while at the same time making your lips feel silky and moist. This stuff is all natural, made with grapeseed oil that acts as a conditioning treatment, while delivering healthy doses of vitamins C and E to nourish and protect. It’s a great anti-aging product, but works for anyone who is looking for fuller lips without any irritation.  

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Makeup by Barbra Jo Batterman