1. Tsururi Pore Peeling Scrub might be dipping into black magic territory, but nonetheless gives you intensely satisfying results (aka rolled-up balls of dead skin!).
dead skin wizardry
2. Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner is one of those products you’ll keep going back to, because it just nails the classic wing.
3. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask bubbles and fizzes excess oil away and leaves your skin feeling very tingly and clean.
4. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 mattifies your makeup and makes it last.
5. Kevin Murphy Re.store 2-in-1 Repairing Treatment actually puts much-needed life back into your damaged nest of hair in just a few minutes every week.
6. Etude House Tint My Brows Gel is a henna-like product that gives you subtly fuller brows with little effort or skill required.
7. Winky Lux Whipped Cream Primer has a delightful moussey formula that applies like a (fluffy) dream for even makeup application.
8. Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream is a miracle product for unruly curls and helps them stay moisturized for literally days on end.
9. The Sephora Collection Precision Pore Cleansing Pad works just as well (if not way better than) as a Clarisonic, but for just $6 a pop!
10. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment is a magical green cream that ~actually~ follows through with its claims and makes your redness totally disappear.
11. TrèStiQue Tint, Moisturize & Blend Face Stick and Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick are magnetic makeup sticks that have product on one end and a sponge-like brush on the other for easy, breezy blending.
12. ColourPop Pressed Powders Collection consists of 33 gorgeous cruelty-free shades that range from neutrals to bolds.
I started witdow primer all over my lids (the people at ColourPop said this was a must, but TBH, I didn’t even own a primer up until this). Then I applied Let Me Explain to the brow bone using a blending brush, followed by Wake Up Call to the crease using the same brush in a windshield wiper motion. After that was looking good, I put a little bit of Let Me Explain on the inner corner of my eye using a flat brush, and then I covered my lid with High Strung. This was my favorite out of the all the shadows because it was kinda sparkly without being too much. Once all of that was done, I took my fluffy brush and applied Popular Demand to the outer crease area. Then I added some Wake Up Call to the lower lash line, which was much harder than I thought it would be. I finished it all off with mascara, and BAM, for the first time probably ever in my life, I applied eyeshadow without looking like I had assistance from a 1-year-old.
The day I tried them out it was pouring rain, of course, so I was worried about how that might affect the life of the color. I also have what some might call a “greasy crease,” and I’m a face toucher, which I know is awful (I touch my own face! I don’t go up to randos on the street and just start picking at them — I’m not that much of a hot mess!). BUT despite all that, the shadows stayed on all day! I thought they looked good, and I didn’t seem to scare anyone on the subway. All in all, I’m gonna call this a win-win situation. —Elena Garcia
Get the individual powders from ColourPop for $5 each, or their fixed quad palettes for $18.