Just dropping in on Beat the Heat Week with this Makeup Edition of our L.A.U.N.D.R.Y. list series. These tried-and-true staples hold up even in these ridiculously high temps!
Makeup is one of my guilty pleasures. There’s just something about the brushes and sponges in my hand, all the formulas and colors, and creating a one-of-a-kind look that absolutely delights me. My background is a combination of self-taught (YouTube university) experience, tons of personal research (yes, I spent an obnoxious amount of money in Sephora and at makeup counters at one point), and then freelancing for MAC.
From all that, this is what actually makes it into the daily routine and makeup bag these days. Since this is a L.A.U.N.D.R.Y. list, I want to address the fact that makeup by nature does not last, and none of these products are natural. I’m fascinated by more natural makeup, but tend to go for natural skincare and more high-performance makeup which tends to contain chemicals. That’s just me, right now. I reserve the right to change.
That said, these items do check the artful, reliable, and delightful boxes for sure. Hope you enjoy a slightly different take on our L.A.U.N.D.R.Y. list for this month.
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation
Of all the drugstore and high-end foundations I’ve used, this is the most universally flattering. It works for so many people because of the impressive color range, medium-to-buildable coverage, and natural finish (not too wet or dry). It is fairly flawless (especially when applied over a primer with a damp sponge), does not oxidize (change shade after application), and lasts all day without breaking up, coming off, or sinking in. It doesn’t move and looks gorgeous in photos.
This drugstore gem is a workhorse. It can definitely compete with my high-end favorite which will cost you triple. The twist-up sponge applicator is user-friendly and effective (if a little unsanitary). The product is comfortable, conceals beautifully, and sits flawlessly in that under-eye area without sinking into fine lines and wrinkles. As a bonus, this product works great as an eyeshadow base, helping shadow last all day and neutralizing the skin tone on the eyelid before color application.
These eye shadows are extremely pigmented, super easy to blend, and contained in a very portable convenient-sized compact. The colors are all matte, except one. There is a black for defining, a dark brown and medium brown (which can double as brow powders), and three light shades that can be used as a base, to highlight, or to blend. Between this and my Maybelline concealer, I don't need any other liners or brow products when I travel. So, even though it’s pricier than a drugstore option, this sucker is worth it for its versatility in my opinion.
This is a splurge ya’ll. No doubt about it. I’ve tried everything from the top to the bottom of the price range though, and this is the universal winner. The formula and applicator combo is perfection. Nothing compares.
NYX Butter Gloss
I know lip stains and liquid lipsticks are all the rage, but I’m totally a subtle girl when it comes to lips. I love that the NYX butter glosses are more pigmented than a lip balm, but super creamy and hydrating. My favorite color for a super natural but "done" look is Créme Brulee.
So, did your favorite makeup items make the list? If not, we'd love to hear your recommendations. Feel free to ask questions or leave your picks in the comments!