Best Makeup Products

Making The Short List

Truly, the very best makeup products are hard to nail down. There are SO MANY great products to choose from and we all have unique style objectives and budgets. HOWEVER, I think it's important to recognize the difference between using products "doing a good job" and products that go way beyond them into the "brilliant" performers. The results they bring can bring to you, can truly be life changing (beauty-wise;-).

The Short List attempts to cut through advertisement hype and pretty packaging (who can resist it sometimes?) and get to the "real deal" makeup. The best makeup on this list is of good quality, long wearing, performs beautifully, and will makes you think "it's worth every penny".

How did I put together this list of best makeup products?

Scouring the best beauty magazines, listening to the feedback of top beauty experts, beauty editors, top professional makeup artists, and paying attention to what products are really being used by the pros.

The Best Makeup Products Have These Qualities...

  • quality ingredients
  • go on smoothly
  • skin friendly (hypo allergenic and geared to a variety of skin types)
  • long wearing
  • contain highly saturated pigment color
  • have a beautiful color palette range
  • accommodate a wide range of skin shades

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Within each category of best makeup products, there are at least three options in which you can fine tune your choice to suit your skin type, makeup style, and cost comfort zone.

The Best Makeup Products (You Can't Go Wrong) Shortlist:

There are a lot of great products out there, but sometimes finding them can be painfull. If you need some great options right now, you won't go wrong with the list below:-)

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BASE MAKEUP

Foundation

LIQUID

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

CREAM

  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
  • Bobbi Brown Moisturizing Cream Compact
  • Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Even Finish Compact
  • Paula Dorf Perfect Glo Parchment
  • *Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Foundation -Barney's, Shu Uemura Boutiques

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

CREAM TO POWDER

  • Smashbox Conversion Cream To Powder Foundation
  • *M.A.C. Studio Tech Cream To Powder Foundation -MAC Cosmetic Counter

POWDER

BareMinerals SPF 15 Original Foundation

STICK:

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

TINTED MOISTURIZER

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer

Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Illuminizer

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam

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Concealer

LIQUID

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Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector

CREAM

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer

STICK

  • Stila Cover Up Stick Shade A
  • NARS Concealer
  • *Cle de Peau Beaute Correcteur Visage (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus)

NARS Concealer

PENCIL:

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil

Finishing Powder

Loose Powder

Loose Translucent Loose Tinted
  • Bare Escentuals RareMinerals™ Skin Revival Treatment
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Bobbi Brown Loose Powder
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Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Translucent

Pressed Powder

Pressed Translucent
  • Laura Mercier Pressed Powder Translucent
Pressed Tinted

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

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Face Color

CREAM BLUSH

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Stila Convertible Color For Lips And Cheeks

POWDER BLUSH

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

GEL/ CHEEK STAIN

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola

BRONZER

Powder Cream
  • Nars The Multiple - South Beach
  • Stila Convertible Color - Camellia
Liquid
  • Benefit Sunbeam
  • Clinique Color Rub Allover Lustre
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Benefit Cosmetics Hoola

HIGHLIGHTER/ SHIMMER FX

Highlighter
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightener #1
  • Benefit Ooh La Lift
Shimmer
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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

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Eye Makeup

EYE MAKEUP PRIMER

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

EYE SHADOW

Powder
  • Nars Single and Duo Eye Shadows
  • Dior 5 Shadow Palettes
  • CARGO Eye Shadow
  • *M.A.C. Eye Shadows -MAC Cosmetic Counter
  • Urban Decay Naked2
Cream/ Liquid
  • Laura Mercier Creme Eye Color
  • Stila Smudge Pots
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette

EYE LINER

Pencil Liquid Gel

SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproofl

MASCARA

Lengthening Volume Waterproof
  • Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara
  • Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
Mascara Primer

Product Description Lancome DEFINICILS - High Definition Mascara Black / Dior Diorshow Black Out

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Lips

LIP CARE

Fresh Sugar Plum Treatment SPF15

LIP PRIMER

  • Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion
  • La Mer Baume De La Mer -Lip Balm
  • (Most lip balms will do the trick.)

LIP LINER

  • Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil
  • *MAC Lip Liner Pencil;shades Oak (fair), Spice (med.), Stripdown (med.- dark), Chesnut (dark) -MAC Cosmetic Counter
  • Duwop Reverse Lip Liner
  • Sephora Collection Universal Lip Liner

Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil

LIPSTICK

NARS Lipstick

LIP GLOSS

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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture

OTHER LIP MAKEUP

Clinique Chubby Stick

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BRUSHES & TOOLS

note graphicA Special Note About Makeup Brushes:

The best can be quite expensive (Bobbi Brown makeup brushes are excellent but the price tag per brush can be hefty). Alternative brushes worth considering are some of the Sephora Collection or Pro brand (either in sets or individually).

Reminder/ review of what to look for when choosing your best makeup brushes.

LARGE POWDER BRUSH

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Bobbi Brown Powder Brush

BLUSH BRUSH

BRONZER BRUSH

  • NARS Bronzing Brush
  • Sephora Brand Professionnel Bronzer Brush #44
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Sephora Collection Pro Angle Blush Brush

FOUNDATION BRUSH

  • Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush
  • *MAC Foundation Brush #190 -MAC Cosmetic Counter
  • Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Brush #47
  • Stila One Step Complexion Brush #33
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Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush

CONCEALER

Bobbi Brown Concealer Brush

SPECIALTY FACE BRUSHES

    Contour
  • Stila #21 Blush Brush
    Fan Brush
  • Trish McEvoy #62 Fan Brush
  • Shu Uemura Fan Brush

Bare Escenturals Kabuki Brush

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EYE ZONE BRUSHES

EYE SHADOW BRUSH

Bobbi Brown Eye Sweep Brush

EYE SMUDGE/ BLENDING BRUSH

    Smudge
  • NARS Smudge Brush 45
  • Stila #28 Smudge Pot Brush double-ended fine and smudge
  • Sephora Collection Classic smudge Brush 314
    Blender
  • *MAC 242 Shader Brush - MAC Cosmetic Counter
  • Paula Dorf Eye Blender Brush
  • Bobbi Brown Eye Shader

Nars Eye Makeup Brush Smudge

EYE LINER BRUSH

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Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush

EYE ZONE TOOLS

Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler

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LIP BRUSHES

  • NARS Retractable Lip Brush
  • *MAC 316 Lip Brush/ Covered - MAC Cosmetic Counter
  • Paula Dorf Retractable Lip Brush
  • Bite Beauty Lip Brush

Bite Beauty Lip Brush

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BRUSH SETS

Sephora Collection Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set

Enjoy the great results these high performance, best makeup products and tools bring. Cheers!

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Summer 2017

Well, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer is here...finally:) Keep your skin protected. Pay attention to SPF, good sunscreen ingredients, that when combined with other ingredients, remain photostable, and use some good old fashion sun sense (sometimes we end up overexposed because we over estimate our sun protection when we have applied sunscreen). If your home geography is sun deprived, consider a daily dose of Vitamin D.

I would like to let all of you know how much I appreciate your support:) Please enjoy this west coast beach sunset as you soak up the beauty info. Grab some quick makeup tips or give your look a complete overhaul.

Something beautiful is on your horizon.

Cheers!

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