By Linda Hay
It’s difficult for a girl to narrow her beauty supplies to just the essentials, but makeup artist Linda Hay does just that to keep your bag of tricks from weighing you down.
In An Instant Intensive Firming Serum
This deliciously fine serum is richly moisturizing and has light-diffusing properties that will leave your skin looking hydrated, fresh, and dewey. It’ll have you looking beautiful worn on its own, or serves as a great beginning to any makeup regime. Apply two pumps to your fingertips and gently smooth over your face.
Jouer Age Repairing Brightener
I prefer the illuminating quality of a brightener because it isn’t as thick and heavy as a concealer yet achieves the same result. It uses a sheer moisturizing formula and light reflectors to minimize imperfections to enhance and freshen skin. Apply the stick directly to the areas that need attention: around eyes, around nostrils (this area is usually quite red for most), a line down the bridge of the nose, the corners of the mouth. Highlight the tops of the cheek bones and a line on top of the eyebrows to make them more defined. Then use a small flat concealer brush or your finger to blend.
Shiseido Eyeliner Pencil Duo
I have two favorites: Desert Dusk, a golden brown and beige for a warmer day look, and Moonscape, a black and pearl for something more dramatic for an evening look. It’s so convenient to have a highlight and eyeliner in one. It’s the best way to light up the inside corner of the eye, while at the same time defining the lash line. Apply the darker color first to line lashes and then highlight the inside triangle of the eye.
Benefit Bathina “Body So Fine” or Orlane Refining Leg Care (This was designed for legs, but I use it all over)
It’s a toss up between these two for me, but I put them in the same category because they achieve similar results. Some clients prefer the Orlane because the Benefit has a fragrance that’s either loved or hated. But both products have an outstanding finish and the finest luminous pigments, leaving the skin radiant, pearlized but not sparkly, and more defined while concealing imperfections.
Ardell Individual Lash Mini’s
This little-known beauty aide is a godsend. Most individual lashes and strips are too long or too thick, leaving most people looking a little ridiculous. These Mini’s are simple to apply; they’ll increase the volume of your lashes and are subtle enough to wear day or night. Apply mascara first—I prefer Diorshow. Brush as close to the lash line as possible and up to the ends of lashes, careful not to miss the inner and outer corners. Remove any excess and then paint on the bottom lashes in a downward motion using the tip of the brush. I always do this at least twice, sometimes three times, depending on the level of volume I’m looking for. To apply the Mini’s, put a small Duo Lash Adhesive on the back of your hand. Using tweezers, grip the end of the lash, dip the point in the glue, and then lay in the lash line. I start at the outside corner and work my way in. You can choose to add as few or as many as you like with these, it just depends on how much volume you’d like. Finish with another light coat of mascara.