Your Emergency Beauty Kit

By Linda Hay
Do you ever have that nightmare where your entire makeup bag goes missing and you’re left without your overflowing arsenal of cosmetics and creams you just couldn’t live without? If you’re beauty-crazed like we are, you need to know which products belong in your emergency makeup kit. Linda Hay, in-demand beauty expert and makeup artist to the Victoria’s Secret Angels, tells us why $25 is all you need to look beautiful in any situation.


A natural healthy glow is the foundation for any showstopping look—and best of all, one of the easiest to achieve. My pick from the drugstore is Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Moisturizer. It’s a hypoallergenic formula with a touch of self-tanner and can be used easily on your face and body to build and maintain beautiful, subtle color.

Get the look: As with any formula containing a self-tanner, apply using a circular motion to avoid streaking. Even though the amount of tanner in this moisturizer is minimal, better to be safe than sorry! And always make sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterward.


You want a strong yet simple effect. Physicians Formula has the Baked Collection, which I love; it’s hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and dermatologist approved. It can be used wet and dry, which provides greater versatility. The simple complimenting color palettes of dark, medium, and light will work for most skin tones.

Get the look: Using the sponge applicator that comes with your shadows, use the point to dip into the darkest color, tapping to remove the excess, and line the lashes on the upper lid, then sweep around in the crease. Use the flat side of the applicator to apply the medium shade to the lid. Turn over and use the clean flat side to apply the highlight just under the brow and the inside corner of the eye. To add strength and volume, lightly dampen the applicator. Always test the applicator on the back of your hand before applying to make sure it’s not too wet.


One of my favorite mascaras is L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon. I prefer the one with the straight brush versus the curved version. I feel I can get more product on the lashes and has greater control.

Get the look: First wipe the wand with a tissue to remove any excess mascara to avoid clumping. Then apply wand at the base of the lash and brush out to the ends, getting right into the corners and as close to the lash line as possible. For the bottom lashes, I like to use the point of the wand. At least two coats are necessary and easily done with this mascara.

Cheeks and Lips

Bath and Body Works has a lip stain called Liplicious. It’s a two-in-one stain and gloss. The stain can be used for the lips and cheeks, and the gloss can be used on the lips, plus you can add a touch on the eyes for a luscious look.

Get the look: Apply the stain directly to lips and dab with your finger to blend. Then dab some onto the apple of the cheek to add a hint of color, giving you a rosy flush. Add the clear gloss to the lips for greater dimension. To use as a beautiful highlight for the cheeks and eyes, use your finger to apply a touch to the tops of your cheekbones, eyelids, and inside triangle of your eye for a dewy finish.

Shopping List
Jergens $6.39
Physicians Formula $7.95
L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara $7.49
Liplicious $4

TOTAL $25.84

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