In deep summer, I consider only makeup products that promise long wear. My nonstop schedule (which for working moms or anyone tethered to her email isn’t all that unique) means makeup that stays put. Who wants wandering eyeliner at the 3 p.m. meeting? I’ve added these four picks to my cosmetics bag.
Intensely black with a patent-leather-look finish, this is about as good as liquid eyeliner gets. The brush is on the thin side, so it took a little practice to get the hang of it, but nothing insurmountable. It even survived a four-mile run admirably.
Dior Addict Fluid Shadow ($31, in August)
Liquid eye shadows are back and, thank goodness, better than previous incarnations. No sticky eyelids of shadows past, though with liquid formulas, you are still limited in shade and contour — it’s really a one-dimensional single-color look. Unlike its luxury brethren that are packaged with imprecise sponge wands, this limited-edition shadow comes with a thin brush that lets you draw a slim or thick line — you smoosh down the applicator to achieve thicker allover coverage. The long-lasting mirror finish was also dazzling.
I usually favor cream blushes for a more believable flush, but this powder is so finely milled it settled into my skin nicely — no geisha effect here. Also, there is an excellent range of hues and finishes (matte and shimmery) that will transition well into fall.
Being brow-deficient, I’ve tried nearly every pencil, powder and brow kit on the market. This has become a favorite for its easy application and accurate color matching (Saddle is an excellent shade for dark brunettes). It isn’t like some of the budge-proof eyebrow markers — it wilts a tad under humidity — but easily managed a nine-hour workday.