How’s it going, ladies? I just got back from the pet store because Tabs lost yet another collar, grr!
I picked him up the cheapest replacement I could find, a red nylon breakaway for $2.99. No more $18 fashion collars until he proves he can be responsible.
Oh, I got some more bad news today. MBB reader Jackie sent a heartbreaking e-mail this afternoon. She explained how all of her makeup was stolen, and now she’s looking for advice to rebuild her collection from scratch.
“I’m heartbroken… all of my makeup, gone! I want to ask you for a list of your favorite basic makeup for daily use. I like Shu Uemura, but I’m open. I’m a basic kind of gal.”
Hey, Jackie. I’m so sorry. I’d be crushed!
I’m sure karma will come back and bite that makeup thief in the butt. Until then, try to see this as a chance to start fresh, like a makeup phoenix rising from the ashes! You don’t need a lot of different products to look great and put together.
I’d start with my tried-and-true favorite face products, the ones my skin tolerates well and that look natural.
First, there’s , and a tube of (to even out my skin and to cover up my dark circles).
Then, I’d get a good powder, one that doesn’t cake, like , MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($21) or .
For some color…
… I might go with MAC’s Gel Blush in Just a Pinch ($21). It’s a sheer berry that creates a lovely natural flush.
For more of a bronzy J. Lo glow, I might try Clinique’s , new for summer from the collection.
I can’t live without my eye makeup, so I’d stock up on versatile products able to work in different situations.
I think I’d start with an eyeshadow primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($17), which I’d use to set my eye makeup.
Next, I’d get a basic eyeshadow palette with colors I could use for either neutral looks or bolder smokey looks. Speaking of versatility, I *love* the new NARS Modern Love Palette ($50).
As for eyeliner, I’d grab a few Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye pencils. They’re easy to use and long lasting, too. They’re also a decent bargain right now as UD is selling a special duo with two of the company’s bestselling shades — . That’s two shades for $24. Normally, the pencils are $16 each, so two for $24 is quite a steal.
For mascara, Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara ($14) is a good all-purpose one. It’s a deep, dark glossy black that lengthens, thickens and curls like a mo’ fo.
Last, but not least, I’m a pink lip kinda gal, so I’d get a few lipsticks and lipglosses from the Shu Uemura Pink collection ($23 each).
Since even I can’t wear pink every day, I’d also try to include a nude lip product like Shu’s . It’s a shimmery beige from their new summer collection, .
Do you have any advice for Jackie? What makeup would you start with if you had to start from scratch?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,