1. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in #8 Orange de Chine
This is what I’m wearing for my wedding and also, um, every day of my life since I discovered orange/coral don’t wash me out as I somehow had previously managed to get into my head. Don’t get me wrong, I know this is $32 but two layers in the morning stayed on the whole day for me yesterday and this is after wolfing down a sandwich. It has the color staying power of a stain with a slight glossy finish that looks like a glossy lipstick more than a lip gloss. Better yet, as tested multiple times on my hand at Sephora for the benefit of my lip product-prejudiced fiancé, it doesn’t kiss off once it dries. Perfection, really.
2. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black
I don’t know why I mentioned it was in black since Eyeko is not playing around and only makes black eyeliner. I have forever been a smudgy pencil eyeliner kind of girl and have only realized how much cleaner I want my eyeliner line to be and so I turned to my makeup guru pal Andrea for a suggestion. This was the first and only thing she suggested in such an intense way that I knew it had to be good; I was not disappointed. After some adjusting to the smaller margin of error that comes with liquid eyeliner, I have not looked back. This is a perfect little pen and you can swipe on whatever kind of line you want. Practice makes perfect.
3. Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine
This is a finishing product meant to tame flyaways and add shine (duh) but I’ll let you in on a little secret: use it as your prep. In my experience, the formula makes water molecules fly right off the hair. So spray some on towel dried hair and then blow dry with your hand or paddle brush (depending on your desired look) to get moisture out fast. Secret: blow dry this way to 90% dryness before you begin any actual styling, you will save yourself tons of work and time. Not only will your hair dry faster, you will have shinier, frizzfree hair! The only downside is that I wouldn’t recommend this to any fine haired ladies; only medium, thick, and coarse textured/dense hair need apply.