I went a bit crazy on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, taking advantage of all sorts of sales and discounts to try some products I’ve been curious about, starting with Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer, which is the perfect base for makeup, as it is smooth, lightweight, and ever-so-slightly tinted. It gets rid of redness and evens out your complexion really beautifully, and I think once summer rolls around, I’ll skip the foundation altogether and just use this stuff. It’s also got an SPF of 30, which is never bad.
This SKII Facial Treatment Mask is just insanely expensive, but I had heard raves from so many quarters that I had to give it a try, and I must say it’s pretty amazing—my skin looked very nearly perfect after I had it on for 15 minutes, and if it weren’t so pricey I’d use it weekly. As it is, I’ll save it for special occasions. And here’s a tip from my friend Michelle: there is so much serum left over after you use the mask that you can save it and smooth it on your face and neck for a few days after.
I am a big fan of Glossier’s you-but-better aesthetic, and this highlighter just sort of brightens your face—apply it to your cheekbones, brow arch, and the bridge of your nose—without looking like it’s there at all.
Sunday Riley’s Good Genes is another pricey product I’ve heard people go on and on about, and I think it’s lives up to the hype—I saw a difference in my skin after just one use.
My dear friend Jean Godfrey June, who was the beauty director at Lucky and now toils over at Goop, recommended this Kosas lipstick in Rosewater when she taped an episode of the podcast recently: I used it the way she suggested, on my lips and then just a touch on my cheeks, and it imparts the freshest, most subtle glow.
I also bought Kosas 10-Second Eyeshadow in Globe on a hunch, and love it. It’s a tiny bit more shimmery than I usually go for, but quite glam in an understated way. And, if you’re as awful at applying eyeshadow as I am, you’ll be pleased to know that this stuff goes on like a dream.