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A while back, I met a facialist who told me that I go too heavy on the bronzer and that it ages me, and for a long time I didn’t want to accept that as fact, because I feel like I look so much more awake and healthy with a bronzy glow. But this winter, I began to think she had a point, and I also started disliking the fact that the bronzer I’d been using had a little bit of shimmer—and even a wee amount of shimmer is too much for me. So I ordered this Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer (which is sold out everywhere I looked in the US, but that I managed to find on the fun British e-comm site Cult Beauty) and it is a lot subtler, imparting more of a healthy flush than a Hawaiian Tropic tan.

I am forever searching for a better pencil eyeliner, because they all—invariably and despite all claims that they won’t— smudge on me. But  Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, in a very rich brown called Whiskey, would appear, so far, to really, really not budge.

I’m pretty sure the best $12 I’ve invested lately has been in the Tangle Teezer, which smooths out my post-shampoo rat’s nest in record time, and feels less damaging than a comb.

The Brooklyn-based perfume house DS Durga just opened a shop around the corner from the bookstore where I went the other day to get some guides to Portugal, so of course I had to pop in to check it out. And I fell in love with this candle, which manages to smell clean, earthy, and spring-like all at once.

It is my belief—after years of trial and error—that the only cure for my chronic under-eye circles is concealer, but I do continue to hope for an eye cream that’ll do at least some of the heavy lifting. And this stuff sounds encouraging, as it is loaded with vitamin C, which is apparently quite good for just such an issue.

As anyone who reads GOACA regularly knows, I’ve got a seriously wandering eye when it comes to mascara. So even though I am happy with—and have for months now been faithful to—my Nars Climax, I am flirting heavily with the idea of giving this Tarte formulation a go, as it is supposed to be seriously volumizing. And yes, I find the packaging quite seductive too.

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    Trish
    9 Apr 2019
    5:24pm

    I love bronzer and wear it all the time. I used to wear Too Face and just recently bought the Marc Jacobs one because it is matt. BUT! I have been intrigued by cream bronzers; I have heard great things about the MILK one that you mention and the Chanel one. I have tried the Drunk Elephant one and at first I loved that I could mix a drop in with my moisturizer and go, but then I found that it was just not as subtle. The Drunk Elephant is more liquid-y than the MILK one, so the MILK might work better for me. I appreciate this recommendation! Do you or anyone else apply teh bronxer with a brush and then put it on your skin, or do you put directly to the skin and then buff out?

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      Mamavalveeta03
      16 Apr 2019
      2:50am

      I have the Chanel one in the jar and I use a brush for it, but I think I’d swipe the stick on and blend with my fingers or a brush, depending on how late I was running. I’ve heard great things about the Milk one, too.

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    Viajera
    9 Apr 2019
    10:52am

    Meanwhile … I am still trying to find “reef safe”/mineral spf lip balm that doesn’t look funny or go on too dry. I have only tried drugstores so far though, haven’t made it to a beauty counter. It seems most of the more “natural” brands don’t even bother. Burt has like maybe one but it is never on the shelf… ah well. Am using something from … Sprouts. Sprouts!!! (Sprouts is growing on me.)

    I agree this is a good thread, bc under eye concealer is on my To Do list.

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    ARay
    15 Apr 2019
    4:37pm

    I bought the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner after I read this but in Demolition. I rarely wear eyeliner- but when I do I want it stay put. The best new cosmetic purchase I recently made was the non tinted Dior DreamSkin Fresh & Perfect Cushion. And oh man do I love this!! I feel like I look “lit from within” and I don’t care if it’s a case of Emperor’s new clothes this product is a keeper!! I’m tempted to get a tinted shade as well- maybe closer to late fall/ winter when my skin needs a bit more even colour. Then I will also have time to save up 😏.

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    Mouse
    8 Apr 2019
    8:12am

    I don’t really get the whole bronzer thing. My skin is freaky white; maybe that’s why. I once did a role–I was an opera singer for awhile–where the costume and lighting designer decided to capitalize on my whiteness by keeping me in a constant spotlight that made me even whiter; it was as if I was another species from the other characters.
    When I look at the photos from that production, I like it. I know we can’t go around with our personal spotlights, but I like the different skin tones. Wouldn’t a bit of blush work in the same way as bronzer?

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      Kim France
      8 Apr 2019
      9:21am

      Good on you for loving your skin the way it is, Mouse. I think the main difference between blush and bronzer aside from color—and I’m not a beauty pro, so those of you who are please chime in—is that blush is just for the cheeks, bronzer imparts more of al all-over glow.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        16 Apr 2019
        2:54am

        Bingo, Kim. You use them in different places on your face because bronzer is supposed to mimic the effects of the sun while blush mimics the effects of exercise or sex. (😊) I’m a big fan of blush.

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      Em
      8 Apr 2019
      7:24pm

      I don’t like blush because I think of it as being pink-ish, and my skin already has enough pink. I think bronzer gives me a healthy, non-pink glow. Maybe I am kidding myself?

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    Kimbey
    8 Apr 2019
    9:11am

    I bought the car/air freshener version of that candle and I love it!

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    Jasmine
    8 Apr 2019
    9:22am

    The Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes is a fantastic mascara. And it’s free of parabens and phthalates. I’ve been using it since I switched to using clean beauty products and love it.

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      Sal
      9 Apr 2019
      12:00am

      I use the DHL mascara cause it’s the beauty tubes kind and has no parabens etc – EPIC!

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      lola
      8 Apr 2019
      10:23am

      LOVE Tarte mascara. It is a great every day mascara and right now, if you order anything on line from Sephora, you can get a mini as a 100 pt gift. Between working there and getting all the good gratis and the 100 pt. gifts, I haven’t purchased mascara in years, no joke. I can seriously rate them all!

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    Bella
    8 Apr 2019
    9:22am

    Have you tried the Drunk Elephant bronzer? It’s liquid, so you can add a few pumps into your moisturizer/sunscreen/base or dot sparingly and blend.

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      Lorna G
      8 Apr 2019
      10:38am

      I use DE bronzer and like it, but it has a little shine/glow. As does the banana eye cream – that has a lot of “glow”

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      Mary
      8 Apr 2019
      9:24pm

      I’ve just discovered Drunk Elephant and really like the cleanser! Plan on trying more products.

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    Rebecc
    8 Apr 2019
    9:56am

    I own the tangle teaser, but have found that the teeth aren’t long enough to reach my scalp and get all of the knots out.. apparently they have one for long or curly hair, which I may try!
    I have heard good things about that eye cream, but haven’t pulled the trigger. Let us know if it works…

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    Rosie
    8 Apr 2019
    10:11am

    OMG, I think I use that same bronzer, and I know it has shimmer in it but only if you shake the bottle. Otherwise it settles at the bottom. I usually spray it on my hand to apply. I always thought it looked really natural. I mostly spray tan these days in the lightest coverage though. I guess I will give the Milk Makeup a try.

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    Joannawnyc
    8 Apr 2019
    11:30am

    I don’t get bronzer, either. But I lurrrrve highlighter! I have given up on most makeup other than tinted sunscreen, highlighter, and lipstick.

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    c.w.
    8 Apr 2019
    11:48am

    I purchased the Drunk Elephant bronzer, but rarely use it and when I do only in select areas. I’m down to moisturizer and sunscreen daily along with undereye coverage and an eyebrow pencil and if I’m doing something more interesting maybe some tinted moisturizer, mascara, lipstick and, in the evenings, the bronzer. I think as we age we have to step away from whatever make-up routine we used when we felt our most young and beautiful, rebellious and glamorous and find other products to use at the make-up counter. I have a few high school acquaintances that are STILL wearing pearlized blue eye shadow!!!!! Talk about your Oy and Egad and Good Lord and Bless Their Hearts.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      16 Apr 2019
      3:08am

      I agree 100%, c.w.! I think I look a little like a hooker when I wear the same amount of makeup I used to wear. SCARY! I’ve switched to better but lighter: Tinted moisturizer or just concealer where needed, brow color and a holder product to give them oomph that they’ve lost, a touch of cream blush, lipcolor and mascara when I want to “ bring it.”

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    Jennifer Bradley
    8 Apr 2019
    11:49am

    Lola — you might be a life-changer. Can you say more about the E/3 application pattern? Doesn’t that leave you with a shiny nose and matte cheekbones? Tell me why that’s better than the T pattern I’m using — I’m sure it is better, I just want to understand it. And wouldn’t powder on the neck end up on shirts and look weird? Why would I powder my neck? Also, when I used to enter your lovely borough from the NJ turnpike, I would put on Taylor Swift and start to sing “Welcome to New York” very loudly with my son, with the windows open. It is a happy memory that makes me fond of S.I.

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      Lola
      9 Apr 2019
      7:27am

      I love my boro but boy oh boy, the makeup and hair trends I have seen and been a part of for the past 40 years! Anyway…the E or 3 pattern deposits pigment in the places where the sun would naturally hit. So a T pattern would hit the high points but leave out the cheek bones. So pick up the pigment on you brush, tap excess, start on one side and do half forehead, down the hairline, into the cheeks towards the nose and back towards the hairline to the jawline and chin. Repeat on opposite side.
      With any leftover, lightly swipe down your nose. After that use the now mostly clean brush to blend the areas you deposited the color. Same pattern and methods if you are using liquid or cream only apply and blend with fingers, a dense, tight brush or a sponge. Some people use bronzer to contour but I am not a fan because contour is to replicate a shadow and shadows are not brown, they are gray-ish. But that’s a whole other mess. As for your neck, it’s always beneficial to make sure your face and neck match, either with foundation (if you use it) or bronzer. Even when I don’t wear foundation, my face is naturally darker than my neck so I brush a little bronzer on my neck. I don’t go all the way down to my clavical but just drag it down past the jawline and down the sides and center, so the application looks seamless. Powder on the neck, when done subtly, doesn’t really cause the unwanted aging effect that it can on the face. But if you bave a crepey neck like I do, you can use liquid or a bronzing spray. I just think with powder, at any age, a light hand and a fluffy brush give you the best results. Of course none of these are actual rules but in my experience working on all ages and skin types, these methods are pretty successful. Hope that helps.

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    MaryAlice
    8 Apr 2019
    12:06pm

    What is a 3 or E pattern, please?

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      D.Morgendorffer
      8 Apr 2019
      12:53pm

      It’s applying bronzer (often in the powder form) in the shape of a 3 or E, depending on which side. Doing a 3 on your right side, you start with a swiping curve on your forehead that curves into your cheekbone then another curve along the side of your face that swoops down along your jawline. I speak from a purely theoretical position, given that I wear shade 000 in rms concealer. (I generally stick to topping my regular blush with some Rouge Bunny Rouge apricot blush on my cheeks in the summertime and calling it a day.)

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    Michele
    8 Apr 2019
    12:45pm

    Love the Urban Decay pencils and in fact Whiskey is my go-to favorite. I like using it with a nude your-lids-but-better shadow and in fact would be interested to hear what people use to achieve that (I’m a big fan of Mac Layin’ Low plus MUFE shadows).

    Also like Urban Decay Smog and Desolation, both grays, when I’m wearing peachy or pinky shadows.

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    Hadley
    8 Apr 2019
    12:55pm

    Kim,

    What is your under-eye concealer of choice? I feel like I have tried them all and nothing has helped my chronic under-eye circles. I know they are hereditary and most days I accept them, but somedays, it would be nice to pretend they don’t exist.

    XO, H

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      Mamavalveeta03
      16 Apr 2019
      3:16am

      I love Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer – the blendibility is great and you can use a little or a lot and it looks so natural. Lots of shades, too.

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      Kim France
      8 Apr 2019
      3:18pm

      I’ve kind of given up on under-eye concealer because I’m so bad at applying it. I just live with the circles.

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        Lola
        9 Apr 2019
        7:31am

        Kim IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under eye conceals and brightens really well. Apply with ring finger in a tapping motion under and into the inner corner of your eye. Be forewarned…a little goes a LONG way. The tube will last you years.

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          Susanna
          9 Apr 2019
          9:10am

          Second the IT Bye Bye undereye. I never would have purchased it but was given a sample tube at Sephora. The stuff is magic. I think a tutorial video they use it to cover tattoos! I like the illuminating one. It’s not sparkly but it does brighten things up.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        8 Apr 2019
        4:12pm

        I have the hereditary thing exacerbated by living in a historic garden district in the southern part of the country (ENTs do very well here.). It was a major breakthrough for me when I discovered peach color corrector. I work in a dot or two’s worth in the darkness and then apply a little concealer. However, when I’ve been in a hurry, the peach color corrector alone neutralizes a good amount of the darkness. I get one by Pixi for twelve bucks off of Dermstore because it’s often sold out in Target. It’s called something like, Peach Correction Concentrate. They also do an apricot version if you’re more on the tan side. I want to say that the brand Eve Pearl does a more salmon-y or orange-y version for darker skinned women. I think Bobbi Brown would include a strip of color corrector with her concealer palettes. Fortunately, many color correctors are much cheaper than Bobbi Brown. If you don’t like Pixi, I want to say NYX does correctors. Once I started using a color corrector, I was suddenly aware that there were various versions lurking in drugstores. So, with this product, price doesn’t really indicate quality. It’s more a matter of finding a brand that does it in a texture that works best for you. Good luck! I hope this response is of some help.

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          Pam
          9 Apr 2019
          7:49am

          The Bobbi Brown corrector is the product that works the best for me.

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      Francine
      8 Apr 2019
      5:45pm

      Ok, Hadley, you MUST try the concealer from IT Cosmetics. Go to Sephora and get a sample or two. They can put a bit in a little pot (try two shades). There is SO MUCH PIGMENT, so you literally dip a tiny lipbrush into the pot and apply. Seriously, a tiny bit. The coverage is stellar and wears really well. That sample will last a really long, long time. Enough for you to see if it works for you.

      https://www.itcosmetics.com/face/concealer/bye-bye-under-eye/ITC_0005.html

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    Anne
    8 Apr 2019
    1:31pm

    Love all the MILK Makeup products I’ve tried so far. The Ole Henriksen Banana Bright eye cream is really nice, but if you have any hint of a crease/wrinkle, the banana powder will settle there. I do love his Sheer Transformation Moisturizer and the Truth Serum for vitamin C anywhere.

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    Lola
    8 Apr 2019
    7:45am

    As a former makeup artist and former Sephora employee (from the little island boro with the big bridge toll, famous for contouring, cat eye and heavy brinzer) I can tell you first hand that bronzer can age you and shimmer bronzer is even worse. But in my experience it is the formulation vs. skin type that is the real culprit. I always recommend a cream or liquid, non shimmer bronzer for women over 40. We work hardest on our skin care ans yet we can still be dry! Powder and shimmer can sit in and on creases and the more you use, the older you can look. If you do use a powder, a BIG fluffy brush makes application more subtle. And with both formulations, only apply it in a 3 or E pattern and don’t forget your neck!! If you use cream or liquid on your face you can still use your powder for your neck. Just use the big fluffy brush.

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    Tracy
    8 Apr 2019
    5:18pm

    Have you tried the “YSL Forever Light Creator Eye Fluid” ? I really like it & Clea du Peau concealer…

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    Gablesgirl
    8 Apr 2019
    7:10pm

    I have the very pale skin thing going on in Miami where everyone is bronzed within an inch of their life. Doesn’t work for me but hey with all my sunscreen I’ll never have wrinkles.

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    JB
    8 Apr 2019
    10:04pm

    After years of testing and being tempted by fancy brands, I am certain the drug store is the only place you should buy mascara. L’Oreal Butterfly Voluminous is my current favorite. Clumps less than Maybelline Lash Blast, my former go-to. And I never buy waterproof. Underrated French drugstore brand Avène gentle eye makeup remover is the best.

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      HickfromStyx
      15 Apr 2019
      11:41am

      I have been using something similar to the Tangle Teaser as a brush for years. If you remember the gigantic wide-tooth combs that Clinique used to give away as beauty bonuses with purchase, you will know how ridiculous it is that those things snapped in two in my hair. I was seriously thinking of buying a brush like the one my dog uses until I came upon this solution. Thick, wiry, wavy hair: it is what it is, and it is a beast.

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      Heather
      9 Apr 2019
      8:01am

      I’m also a big fan of drugstore mascara, esp because I like to replace it frequently. Right now I’m using Loreal Lash Sensation, and I really like it. Plus it comes in brown, which works better on me.

      This has been an esp great thread. I’m going to try the It concealer when my current one (Mac) runs out.

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      JB
      8 Apr 2019
      10:06pm

      Oops. Covergirl makes Lash Blast.

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