Last week, I covered what Skin and Eye products I'd toss in a fictional "bug out bag," so here are the Lip products, Brushes, and Tools I'd add. Remember, this it what works for me, and remember that I get a makeup artist discount on most of these products. If you want to find out what works for YOU, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a chat or to have me create a makeup wardrobe that works for you and your budget. And stay tuned! There will be a very special announcement next week to celebrate Electra Lane's first birthday. Without further ado:
MAC pencil in Subculture: this matches my lips perfectly, which allows me to just wear it alone over lip balm or slightly overdraw my lips if I want to fake a fuller mouth.
MAC Creme Cup: Unfortunately, my favorite lipstick, Chelsea Girls by NARS, was discontinued. Thankfully, this peach-pink neutral is a lovely substitute.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Plexi Gloss in 202: these new glosses live up to the hype - non-sticky, long-lasting, and come in a vast range of shades and finishes.
1. Founation Brush
MAC #130: I was introduced to this brush by a Smashbox artist years ago, and I've found nothing better.
2. Powder Brush
Wayne Goss #13: if you buy one expensive brush in your life, get this one - if it's even available since it constantly sells out. This does powder, liquid, cream, and is the softest, smoothest brush for blending.
NARS Ita: I wasn't sure about this brush at first, but I love to apply contour - cream or powder - with the brush longways, then flip it to a wide angle to blend.
MAC 138: the almost cone shape of this brush allows for precise placement in all of the different face contours.
MAC 113: blush brushes need to be specific to your cheek shape, and this one allows me to tap on the perfect amount of product.
MAKE UP FOR EVER 138 Wavy: great for powder illuminator, bronzer, and powder, but I love to use this brush to knock off excess powder or eye shadow fallout from my skin.
7. All-Over Eye/Blending
MAC 224: the favorite for applying a base shade, then to blend throughout the eye shadow application process.
MAC 217: the perfect crease brush.
MAC 221: great for applying and building a dramatic corner, but also beautifully blends eye liner for a smokey effect.
Anastasia Beverly Hills 12: a nice, stiff brush for powder or gel, and the attached spoolie brush blends the product into the brows.
1. Beauty Blender: it's as good as they say, and no other sponge even comes close.
2. Power Puff: for applying powder as well as slipping over a finger to act as a barrier between your hand and face.
3. Almay Sticks: cotton swabs full of eye makeup remover.
4. Lash Curler: a must, even if you're not using mascara. Make sure to change the pads every three months or so, and e.l.f. sells five replacement pads for around a dollar.
5. Tweasers: for stray brow hairs and applying false lashes.
6. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer: the best multi-tasker on the market, in my opinion. This cream can transform into a liquid foundation, sheered down to a tint, a concealer, mixed to create lipsticks and cream blushes, used as an eye shadow base...
7. Tissues: blot, clean up messes, wipe of eyelash curlers...
8. Brush Cleaner: good to have on hand to keep brushes functioning at their best and to make sure they last.
9. Travel Mirror: even if it's the mirror in a shadow palette, I like to have something so I'm not forced to apply makeup under bathroom lighting.
10. The Bag: while I'm still searching for the perfect bag, right now this packing cube from Le Sport Sac can easily fit all of my products and brushes.