My current favorites in order of application. And the new blush beautyblender was obviously a must!
- Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer
I can’t seem to quit this version from Make Up For Evers’ extensive line of primers. I even prefer it over their mattifying option. It helps create an even canvas, which is key to getting natural results when contouring (bye bye splotchy cheeks). It sets immediately in a matte finish and allows your makeup to literally glide on.
- Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation
This foundation is certainly Armani Beauty’s best for those with oily or even combination skin. I tried Luminous and Lasting Silk and both were far too dewy for me. However, I was addicted to the formula that Armani Beauty has perfected so well. So when Power Fabric came out promising a velvet-matte finish and 16 hours of coverage, I knew it was a must have. Power Fabric indeed has the same luxurious feel as it’s predecessors, but with less luminosity. It’s got the staying power for a night out or special events, and SPF 25 for your daytime outings.
- beautyblender in “bubble”
I have a love/hate relationship with beautyblenders. More often than not I forget to prep mine, especially when I am in a hurry. But there really is no better tool on the market to apply liquid foundations, creams, and even powders. I was slightly giddy trading in my hot pink blender for one of the newer, muted colors. I chose the blush-toned “bubble,” but love the “nude” option, as well!
- IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer (waterproof)
There is a lot I could say about this miracle-in-a-tube. All you need to know is that it a little goes a long way (AKA it lasts forever) and it covers even the worst dark circles. I pair it with Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector after those extra long nights to pack a double punch of coverage. This concealer is perfect for summertime and stays on amid sweat and the sea!
- Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (travel size with velour puff)
I have a full-sized version that stays at my vanity and this adorable travel size to stuff in purses. This versatile powder can be used to set foundation and concealer, all while helping blushes and bronzers go on more evenly. Combined with a smoothing primer, your makeup will look flawless. I love the travel size for touch-ups throughout the night.
- Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray
Last but certainly not least, this is the setting spray for humid temperatures. It guarantees all of your hard work stays put, despite the elements. Although it was created for oily skin, getting a travel size to stretch you through summer is probably a good idea!