Are you a beauty product junkie always on the hunt for the best luxurious product? Or are you the savvy shopper with a knack for smelling out the best bargain steals at the drug store? Either way, makeup artist, Myra Touchstone, has you covered with some amazing top products that, no matter the price, are high on quality and ones you can trust.
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Myra’s Top 5 High/Low Beauty Finds
These products are on the pricier end and the perfect pick-me-ups for those times you want to treat “treat yo self.”
1. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer– $36.00
Winner of Best of Sephora Award for Best Primer, one of Marie Claire’s “25 Products That Will Change Your Life”, & an InStyle Best Beauty Buy.
MT says: I can’t live without this primer. It gives each person a nice, smooth canvas before putting on foundation. For the best results, apply a dime-size amount to clean or moisturized skin using your fingertips.
2. Lancome Teint Idiole 24H Foundation-$45.50
Lancome’s first 24-hour wear foundation with SPF 15 protection is oil, fragrance and transfer free. It is currently offered in 28 shades from Ivory to Suede.
MT says: This foundation truly lives up to its name. It stays all day and is buildable without “caking” on the skin. Perfect for a woman on the go and transitions well from day to evening.
3. Smartbrow Eyebrow Filler– $29.95
SmartBrow adds instant fullness to your brows with a one step tinted filler that will last all day. Unlike powders or pencils, Smart Brow will last even after swimming or showering. It won’t flake or transfer on to your clothes, but is easily removable with the included cleanser. Currently offered in three shades: black/brown, brunette and blonde.
Curious about how to apply this product? Check out this video that will walk you through the process.
MT says: Once you put this filler on your brows, it really stays! No budging and totally sweat proof. This makes it one of my favorite products for the summertime.
4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush– $26.00
This soft blush is infused with Amazonian clay from the banks of the Amazon River and is available in 16 shades. The clay helps minimize oils on the skin while also hydrating the skin, minimizing the appearance of dry or flaky skin.
MT says: Tarte’s blush products really have staying power and last a full day.
MT says: Eye shadows by Lorac and Smashbox are my favorites! They have great selections of matte and shimmers that are blendable and well pigmented.
Lorac, Ooh La Lace Palette, $36.00
This beautiful smoky eye palette includes six sultry colors and includes both matte and shimmer shadows: Lust (cream with shimmer), Smolder (matte gray), Risqué (matte black), Stunner (light bronze with shimmer), Knockout (bronze with shimmer), and Racy (matte brown).
Smashbox, Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette in Softbox II, $40.00
Smashbox’s Softbox II palette pleases the eye and works for all of your everyday looks. Featuring 2 shimmer (Russet-soft copper, Sandstorm-soft golden shimmer) and 4 matte (Truffle-taupe, Bare-warm nude, Juniper-plum, and Sumatra, deep brown), this set also comes with a double-ended brush. Another thing to love about Smashbox’s shadows? When you get your product, scan the QR code on the back label of each palette for a must-watch tutorial by Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor!
These products are so well-priced that you might as well run out to your nearest drug store and pick up the whole lot.
1. Revlon Colorstay Foundation– $12.99
Revlon’s Colorstay foundation provides medium to full coverage, feels comfortable and will last up to 24 hours. This product line comes in 20 beautiful shades from Ivory to Mocha.
MT says: This foundation is great because in addition to lasting all day, it also provides nice full coverage.
Looking for a great waterproof mascara that goes on in one stroke? The search stops here with Maybelline’s Colossal Cat Eyes waterproof mascara. The collagen formula and claw brush fill out lashes up to 8 x the volume instantly.
MT says: This is the only mascara that I use because I’ve found that it’s the only one that will really with my lashes. Maybelline’s product stays on and keeps your lashes up!
3. Ulta Mineral Bronzer– $14.00
If you are a fan of minerals makeup, you will love the lightweight feel of this loose powder bronzer.
MT says: This is a great bronzer to use to sculpt your cheekbones and the sides of your nose.
4. L’oreal Infallible Eye shadows– $7.99
L’oreal’s Infallible eye shadows deliver on style and practicality. They are sweatproof, waterproof and crease resistent and goes on with a soft and smooth texture.
MT says: These affordable shadows are comparable to Lancome’s pressed eye shadows! The coverage lasts all day and they have a wide variety of colors.
5. Makeup brushes by Sonia Kashuk– prices range (see example below)
If you’re a Target shopper, you’re probably familiar with Sonia Kashuk’s beauty products. Luckily for us, her products are high on style and function, but don’t break the bank.
MT: Sonia Kashuk’s make-up brushes are affordable and come in a wide variety that are well made for shadow application and foundation.
Limited Edition Brush Couture 5PC Brush Set, $14.99
This set includes: powder brush, synthetic angled foundation brush, blending brush, eye shadow brush and precision liner brush.
IDOPT thanks Myra for sharing her favorite products with us. Stay tuned as I’m sure she will be back with more of her amazing beauty and style tips very soon! If you have questions or would like to consult with her directly, please e-mail her at myratouchstone(at)hotmail.com.
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