On my way out to dinner last week, I got caught in one of the surprise freak thunderstorms that was plaguing our fair city.
I looked like a drowned rat. Luckily, I was prepared.
Not a single regular reader of this column would be shocked to learn that I wear quite a bit of makeup pretty much every day.
I also spend most of my time away from home, and I don’t exactly travel light.
I tote so much makeup with me some might call me overprepared. Better safe than sorry, I say.
These are the things I (currently) carry, and why:
- L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black, $8.95 at drugstores, is my absolute favorite for tightlining the eye — that is, applying eyeliner to the underside of the top lashes to make them appear longer and fuller.
- L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara in Blackest Black, $10.95 at drugstores, is a new discovery of mine and has quickly become my favorite mascara. It makes my lashes look longer and fuller, and somehow creates more of them out of thin air.
- Essence Liquid Lipstick in Peach Party, $5 at drugstores, isn’t actually a liquid lipstick, despite what the name says. It IS a beautiful gloss in a summery coral shade that I can wear with anything this time of year.
- Bare Minerals Generation Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cookie, $18 at Ulta, isn’t as long-lasting as some liquid lipsticks, but it’s more comfortable to wear.
- NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream, $4.99 at drugstores, is my favorite lip gloss formula and comes in more than 30 colors. I dare you not to buy multiples.
- Bare Minerals Generation Nude Lipgloss in Sugar, $18 at Sephora, is my “my lips but better” shade. Find yours and carry it with you.
- NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nude, $4.49 at Ulta, matches (nearly) any lip color I might have with me.
- ChapStick Total Hydration Lip Balm in Honey Blossom, $2.99 at Target. ChapStick is great, but this one is really heavily scented. Proceed with caution.
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Fair, $9.99 at drugstores, has its own sponge, which makes applying on the go a breeze.
- E.l.f. Shine Eraser Oil Blotting Sheets, $1 at drugstores. Sometimes a girl gets shiny.
- A Blotterazzi by beautyblender, $20 at Sephora. Sometimes a girl gets REALLY shiny.
- Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder, $3.99 at Ulta. Sometimes you need myriad options for combating shine!
- Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Powder in Classic Ivory, $5.99 at drugstores. I really hate being shiny, OK?
- Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder, $30 at Sephora. It’s possible I didn’t realize until just this moment how much I hate being shiny.
- A very old retractable powder blush, to blend all that powder I apply to make me less shiny.
- Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water, $9 on Amazon, to make my face look less powdery after I’ve applied all the powder.
- A (broken) travel magnifying mirror. The mirror itself isn’t broken (no bad luck here!), but the hinge on the mirror went a long time ago.
- A hair tie and four bobby pins. Why four? Who knows!
- And, last, a folding compact hairbrush, $4.53 on Amazon, is possibly the most sensible thing I carry.
With all of the above, I was able to make myself presentable again on short notice. Though perhaps next time I should also carry an umbrella.
Alison Smith is ready for nearly any beauty scenario. Got a burning beauty question? Email email@example.com.