Last week I was at a beauty event and was lucky enough to sit next to a brilliant makeup artist who used to work for MAC. After quizzing her about the famous makeup artists she’s worked with, we chatted about MAC and why the brand doesn’t get as much attention these days.
As I said earlier in this column, MAC was “the brand” in the ’90s when I was a teenager. It was bold and creative, and the products were top notch. However, you don’t hear about it that much these days. There are so many brands now I suppose and the internet means we have access to almost all of them.
Also, many of our purchasing decisions revolve around the products we use on the web, and typically those products are new product launches sent out by PR companies to beauty influencers.
I assume this train of thought is behind the “Something Old/Something New” section included in this column each week. There is so much new that we tend to forget the products we used to love or that we may not have discovered in the first place. With that in mind, I thought I’d shed a light on some classic products that have really stood the test of time.
It only seems fitting to start with MAC, which has created so many staples in a makeup artist’s bag.
The three products I keep turning to are Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (34€ about braunthomas.com), Eye Cabbage in Costa Riche (€18.50 over braunthomas.com) and Lipstick in Lady Danger (20 € per braunthomas.com). Studio Fix Powder Plus blew my mind as a teenager and still does today.
This powder mattifies brilliantly but also offers excellent coverage – there is no better product to have in your purse at night to banish a sweaty face.
Costa Riche is a slightly warm and slightly pearly brown liner that is easy to apply and great to wear. It can be used in the waterline or for a soft liner effect, but I especially love it used all over the lid as a base for a smokey eye.
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Lady Danger is the perfect orange-red lipstick that looks very rock-hard when paired with a smudged eye. I have purchased these products countless times and I mean that in the truest sense of the word.
Elsewhere, NARS orgasm blush (33€ about arnotts.ie) is famous for a reason. The pink-coral shade suits most people and has a slight golden shimmer, meaning it’s incredibly flattering against the skin.
If you haven’t tried Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (52€ about braunthomas.com) and you like a buildable formula that isn’t too matte, go ahead. It’s beautiful, and while many glowing foundations have come out in recent years, I don’t think there’s one that replaces it.
As for skin care Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream (31€ about spacenk.com) is so popular that 10 pots are sold worldwide every minute. It is a beautiful hydrating moisturizer suitable for all skin types. I’ve given away countless pots of these and never heard anything but glowing reports.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (95 € about boots.ie) has developed a cult following over its 40 years of existence thanks to its intensely moisturizing properties that leave skin looking smooth and radiant. I recently got reacquainted with it and it’s back on regular rotation. It just works.
I could go on, but I suppose the general message today is that new isn’t always better. If there’s a product you used to love, you might pick it up again! It could be just what you’ve been looking for.
I’ve been a fan of makeup artist Sarah Keary’s brushes for a while, so I was thrilled to hear that she was launching a makeup brand, By SK. The first collection includes a palette with six eyeshadows, a blush, a bronzer and a highlighter (€39 via sarahkeary.ie), a liquid liner (€19), four lipsticks (three nudes and one red, €18.50) and three eyeliners (black-brown and nude, €15). The products are solid, I particularly like the liners, which are easy to apply and stay on. The products are all vegan and not tested on animals.
Clinique’s Even Better Makeup (€34 via boots.ie) has been around for more than a decade and is still used every day by countless makeup fans who want a little more from their foundation. In addition to providing coverage, this product contains vitamin C and antioxidants that help fade the appearance of scars and dark spots. It offers buildable, skin-like coverage and works well on all skin types, but I’ve found my friends with combination or oily skin especially love it.
… Something new
NARS Light Reflecting Foundation (€48 via brownthomas.com) is a new complexion product that combines medium coverage with skin conditioning properties for a buildable, breathable, skin-like finish. It claims to offer protection from blue light, which I’m still a little skeptical about the need for, but given the hours I’ll put in on a phone/laptop I’ll take it anyway, and also to help the skin barrier strengthen and moisturize the skin. I don’t think NARS has ever let down when it comes to foundations, but this one is a dream come true for people like me who want their skin to look like skin and don’t want their skin to feel like it’s covered in product. Available in 36 shades (an expansion of two), this will be a hit.
https://www.independent.ie/style/beauty/makeup/louise-mcsharry-these-are-my-favourite-classic-products-that-have-stood-the-test-of-time-41531501.html Louise McSharry: “These are my favorite classic products that have stood the test of time”