10 Makeup Products Every Busy Woman Needs
The fix for skinny, sparse eyebrows
This microfiber-packed product defines, grooms, tints and fills in spindly or uneven brows all in one swoop...and maybe a few flicks. The water-resistant formula bulks up barely-there hairs, and the teensy tapered brush makes it easy to be precise. Pick from one of the eight shades for a perfect match to what your mama gave you.
A smudge-proof eyeliner to share with your daring teen daughter
First of all, the colors! These waterproof eye pencils come in a rainbow of 44 shades, from the inkiest black to metallic teal and fuchsia. The creamy formula glides on easily, so you’ll apply it like a pro. (Want a smoky eye? Just smudge at your lash line. Cat eye? No prob!) And here’s the key: It. Will. Not. Budge. No messy raccoon eyes—even if you sweat, swim or laugh till you cry.
The three-in-one makeup multitasker your teen will snag again and again
This dewy-finish tint is your perfect blush and lipcolor, and your slightly glossy eye shadow too. It’s the beauty invention of celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey (“Mom, she works with J Law!”), comes in pretty shades like Poppy and Rosy pink, and has a sweet, all-natural scent that will remind you of cinnamon candy.
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A concealer for every skin tone
This long-wear, blendable formula looks pretty darn invisible on top of dark circles, red splotches, brown spots and blemishes. The only thing better than it coming in a whopping 30 shades is that not a single one of them will ever go cakey or crepey.
Your fountain of youth in a jar
This luminizing balm is a favorite with makeup artists—but you don’t have to be one to get pro results. The user-friendly formula makes it so there’s no way you can stray into disco-ball glittery territory. Just tap a tiny bit on your cheekbones, brow bones and the inner corners of your eyes, and you’ll get a sheer pop of glow that makes your face look more youthful.
The prettiest everyday tinted lip balm
This lip balm truly does feel like buttah, thanks to shea butter and coconut oil. Plus, the five gorgeous shades have just enough tint to make it look like you made an effort (even if you didn’t). Bonus: It also has broad-spectrum SPF 30!
A foundation that’s good for your skin
Anyone over the age of 21 knows that every last bit of SPF helps. (Your sun-worshiping daughter will learn, eventually.) You simply cannot apply too much. This lightweight yet full-coverage foundation has serious SPF 50 broad-spectrum protection plus antioxidants that go even further to protect against UV rays and pollution. Makeup-wise, it comes in a range of 16 shades, and just a pea-sized amount evens out your complexion while making it look glowy and, well, healthy!
A stay-put lipcolor for a night out
How many reschedulings and calendar invites does it take to pull off a girls’ night out? There’s no way you’re going to waste time reapplying lipstick in the ladies’ room! These intense lipcolors stay put and look fantastic when you’re sipping, snacking, gabbing and sipping some more. All 20 shades of this vegan formula are created with mineral-based pigments (for great color) and natural waxes and oils (to keep the matte finish from feeling dry).
The budget-friendly glam lash builder
This drugstore mascara fattens and lengthens lashes much like department store products that are three times the price! The 200+ bristles fan out your fringe with a thick, lush formula. You can swipe on a few coats with no fear of gunkiness and flaking.
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The secret weapon for faking a glowing complexion
Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo ($42)
The slightly shimmery shades in this two-fer have legit earned their cult status: Orgasm is a peachy, sun-kissed blush, and Laguna is her golden bronzed sister. Dusting them on is a surefire way to make people think you just got back from vacation (never mind that it was visiting colleges in upper New England).