IF I HAD TO CHOOSE one word that would apply to new cosmetics this season, it would be “glow.” Last spring, I was covering fashion for The Washington Post magazine, and 95 percent of the makeup samples I received were some shade of nude. Not such a good choice for grown-up girls, according to makeup artist Isabelle Williams. So, MyLittleBird took a look at products promising that youthful glow.
Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
Art Director Kathy Legg–who by the way, has perfect skin–decided to try this tinted moisturizer for a more finished look. She liked Eve Lom’s consistency, and the shade (Vanilla 4) complemented her skin tone, while adding just a touch of color. Not her cup of tea, but she thinks it would work for women who prefer more coverage. $55, available in 12 shades at Eve Lom and Space NK.
Nars Matte Multiple
Although I love the idea of multi-use products, I usually find that they’re good at only one task. Take this product from Nars: You’re supposed to use it to cover lips as well as skin. After trying it, I found that I preferred to use it as a blush rather than a lipstick and found that, as the directions indicate, if you wet the stick slightly and apply, you get a sheer, natural covering on your cheeks rather than a blast of color. $39, available in seven shades at area beauty and department stores, Sephora and Nars.
Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush
Another multiple-use product that worked better for me on my face, giving a light glow of color to cheeks. The blush goes on creamy but then gets powdery once applied. If it had remained creamy, I would have used it on my lips, too. $30, available in four colors at area beauty and department stores and Clarins.
Clarins Double Serum
I usually think that the stuff they say about serum is a lot of hooey. Why exactly would you need something else to put on before your moisturizer? But never mind my skepticism. When I use this product in combination with a moisturizer, my skin looks, if not exactly radiant, at least more polished. $85 at area department and beauty stores and Clarins.
Drybar Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray
This hair product won’t give you a glow but will give your hair a tousled, beachy look without setting a foot on the sand. Apply judiciously or you’ll wind up a sticky mess. Love the scent. $25 at the Drybar locations in Bethesda and Georgetown and on the Drybar website.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick
I like the lush moistness of this lipstick. I’m also a fan of Arden’s Eight-Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint, a perfect product to wear on a no-makeup day to brighten the complexion. $25 and $19.50 at area Elizabeth Arden locations and on the Elizabeth Arden website.
Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Color
A sheer, blendable stick to wake up the skin with a “no-makeup” glow. Available June 1 at select area beauty and department stores and Laura Mercier.
Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil (for face, eyes and lips)
MLB Social Media Director Anne Kisslinger and I have different opinions about this product. A little too greasy, she said, and “I needed to rub quite a bit to remove eye makeup.” For my, ahem, much older, drier skin, it worked just fine and left my skin feeling plumped. $32 at Murad.
Jane Iredale Lip Fixation
I’m usually a proponent of this mineral-based makeup line. Anne really liked the PurePressed Base Mineral foundation for not being too powdery and for covering up little blemishes. But this lip stain with lip gloss combo was altogether too sticky for me. $30 at Jane Iredale.
Aerin Rose Balm
Dot this balm around eyes, lips, face and cuticles to moisturize dry skin. Your skin may not glow, but it will feel really good. $58 at area department stores and Aerin.
— Janet Kelly