Did the TSA toss your La Mer? Did you spend too much time coordinating your bathing suits for St. Barts that you forgot your mascara? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. Behold: The Formula’s guide to a drug store holiday that will leave you dazzling.
The Base: L’Oréal’s Magic Skin Beautifier is a great budget BB Cream. A little goes a long way with this stuff, and it’s super pigmented, so use sparingly for a clean canvas (too much will leave you looking like an Oompa Loompa). It’s super smooth and provides lasting coverage.
The Eyes: I am loving Revlon’s Smoky Shadow Stick. It’s a great liner/shadow duo that makes blending a breeze. The applicator is chunky so it feels like you are holding a big crayon. I chose the metallic duo 205 Automic/Nuclear in gold and green. Start by lining your eye along your upper lash line in dark green, then blend upwards and out with your finger for a quick smoky eye. Lightly run the gold along the contour of your eye and dab some under the arch of your brow to brighten it up. Finish it off with cult favorite Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara.
The Lips: Nothing says it’s the holidays like a bold red lip. Maybelline Red Revival is perfection; the shade works well with any skin tone.
The Hair: Apply a little Dove Nourishing Oil Serum to your hair while it’s wet for ultra soft locks. I have become addicted to this product — it turns my hair into silk and smells amazing.
The Face Wash: Let’s not end 2012 with mascara on your pillowcase, so wash your face! My favorite drug store cleanser is by Simple. Their wipes and wash are gentle and work wonders for removing makeup. On the go, I opt for the wipes, but at home, I like to get a good pre-pillow scrub in before bed with the cleanser.
Photos By: Aimee Blaut