Her beauty essentials, part 2

Featuring my sister Branda


I’m guessing my sister took this selfie after putting the kids to bed. Nice fuzzy robe!

So a week or so ago, Bran divulged her skin care faves in Part 1. I finally got her to share her make-up essentials, below…


Being a make-up artist, Bran tends toward brands like MAC, Urban Decay, Stila, Tarte and Clinique. But for her foundation, she has long sworn by Revlon ColorStay in Sand Beige.  She applies it with a damp beauty sponge.


And L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in Light – for minimal coverage days.


Branda’s eyes always look fantastic – her eye makeup always striking. When it comes to eye primer, Branda is for it — and I think that’s her secret. Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden is her pick.


I’ve found that make-up artists are like beauty chemists – they like to mix different stuff together. For powder, Branda mixes Clinique Loose Powder in Transparency Neutral with Transparency 3.


She also likes MAC Skinfinish in Light Plus.


For under-eye concealer, she uses Clinique Airbrush in Neutral Fair. Hey, I use this too! She says it’s similar to Yves Saint Laurent’s cult favorite Touché Eclat, but for a fraction of the cost.


For concealing other areas, she uses Makeup Forever full cover concealer.


For eyes, she uses a slanted MAC 266 brush with the LORAC pro eyeshadow palette in Espresso. She likes that it doesn’t look so precise and “done.”


Another for eyes: MAC Powerpoint eye pencil in Engraved, which is blackish. She uses it to do a “kitten flick” — the little flip at the end of the lash line — and to “tight line,” which is when you pull your lid away from your eyeball and line the insides of your eye. Sometimes she’ll soften the pencil line by going over it with the shadow above.


MAC makes her favorite blush. Her go-to shades: Dainty, Sincere, and Fleur Power.


She recently discovered a new mascara that she’s digging a lot: Boots No. 7 Exceptional Definition in Black. Bran added that “no one should use brown mascara unless they’re under 14.”


For zee lips, she’s loving Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butters, shown here in Creme Brûlée and Wild Watermelon.

Thanks for letting us peek in your make-up bag, Bran!


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