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The perfect cosmetic bag
By Kathleen Ostrander

A girl on the go needs to have a cosmetics bag packed and ready. But - so many choices. After all, it's not called a cosmetics suitcase or a cosmetics trunk - it all has to fit in a little bag.

So we went to the experts for their suggestions. Lancome and Estee Lauder recommend taking their vibrating/oscillating mascara along. The wands must be held perfectly still and they mimic the zig-zag motion that is ideal for the optimum application.

Lily Nima of beautymaverick.com calls oscillating and vibrating mascaras "... possibly the iPhone 3G of the beauty realm."

Lancome also recommends:

Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover. It activates when shaken and it is safe and gentle for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers. It does not have an oily residue.

L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick Advanced Replenishing & Reshaping Lipcolor Pro-XylaneTM SPF 12 Sunscreen. Luscious and creamy, the Pro-Xylane in L'Absolu has a replenishing molecule that leads to fuller and smoother lips.

High Resolution Collaser-5X targets five types of collagen designed to push wrinkles up and out for a more supple facial appearance.

Jane Iredale recommends a foundation. Iredale foundations come in pressed, crème, loose or mineral. Using a mineral foundation means it can adapt to a wider variety of skin tones. According to our Iredale expert, "one shade will suit a wide variety of skin tones because the minerals are light-reflective and refractive and do not absorb light the way matte makeup does."

A blush - Remember, the perfect blush should make a woman look like she just blushed prettily or jogged around the estate. That's the color to use.

Mascara - Our expert says to rock the brush at the base of the lash and then pull up in one sweeping motion. To give a more rounded effect to the eye, apply more product to the center lashes.

Iredale Colorless lip balm - is a drink for your lips. The macadamia nut oil-based product also contains an active sunscreen.

In addition to Turbo Lash mascara, the Estee Lauder expert suggests Signature

Lipstick, which is comfortable and hydrating.

After Hours Slim Signature

Powder Blush, which goes on feather-light and builds to a full color, is another suggestion. Don't forget Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer, described as silky, luxurious, natural and shine-free color.

From Clinique comes recommendations for its most popular products and shades.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is Clinique's best-selling shade.

Put some Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested relief Cream in that little cosmetic bag. Our expert says it's perfect to touch up dry spots and help protect skin against external irritants.

Clinique High Impact Mascara is Clinique's No.1 selling mascara, and for foundation, the suggestion is Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder in Invisible Matte - a universal shade for all skin types.

And for that rosy, fresh-from-exercise glow, the suggestion is Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy Blush. Our expert says its perfect for all skin types and its convenient, portable packaging allows for make-up touch-ups on the go.

 

 

Story published Friday, January 9, 2009 ( Volume 4, Number 1 )

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