If you’re getting ready for Thanksgiving and holiday travel, think about multi-tasking products that will lighten your load.
By Roxana Hadadi
When the holidays come around, I know exactly where I’m going to travel: Pennsylvania. Three hours away and where my closest cousins live, Nazareth, Pa., is a little town that I know I’ll be spending three or four nights in, chomping on turkey and playing basketball with younger relatives. Sports aren’t that conducive to makeup, of course, but I still have to look nice before I start dribbling up and down the court—but lugging so much stuff along with me is certainly a pain.
So this year I’ve tried to focus on multi-tasking cosmetics that offer a variety of different shades in one product or have lengthy staying power, meaning I can get ready in the morning and look good throughout numerous family activities with no need to touch up my look. Is my bag lighter already? Definitely. But I know I’m going to defend my cosmetics with a vengeance—my younger cousin in fifth grade likes lipgloss too much for her own good, and if anything goes missing, I can guess the culprit. That’s how I plan to use my knowledge from years of “Law and Order” reruns, clearly.
+ Numerous eye looks, one palette. (First photo, first row) I associate lush, rich colors with autumn, so I’m looking forward to experimenting with a purple smoky eye, easily put together with Josie Maran’s Argan Beautiful Eyes Beautiful Purples palette ($36, Josie Maran). For more varied color combinations, I’m turning to L’Oreal’s Wear Infinite Eyeshadow Quad, in limited edition colors inspired by a partnership with the TV show “Project Runway”; oranges and blues come in Charming Cockatoo’s Gaze, while golds and bronzes are in Watchful Owl’s Gaze ($8.99 each, Ulta). Similarly intriguing shades come from bareMinerals’ new READY Eyeshadow 4.0 Quads, in the tropical-themed The Elements and the purple-themed The Dream Sequence ($30 each, bareMinerals). (First photo, second row) Sonia Kashuk’s line for Target serves up real glitter in four-pan eyeshadow quads, including the golden Showstoppers ($12.99, Target) and smoky Brown Eyed Girl ($12.99, Target), while bareMinerals’ READY Eyeshadow comes in duos, too, with 15 different variations like the pink-and-soot The Honeymoon Phase and the gold-and-navy The Grand Finale ($20 each, bareMinerals).
+ A lush blush. (First photo, third row) Going overboard with blush is my biggest fear; I don’t want to give my young cousins any reason to think I’m a clown and then demand jokes from me for hours on end (it has, quite seriously, unfortunately happened). To keep things feminine, I’m packing softer pinks and peaches, like tarte’s Achiote Cheek Tint ($30, QVC), Sephora Collection’s Colorful Blush in Raspberry Sheen ($13, Sephora), Ultraflesh Samurai Star Rose Gold Satin Blush ($38, previously available at Sephora), Smashbox Girls on Film Blush Rush in Pose ($24, Smashbox) and Topshop cream blush in Pinch ($12, available at Topshop stores). They’re all feminine, natural colors that will hopefully keep me from ending up as comedic fodder between episodes of “Spongebob Squarepants.”
+ One kit for your whole face. (Second photo, top two items) If I were flying and only wanted to grab one product to stuff in my carry-on bag, I would pick either the Sonia Kashuk Holiday Eye Palette ($19.99, Target), with six shimmery eyeshadows and pigmented lipglosses, or the Smashbox Limitless Beauty kit ($39, previously available at Smashbox.com), with Blush Rush in Everlasting, Limitless Long Wearing Lip Gloss SPF 15 in ‘Round-the-Clock, Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Limitless Beauty Eye Shadow Palette and brush, and Limitless Eye Liner in Java. I’ve got my eyes and lips covered with each kit, and they’re incredibly easy to pack. A win all around!
+ Stay moisturized. (Second photo, four items in second row) Thanksgiving is all about eating, which I do really well if there’s any pie or dessert involved. If I’m worried about smearing my lipstick like a gross heathen, I plan on turning to a soothing lip balm instead — and if they’re fruity, then maybe I can feel better about all the unnecessary sweets I’m eating. Here’s hoping 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Butter in Cranberry ($13, 100% Pure), BITE Beauty Superfruit Butter in Blueberry ($18, Sephora) or LuLu Organics Lip Balm in Ruby Mint or Cardamom ($12, LuLu Organics) ease my guilty conscience.
+ Keep it easy on the eyes. (Second photo, items on left in third row) If I don’t want to do an overwhelming eye look and prefer to keep things simpler, I’m going to reach for eyeliners that can double as eyeshadows, too. Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick ($18, Sephora) will help you go bold with plum 5″ Stiletto or bronze Brass Knuckles; Smashbox keeps things crisp with the deep black-gold of Girls on Film Cream Eye Liner & Travel Brush Set in Blacklight ($28, Smashbox); and Josie Maran REM Pen 2-in-1 Argan Eye Shadow & Gel Liner ($32, Josie Maran) comes in coordinated, shimmery colors like champagne and almond and moss and fawn.
+ Lip power, from stain to stick. (Second photo, items on right in third row) If it’s a lip stain or a long-lasting lipstick, I’m packing it; I’m not going to bother with layering lipsticks and lipglosses when I should be relaxing and enjoying my days off. For stains, I would consider grabbing 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Tint in Sugar Plum ($15, 100% Pure), Pixi Lip Blush in No. 3 Happiness ($18, Target), Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Berry ($23, Smashbox) or Tarte Achiote Lip Stain ($24, previously available at QVC). If I’m not feeling like the matte look of a stain, I’ll instead reach for long-lasting lipsticks or lipglosses that can survive the whole day, like L’Oreal Infallible LipColour in Target Red ($9.99, Target); L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in “Project Runway”-inspired colors Watchful Owl’s Pout, a brick red, and Sultry Raven’s Pout, a deep nude ($6.99, Ulta); Pür Minerals I Heart Pür Pout Plumping Lip Gloss, a wine red shade ($16, Pür Minerals) whose purchase aids the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement; Smashbox Girls on Film Lip Enhancing Gloss in brownish pink Underexposed ($18, Smashbox); Hard Candy Visibly Wet Glossy Lip Pencil in the baby pink shade Glamazon ($4.80, your local Walmart); and Topshop Lip Stick in orange-red Rapturous ($14, available at Topshop stores) and Lip Liner in reddish pink Fearless ($10, Topshop). If it lasts a long time, I’m slapping it on and calling it a day.
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Product photos by Adam Fried.
In middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog—and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.