During the holiday season, it can feel like there are more festivities, events, and parties than hours in the day. After 9+ hours of work or schlepping the kids to appointments and play dates - and a mad dash from the grocery store or the office thrown in - there is little time for "freshening" up, leaving a girl looking dreary instead of festive.
Time for a beauty intervention from Jerry Johnson, the International Makeup Artist from Laura Mercier, who regularly gets clients like Paris Hilton, Renee Zellwegger, and Carmen Electra party perfect...and wants to help the rest of us get glam on the go. "Stock up on cosmetics that are multifunctional," he advises. "They are some of the best transformers."
Whether you're at your desk, in the bathroom, or in the car, here are the Laura Mercier products to pick that not only do double-duty, but go the distance:
Laura Mercier Flawless Fix Pencil acts as both a concealer and lip perfector. The creamy formula resurfaces unwanted, hard-to-cover imperfections and those difficult-to-hide lines around the mouth; it can also conceal a blemish, and in a pinch, hide dark under-eye circles. Another good bet is Laura Mercier Stickgloss which cares for your lips while delivering sheer and sophisticated color. Part Lip Balm, part Lip Color and part Lip Plumper, we love it in Cranberry for cool tone complexions and Peony for warmer skin tones. For a sexy neutral pout a la Angelina Jolie, Johnson recommends Brown Sugar.
Nothing spells G-L-A-M-O-U-R like smoky eyes, red lips and a glowing complexion. For an amazing and dimensional smoky eye, use Laura Mercier’s Mineral Eye Powders in Graphite or Sapphire. They can be used both wet and dry, as both an Eye Colour and Eye Liner. The Ultimate Party Red? According to Johnson, it's Laura Mercier's Lip Color in Seduction (think Gwen Stefani or Christina Aguilera’s electric pout). It’s a great formulation that moisturizes & softens lips, and fills in ridges & fine lines.
Want the glowing skin of someone who is pampered and well rested? Go for Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Mosaic, a unique baked formula that applies effortlessly, while brightening the eyes, cheeks & body with a hint of natural color & light. Your skin will gleam (but not enough to outshine the holiday decorations). Johnson suggests applying it with the Laura Mercier Finishing Brush, the ideal tool to make any product look completely finished and properly blended.
For times when you only have minutes to make up, reach for Laura Mercier's Multi-Color palette. Johnson recommends Eye Paint in Rose Gold for instant sizzle - and when you are ready to dazzle! And add a bloom to wan cheeks with Laura Mercier Rose Bloom Blush. Our fave product? The 3-in-1 Undercover Pot. Open the top lid and voila: a trifecta of beauty weapons! Secret Camouflage covers blemishes, scars, and imperfections; Secret Concealer combats dark under-eye circles; and Translucent Loose Setting Powder is an instant refresher and dull skin deflector. Tuck into a teensy evening bag, and just dip your small powder puff pre-dipped in translucent powder to instantly refresh your makeup without starting over.Laura Mercier - whose fans include beauty aficionados like Sarah Jessica Parker - published a book that is on many an Amazon listomania. The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face features her philosophy of flawless skin, makeup tips and tricks, and photos of the many iconic faces she has worked on (Madonna anyone?)
- Michelyn Camen, Editor at Large
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