One of the things I love about the change of seasons is that it encourages me to re-think my makeup and skincare. Here are some wonderful products from Mary Kay, Stephen Keyes,and Makeup Geek. Check out some great color cosmetics and add them to your makeup collection.
Mary Kay® Lip Tints!
A lip stain/tint is truly the easiest way to ge t a precise lip look and keep it fresh for hours. That’s why I’m loving these new water-based Lip Tints from Mary Kay. The bright colors are inspired by desert tones: Desert Flora (warm-ish red), Magenta Mirage (clear magenta), Canyon Coral (orange-y coral)
Another plus: build the color for intensity. The lip tints are dispensed from a felt-tip that will remind you of a marker pen, and that’s what makes it easy to precisely line and fill in lips.
Mary Kay has added a very subtle vanilla scent (I actually had to sniff hard to smell it).
These lip tint pens ($18/each) are perfect for your purse and great for travel. They won’t melt or fade away!
Mary Kay® Perfect Palette™
Customize-able makeup palettes have always been a personal favorite because you can get just the shades you really want, without having to lug around something you’ll never wear.
Marie Kondo your makeup with a new palette from Mary Kay that is just “blooming” beautiful!
This new and limited edition Mary Kay Perfect Palette ($18) features a beautiful, modern,multi-dimensional floral design on the lid. Inside the mirrored compact the magnetized wells store two square pan powders or a combo of rectangular and square sizes.
My photo shows my must-have essentials for a pretty Spring: Sheer Mineral Pressed Powder in Ivory #2 ($16) which helps control oil for hours, with a sheer layer that keeps makeup fresh. I also added a Springtime color of long-lasting Chromafusion Blush in Hint of Pink ($14).
There is an indentation at the side of the palette to pull out one color, put in another. This is a perfectly sized purse and travel companion. Start collection shades from Mary Kay to switch from season to season, day to day, or day to evening!
Get these Springtime color cosmetics and more on the Mary Kay Website
Stephen Keyes Beauty:
When makeup artists design cosmetics, their artistic eye, and attention to what really works and what doesn’t, is crafted into their makeup collections. That’s certainly the case with makeup artist Stephen Keyes.
Stephen began his career as a fashion and beauty illustrator working for a number of note-able advertising agencies. But he was also working as a makeup artist. In 2004 he launched Stephen Keyes Cosmetics, using his expertise and experience as an artist.
I have met Stephen in person. He’s personable, multi-talented (see some of his art illustrations on his web site). Stephen really finds a balance between creating luxurious products for women of all types, without a high price tag.
Stephen sent advicesisters.com a concealer and a mascara (in my photo above) plus three wonderful lip products.
The Concealer ($10) is available in light, medium and deep.
I’m not a fan of products in pots, that you have to stick your finger, brush or something else into, but the concealer is light and covers quickly and easily. If you use products in pots do use a brush or a clean spatula or applicator.
The Stephen Keyes Lush Mascara ($14) comes in Lush Black or Lush Brown. The mascara has protein for strength and fullness, and botanicals and vitamins help keep lashes healthy. A hollow fiber brush lifts and separates. It’s a nice mascara and even better, it’s so slim it fits easily in makeup bags if a touch-up is needed,
Stephen Keyes Lips for Hours:
In the past, Stephen has been quoted as saying that keeps Chanel lipsticks in his makeup kit even though he didn’t create them because the pigments are intense and the lipsticks are luxurious.
The Stephen Keye sLuxury Matte Lipsticks ($24/each) I tried were certainly as intense and luxurious as those by Chanel. These luxe lipsticks, last!
They’re moistly-matte, so they don’t look dry and won’t dry out your lips, either. “Marilyn” is a warm red that I think Ms. Monroe would definitely have worn. “Red Carpet” is a cool classic red that looks good on virtually everyone.
The Liquid Matte Lipstick ($24) is available in a bunch of mostly red-centric colors. “Red She Said” looks so intensely deep in the wanded tube I was almost afraid it would be “too much” but it offers a natural, universally-flattering, head-turning red delivering in a full coverage matte and your lips will thank you for the nourishing ingredients packed inside to keep lips smooth and soft.
I love these just as much, or more, and they’re affordable. These lip products are truly the “Keyes” to keeping your lips looking lovely and yet moist and pouty, all day and night. Visit the Stephen Keyes Cosmetics Website
Makeup Geek’s Customizable Palettes:
Hail the customize-able eye shadow palette from Makeup Geek with room for 9 individual eye shadow pans ($10/each) .
The colors glide on with a fingertip (but I suggest a brush). Choose from literally dozens and dozens of intense colors in a foiled eyeshadow (super shimmer) or duo chrome, matte or shimmer formula.
In my photo I’m featuring (top to bottom counter-clockwise) Makeup Creme Brulee (matte finish in medium sand color); Summer Lovin (matte finish in warm earthy orange); Cosmopolitan (shimmer finish in rose gold), Curtain Call (foiled finish in cranberry red–this one looks great dabbed on lips, too), Rapunzel (shimmer in Light peachy champagne with a metallic finish) luna (foil finish deeper roes gold).
Other Great Palettes:
The Empty 9 Well palette was on sale at the time I wrote this on the Makeup Geek website, or choose another one of their more customize-able palettes that let you add blush and powders thanks to a magnetic back.
Makeup Geek also has a new 6 pan palette with a combination of 4 eyeshadow types ranging from shimmer and matte to foiled ($21.99).
Like all Makeup Geek products, the new eyeshadows are gluten, paraben, and cruelty-free. The new palettes are available exclusively on Target.com and select Target stores nationwide. For all Makeup Geek cosmetics visit the Makeup Geek website.