Get skin-care products brewed like your favorite coffeehouse drink: to your exact specifications. Log on to TruthArtBeauty.com to concoct things like eye cream, serum, and body oil (shown here sans labels) that have just the ingredients you want (antioxidants, say) and none you don’t (fragrance, perhaps?). Cost: $28 and up.
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Spray di Solé Liquid Bronzer
Bronzers and self-tanners can mask pasty skin, but only when skillfully applied—therein lies the rub. So try a brush: Spray di Solé Liquid Bronzer, a bronzer and tanner in one, comes with its own. Pump the liquid onto the brush, then work it into your face or body. The color builds with each application for a lasting glow.
Women have used Vaseline Petroleum Jelly as lip balm since 1870, when it was introduced. So they’ll welcome with open purses Vaseline Lip Therapy Original, a matchbook-size version of the big tub that’s infinitely more portable.
To buy: $2 at Walmart.
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Rodan + Fields Soothe Sensitive Skin Treatment
More than 15 percent of women may be perpetually red from either rosacea or irritation. Rodan + Fields Soothe Sensitive Skin Treatment is here to help. Its anti-inflammatory ingredients and light-diffusing pigments diminish irritation and redness when used daily on the face.
Kohl eyeliner has come a long way since the days of Cleopatra. Daliia Ayurvedic Couture Herbal Kohl Liner offers a tapered tip for goofproof application, is made from natural ingredients (so you can line the inner rims of your eyes), and has a handy mirror built into its top. Available in five shades.
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
This shadow feels like sponge cake and glides across even crepey lids with the greatest of ease. The icing: It lasts for hours without creasing. Apply a few pats for a hint of sheen, more for evening-worthy effects. Available in six shades, from delicate peach to intense black.
It’s one of the oldest makeup-artist tricks: To get a lipstick color that’s just right for you, mix a couple of different tones together. CoverGirl BlastFlipstick gives you two complementary shades—a cream formula at one end, a shimmer at the other—so you can experiment to your heart’s (and pout’s) content. Available in 13 duos.
To buy: $8 at drugstores.
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Jason Pure Natural Hair Care
Do your part to help save the planet with Jason Pure Natural Hair Care. In addition to being made from at least 50 percent post-consumer resin plastic, the conditioner bottle balances on its top, so you can squeeze out every last viscous drop. Peel off the labels like we did and recycle the paper for extra credit!
Befuddled by smoky eyes, ombré lids, and sheer washes of color? Sonia Kashuk’s Instructional Eye Shadow Palette can help. The compact is outfitted with 12 shadows—including rich jewel tones, dusty mauves, and shiny metallics—as well as color-coded instructions that slide tidily into the case, so it’s like painting by numbers.
Most people glop hair products at the front of their heads and work backward. But according to Stefanie Henriquez, a stylist at the Frederic Fekkai salon at the Mark in New York City, this method causes too much product to pile up at the hairline, weighing down the roots. Instead, gather your hair at the nape of your neck and begin the application at the ends, working toward the crown. Use what’s left at the hairline.