Makeup Bag: Alex Asher Sears
“When I was little, my sister and I loved hanging around the makeup trailer wherever we were on location with my dad making a film. I loved playing with makeup then and still do. About seven years ago, I found out that of 1100 chemicals banned from beauty products by the European Union, eleven are banned in th US. Eleven. I didn’t like those statistics. With multiple food allergies, I’m a big label reader, and when I started to look into what was in my lipsticks and shampoos and moisturizers, I decided to make big changes.
Now, 90% of my skin, hair care and makeup is free of petro chemicals, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and dyes. And I try to keep it gluten free, too. Not everything I use is organic, but it’s important to check labels because “organic” and “natural” aren’t the same as eco-friendly. Some things I use contain a few ingredients that aren’t as green as others, but I won’t use anything with parabens or phthalates, and I opt for eco-friendly wherever possible.
My Makeup bag:
I’ve always had a thing for stripes and Henri Bendel’s laminated fabric bags are indestructible. I have a few and this one is at least 10 years old. It looks small but holds a ton inside (as you can see):
I never leave the house without mascara. Ever. And I go back and forth between KORRES rich, rice bran mascara and tarte’s lights, cameras, lashes. I usually have this in brown and tarte in black.
Mascara is always a must and this lash curler from tarte is the only one I’ve ever used that doesn’t pull at lashes, plus it makes me look like I got a good night’s sleep even when I haven’t.
After mascara, primers are my next favorite thing. When I went to Sephora looking for something new, I told the sales guy I was frustrated because I tend to go green and a friend had shown me this amazing tinted primer she’d found that wasn’t. He handed me Miracle Skin Transformer and told me this would make me happy. It totally does. It’s made without talc or petro chemicals, synthetic dyes or fragrances. The 5-in-1 product is “designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, mattify & protect.” The tinted one has coverage like a like a BB cream, but most days I opt for the translucent. Both are fabulous.
Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal was sent to me by the company when I contacted them to find out more about the line. Like their primer it has a number of healing botanicals and minerals and it is the best thing I’ve found for undereye circles since I cut out old favorites that weren’t so green. It’s skin treatment and cover up all in on.
As fair as I may be, I actually do tan, but I opt for SPF and big sun hats. Still, I like to have a little color, and tarte’s park avenue princess bronzer is my favorite of them all. It works with all skin tones and I never find the color uneven.
I use self tanners in spring and summer but all year I use Michael Kors Leg Shine. It isn’t a bronzer but it moisturizes with a bit of sheen that makes legs look sleek. Perfect day or night. They have a larger sized stick, but these mini ones are the perfect size to throw in your bag.
I gave up blushes for a long time when tarte cheek stains came along. Then about a year ago they introduced their Amazonian clay blushes and I fell in love. I use blissful and dollface, and sometimes layer them with the matching stains. Blissful is a perfect pinky coral, the clay is super refined and I love the way it makes my skin feel.
I tend to wear glosses and lip balms over lipsticks, but tarte lip stains are the perfect hybrid. I have a number of these – they’re goof proof, long lasting color. Plus, in a pinch you can use one for cheek color, too.
I use both the green and the brown eyeliners from KORRES because they make my hazel eyes brighter. I use Sephora eyeliner in pearl beige instead of a nude pencil very, very lightly to line my lower eyelids in the evening. It gives a bit of glimmer when it hits the light.
My Tweezerman tweezers are ancient – the name has just about rubbed off the side – and they’re as sharp as they day I got them.
I wish tarte still made their eyebrow kit, and when they put them on sale a few years ago I bought a few. I’d hoped they were just repackaging, but they never brought it back. It’s perfect for travel and the powder is the perfect shade. I kept the spoolie that came with the brow gel (I always toss those things after 3-6 months). I often use a dab of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream to set them.
I have several Z palettes, which I wrote about here a few years ago. You can take any pan and remove it from it’s container and using the magnetic tape strips, they adhere to these perfect little palettes. This one has a few smashbox cheek highlighters and some neutral shadows from philosophy. Each came from larger sets but half the colors I didn’t like or use. Z Palettes solve that and cut down on clutter.
When I grabbed the Miracle Skin Transformer last month, I got an added surprise at the register. It was just before my birthday and they threw in minis of my favorite Sugar Lip Treatment by Fresh. I told them I wished they sold them this size as they’re kind of adorable. I found out they do. I think I’ll only get these little ones now!”