Makeup Bag: Sophomore Designer Chrissie Miller

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By February 13, 2012 4 Comments
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Makeup Bag: Sophomore Designer Chrissie Miller

“I wish I was better at putting on makeup and knowing what works best on me. I think it’s a real art and I think it takes a lot of skill. Sometimes I think because I can’t draw, I’m not good at drawing on my face. If I could have someone do my makeup every day, I most definitely would because I cannot do my own. I’m very impressed with how Sarah [Howard] is able to put on eye shadow and experiment and I would love to be able to do that and be more experimental with my makeup techniques.

I like unexpected makeup; something that is a bit unusual like not your average lip color but experimenting with orange and purples instead of your everyday red or pink. But my boyfriend thinks I look like a tranny when I wear too much makeup so I guess you can say that, when I do do my makeup, I’m doing it for the girls. At least they appreciate the time and effort it takes to put it on!

I like the way that Drea de Matteo uses makeup. I’ve never seen her without it and I’ve lived in the same building with her! I love her devotion to waking up and putting on a full face of makeup. I guess that I thought I’d grow up one day and just know how to put on makeup from watching my mother do it. Sadly, that was not the case for me.

Here’s what I have in my makeup bag at the moment:

Mason Pearson Junior Mixed Bristle Brush – Because my hair is so long, it tends to become really knotted so I always carry a brush so that I don’t look like I just had sex. By the way, I’m a real blonde.
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude – I’ve used this product forever. It’s a standard that I always have with me. It’s for daytime when I don’t feel like wearing a ton of makeup but want an even skin tone and some coverage. And it doubles as a pretty decent moisturizer.
Chanel Teint Innocence SPF 10 in Cameo – This is my favorite makeup product and they’re discontinuing it – I am so sad. It covers up all of my Melasma and zits and it makes me feel like a supermodel when I wear it.
Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Hotel Heiress – I’m really into pale at the moment but when I do wear bronzer, this is my go-to. I’ve actually turned a lot of my friends on to it. I can’t really lay my face in the sun and so this color is as close to the sun as I’ll get.
Chanel Powder Blush in Rose Dust Jen Brill (Chanel Ambassador) convinced me that this would be a better shade for me in the winter. Not sure if I’m buying it, but I’m testing it out. Because I’m really into pale skin, I find that blush is very important to bring out some color so that I don’t look like I’m sick or transparent.
Eyelash Curler – I curl my lashes after.  I know, I know, most people do it before. But I feel like it helps to de-clump and separate when I do it post mascara.
MAC Lipstick in Warm Me Up – This is my daytime color. It’s very neutral and gives my lips a bit of a pinkish color. I have naturally red lips so sometimes I like to bring them down a notch.
Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment – Did you know it’s illegal in the United States? It’s not FDA approved, but we’ve been selling it at our store, 143, because one of our employees is Australian. I’m obsessed. Mainly, I just like the packaging. And the product’s pretty good too. I think it works better than Aquaphor. Honestly.
Chalotte Ronson Lipgloss in Sophia – Charlotte is a really good friend of mine and I’m so excited about her new makeup line at Sephora. There is a lipgloss called Chrissie but I prefer the Sophia for me (kidding). The glosses are seriously awesome – they give your lip the right amount of color and shine without being overpowering or messy.
Drugstore Concealer Wand – I think it’s CoverGirl, I’ve been using the same one since I’m sixteen. It matches my skin color pretty perfectly and since my biggest beauty concern is my dark circles, I am never without concealer under my eyes. I stalk up whenever I walk into a drugstore.
Chanel Brow Pencil in Blond Clair – When I got my eyebrows shaped at the Pierre Michel Salon, Sue Ellen told me that the Chanel brow pencil is the lightest one she had ever seen. And it’s true, it really shapes my brows rather than fills them in. I use it only if I have time (which is practically never!).
MAC Lipstick in Russian Red – I am really into pale skin and when I’m feeling like I need a little color on my face, I turn to a red lip. This is my favorite red color. I only wear red at night and never when I’m djing. I hate being too dressed up when I’m djing.
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in Black – I’m really into the packaging. Anything gold is good. I think I tend to choose makeup a lot by the packaging it comes in. Mascara is mascara, you know? But packaging sets it apart. And, for the record, I do like a bottom lash full of mascara. Very Twiggy.”

I keep all of my products in a LeSportSac bag that I have decorated with a few cool pins. The Sophomore and Miller pins are my favorite – Sophomore is my clothing liner and Miller is the beer but also my last name, although no relation (sadly).

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  • BeccaTheCyborg

    “Tranny” is a slur. Like, a really mean one. Would you say or let your boyfriend say you look like a n****r? Some trans women have reclaimed the term for themselves, but that’s really hurtful and not cool. I don’t mean to sound mean or anything, but that’s a really hurtful term to use.

  • tomate farcie

    There were other comments that were really putting me off too–by the way I’m a real blonde, who cares… I carry a brush because I don’t want to look like I just had sex–really??? very pretentious

  • Alyssa

    Agree with Becca – Love this blog but unfortunately the use of the term “tranny” is very problematic. Tons of transpeople love to read makeup blogs like this one, and it is sad to alienate them with that kind of language.

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