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Sweet cheeks, a party-perfect ensemble without bright eyes, flawless skin, and eyelashes worth batting is like a Manhattan without the maraschino. It’s just not complete. So, just in time for all those holiday parties you’ll be attending, we’re sharing the 10 makeup must-haves that soirée-loving gals of every skin tone should have at her fingertips. On your maquillage, get set, go.
Collyre Bleu Eye Drops
There’s a reason why these blue-tinted drops from France have been a long-held secret among models for years. They’re the best eye-whitening drops in the world. They’re almost miraculous in how the remove all traces of yellow from the whites of your eyes and leave your peepers looking bright, clean and youthful.
Anthelios Anti-Aging Primer
This is, by far, the best primer we’ve ever tried. It makes pores and lines practically invisible and camouflages dark spots and redness while creating a velvety smooth, flawless, matte base for your foundation. The bonus: it provides UVA and UVB protection.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
This award-winning formula is the holy grail of foundations giving the skin a flawless, satiny finish that stays put for hours. It’s also light and buildable so it will take you easily from day to night and allow you to achieve whatever level of coverage you like.
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer
What more can we say? Everyone knows this is the best concealer on the market. It provides long-lasting and complete coverage without caking or settling into fine lines.
YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch
A cult classic among makeup artists and models, this light-reflecting highlighting pen erases shadows in the tear troughs and nasolabial folds and adds highlights on cheekbones and brow bones. We also like placing a slender, well-blended line down the center of the nose to make it appear slimmer.
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
Perfectly designed to achieve a curl right at the base of your lashes, this easy-to-use eyelash curler has displaced the classic Shiseido model as the best one on the market. Use it before applying mascara and, for a truly dramatic curl, apply a few short and gentle pumps from the base to the tips of your lashes once your mascara has dried.
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
We’ve been searching for the perfect mascara for years and we’ve finally found it. Nothing makes lashes look more glamorous than this revolutionary mascara with a curved brush that offers spectacular volume and curling power. We found the results even more pronounced when we applied it over this lash plumping serum.
Buxom Lip Polish in Dominique
Matte may be back where lips are concerned, but nothing is more festive around the holidays than a subtle swipe of sparkly gloss over nude lips or your favorite lip color. If you prefer less shine, simply blend a small dot of this gloss in your Cupid’s bow and at the mid-point of your bottom lip to give your lips a plump and pouty look.
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Use a fluffy brush to lightly dust a smidge of this incredible finishing powder on your forehead, cheeks and chin before heading out the door to set your makeup and add instant luminosity. It takes years off in an instant.
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
This award-winning cleansing balm made from Hungarian moor mud and containing orange blossom oil, calcium, and magnesium carbonate to hydrate and detox the skin is simply the best and most nourishing cleanser you’ll ever use. It removes all makeup—even waterproof mascara—without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
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