Shine a Light
When it comes to putting on makeup, technique is important, but good lighting is crucial. If that’s off, foundation goes on too light or too dark, and streaks go unnoticed (at least until you see them in your rearview mirror). Natural light --say, a mirror by a window -- is the best environment for applying cosmetics. If that’s not possible, Dick Page, artistic director for Shiseido, suggests daylight-balance bulbs, which offer clear illumination and help you “see the full colorspectrum,” he says. Bulbs should also be angled to hit the bridge of your nose, or on either side of the mirror at eye level, to avoid casting hard shadows on your face.
The Envelope, Please
Hollywood has the Oscars; the beauty industry has the CEW Beauty Insider Awards, for which experts pick the very best products of the year. We love to share 2016’s Iconic Beauty winners because they were selected by consumers just like you. So if these goods aren’t yet your favorites, here they are for your consideration: Neutrogena Make-up Removing Cleansing Towelettes ($7, neutrogena.com) took top honors, as did Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturizer (from $39, clinique.com).
Decoded: In-Shower Moisturizers
Religiously rubbing lotion on your limbs isn’t the only way to hydrate skin these days. Enter these smart salves that you smooth on while in the shower. They work to lock that water in -- no drying time needed.
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizers contain a variety of natural oils, including coconut, argan, and monoi, to nourish parched parts. $7 each, jergens.com.
Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion ensures that skin stays soft for up to 24 hours; it’s available in Sea Mineral, Shea Butter, Almond Oil, and Cocoa Butter formulas. $8, niveausa.com.
Curél Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer enlists ceramides to shore up skin’s barrier, and allantoin and panthenol to ease dry, itchy patches. $8, curel.com.
The Edit: Must-Have Makeup
Fall makeup trends come and go -- and while some are worth trying, others are downright silly. (Let’s admit it: Red eye shadow isn’t for everyone.) We asked New York City makeup artist Gita Bass to share her new essentials.
A Rich Lip Color
“Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Glast- onberry [top] is a deep- berry tone that’s so univer- sally flattering, I can use it on anyone.” $32, charlotte tilbury.com.
A Moisturizing Flaw Fixer
“Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation [not pictured] keeps skin bright and hydrated in the cooler months.” $64, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.
“Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer is really sheer; it helps extend that summer glow in the most radiant, natural way.” $40, narscosmetics.com.
“Dior 5 Couleurs eye-shadow palette in Victoire mixes gorgeous purples with neutrals for creating smoky-plum eyes.” $62, dior.com.