Start Fresh This Fall

Click over to Makeup.com for some of my favorite ways to prep your face, hair and body for a new season (including DIY body scrub instructions!).

Brand-New Mama Beauty Tips

Click through to Makeup.com for my top tips on how to look (relatively) fresh-faced on very (very) little sleep.

(And if you missed my New Mama Makeup video, click here!)

Biker Babe Beauty

Click through to Makeup.com for my tips on how to look great even at high speed.

Going Undercover

Q. Dear Jordan,

From your pictures it seems like you have the most perfect skin, but I know you wrote about occasionally breaking out, so I thought I would see if you have any suggestions. Lately my skin has been going a bit crazy! I’ve been trying to figure out how to cover the spots well, but I can never seem to get it right.

I was wondering if you could share any tips you might have and any products that you think work well and look natural.

Thank you so much!

~Allison

A. Why, thank you! Alas, though, ‘tis true: as I’ve written before, I most definitely do not have perfect skin - I nearly always am in the middle of some minor breakout or another, and ever since my pregnancy have had breakouts and redness across my cheeks (an area that never bugged me before).

It’s getting a lot better thanks to my new, gentler skincare program (right now, I’m using Simple Skincare’s perfume, dye, and irritant-free products, in addition to La Roche-Posay’s salicylic acid treatment on particularly annoying spots), and I’ve found that drinking more water than you ever thought possible helps enormously…but the right makeup is still a must.

My #1 must-have for concealing what I need concealed: MAC Studio Fix (3) - it’s a slightly-heavier-than-normal powder that doubles as a sort of light foundation, and I love the coverage level and finish. I’ve been using it religiously for years, and it’s one thing that I never leave home without.

Next, I add concealer to any areas that need extra assistance: Clé de Peau Beauté’s (1) is the absolute best. I mean that: it’s the best. It’s also inexcusably expensive ($70), but on the bright side, it lasts just about forever, since you only need a tiny amount to get flawless coverage. If you’re looking for something a bit more reasonably priced, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is also great, and you can blend the shades to suit different areas and seasons.

Two more products worth mentioning: Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer (4), which is great for light coverage on days when your skin is more or less behaving (if you like tinted moisturizers, you may also want to try Dr. Jart+ BB cream). And for undereye concealer, it doesn’t get better than YSL’s Touche Eclat (5).

2-Minute Makeup: Eyeliner, Clean & Simple

I got an email the other day from RG reader Katie, who said, “When I don’t wear eyeliner on the bottom, I feel naked almost, and it makes me insecure as strange as that sounds. But everyone I look at online doesn’t seem to wear any bottom liner and they look beautiful. Do you have any suggestions on how to lighten up my eye makeup?”

I totally get this. For over a decade - every since college - I felt completely undressed and washed-out if I didn’t rim my lower eyelid with black liner, like my eyes were disappearing into my face.

I wore my makeup like this. Every day.

And then I got pregnant, and started wanting to look more “fresh” than “glamorous,” and decided to give a liner-free lower lid a spin…and what do you know? As it turns out, too-heavy eye makeup ages your whole face; especially as you get older, a lighter touch looks far more elegant and pretty. Nowadays, I don’t even touch my lower lid with liner, and just alternate between the three different styles of upper-lid liner shown in the video, depending on my mood.

List of products used in video after the jump.

Look 1: NARS shadow in China Blue

Look 2: Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier in Golden Triangle (click here for a full makeup tutorial centered around this fun product)

Look 3: Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Liner

Coveted Color Combo

Stormy, sparkly liquid liner (Jouer in Fox) + creamy, electric orange lip color (Urban Decay in Punch Drunk).

Sort of like if you applied these Bally boots to your face.

Is This The Weirdest Product Ever?

I’ll answer that one for you:

Yes.

It’s so weird.

In a nutshell, Talika Eyebrow Extender is a transparent gel filled with hair-like fibers that you paint onto your eyebrows to make them look thicker and fuller. Really.

It’s hairy gel.

So it’s sort of gross. But also sort of neat, I suppose, for those of you who have a thing for Brooke Shields-type eyebrows. I personally give my eyebrows zero thought; the things occur to me only when a makeup artist working on me starts in on them and, aghast, says, “When was the last time you plucked your eyebrows?!” (Never.) “You never pluck your eyebrows?!” (No.) “They’re so pale! You wear eyebrow pencil at least, right?” (Still no; until they miraculously transform into Angelina Jolie’s I don’t care about them; never will.)

But you want to hear the weirdest part?

I thought I’d test the stuff out partially to see if it might be of interest to any of you and mostly because damn, it’s weird…and it sorta looks to me like it works.

Judge for yourself:

Again, not something I’d ever take the time to apply in the mornings because of aforementioned not-caring-ness…but if you’re into this sort of thing, you might want to give it a shot.

And now I have to walk around all day with fake eyebrow hairs attached to my face. See how much I love you?

2-Minute Makeup: Navy & Gold Eye

One of my favorite looks for fall, the navy-and-gold eye can be worn subtly for day, or drama-ed up for night (just use a gold shadow with more sparkle, like NARS Silent Night), and go more heavy-handed with the navy).

2-Minute Makeup: Navy & Gold Eye

1. Apply a gold shadow with a little shimmer all over lid and up to brow bone.

2. Using a small brush, apply the same gold shadow under the lower lash line.

3. Using a wider brush, blend navy shadow into crease. Blend well, but don’t make the color too diffuse - you want the gold and the navy to be distinct from one another.

4. Using a small flat-tipped brush, apply a small amount of navy to outer corners of lower lash line.

5. Apply a thin line of black liquid liner (winged out at the ends, if desired).

6. Apply a thick gold pencil to inner corners of eyes to make them pop.

7. Mascara!

Products used in this video: 

Maybelline Eye Studio in Give Me Gold

NARS Matte Eyeshadow in China Blue

NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland

Benefit Magic Ink Jet-Black Liquid Eyeliner

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Very Black

all the time.

all the time.

2-Minute Summery Smoky Eye

(So serious in that screengrab! And so creepy, what with my ghost-self looking over my shoulder.)

What makes a summery smoky eye different from a wintry smoky eye, you ask? It’s softer, more golden, with no harsh lines…so soft, in fact, that it looks just as pretty in the daytime as it does at night.

The Inspiration:

If you’re not into watching (or not able to watch) videos, here’s a rundown of how to get the look:

1. Apply a shimmery gold shadow all over the lid, up to the brow (recommended: loose powder shadows like Make Up For Ever Star Powder).

2. Work a medium-brown shadow (preferably one with gold undertones) into the crease and up towards the brow bone, blending well (recommended: Sally Hansen trio palette in The Metallic).

3. Rim the entire eye with a thick golden-brown pencil (recommended: Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Golden Triangle). Apply it generously; you’ll be smudging it in just a moment to create a dramatic but diffuse effect.

4. Smudge! If the pencil you own doesn’t have a smudging tool, a q-tip works just fine.

5. Line the inner rim of the lower lidwith black or dark brown liner (recommended: CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Black). For an even subtler effect, skip this step. Do not line the top lid.

6. Apply tons and tons of black mascara.

The other products I’m wearing in this video: Dr. Jart Beauty Balm (moisturizer/sunscreen/anti-aging serum/tinted makeup), Kjaer Weis Creme Blush, and Softlips.