Made In My Shade: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

When I think of Urban Decay, in-your-face, edgy color immediately comes to mind. You know, the kind of makeup shades that are typically NSFW? So I was very intrigued when I heard the brand launched a foundation that’s supposed to look and feel “like wearing nothing at all.” I wondered: “Did they really get the texture right? Are the brown shades dark enough?” I requested a couple of samples so I could find out. I was a little nervous when I tried the makeup because I love Urban Decay—I did not want them to fail. So my verdict on the foundation is…

… I find Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($38) guilty of being fantastic. Shade 10.0 is a perfect match for my skin tone, and the oil-free formula is as sheer as promised. I wore the makeup in broad daylight and it didn’t look like I was all made up for a photo shoot or paparazzi ambush or something, which is one of my biggest fears about foundation. That, and the color being too red.  Neither are the case with this stuff. It’s pricey, but I think products that make your complexion look flawless are worth the extra dough. Agree or disagree?

P.S. Check out two other great foundations here and here.

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This Product Is A Mascara Junkie’s Dream

During my years of writing beauty stories, I have probably typed the sentence “Finish with a coat of mascara,” hundreds of times. But I’m actually pretty heavy-handed with mascara in my own life. I like my lashes super-dark and really thick, which requires about four swipes with my mascara wand (and a good lash comb). If dramatic lashes are your thing too,  you must, I repeat must, try Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer.

It’s a glossy, black topcoat that you paint on over mascara–sort of like liquid vinyl. The color is so intense that you only need to apply one layer to get a sexy, striking I-belong-on-the-runway effect. It came out last summer when, apparently, my head was under a rock because I completely missed it. I found out about the product recently when I was working on a story for Manhattan magazine that required me to visit the Hourglass makeup counter at Bergdorf Goodman. The makeup artist put some Lash Lacquer on me to demonstrate its amazingness, and I was sold. I scored a tube from the PR peeps, and now that I’ve had a chance to wear it a few times, I feel compelled to spread the word. And it takes a lot to make me gush over a product.

How many coats of mascara do you usually apply? Have you tried Lash Lacquer or any other lash topcoat?

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Made In My Shade: MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

You know how hard it can be to find an amazing pair of jeans that fit perfectly? Well, that agonizing trial and error process is similar to what a lot of brown-skinned women like myself go through when shopping for foundation. That’s why I get excited when I discover a new one that actually matches my skin.

The foundation I’m into right now is called MAC Matchmaster SPF 15. Several of my favorite blushes are by MAC, but I’ve shied away from the brand’s face makeup in the past because most of it gives more coverage than I want, and the colors often wind up looking too red or orange on me. Not Matchmaster! Shade #8 totally disappears into my skin. And the texture is beautiful—very silky and light.

I wish that it wasn’t such a big deal to find a nice foundation in my color, but it is. Earlier this year when I was still on staff at Glamour, I got to rant in the March issue of the magazine about how sad it is that many mainstream cosmetics companies still don’t offer enough foundation and powder shades for deeper skin tones–it’s so frustrating! I’m not going to call out the brands that are lacking—you know who you are. And naming names won’t do anything for those of you readers who have dark skin—you know who they are, too. But I hope it will help if I let you guys know every time I try a foundation that works. So look for more “Made in My Shade” posts in the future. And be sure to share your makeup picks in the comments section below. Together maybe we can save other women from time-consuming, disappointing trips to the makeup counter or drugstore.

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