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March 25, 2013

Beauty Kit for The Car: But NOT When Driving!

I always keep ChapStick in the cup holder of my car for a lip fix. A quick swipe is the extent of my makeup ritual. However, after observing a friend apply a full face while I was driving one day, I started thinking about what I should keep in the car for an instant touch-up.

In truth, your car can serve as the perfect dressing room. There’s enough natural light to see what you are doing and there’s a built in vanity mirror for close-ups.

However, before you read on, know that the following tips are not meant for when you are driving, stopped at a light or in a traffic jam. Putting makeup on is for those times when you are sitting in the car waiting for your kids to get out of school, parked in a lot waiting to go in for an appointment or clocked into a meter. Bottom line: NO APPLYING MAKEUP WHILE DRIVING.

For well-tuned advice, I consulted with Debra Phillips Kunkel, Makeup artist at FOX TV NYC. I also consulted with some makeup companies to test out melt-proof products that were long lasting.

Debra’s suggestions:

Keep a small cosmetic bag in the glove compartment. Since cars can get hot or cold your products should be small, replaceable and melt-proof. Samples from makeup counters or cosmetics stores are perfect!

Leave out the lipstick. It can break or melt and get messy. Lip balm or a lip-gloss with a wand is easy to use.

Stock a bronzer along with a retractable brush to reduce the mess. You can also brush the bronzer on your eyelids as an eye shadow.

Pack a small tube of concealer for those bags under your eyes and that pesky pimples or spots. 

Try leave-in conditioners (or small containers of gel or balm) to calm the frizzes or slick your hair back.

Other items to put in your beauty car kit: a mini brush or comb, hair ties, hand lotion, hand wipes and a small mirrored compact for close-ups and getting rid of shine.

That said: Here’s a list of products that I like:

For lush lashes with great staying power try:
CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara
Mac Bionic Mascara

CoverGirl LineBlast 24HR Eyeliner: This felt tipped eyeliner makes dressing your eyes a no-brainer. Plus, it stays on for hours.

Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer & Brightener: Use this primer (that comes in a wand) to smooth out areas under and over the eyes. It also keeps your shadow in place.

Olay Regenerist Eye Rollerball: The rollerball gives a mini-massage to your eyes and helps to take away puffiness.

Olay Total Effects Line and Dark Circle Minimizing Brush: The retractable brush provides light but effective  coverage.
Smashbox High Definition Concealer: A light cover-up in a sleek tube.
Smashbox 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow: This small tub of glow won’t smudge, crease or flake. It’s also enriched with Vitamins A and E.

TouchBack BrowMarker: Well-groomed brows can be the difference between looking good and looking excellent! Filling in your arches with this soft-tip marker is way easier than using the traditional pencil.

Sally Hansen Brows That Wow!Tweezers: With all that natural light, your car is the perfect place to pluck stray hairs. This slant tip model grasps ultra-fine hairs firmly with diamond-coated tips.

Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer: This compact comes equipped with a brush and mirror.
Rimmel Natural Bronzer with minerals: Pack a pop-up blush brush to accompany this model.

Sun Bum SPF 30 comes in a variety of yummy tastes including Key Lime, Coconut, Pink Guava, Mango, Pomegranate and Banana. For stores visit:
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain: This flavored lipstain comes with a fine tip applicator that makes it easy to paint your lips on (and not go outside the lines).  And yes, it lasts--- especially the bright colors.

CLEAN UP: Lumene wipes for a quick refresh, makeup removal or to wipe up spills in your car.



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