If you've ever wondered what creative pros carry with them and use every day, you'll adore our new series: What's in My Bag? We're kicking it off with hair and makeup extraordinaire - who also happens to be one of our fab beauty contributors - Olivia Smalley of OMG Artistry. Thanks to Erika Delgado for the photographic assist. I'll let Olivia take it from here!
From Olivia : Out of all my years executing hair and makeup, I can confidently say "I've got my routine down pat!" For some readers, they believe all stylists have their products together, yet that's not always the case. I've ransacked every Sephora, Ulta, Henry Bendel, Macy's, you name it I've raided it and, at last, perfection. You're in luck; I'm saving you eons of research. For the most part I include every one of these frizz fighters, highlighters, elixirs, earrings, primers and primpers in my daily routine. Without further adieu, My Cosmetic Diary.
1. Mally Effortless Airbrush Highlighter & Blush Duo With Brush
Now, I'm not trying to play favorites here, but this product takes the cake. By cake I mean, this highlighter needs an award! The reflective mineral in this product looks excellent in photos and gives the face a natural appearance if you feel you've packed on too much product. Brush applies smooth for even application.
2. Pointed Cosmetic Q-Tips
For the obvious reasons, I always have these little guys on hand. Great for cleaning up a sharp cat eye!
3. Tease Brush
Higher the hair, higher to heaven as they say! A little tease never hurt any body and this brush will do just the trick.
4. Too Faced Better Than SEX Mascara
Oh the taboo! I love when I can recommend this to my clients. And yes, you heard it from me first; this is better than sex, people. The mascara packs a huge punch and best part? No clumps! Just thick, extended lash perfection. Just buy it, just do it now and thank me later.
5. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless
Oh you haven't heard? Yes, it did say poreless. Coming from an acne background, I always saw scarring from other bronzers and couldn't get away from my large pores. Fear no more!
6. Bare Minerals Faux Tan Face
Feeling a bit pale? This product provides instant sun! It gives skin a beautiful glow without harmful rays. I use this very often for events and when I feel like not having foundation as an equation for the day.
7. Makeup Forever HD
This is my go to foundation for, well... just about everything! The coverage is impeccable and I will say if applied well can be mistaken for airbrush. It has low SPF levels, which is great for flash photography. Do you ever wonder why you always look white in your photos with a flash? Remove SPF from the equation and problem solved. SPF has tiny white particles that reflect light making you appear white and sometimes grey, YUCK!
8. Rodan And Fields Oil Control Lotion SPF 25
This oil control with SPF is my daily dose of confidence. The oil control helps keep the oil down while blocking harmful rays.
9. It's a 10 Miracle Spray
I've used this product for over 5 years and I can say I have the healthiest (processed) blonde hair I've come across. After ever shower, I spray It's a 10 into my hair. The thermal protectant and soft shine is what excites me the most. A must try!
10. Bling Bling Earrings
My outfits are always black, black on black you should see my closet. I always carry a pair of stunning earrings to complete my attire. It takes me from workhorse to striking stallion! (Editor's Note: We couldn't find ones just like Olivia's, but these beauties from Anthro are easy wearing and lovely!)
11. Amazing Cosmetics Matte Powder
Great matting and setting powder for makeup. I'll use this when I have outdoor events or if my foundation looks too oily in all the wrong places.
12. Wet & Wild Fergie Daily
Fergie did me proud on this lipstick. I love a great nude and this one is the perfect combo of beige and mauve. It's just enough color for camera without looking washed out. I recommend this to a ton of brides and it's so affordable!
13. Rain Cosmetics Lip Gloss
I recently discovered this company, and they have tons of great products. This being one of my tops! This transparent gloss goes great with all nude/pink/mauve family.
14. Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer
The cool part of this primer: it actually works for once! It applies like a stick and you actually can fell the foundation adhere. Saying it is tacky would be the wrong word, but try it for your self to see the flawless results!
15. Kenra Platinum Dry Shampoo
Readers, meet my best friend. Kenra provides an aerosol powder like product without sticky texture. Some dry shampoos apply white or gummy to the scalp but not this one! She'll soon be your best friend, too.
16. Evian Spray Mist
You must be scratching your head on this one. "But, its just water?" When I'm doing my makeup half asleep and realized I've applied far too much, I just pull out my handy mist. The mist helps break up any powder on the face and help skin return to its radiance.
17. CHI Magnified Volume Hair Spray
This is a product I cannot live without when I curl my hair. This has a beautiful medium to strong hold depending on how much sprayed and incredible shine. Did I mention it's the best darn thing you've ever smelled? I've used this on just about ever celebrity I've put my magic fingers on and they've ALL mentioned how pleasant the smell is. Even if I don't do their hair, I make sure I spray this to put my spin on the masterpiece!
18. Urban Decay Eyelid Primer Potion
My secret weapon to all day stay! This may have actually have come from a witch at one point. I will literally do makeup at 6 am and by 10 pm of working, no pigment has strayed and that's saying a lot coming from someone with oily lids.
19. Rain Cosmetics Drama Lash
With or without a smokey eye, lashes really bring the drama to the table. They can turn an everyday bronzy to a night out sultry.
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