In my opinion, makeup should not be a tedious process of “putting on your face.” It should be fun and playful, the way it was when you were 11 years old, wearing hot pink lipstick and dousing yourself in glitter. Not that I'm suggesting you recreate that look. Only that plastic staid compacts are, well, bo-o-oring. You can do better. Here's how:
One end is a light-reflecting cream, the other is similar powder shade with a rollerball applicator. Whether you wear them alone or layer for dimension, the Tarte Lock and Roll Creaseless Eyeshadow Duo ($17) is like a magic (makeup) wand.
I've always had a soft spot for Jelly Pong Pong (even the name is fun), and their Dynamic Duo ($18) eyeshadow compacts are oh-so-satisfying. The packaging is adorable and perfectly purse-sized, and the complimentary shades give excellent sheer washes of color.
I am seldom excited about a product launch, but when I heard about the Smurfette collection from Too Faced, I was positively giddy. The So Smurfy Eyeshadow Collection ($32.50) is super-feminine, totally wearable and so dang cute that you'll be the envy of all your friends.
Shimmery, blendable and in a cool lip-gloss style tube, Girlactick Beauty Eye Glaze ($17) lets you go intergalactic planetary without donning a silver space suit. It comes in five look-great-on-everyone colors and best of all, they're easy to apply flawlessly.
Feeling adventurous? Bust into the Faces Sparkledust Rainbow Tower ($30). Eight sparkly, highly pigmented shades come stacked tower-style for your playing pleasure. A little intense for day, but definitely doable for evening, and the perfect way to add low-cost drama to your look.