Although Bets is still hanging on to her spray tan for a few more weeks, I’ve officially made the lippie switch from summery corals and pinks to deeper berry tones. A Berry lip can be a little intimidating, but there are so many beautiful and subtle shades to choose from to suit your skin tone or desired level of color. These four shades are really beautiful and will give you that glowing fall look without being vampy. MAC Rebel ($17) and Bare Minerals Moxie in Lead the Way ($18) are both creamy and long-lasting, while Bare Minerals Lipgloss in Daredevil ($18) yields a bold glossy color without being sticky. If you’re a true natural, W3LL People’s Nudist Colorbalm in No. 8 ($19.50) is particularly flattering and super hydrating.
Pretty pink blush? Lay it on me. The newest, all-the-rage concealer? Come to mama! Ever since I was young enough to play with my mother’s lipstick, I’ve always been a fan of makeup. Sure, there’s the immediate pep in your step after you swipe on a coat of cherry red lipstick, but what I really love is the confidence boost makeup gives me—there’s really no denying that the right products have the special power to make you feel beautiful. When Bets discovered that NEUTROGENA® has been one of my favorite makeup lines for years, she asked me to share all of my go-to’s that make me feel beautiful because of their skin-enhancing benefits.
On those mornings when I just can’t, NEUTROGENA® SkinClearing® Blemish Concealer ($9.99) is my early morning bestie. It’s the ultimate multi-tasker, brightening undereye circles and covering pesky blemishes while clearing them up. I HATE concealers that look like concealers and this one looks flawless and natural. The added benefit of fighting those blemishes with salicylic acid doesn’t hurt either.
My other NEUTROGENA® necessity: MoistureSmooth Color Sticks ($5.99). You know, the yummy pencils that twist up, no sharpener needed. So good. I keep a stash in my desk drawer for afternoon pick-me-ups—right around that time I’m looking for coffee #3. These sticks are a little affordable luxury—moisturizing and conditioning while giving a low-maintenance sheer wash of color.
Asking me to choose a favorite shade is equivalent to picking a favorite child, but lately I’ve been sporting Soft Raspberry (#60) and Bright Berry (#40) as my wardrobe becomes a bit more moody and neutral in the fall.
Have any NEUTROGENA® products that you love? Share with me and @Neutrogena what makes you feel #BeautifulBecause!
These products were provided to me by NEUTROGENA®. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
Whaaaaat. Yes. Every girl’s dream. “Elizabeth” is based on MAC’s Body Suit, my favorite pinky-nude that I once paid $50 for on eBay because it had been discontinued (why do they always do that?). It’s amazing, especially on brunettes.
Stormsisters is the lovechild of beauty veteran Becky Sturm and Minneapolis-based Elixery Cosmetic House, who makes the most incredible all-natural, vegan lipsticks. They feel so moisturizing and healthy but blessedly are pigmented and long-wearing, too. I like my shade better than the original MAC one. I also like this photo so much. Beakers of lipstick, OMG. Better than a brand new box of crayons.
Ladies: I’ve decided that it’s high time we help each other out in the lipstick department. With bazillions out there to choose from—and more launching with each passing season—who better to wade through them all than us? I’d so much rather see a new shade on you than on some photoshopped model before I make my decision. Also: lipstick is fun! So I’ve started a #bblipservice hashtag on Instagram. Use it any time you have a new stick or gloss to share OR want to peruse what others have fallen in love with. I can’t wait to see more of your beautiful faces!
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.