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August 19, 2010

Sally McGraw of Already Pretty

The world needs more Sally McGraws! The spunky writer/stylist/mother-earth behind Already Pretty is all about inner beauty. She’s got it in spades, and thinks the rest of us do, too. Not feeling particularly svelte? Fret not, Sal has been there, done that, and will show you how to take 10 pounds off with the proper belt. She and her blog might appear to be the antithesis of Beauty Bets, but lo—she has a few tricks up her Marni blazer sleeve as well:

Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Mousse ($4) – How can you not love a drugstore hair product that WORKS? My insane mane of curls gets limp and greasy with most gels and creams, but this light-as-air mousse works wonders.

Clear nail polish (around $4) – As a bona-fide klutz, I avoid color on my fingernails. It just never goes well. But a quick coat of clear makes me feel chic and ladylike. Any brand will do, but I’m currently using Rimmel Lasting Finish Nail Polish in Crystal Clear.

Physicians Formula pressed powder ($13) – My ridiculously sensitive skin has no intention of ever dealing with liquid foundation. But I get shiny in about 3 seconds, and when I say, “shiny,” I mean “blinding.” So I’ve road-tested a few pressed powders, and this one is my favorite. Instead of one solid color, you get some variety within the compact which makes it look relatively natural when applied. And it mattifies like a dream.

Benefit Lemon Aid ($20) – Eyeshadow stymies me . . . but this stuff, I can do. Basically, you smear this pale yellow paste on your eyelids and, BAM. You immediately look as if you’ve gotten 11 hours of sleep. It can be used as an eye makeup primer, too, but I use on its own.

Kiehl’s SPF 15 Tinted Lip Balm ($10) – My lips are resistant to any balms that are wax or oil based. Only petrolatum-based ones work. This Kiehl’s stuff is a dynamite combo of petrolatum base, tint, and SPF 15. I buy the darker hue, but both are gorgeous.

Tarte Natural Lip Stain ($24) – I eat and drink pretty much constantly, so lipstick does me little good. Lip stains, on the other hand, were made for me. This one lasts for hours, endures food and drink, and fades to a rosy, natural, even color. It’s a wee bit drying, as all stains are, so I let it set for 10 minutes and then apply my Kiehl’s balm on top.

Benefit Boi-ing ($18) – I was loyal to my Aveda cover-up for years. Then I tried this stuff and I’ve never looked back. Applied with a brush, it can make any zit look invisible. Believe me, as someone prone to blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne, I know.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    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.
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