Treat Makeup as you would your vitamins- take care of it in the morning, and you're sorted for the day.  

Skin

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, Pale Pink

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, Pale Pink

Cheeks

Bobbi Brown's color palette is unparalleled for its perfect naturals- whether pinks for the cheeks, nudes for the lips, or subtle highlighters for the eyes, she's got the most effective collection of makeup that makes you look like you're wearing nothing at all.  Her Pot Rouge line is particularly effective, providing a lasting creme blush and lip color.  I keep an extra one in my bag at all times.

Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara

Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara

Lashes

Ah Mascara, you make us look fresh at 9am, and smudgy and tired by 10pm.

Enter Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara: cosmetic chemistry at its best.

This mascara physically cannot smudge. I encountered it in 2005, and I've not found a mascara that can compete.  I would intermittently become curious by a new launch or recommendation, but the trial would inevitably leave me looking like a racoon by evening, and feeling foolish for straying.

I now buy five tubes at a time of  Kevyn Aucoin when I visit the US. It is the single most indispensable and irreplaceable cosmetic of an already streamlined regime.

Lancome Artliner Eye liner. Stays around to do the job.

Lancome Artliner Eye liner. Stays around to do the job.

Eyes

While there are many great liquid eyeliners on the market, I've made a distinction in the general eyeliner realm.  If you use a pencil, expect it to move.  Thus, only apply a color that you're happy to see travel.  For this blondie, this cuts out black pencils, unless I'm going for the Courtney Love look.  Instead, a flick of liquid eyeliner does the job quickly, and it stays put.  I've tried quite a few, and this one gets top marks.  The tip to applying? approximate 2mm out and up from the corner of your eye.  Make the slightest dot, then connect it to the corner. You'll arrive at matching flicks on both eyes.  Eureka!

Laura Mercier Creme Eye Color

Laura Mercier Creme Eye Color

These creme shadows are the equivalent of an "I can't be bothered" action, but it looks like you made an effort.  These add a sheen, without looking glittery or frosted.  Gold is the most subtle, warm tone- Use it with the Black Gold eyeliner to create a fool-proof neutral yet defined eye.