Falling for Drugstore Makeup

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When the September fashion magazines hit the newstands, I get this urge to change my makeup. It's still summer, of course. But I'm starting to think fall.

The thing is, just as my wardrobe is not ready for a silk dress with a long purple cashmere cardigan, striped hose, and black patent leather peep-toe mary janes, so my face is not ready for full-on cold weather makeup. I'm not ready for real foundation, powder, and lipstick. It's too heavy and serious and done looking.

And frankly, even though Allure magazine assures me that come September, we'll all want to wear purple batwinged eyeliner, I'm not quite ready to look like a cross between Amy Winehouse and Prince.

On top of which, it's still hot out. I just want to transition my summer face into something a little more finished than tinted moisturizer and lip gloss. That way, when cool weather finally arrives, I'll have spent the last month looking polished and beautifully groomed.

Here's what I've been using, all the results of a quick trip to the drugstore:

To deal with my tiny amount of summer tan, I'm mixing a drop of Maybelline New York Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation with my usual tinted moisturizer. Maybelline Mineral Power foundation

It comes in a plastic bottle, so it's perfect for travel and my gym bag, and it's easy to squeeze out just a drop--which is all I need, because I'm using Cocoa, the darkest color I could find. Mixed with my paper-white tinted moisturizer, it's just right, and perfect for August. As my tan fades, I'll phase it out. Easy, simple, cheap ($9.99).

A lot of low-end cosmetics companies have knocked off Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Bricks--several different shimmery shades that can be swirled together with a brush for a lovely glow. These products are ideal for the change of seasons.

Jane Bronzer

One of these knock-offs, Jane Copper Canyons Be Pure Mineral Oil Free Bronzer, makes a perfect transitional blush. It has four shades, some more like a blush, some more like a bronzer. Right now I'm wearing the bronzer shades and saving the blush-colored side of the palette for later.

I bought mine at Ulta and can't find it on line, but Drugstore.com has Jane's Shimmering Powder Bronzer on sale for $4.19, and it looks very similar:

Jane Shimmering Bronzer

Now for eye makeup. All the drugstore lines seem to be making a felt-tip liquid eyeliner. Almay and Prestige have their fans, but I like Palladio's. Palladio liquid eyeliner

The fine felt-tip point makes it easy to apply a thin line against my upper lashes, and it wears like iron. It comes in nine shades--I'm saving the dark brown and black for later in the year. I bought Bronze and Emerald Isle, both colors already present in the irises of my hazel eyes. And they're not too dark or dramatic to wear during the summer. ($6.00)

I tend to neglect eyeshadow in the summer, but as fall approaches, it starts to look good to me again. A shadow quad in neutral tones is a foolproof addition to your makeup bag. Again, everyone makes something similar, but Bonne Bell Eye Style Shadow Box in Cafe Classics is a real winner--at least, if you're very fair-skinned.

Bonne Bell shadow quad

There are four shades, pearl, shimmery taupe, shimmery beige, and a pale beige with glitter. It makes it simple to add just a touch of glamour to an end-of summer daytime took. These shadows blend beautifully, last a long time, and look far more expensive than they are--they're only $3.99 for the quad. (Who knew the Lip Smacker lady had it in her?)

I don't know about you, but I'm heaving a sigh of relief that my summer makeup has been refreshed and updated. Somehow, it makes the end of summer feel less depressing.

And now that my late-summer-to-fall makeup shopping is over, I can finally spare a thought for my children's back-to-school supplies.

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