Essentials

Rainy Day Essentials: Colorful Makeup

Rain, rain, go away. 

No, but seriously: could this East Coast weather just pick a season? The tulips in my front yard are fully bloomed, and my allergies are going haywire — but it’s 53 degrees and raining. What’s up with that?

Days like this can get me down, for sure — but that’s where makeup comes in to save the day. As I wrote in a previous post, makeup isn’t just about looking good (though that never hurts). It’s about confidence, about feeling good about yourself. On drizzly, dreary days like today, makeup does just that.

Here are my favorite products to throw on when I need a little color in my life:

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

duochrome powder

I can’t say enough good things about NYX. In most cases, their products perform as well as the higher-end brands — in some, even better. Plus, this duochrome highlighter is beautiful.

As someone who has never-ending problems getting her highlighter to show up, this product is a godsend. I get really, (really) great pigmentation with just one or two swipes of this illuminating powder.

duochrome powder

Even better? As the name implies, the duochrome formula changes color, so I get a difference highlight experience depending on the light. The color I thought best suited my (pale) skin tone is Snow Rose — a white-based powder with pink and lilac chromatic pearls. It’s totally unique, and worth a swatch — especially at the tiny price tag of $8.

NYX Vivid Brights Liner

nyx liner in vivid violet

When it comes to color, I’ve found the least-scary hue is purple. On some people — and when applied the right way — purple can be used in a neutral, everyday look. Plus, as a brown-eyed gal myself, I know that purple’s supposedly one of the colors that gives your eyes the most pop.

That’s why I love, love, love this NYX Vivid Brights Liner. The formula’s not dry or patchy — it glides easily over your lid, allowing you to create a wing, or to get even more inventive with your eye creations.

Like I said, NYX’s products are among my drugstore faves, and this purple liner — in the shade Vivid Violet — is no exception. Plus, at $7, it’s kinda hard to beat.

Ciate London Liquid Velvet Lipstick

ciate lipstick in "head over heels"

I originally snagged this beauty over Christmas, when I was gifted a “Give Me Some Bold Lip” set from Sephora. I don’t have the fullest lips, so I was immediately drawn to the brighter colors in the collection, like this one — sadly, I knew they weren’t seasonal, and so decided to wait to give them a whirl.

Boy, I should have just rocked this lipstick (in the shade “Head Over Heels“) all winter, because right now — I can’t get enough of it. Ciate bills it as a “bright fuchsia berry,” but it shows up almost electric pink on me. Don’t let that scare you off — it strangely feels wearable, especially with a neutral or smoky eye.

I have this imaginary day planned: I’m sitting on a checkered blanket, wearing this lippie, and drinking a glass of wine or two. A girl can dream, can’t she?

But seriously, the formulation of this Ciate liquid lipstick is awesome — and this is coming from someone who’d never tested their products before. Even though it goes on smoothly — without the cracking and drying that some liquid lipsticks come with — it lasts a surprisingly long time. You’re not going to get the ultra, ultra long wear you’d see in, say, Tarteist Matte Lip Paints — but it’s still excellent, especially considering how comfortable they are on the lips.

Urban Decay Electric Palette

urban decay electric palette

Last, but absolutely not least: the Urban Decay Electric palette is my number-one go-to whenever I’m feeling in a makeup funk.

I pick a color and let myself be inspired by it. Lately, I’ve been loving “Jilted” and “Urban” — two purplish-blue shades — together for a beautiful, smoky, evening look. But I’ve even incorporated some bolder pops of color (like the red-orange “Slowburn”) in with my existing neutral palettes, like Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance.

There are two things I love about this palette: for one, I own nothing like it in my collection. In the world of neutrals, this bad boy stands out — and you can make a look as artistic, or as wearable, as you want using its colors.

urban decay electric palette

But second, and most important: the pigment is out of this world. So often, you find bold colors underwhelming — and you’re left with a washed-out face before you know it. Urban Decay doesn’t leave you hanging — your purples are going to be bright, your reds will be vibrant, and your silvers will twinkle. Trust me. This one’s a keeper.

What are your go-to rainy day shades?

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