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RealSimple.com: Makeup Tips for 8 Common Problems

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Help! I Don’t Know How to Pick Colors

Before: Claudia Rose, 61

“I have had a lifelong struggle to find makeup products and techniques that work,” says Claudia (“Grandma Cookie” to her 12 grandchildren). “My skin tone is somewhat olive and somewhat light—a difficult combination to work with.” The New Jersey resident has rosacea, too; she says her skin tone “never stays the same color during the day.” In addition, she never seemed to buy the right colors, she says, and wanted makeup in hues that were flattering and more modern. In fact, Silver found some of that in Claudia’s bag. (Claudia is wearing her own top.)

What Silver used of Claudia’s: Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Twice the Spice and Coffee Shop ($20 each, bloomingdales.com). Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation in Blush Medium ($36, purminerals.com). Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer in Camée ($30, lancome-usa.com). Clinique lipstick in Mauve Crystal (no longer available). Clinique Blushing Blush Powder in Cupid ($21, clinique.com). Body Shop Bronzing Powder in Medium Matte (no longer available).

What she added: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($18, sephora.com). Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Peach ($25, lauramercier.com). MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($24, maccosmetics.com). Ben Nye Eye Brow Pencil in Taupe ($5, stagemakeuponline.com). Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Black Onyx ($16, clinique.com). Lancôme ‘Le Lipstique’ LipColoring Stick With Brush in Sheer Raspberry ($25, nordstrom.com).

(Elinor Carucci)
RealSimple




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