With light this great and so many mirrors, your car is the perfect place for a touch up.
“Personally, I love putting on my makeup in the car because of the light– it is the best light,” says Scotty Reiss, founder of A Girls Guide to Cars.
“But, of course, I only apply when I am the passenger or parked – never when I’m moving or at a traffic light!” she emphasizes.
I can safely say that most of us are on the go all of the time. And for automotive gals who are test driving vehicles at press events, we need small sized containers and makeup that won’t melt in an hour so we can tuck it in a pocket and always be camera ready. In other words, cosmetics that will go the distance and make us look refreshed and renewed even on a dusty, dirty track!
The A Girls Guide to Cars team shares their favorite go-to beauty items, both daily wear and items that help us stay fresh all year:
Red lipstick shows the world you’re confident
Holly Reich, contributor to A Girls Guide to Cars, Elite Traveler, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, The Boston Herald and Motor Matters syndicate
Editors Note: About a year after this post published, Holly Reich lost her battle with breast cancer. Holly was a light in our lives, a force of nature in the car journalism world and unafraid to explore and demystify the car topics women feel are important but men ignore. We miss you, Holly.
In my kit I carry: Tide To Go stick, Refresh Tears, cleansing towelettes, Jergen’s Natural Glow for the Face and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream (it works for everything including cuticles, lips, and dry skin).
My favorite lipstick: MAC Sheen Supreme Bare Again with a Maybelline nude colored lip pencil.
My under eye concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
My eyeliner: I’m experimenting with MAC eyeliners and Milani liquid eye
My eyeshadow: MAC eyeshadow x6, a small rectangle of colors with a mirror
My mascara: Kevin Aucoin- the Curling Mascara—it won’t smudge one iota!
My favorite blush: Nars Orgasm, probably the most popular blush ever and for good reason: it looks great on almost everyone.
Buxom Lip Gloss makes your smile even more glowing
Scotty Reiss, Founder of A Girls Guide to Cars
I take a very basic approach: a small group of products that I use daily, and for special occasions, I add a bit more or supplement with a flourish of eye shadow or a heavier brush of mascara.
My favorite skin cream: Bobbi Brown hydrating face cream —it’s juniper scented and smells like the beach
My face cream: Bobbi Brown Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer: leaves a beautiful non-shiny finish
My mascara: Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara, when paired with a curler gives great definition
My lips: I love Buxom plumping lip gloss
My splurge: Chanel Sublimage skin creme, which has the most heavenly scent, but at $390 for a smallish jar, it truly is a splurge.
Fashion trends should freshen your face as well as your closet
Claudia Krusch, AGirlsGuidetoCars contributor and founder of TrendyLatina
I’m in love with the new Dior Fall Collection; the plum, and pink combination is incredible! I’m always on the go, so the size and practicality of Dior’s foundation and concealer are a must have for me! I was able to pull this look off, in my car, while hubby was driving me to the meeting where I was scheduled to present.
My favorite lipstick: Rouge Dior lipstick, a limited edition color collection
My eyeshadow: the 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite eyeshadow collection
My face: Dior Skin nude foundation
Eyebrows are the frame of the face; make sure yours are flawless
Jana Seitzer, A Girls Guide to Cars Twitter manager and contributor, founder whiskynsunshine.com
I love great eyebrows, and Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel fills in your eyebrows in the most natural way you can imagine. It can add eyebrows where you don’t have them, can be used for penciling in or to create a more pronounced arch. My brow designer is incredible, and this helps me to keep my eyebrows looking great in between visits.
My eyebrows: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
My favorite foundation: Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation, a weightless mineral powder foundation that goes on flawlessly and lasts all day. It gives you the coverage of a foundation with the lightness of powder. It’s my favorite! It can be used over a base foundation or alone, and you can’t beat the price: $20.
Clinique’s tinted lip balm makes touch-ups a breeze
Kristin Shaw, A Girls Guide to Cars contributor, founder TwoCannoli.com
I don’t wear much makeup – usually a swipe of Rimmel kohl eyeliner, maybe a bit of mascara if I’m feeling fancy. However, every single day, I wear Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense in Broadest Berry. Sometimes, it’s all I need. I’m almost 45 but feel 25, and I don’t require much of anything else.
My eyeliner: Rimmel kohl eyeliner
Sometimes, it’s not just what you wear, but where you shop
Lindsay Munson, Brand & Lifestyle Communications, Mercedes-Benz USA
I’m in love with a line called Beauty Counter. I made the switch a few years ago to using as many all natural/non-toxic household and personal hygiene products as possible. The two products I can’t live without are the Dew skin tinted moisturizer and their color pinch cream blusher. I throw that in a mini cosmetics bag along with my eyelash curler/mascara, under eye concealer and lip gloss, and I’m good to go.
When I “go out” I tend to use a black eyeliner and a neutral eye shadow. I keep things pretty simple, and this makes my life easier when traveling, at home, etc. I find that the tinted moisturizer and cream blush stay on longer than the powder form and give me a more natural look. I am a new mom, so the under eye concealer is a must and probably my most essential makeup item!!
My face: the Dew skin tinted moisturizer and their color pinch cream blusher
A great lipstick is your best accessory
Meagan Wristen, MommyTravels
I love my YSL lipstick from Yves Saint Laurent but I often find myself using the rear view mirror more than the bathroom mirror. With three busy kids in three different schools, I spend a lot of time behind the wheel. Sometimes things move so fast that a dash of lipstick is the only makeup I have time for, so I’m happy that it’s one I love.
My lipstick: YSL lipstick from Yves Saint Laurent
If you wear nothing else, here’s the one necessity: glowing eyes
Tamara Mlynarczyk, Manager, Public Affairs, Mazda North American Operations
I’m basically a drug store makeup gal. I do really like this under eye concealer that I found at Sephora called Make Up For Ever HD concealer. It does, in fact, last all day and brightens your eyes!
My concealer: Make Up For Ever HD concealer.
So tell us… where do you put on your makeup? And what fab finds are we missing from our list? We want to hear what makes YOU feel beautiful!