6 Beauty Products Every New Yorker Needs in Her Arsenal
There are plenty of universally loved beauty products out there. But for those of us who live in NYC, we also have a few special requirements for our makeup and skin care. Will it withstand 18 hours at the bottom of your purse? Is it easy to apply on an especially rickety C train? Will it actually get city grime off your face? Here are six essential items that no New Yorker should be without.
A Seriously Flake-Free Mascara
Nothing makes us feel instantly polished like jet-black, defined lashes. And nothing ruins that feeling like panda eyes. This cult favorite not only stays put and holds a curl, it’s the only one we’ve found that you can actually add a layer to hours later (say, after work when you want a more dramatic look) and still keep clumps at bay.
A Chubby Eyeliner-Shadow Stick
Some days, you have plenty of time to try out an advanced cat-eye. And some days, you’re rushing to dinner and need to be ready five minutes ago. Enter the ten-second smoky eye: Just draw on, smudge and you’re good to go. (The imperfection is part of the appeal.)
A Pigment That Does Double Duty
No room in your purse for lipstick and blush? No problem. Just toss in a pot (or stick) of sheer, blendable color and you’ll have rosy cheeks and lips on reserve wherever you go.
An Antioxidant Serum
Smog. Dust. Subway particles (ew). You’re exposed to a lot of pollutants every day, so it’s important to counteract the effects with a vitamin-packed treatment. Think of it as the topical equivalent to eating your fruits and veggies…even you’re still sneaking in a cheeseburger now and then.
A Hardworking Micellar Water
Let’s face it: After a ten-hour workday followed by happy hour followed by impromptu karaoke, sometimes you just don’t have the energy to wash your face. Luckily, a few swipes of this magic liquid and you can still feel virtuous (about your skin, anyway) when you hit the pillow.
We’d sooner give up Shake Shack than our trusted oil-banishing aerosol. Which is to say: Fat chance.