March Makeup Madness – Sarah’s Starting Lineup

Some of us girls love sports. Some of us don’t. I kind of fall in between, and I know Beth loves her some Clay Matthews (go Pack!). Why are we talking sports anyway? Because this week the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship, a.k.a. March Madness, gets underway. We thought we’d recognize this fact here at full clutch in a way that might be more appealing to a broad spectrum of ladies, by equating it to makeup. We’re not creating a single elimination tournament (although our big brother, Dappered, does run an elimination tourney of retailers called Store Wars), but rather we’re going to take a look at the current lineup in our makeup bags. As with most women, the beauty products that comprise our makeup teams usually have a starting lineup, benched players, and draft hopefuls. Today we’ll look at my current starting lineup, and tomorrow Beth will share hers. Wednesday and Thursday we’ll share our benched players, and Friday will be our future drafts. So without further ado, here’s my starting lineup…

Sarah’s Starting Lineup

Sarah's Starting Lineup

1.  Stila “In The Know” Eye Shadow Palette – $39  This palette is a great one for neutral daytime looks.  The shade “Air” gets the most playtime (that’s the shadow in the upper left corner of the palette), along with “Smoke”.  I love “Smoke” because you can apply it really lightly for just a shadow on your lid, or you can apply it heavier for a really smokey look.  I have hazel eyes, and cooler tones work better on my skin, so this is a perfect shade for me.

2.  The Balm Cosmetic Put A Lid On It – $18  This cute little tube of The Balm’s eye shadow primer came to me in one of my monthly Birchbox shipments.  It’s a great primer that goes on smooth and creamy, and really helps your shadow stick to your lid and not crease later in the day.  Once my little sample tube is out I plan on drafting a full size into my rotation!

3.  Origins Vitazing – $35  One of my go to’s for very light coverage and sun protection.  The lotion moisturizer is lightly tinted, and wears really well under makeup.  One of my favs.  Check out an earlier review here.

4.  Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream – $34  If I want heavier coverage, and slightly more sun protection, I go with this BB Cream from Urban Decay.  Applies silky smooth and dries to a matte finish.  Click here for a full review on the product.

5.  Shisheido The Makeup Corrector Pencil – $18  I love this product for it’s pinpoint application of concealer.  It’s not as friendly if you’re looking to cover a large area, but it works well for under eyes, and is perfect for covering up blemishes.  It also works fantastic as a light eyeliner for under the eye (rather that white) for a bright look.  A power player to have on your team.  Read a full review here.

6.  Clinique Cream Shaper For Eyes in Starry Plum – $15  This creamy eyeliner from Clinique provides a nice, saturated line.  Starry Plum is the perfect color for hazel or green eyes, but the liner comes in many different colors.

7.  Revlon Brow Fantasy – $7.39  This is actually a product I will likely bench soon, but for now it gets the job done.  Admittedly, I really only use the pencil portion of it.  The gel can be a bit too much for my scraggly brows.  I do plan on drafting in a more complete eyebrow kit at some point.

8.  Chella Defining Brow Gel – $18  This is the gel I’ve been pairing with the Revlon Brow Fantasy pencil, simply because it’s clear.  It helps to define and keep stray hairs in place, without adding the weight a colored gel might.

9.  Rimmel London SpecialEyes Eye Liner Pencil – $3.99  This little four buck pencil would probably be the star player of my team.  I know it’s just black eyeliner, but I love that it applies so easily and is smudgeable (I don’t think that’s a word).  I prefer a softer look with my liner, rather than a clean line, and this pencil gives me that.  When I’m in a hurry this liner and mascara will get me out the door.

10.  Revlon Slant Tip Micro Fine Tweezer – $5.99  You know how sometimes you find a tool that works so well, even though you occasionally try to replace it, you end up going back to it time and time again?  That’s how these tweezers are for me.  They are able to grab hold of pesky hairs that other tweezers in my bathroom drawer just can’t.

11.  CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion – $7.75  Truth be told, I started using this mascara because they sell it at Costco in 3 packs for a screaming deal.  But then I discovered that I really like the mascara.  My lashes are naturally longer, but thin, and this mascara adds plenty of volume.

12.  Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler – $20  When I first started using this curler (I reviewed it just over a year ago)  I liked it, but wasn’t totally won over.  I still say a drugstore curler can get the job done just fine, but after using the Tweezerman on a daily basis for quite a while now, I really do like this eyelash curler.  The mechanics are smooth, and curl is very natural.

Tune in tomorrow for Beth’s starting lineup!  Have some products in your lineup you can’t live without?  Tell us about them in the comments, or leave a pic on our Facebook page.  And if you laid money down in an office or other March Madness pool, good luck to you and your winning team!

2 Responses to “March Makeup Madness – Sarah’s Starting Lineup”
  1. Beth says:

    This is GREAT–nice line-up!

  2. I’ve had that same pair of tweezers for the last 8 years. I don’t know what I would do if I lost it…