When was the last time you really looked at all the products you're toting around and letting clutter up your bathroom? At Sweet, we realized our collective answer was: a long time ago. So we called in professional help.
New York City-based makeup artist David Tibolla evaluated the Sweet team's current product lineups (and patiently listened to our various problems) and gave us tips that apply to everyone who wants a smartly packed, personalized cosmetics bag.
Tibolla is known for his high-fashion editorial work, and not only knows all the makeup tricks in the book but what products people really need to achieve them.
Check out Tibolla's tips below and then go to town on your own product lineup!
The Problem: Too Much Makeup, Not Enough Skin Care
In the Bag
Chantal Strasburger, assistant editor, @chantagold
Chantal Asks: "What do I need to be doing now, in my mid-20s, to make sure my skin is the best it can be when I'm older?"
David Says: "There are a few skin-care items that I swear by for keeping skin happy. Weleda Skin Food is my go-to for nearly everyone. It contains shea butter, avocado oil for keeping the skin supple and hydrated, and rosemary, which is an astringent that fights free radicals. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 is amazing for keeping the skin firm and hydrated and the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is incredible for brightening and rejuvenating the skin."
The Problem: The Same Old Look
In the Bag
Catherine Fuentes, managing editor, @cat_fuentes
Catherine Asks: "I think I own everything I could possibly need. But my best friend constantly tells me I need to better differentiate between my day look and my night look, and I've been experimenting with this. Any tips?"
David Says: "You're using a lot of great products. I'd say in terms of consolidating your cosmetics, rather than editing out anything in particular, stick to your favorite go-to products and then toss in a couple things—like a few great lip colors to amp up your look for a night out."
The Problem: Too Many Heavy Formulas
In the Bag
Molly Elizalde, associate editor, @mollyelizalde
Molly Asks: "Any time I buy makeup and have it done at the counter, they always tell me I need foundation and/or powder or maybe just a tinted moisturizer. I have bought these things but it feels like a lot for every day. I could possibly need something for under eye circles, but do I really need foundation every day?"
David Says: "If you don't like the idea of using a tinted moisturizer or foundation all over, try IT Cosmetics' Eyelift in a Tube. One side of the tube is a light and creamy concealer, the other is a luminizer that you can blend seamlessly onto your cheekbones, brow bones, etc. to instantly brighten up your complexion without having to apply it all over."
The Problem: Redness Coverage
In the Bag
Rebecca Deczynski, editorial assistant, @rebeccadecz
Rebecca Asks: "I still haven't found the perfect concealer or foundation with coverage that's opaque enough for my problem areas. Is there a product that I can wear to help combat redness? I don't love that I'm wearing a full face of foundation in the summer, and my main problem is redness in my cheeks and especially on my T-zone."
David Says: "I've been using Lancôme Rénergie Lift Foundation for years, and swear by it. It has a beautiful silky texture and delivers buildable coverage. It leaves the skin looking dewy and fresh. As for redness, I'd suggest a good, sheer BB cream. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream is lightweight and should help to neutralize any ruddiness."
The Problem: The One Missing Product
In the Bag
Chanel Parks, assistant editor, @chanelinezp
Chanel Asks: "I'm a beauty writer, so I have a lot of things but one thing I do wonder about is a setting spray. Do I need one?"
David Says: "Setting sprays aren't totally necessary, but can definitely help to add a touch of radiance to your foundation, as well as wake up your skin. Caudalie Beauty Elixir is my favorite because its formula—with rosemary, mint, and rose oils—makes it a perfect refresher."