What's In My Makeup Bag

One of the things I am often asked about doing TV shows is "don't you love having other people do your hair and makeup?" *

Well, the reality is actually very different. Except for national shows, and a few local stations in cities like New York and L.A., guests are generally on their own when it comes to getting camera-ready.

Over the years, I have picked up a lot of tips and product recommendations from these pros. I'm also a huge fan of celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge's tutorials, and always search her site when I'm looking for tips. 

Once I find a product I love, I am extremely loyal. But I'm always open to trying new things (otherwise, how would you find the star products?) and mixing things up a bit. And it's a bonus if the item is not a liquid or cream that has to be stuffed into a one-quart Ziploc bag to get through airport security.

Here are a few things that are always in my (overstuffed) makeup bag when I head to the airport:

  • Boots No7 Airbrush Away Primer - Love love love this stuff! It was previously known as "Photo Fix" - which explains why I love it for work. When I'm not on-camera, I sometimes just smooth this on over my moisturizer without wearing any foundation at all.
  • Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder - The buildable coverage is great for those days when you need just a bit of extra help.
  • My eye makeup routine for TV is pretty extensive, and is best saved for another day. But two of my must-haves are Boots No7 Maximum Volume Mascara and Party Proof Liquid Liner from PIXEL Cosmetics, which is a newer discovery.  (Don't let the name fool you. I don't party all night - or at all, for that matter - but this liner's major staying power is a plus for long days out on media tour.)
  • I'm more likely to try out new lip colors than just about any other product, but you'll never find me spending much on them. Boots No7 High Shine Gloss - shown above - and PIXEL Lip Tints are some new favorites, and they each check in at less than $10.

Your turn - what are your makeup must-haves?



* Don't you hate it when a blog post opens by someone saying "people always ask me about such-and-such?" - when you read their blog and have never seen anyone ask anything of the sort? People actually do ask me about this - in person, not on this blog - so I decided a more realistic look behind-the-scenes of the TV world was in order.