Merit Beauty understands what women need in their quest for beauty. I have a minimal approach to beauty even though I film a lot, and Merit works well for me. Their products have none of the 137 toxins you can find in other products in the U.S. American makeup cannot be sold in the EU for that reason, while Merit Beauty can. And that’s important to me.
But even more important than that is looking good and looking younger, so I filmed a video where I tried out some beauty products from Merit and other lines on one half of my face only. This way, you could see what a difference is in a bare face compared with one that is well made up. I started with sunscreen, then applied my Sunday Riley brightening and depuffing eye contour cream. From there, with a Merit brush, I used the company’s foundation stick in the color Bisque on one half of my face. Next, I brushed some Biarritz shadow from Nars on my upper lid. Then I took an angled brush to put on Nars’s Mulch eyeshadow just on the crease and above. Never do the lid itself. To lift your eyes, it’s a good idea to use something like Trestique’s brow color pencil because you always want to have a complete and arched eyebrow. Then I applied bronzer, but only in the correct locations on the face – the temple, the tip of the nose and chin, the jawline, and the sides of the nose. Any other place and bronzer can make you look ten years older.
Then I dabbed on some Merit cream blush in Cheeky high on the cheekbones, took the Merit highlighter, and applied it right under the eye and down to the top of the nose. After lining my eyes, I demonstrated how the eye on the side of my face with no makeup looks smaller than the one with makeup. My favorite concealer on the planet is the Stretch concealer from Glossier, and I dabbed this into place, going further under the eye than perhaps you usually do. I like the Merit mascara because it doesn’t get goopy, and I love all their excellent fall lip oils: a coral-like color called Cara Cara, a rich Taupe, and gold called Bel Air is perfect for applying on top of any lip color for extra sheen.
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