I’ve been wearing makeup since I was 13, when my eyeliner of choice was a bright aqua by Cover Girl. I’d compliment the blue with a nice, frosty Wet n’ Wild pink then finish the whole look off with some Cody powder and black Maybelline mascara. I thought it all really worked for me in 1987.
Over the years, my look has evolved to a more neutral palette, but my makeup bag has remained a motley mix of brands, from drugstore standbys to department store treasures. Until now. Now, Tom Ford has me, beauty and soul. Can the man do no wrong? The packaging: rich chocolate brown with gold hardware. The colors: a spectrum of perfection. The textures: dreamy, creamy. The ingredients: my skin practically purrs. The best part, besides the subtle marshmallow scent of the lipgloss? IT LASTS ALL DAY. I can say this with confidence because my skin generally absorbs makeup so fast I usually have to apply it twice before I walk out the door. Much of this longevity is due to the remarkable Translucent Finishing Powder (I wear Ivory Fawn), which sets the TF foundations beautifully—and also seem to all but erase my pores in the process. I really could go on and on.
My Tom Ford All-Stars:
Illuminating Primer (This deserves its own post)
Bronzing Powder in Gold Dust (The most decadent compact possibly ever)
Eye Color Quads in Golden Mink (Wearable but can get shimmery for night) and Cocoa Mirage (best earthy basics. I’ve literally worn this palette every day 2 years)
Cheek Color in Frantic Pink (beats Nars’ Orgasm any day)
Eye Shadow blend brush #13 (the key to the perfect smokey eye. I am obsessed with this brush)
Bronzer brush #05 (huge, soft yet dense enough to contour)
Lip Color Sheer in In the Buff (pink nude with subtle shimmer)
If you’re in New York City, I highly recommend a trip to the Tom Ford counter at Bergdorf Goodman, where the skilled, easygoing team (Hi Winnie! Hi Cliff!) will help you find what you’re looking for—and probably lead you to discover a bunch of things you aren’t looking for but need to have.
*I’d like to take a moment here to reiterate my editorial policy: this is not a sponsored post. This is authentic makeup obsession.