There are some pretty big sports fans at Birchbox HQ — and not just the Matts! This week, we’re excited to have Amanda Balionis, a bonafide sports expert guest blogging for us. After working as an intern for the New York Jets and the New York Islanders while at Hofstra University, Balionis went on to become a sideline reporter for Verizon FiOs1 Sports and later a MSG Show host in New York. Incidentally, she spent years battling the elements (and her pride) trying to maintain a professional on-camera appearance in torrential rain, high winds, and 100 degree weather. Having suffered beauty blunders publicly, the Florida-based sports anchor is excited to share her best tips—hopefully you can avoid some of the embarrassment she’s endured.
Yesterday I gave you some tips that work for me when it comes to keeping a fresh face when you’re working outdoors all-day and today I’m narrowing in on eye makeup in particular.
I’ve found that a light shimmery, eyeshadow works best and stays on the well throughout the whole day. Avoid sparkles, unless you’re under the age of 18. Also, a light, iridescent shade isn’t noticeable if it starts to wear off, but a smokey eye is near impossible to keep pristine in heat and humidity. Last week I was out covering an event for work and I fell in love with Josie Maran’s eye shadows. This eco-friendly brand just can’t go wrong and absolutely nails it when it comes to eye colors that aren’t over the top. Some shades to try are Beach, Embrace, and Parfait. Bare Minerals also has incredible hues and their pinks are perfect for the daytime.
After putting on your eye shadow of choice, apply a thin line of dark eyeliner. Liner will stay put and make it look like you put more effort in than you did. Again, save the dramatic look for night time, and then follow up with a waterproof mascara. Whenever you can find waterproof products for your eyes, night or day, I always recommend them. The odds of something smearing, smudging, or melting are greatly minimized.
I’m a big fan of any mascara that has a comb-like applicator. I think the wand makes all the difference to achieving longer, clump-free lashes. Smashbox’s Hyperlash is one great example. Smashbox also just came out with a great Lid Primer (for all you Photo Finish cult followers, you’re welcome) that truly kept my shadow on all day long.
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