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NYFW: Skin Care & Make Up Survival Guide

Dionne Middlebrooks

How I got through a busy weekend of fashion week..

There are just a handful of critical makeup items that got me through New York Fashion Week that are still in my beauty survival toolkit today. These easy-to-use beauty products are quick to apply, long-lasting, and look stunning. They have done wonders for my skin daily and I still get compliments whenever I use them. Check out a few of my favorites in make up and skin care below.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Long Wear Fluid Lip

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The most vital item in my makeup bag is a longwear, no-feathering lip gloss. The Stunna Lip Paint may go on with one stroke, but it dresses your lips in ravishing beauty for 12 hours. It's lightweight and leaves a soft matte finish. Each shade, carefully selected by Rihanna herself, is designed to look gorgeous on every skin tone. No matter how rushed your day feels, the Stunna Lip Paint gives you the confidence that your lips will stay beautiful.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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Creating devastatingly full lashes with only one coat is, well, better than sex. The appropriately named Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara does exactly that. Its hourglass-shaped brush separates, coats, and curls each lash to luscious and dramatic perfection. I never had to worry about quick changes and perspiration with this intense black and smudge-proof mascara. Its formula of collagen and Acacia Senegal tree extract nourishes lashes while it lengthens, thickens and curls them into place.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit was essential for my New York Fashion Week makeup bag and I still currently use it. With three highlighting and three contouring shades to define and enhance your gorgeous features, this kit ensures you look ready for the spotlight every day.

GloPRO Prep Pads Clarifying Skin Cleansing Wipes

Whenever I needed to quickly clean and refresh my skin, the GloPRO Skin Prep Pads by Beauty Bioscience left it pure and conditioned - even after long periods of makeup wear. The wipes contain a peptide complex, SteriGLO, complete with anti-aging benefits and proven to sterilize the skin. These fresh towelettes are the quick solution to clean and glowing skin.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

Unfortunately, long hours of makeup wear and repeated cleansing often brings dry skin. Thankfully, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream moistened my periodically dry skin and kept it looking soft, healthy, and gorgeous. The gel-cream formula contains hyaluronic acid, found naturally in skin, which moisturizes up to 1,000 times its weight in water to eliminate dry skin worries forever. This moisturizer is oil, dye, and fragrance-free and can be worn under makeup or solo.