I'm generally not an eye shadow girl. I either go out bare-faced and natural (with just serum and some concealer), or cat-eye glam à la Sophia Loren or Eva Mendes (or, recently, with sunset eyes that I achieve using blush). Once a year—always around the holidays—I'd whip out the countless pots and palettes I'd accumulated as a beauty editor and do some kind of YouTube-tutorial-assisted smoky eye, then put them back under the sink where they'd stay until the next holiday party. To me, the brushing, blending, and contouring was never worth the effort, nor am I naturally talented in that department. Lately, I've been obsessed with using Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks which are the low-maintenance girl's secret weapon—no brush (or innate skill) required—and have made me completely rethink eye shadow. All you have to do is swipe one on (they apply seamlessly—no tugging) and it deposits the prettiest, non-cheesy shimmery color that enhances your look in seconds. It creates a stunning smoky with zero effort: no fingers, brushes, or blending. I've been wearing the 'Plum' and 'Amethyst' colors with nothing else but a super casual outfit (think: slouchy sweater, jeans, and a messy bun), and it makes my whole look feel more special and alluring, but in a cool-girl way. I have them in multiple colors, which I keep in my purse so that if it's the middle of the day and my look needs a pick-me-up, I'll just go into the bathroom and swipe one on. I like the 'Shimmer Finish' and 'Khaki' colors, and amp up the 'Plum' and 'Amethyst' if I'm meeting friends after work. It's that easy. They're exactly what I'll be wearing to this year's holiday parties—buh bye, palettes—since they're so easy to bring along for touch-ups and fit in a tiny clutch. To say I'm obsessed is an understatement: I cannot sing high enough praises for these magic sticks that have totally transformed my makeup game.
Shop the Item Here: Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in 'Plum'