Selecting the “best of the best” in beauty might be easy for other magazine editors: The choices are obvious and pretty much follow the fads from the latest runway collections—a sexy perfume, a new gunmetal-silver nail polish or the hottest eyeliner with shimmer. But none of those editors have you in mind, and trendiness does not make a product Scrubs-worthy. What does? It must appear natural enough to wear in a serious work setting, have the ability to last through a long shift without a meltdown, keep skin hydrated in the driest of environments and not cost an arm and a leg. That’s a tall order for a little tube of lipstick.
Happily, we found your gold standard in makeup, skin care and hair care for the Spring 2012 issue of Scrubs. Each gets the job done—just like you.
Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer; $10
For most nurses, concealer is a must. If you’re pressed for time, it’s the one product that does triple duty, banishing blemishes, pinkness and uneven skin tone. And if you’ve worked three night shifts in a row, there’s nothing better to hide the under-eye evidence. Our favorite is Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer for its spongy applicator tip that fills in every nook and cranny, plus its potent, puff-reducing ingredients.
Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation; About $35
At first glance, this blue plastic bottle looks more like a small moisturizer than a big-deal foundation. That’s because it’s part of Shiseido’s Sun Protection line, which means it has SPF 42 and is designed to be tossed into a beach bag. But sun or no sun, you’ll love the absolute matte-meets-silky finish you get after applying this liquid makeup. Best yet, it stays put for hours and hours, so when the shift does end and you see the light of day, it’s with full protection on your face.
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