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Meredith Holt, Published March 18 2012

Favorite things: SheSays writer shares her makeup must-haves

I have a lot of makeup. Too much. I’ve even pared down my collection a few times. But there are a handful of items that always make the cut.

Here are my five favorites:

• e.l.f. Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder: This inexpensive pressed powder is the perfect midday touch-up for oil-prone skin. I keep one in my purse and one at my desk. My only complaint is the compact doesn’t close properly after the sponge expands. ($3; Target, Kmart or www.eyeslipsface.com)

• Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Original): Urban Decay’s No. 1 best-seller provides a long-lasting base for all eye makeup. The cult favorite has kept my eye shadow crease-free through many long days (and nights). Also available in matte tawny, gold or shimmering champagne. ($20, Sephora, Ulta Beauty or www.urbandecay.com)

• Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Strawberry Fudge: Pink eye shadow can look downright ghastly, but the iridescent gold tones in this duo make it wearable. The colors are especially flattering for green or hazel eyes. Blends well, with a lasting velvety finish. ($19.50, Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s or Herberger’s)

• Sephora Flashy Liner Waterproof in Deep Black, Flashy Black Purple and Flashy Ultra Brown: Sephora’s creamy, metallic waterproof eye pencil is comparable to Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil but $11 cheaper. These pencils easily draw thick, smudgy lines for a smoky-eye look. Brush a little matching eye shadow over the line to give it even more staying power. ($8, Sephora, www.sephora.com)

• Covergirl Lash Exact Mascara Waterproof in Very Black: I’ve tried dozens of mascaras, from Wet n Wild to Dior. No matter what each new brush or formula promises to do for my near-nonexistent blond eyelashes, none delivers like Covergirl’s Lash Exact. No clumps, just definition. ($6.24, Target or Walmart)

Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590

Editor’s note: SheSays Favorites is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs each Monday. SheSays staffers will gather a few of their favorite things to share with readers. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Email shesays@forumcomm.com.