TTBFaves with Maree: The 5 Makeup Products I Wear Every Day

I may change up my look every day, but there are 5 products that are the cornerstone to my makeup routine. I use some form of each of these daily, and without them I feel incomplete. To be honest, I would rather go without makeup entirely than skip one of these  five products.


 smashbox cc creamYes I choose foundation over concealer. I can often build up my foundation by stippling it on areas that need more coverage, or sheer it out with a light application. Either way – I need my base! I regularly circulate my old stand-bys with new ones I’m testing, and each season it may look a bit different depending on the weather. But I can assure you, my face is fully covered from ear to ear and forehead to jaw – I love a full face. Right now, I am circulating my Smashbox CC Cream, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau and By Terry Cover Expert.

Cheek Color

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer LightMediumI initially wrote blush for this next one, but truthfully any cheek color will do. Bronzer, blush, cream or powder, my cheeks need a natural flush. When I worked behind the counter many moons ago, I found that this is the one product most of my clients wanted to skip. Not me! A radiant cheek can brighten up a face quicker than a lip or eye color. For the summer I love my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Matte Bronzer in Light/Medium, Dolce & Gabbana’s blush in Rosebud or Shiseido’s Face Color Enhancing Trio in Peach.


Armani Eyes to Kill MascaraDuh, of course I need mascara. How the heck am I supposed to look awake if my lashes are not defined? I prefer thick, voluminous, jet-black formulas because they can really accentuate my eyes without needing eye liner or shadow. I try tons of different mascaras but  holy grails are Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Volume Mascara and the Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara.

Brow Pencil

Anastasia Brow WizI will always choose brows over eye shadow because they frame my entire face and give it dimension. And even with a soft, natural look, I still need a slight definition or else my eyes look lost on my face. There is truly only two pencils I trust to get the job done – the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette and the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown.



I may throw a lip gloss on if I have nothing else, but majority of the time I reach for lipstick. Bold, bright, neutral or natural, I live for a lip color to complete my look. Often I wear my reds and vibrant pinks with a minimal face because I feel it allows the lip to take center stage. For the summer, I like to alternate between a spicy red orange such as Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven and a “my lip color but better” shade like Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick in Pretty.

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Maree About Maree

Fueled by her love (obsession) of all things beauty, Maree Sye writes from the viewpoint of the everyday woman. Recently transitioning from a decade long career as an executive in the cosmetics industry to her current role as sales manager for a baby goods company, Maree has turned her insider information into a spectator sport. Choosing products appropriate for the office, understanding how to transition from day to night, and constantly seeking the elusive weekend “makeup, no makeup” look are the issues that keep Maree up at night. When she is not testing out products and blabbing about them on This That Beauty, you can find her blabbings on A Little Bit etc, her personal fashion/beauty blog – it’s a little bit fashion, a little bit beauty and a whole lot of sass. Maree currently resides in Bergdorf Goodman (or her apt in Midtown Manhattan), spends her summers vacationing at Sephora (or the dog park near her apt), and dreams of one day amassing so much makeup, that she will need a bigger home. Follow Maree on twitter @alittlebitetc or follow her down the street if you like – most likely she is on her way to pick up a new lipstick.


  1. I use the Smashbox CC cream everyday. I can’t live without it and I recommend it to everyone. I also use the brow wiz when I’m in a rush and can’t use my Anastasia Dipbrow. I really can’t live without these.

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