I’m Obsessed With Benefit’s Fine-One-One Stick

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Sometimes, when I wake up in the morning, I look like a dead person. I’ve startled myself before by forgetting this, then looking in the mirror. Nothing like an AM spook to get your heart rate up and your day going! I hear it’s better than coffee.

I have some sort of summer denial/unawareness problem where I forget that I do not have Jude Law’s complexion in The Talented Mr. Ripley. I wear a lot sunscreen and always have on a baseball cap, so in theory, to wake up all bronzed and flushed for no good reason — especially after having the life sucked from my face via the AC on high — is fairly unreasonable to expect. And yet I do. Daily disappointments along with my daily gratitude.

Stop feeling bad for me, everyone! My friend Kristina introduced me to Benefit’s Fine-One-One, which is like 9-1-1 just in case you didn’t catch the subtle nuance there. It has three shades that you roll on at once: a highlighter plus two pinks. Then you smudge with your fingers, wipe a bit of the excess on your lips (add some balm if you get chapped) and you’re done. If you want to be extra fancy, you can tilt the stick so that just the highlighter hits under your brows and then swoop it on your cupid’s bow. It’s an instant face-changer. A bringer of life to my cheeks. This is wild for me, queen of the long-lash club, to say, but I’m comfy wearing this WITHOUT mascara. If you’re a no-makeup makeup wearer, try this. If you’re a makeup-makeup wearer, also try this. If you are of the lucky ones who wake up looking alive, try this! I can only imagine that it would be like giving a shot of espresso to the sun.

And with this PSA complete, I am done.

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Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond is a writer, creative consultant, and Man Repeller alumnus living in New York City.

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