Okay so we’re talking makeup, not skincare, for the moment. And every woman should have these basics in their makeup bag. No matter your age, skin color, or skin type, all of these products will help you get dolled up time and time again.
1. ILLUMINATING CONCEALER
No you don’t have to spend $40 on the YSL Touche Eclat but the concept is definitely something to get a hold on. There are several drugstore dupes that work just as well for a quarter the price. The concept, though, is simply to conceal any imperfection by not only covering it up but by adding light to aluminize your complexion.
YSL Touche Eclat $40
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer $8
Topshop Brighten Pen $14
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer $12
2. CC CREAM
The BB cream first swept the nation but was soon overshadowed by the CC cream that followed. There is such a thing as the DD cream also ladies. But that can wait. Basically the CC cream does everything the BB cream does and more.
Olays Total Effects 7 in One CC Tone Correcting Moisturizer with Sunscreen $22
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream $35
Max Factor CC Cream $15
After you’ve concealed your dark circles, brighten up your eyes again with a few swipes of mascara.
L’Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara $8
Covergirl LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara $8
E.l.f. Mineral Infused Mascara $3
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara $8
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara $6
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara $27
Dior Diorshow Mascara $25
4. MATTE EYESHADOW A SHADE LIGHTER THAN YOUR HAIR COLOR
(A SHADE DARKER FOR BLONDE HAIR)
Having an eyeshadow a shade lighter than your hair color helps with a few things. It can be used to fill in your brows. It can be used as a wash of shadow over your lid. If applied wet you can use it as an eyeliner. If mixed with vaseline it can be a darker crease color. And sometimes you can use it as a contouring color under your cheekbones etc.
NYX Single Eye Shadow $4.50
E.l.f. Eye Shadow $3
MAC Eyeshadow $15
L’Oreal HiP Shadow Duos $8
Change your hair a lot or just want more options?
NYX Natural Palette $10
Bobbie Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette $52
5. EYE PRIMER
Whether you use eyeshadow/eyeliner or not you should still use an eye primer. It’s purpose will be to even out the eyelid and give a cleaner look.
NYX Eye Shadow Base $7
L’Oreal HiP De-Crease Eye Shadow Base $9
E.l.f. Studio Eye Primer & Liner Sealer $3
Milani Eye Shadow Primer $6
Urban Decay Primer Potion $20 (mini $12)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance $20
Laura Mercier Eye Basics $25
Clinique Touch Base for Eyes $14.50
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lid Lines $24
Blush has few purposes. Besides just using it as blush you can dust it over your eyelids for a romantic look. You can also mix it with vaseline and apply it to your lips.
Nars Blush $29
Sonia Kashuk Blush $10
L’Oreal True Match Blush $9
Stila Convertible Color Blush $25
Sleek Face Form Palette $12.50
NYX Blush $5
7. LIP SCRUB
Whether you’re just going to put some chapstick on or your bold red lip you should always get rid of the dead skin. Using a lip scrub makes your lips smoother, plumper, healthier, and helps your lip color stay on longer.
Sugar-licious Lib Scrub $10
Sara Happ Lip Scrub $24
Lush Lip Scrub $10
Bliss Fabulips Lip Scrub $18
8. NATURAL LIP LINER
The natural lip liner should be whatever color is closest to the color of your natural lips. This you can use with any lip color so insure it won’t feather or smudge. It can also be used on a bare lip to make the lips appear larger. And sometimes they can work as an eye brightener if used on the water line.
E.l.f. Featherproof Moisturizing Lip Liner $1
NYX Slim Lip Pencil $3.50
Avon Ultra Luxury Lip Liner $2
Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner $4
Rimmel London Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner $6
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil $19
Mary Kay Lip Liner $12
As you noticed there are many uses for vaseline. A few more that I haven’t mentioned is you can use it to highlight your brow and cheek bone (even over your blush), put on your lips over lipstick or bare, and can be used to remove your makeup! Bonus: It helps your eyelashes grow
Regular or Cocoa Butter $5
10. RED LIP
Everyone just needs a classic red lip now and then
NYX Lip Crayon $4
Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick $9
Revlon Lip Butter $7
MAC Lipstick $15
11. TRANSLUCENT SETTING POWDER
Besides the primers this guarantees your makeup will not budge! And it helps blend it, making it more even.
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil $20
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder $34
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder $5
NYX Studio HD Finishing Powder $10
12. Black Eyeliner
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner $4
Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner $8
Milani Liquif’Eye Eyeliner $6
Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama $8
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner $10
L’Oreal Infallible Gel Laquer 24 Hour Liner $10
*AND OF COURSE THE RIGHT BRUSHES!
Duh. You need something to apply these products with!
E.l.f. Mineral Powder Brush $3
E.l.f. Angled Blush Brush $3
Mary Kay Eyebrow/Eyeliner Brush $10
Sonia Kashuk Medium Eyeshadow $6
E.l.f. Essential Smudge Brush $1
Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge $10