10 Makeup Must-haves for Non-makeup Enthusiasts

If you’re not exactly sure where to begin in the makeup department or beauty aisle, this is a general list of basic essentials to help you fill up your cute cosmetic case as well as a few of my favorite tricks and tips to guide you on your way. While some days call for a face full of perfectly applied makeup, others only offer about a five minute window for pampering. Keeping these basic makeup must-haves at an arm’s reach will give you just enough power to accentuate your beautiful features and look presentable in a flash!

1. A great moisturizer for night and another for day, with a substantial SPF. An easy way to add a little color to your complexion is with an all-in-one, slightly tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. Whether you choose a heavy foundation or go light on the makeup, always protect your skin with an SPF of at least 30, and moisturize before bed as well.

2. The perfect red lipstick. MAC makes fantastic reds for all skin tones in a variety of matte and glossy tubes. Even if you’re not a lipstick wearer on the regular, there comes a time in every woman’s life when a bold red statement lip is necessary.

I rarely wear dark or red lipstick because inevitably I end up smearing the bright colors all over my face and looking like a clown. But occasionally a little pop of color is all you need to brighten up your entire face.

3. Mascara. If mascara isn’t one of the most difficult beauty items to get right, then I don’t know what is. Well, matching foundation to your skin tone probably, but I digress. I’ve found my favorite mascara to be the drugstore brand L’Oreal Double Extend black noir waterproof. It makes my very light, very short, very straight lashes extra thick. Find one that makes your eyes POP and buy it in bulk.

4. Eyelash curlers. Unless you were blessed with naturally long and upward-curved lashes, you should arm yourself with a few different eyelash curlers to help open your eyes and simulate fluttery lashes. I use an ordinary rounded lash curler first, followed by a half curler (sometimes referred to as a Japonesque Precision curler) to sections of my lashes, and always before applying mascara {once before I apply my eyeliner and once right before applying my mascara}.

5. A black eyeliner pencil with a smudge sponge on the end. This is a favorite little guy to have on hand for adding a hint of a smokey eye or a super dramatic one. I often buy drugstore versions like CoverGirl and always look for a soft and pointed spongy tip for smooth application.

6. Eyebrow gel. Use this to coif those little hairs above your eyes into place and keep them there all day. If you run out, a sneaky trick is to spray a little hair spray onto a toothbrush and brush your brows into place quickly before the spritz dries.

7. A blush or bronzer is a quick way to add a little color to your complexion. I prefer bronzer with my skin tone and blonde hair, but when I dyed my hair a rich brown for a short while, pinks looked better on my cheeks than bronzes. It’s important to try a few different shades to find one that works. Look for a sheer product you can layer.

8. A great set of brushes. They don’t have to be wildly expensive (MAC and Sonia Kashuk have good, affordable brushes), but they do have to come in a variety of sizes and shapes to get the job done. Think like an artist! Artists don’t use one brush for all painting techniques, and neither should you with your makeup.

9. A neutral eyeshadow palette is a must for defining your lids. Even if it’s a rare occasion where I’m adding bold colored eyeshadows to my lids, I always begin with my neutrals. They create depth without focus and just enhance my eye’s natural shape and beauty. Depending on your skin tone, the neutral palette should have a light shade, a few medium hues, and at least one dark in flesh-toned browns and/or white, black and gray.

10. Lip balm for rehydrating tired and chapped lips. My favorite is Lip Medex by Blistex and while people love to tell me that I’m addicted to it, I also use it as a primer so my lips stay supple underneath my finished gloss or lipstick. My trick is applying it first, then the rest of my makeup, then as a final step, I wipe any left on my lips away and add my lip color.

What are your favorite makeup essentials you keep stocked in your cosmetic case at all times?

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Article Posted 5 years Ago

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