When was the last time you took a peek inside your makeup bag? If you haven’t taken stock of the makeup products you own in a while, this is the perfect time to do just that. In fact, there are quite a few items that you might not have in your possession but probably should.
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #1: MAKEUP PRIMER
After spending time creating a stunning makeup look, you surely want all of your hard work to last, which means investing in a makeup primer is a must. A primer will even out your skin, prep it for makeup application, and keep your makeup looking fresh throughout the day.
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #2: STICK FOUNDATION
Regular ol’ foundation just not doing it for you anymore? It’s time to get your hands on stick foundation! Stick foundations feature a creamy, glide-on formula housed in compact packaging. For this reason, stick foundations are way more travel-friendly than bulky bottles, as you can easily toss one in your purse for midday touch-ups, your suitcase if you’re traveling, or your work bag if you plan to do your makeup during your commute. You can also use them to easily contour your face by using varying shades!
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #3: NEUTRAL EYE SHADOW PALETTE
While an eye shadow quad is certainly an essential, having a neutral eye shadow palette in your makeup stash is also totally necessary. A natural eye makeup look will never go out of style, and neutral shades can be used for both day and night.
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #4: COLOR CORRECTING CONCEALER
You know those pastel-colored concealers you’ve been seeing everywhere lately? Well, if you have any complexion imperfections you want to hide, they’re what you need! Seriously, pick up a color correcting concealer palette or crayon pronto. Color correction relies on the basic principle that colors can be cancelled out by their opposites—and that idea can be applied to your makeup! You can use a peach concealer to hide bluish dark circles, yellow to hide purple discolorations, green to hide redness, and purple to hide dull, yellowish skin.
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #5: BLUSH PALETTE
Oftentimes, blush gets a bad rap—but we swear it doesn’t have to make you look like a clown. With the right color and proper application, it can actually elevate your look. To avoid entering clown territory, choose the right shade of blush for your skin tone. If you have fair skin, stick to a baby pink or peach; if you have medium skin, try a mauve or apricot shade; if you have olive skin, reach for rose; and if you have dark skin, opt for raisin or berry. A blush palette can be a great investment because you can mix and match to create a custom color that’s flattering on you. Once you have your perfect shade, don’t brush symmetrical circles onto your cheeks. Instead, apply your blush based on your face shape.
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #6: WATERPROOF EYELINER
Eyeliner can instantly transform your eye makeup look, especially if you opt to apply a bright color on your waterline. However, without a waterproof formula, your liner is bound to fade and disappear throughout the day.
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #7: CLEAR BROW MASCARA
Whether you fill in your eyebrows or not, a brow mascara is a makeup essential. Not only will it thicken the appearance of your brows, but it will also keep them in place throughout the day so you don’t have to worry about any awkward stray hairs showing up.
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #8: MATTE LIPSTICK
There’s just something so chic about a matte lip. For some reason, it looks more mature than a shiny finish. So, when you’re after a sophisticated look, matte lipstick is the way to go.
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #9: PLUMPING GLOSS
If a fuller-looking pout is what you’re after, create that effect in one step with a plumping gloss. Instead of going through a tedious routine of using lip liner and lipstick to fake bigger-looking lips, this allows you to achieve the same look in less time.
MAKEUP ESSENTIAL #10: SETTING SPRAY
Makeup primer is amazing for locking in your look, but it doesn't hurt to have another line of defense against fading and smudging makeup. A setting spray is another way to help keep your makeup in place all day and night.