I’d like to start this with a disclaimer: I, by no means, think that everyone should wear makeup. It is up to every single one of us to decide if we want to wear makeup. Please, don’t ever think that it’s ok for me or anyone else to pressure you into putting stuff on your face. Personally, I love wearing makeup. You totally don’t have to – if you don’t want to wear makeup, then don’t! But, for those of us that do wear it: here are the 6 things every makeup enthusiast should have.
No matter your skin type, a moisturizer that works for you is essential. I used to have terribly oily and acne-prone skin, but as soon as I started regularly using a moisturizer (made for oily, sensitive skin) a lot of my skin problems started disappearing. Not all moisturizers are made equal: some are hyper-hydrating (better for dry skin), some are oil free (better for oily skin) and some are just plain moisturizing (good for nighttime or combination skin). Don’t go blindly into buying moisturizer, know your skin type and look at what is in what you’re putting on your skin.
Moisturizer will help your skin be its best, and will help protect your skin from sun damage and will keep you looking young and fresh-faced and it’s great. The 2 that I use are the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF30 during the day, and Lush’s Celestial for nighttime.
One Bold Lip Color
Every girl needs at least 1 bold lip. Just one. Take the leap! Go Bold. A bold lip can really make a statement and can really change an outfit. Having the option to go crazy bold at an event is fabulous.
A bold lip can really boost your confidence, too. When I first started wearing crazier lipsticks I was a little self-conscious, but as soon as I saw my reflection out in public I was pretty sure I was invincible. I wear Mac’s Russian Red at least once a week now and I love it and love how I feel when wearing it. Revlon’s Just Bitten line are great for cheaper, but still bold colors and Bite Beauty, Tarte’s Amazonian Butter, and MAC lipsticks are all great for higher end.
A Taupey Eyeshadow
I love me a good taupe eyeshadow. It suits all eye colors and can really fancify a look. It’s a great base color, or if I’m feeling lazy: a great all over color. I keep a taupe, a mauve, and a grey eyeshadow in my purse at all times, but taupe is the one I go for the most often. It is such a great universal color and won’t clash with 99.99999% of makeup looks or outfits.
And, the best thing about taupe eyeshadow is that it is everywhere. You don’t have to go high-end to be able to find the color that’s perfect for you. Revlon, H&M and Covergirl all have great taupe eyeshadow quads, and most high-end brands have them too (Smashbox is my favorite)
A Blending Brush
This one is a biggie for me for 3 reasons. 1) there’s only so much you can do with your fingers 2) constantly using your fingers to put on makeup is bad for your skin and bad for the makeup itself (transferring a crapton of oil onto products is never fun and it is hard to fix it once you’ve caked on a layer of oil onto your eyeshadows) and 3) using a blending brush makes your makeup look much more professional and well blended.
The ELF and Target/Drugstore brand ones work pretty well, but are harder to clean and the bristles fall out a lot sooner. My favorites are the Real Techniques Blending Brush, the Lorac Blending Brush and the Mirabella Eye Blender.
Having your face be all one color looks weird, and contouring is hard, so having a go-to blush can really light up your face. I’ve recently gone a bit blush crazy, and now I have a blush for any and every occasion. Which isn’t strictly necessary, but whatever.
NYX and Maybelline have great, lasting colors in lots of different formulas for cheap, but my favorite blushes (of course) cost an arm and a leg: the Benefit Blushes. Rockateur is probably the prettiest thing I own, and Dandelion is a great everyday blush.
Mascara can really make a look more dramatic or are a great replacement for tightlining your eyes with eyeliner. Waterproof mascaras won’t go anywhere, but it’s hard to find one that holds a curled eyelash. Non-waterproof lasts longer, but isn’t great for hot or emotional days.
My favorites are Benefit’s They’re Real (probably what the people at Ulta will suggest to you – it’s Benefit’s best selling item), Tarte’s new Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara (silliest and longest names for things goes to Tarte; but they’re cruelty free and often vegan, so I’ll give them some leeway), and Maybelline’s Great Lash (an oldie, but a goodie. There’s a reason it’s been around so long: it’s easy to apply, holds a curl and is cheap).
Special Extra For Girls With Oily Skin/Live in Hot and Humid Climates: Eyelid Primer.
I’m pretty sure my eyelids are part oil factory. And I live in the South. Eyelid primer is my saving grace. It keeps my eyeshadow in place, and keeps it there all day. I have used Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray as a primer and base, every day for about 2 years now and I love it more than any other primer I’ve used. There is a noticeable difference when I don’t wear it: lots of creasing, fading, and general lack of looking nice. Trust me, you’ll try it and you won’t go back.
What are some of the beauty essentials that you just can’t live without? Did we forget anything? Let us know in the comments below!