There are a few things girls just can’t live without – shoes, chick flicks, and a well-stocked makeup bag. A well-stocked makeup bag is like a good nights rest – it sets the foundation for the day ahead. Everyone has different “must-haves” in their bag but everyone agrees there are certain staples that you just can’t (and shouldn’t!) live without. With that being said, this list will help you stock your bag with the right essentials at the right price! And…well..maybe a few items that are worth the splurge!
The most important items in your bag are the products that go on your face. Always, always, always use an SPF in your makeup to protect the delicate skin on your face. What if you don’t? Well…the leather-face look is sure to come back into style at some point, right?
Begin your makeup routine with a primer/base. This will smooth out your skin and provide a fresh canvas to apply your makeup on. Using a primer will help your makeup stay on longer and look fresh throughout the day. Suggested product: L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base. This can be found at Ulta, Sephora, WalMart, Target, etc. for $12.99.
Over the primer, apply a tinted moisturizer. Using a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation gives your skin a very natural un-made up look. It will even out your skin tone without caking on like regular foundation or powder. However, those will blemishes to cover will want to use something with a little more coverage. Suggested product: mark. Get a Tint Tinted Moisturizer. This can be found at meetmark.com for the low price of $9!
To give you that flushed, just-went-outside look, add to your cheeks the mark. Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint. It glides on and blends in to give you that perfect flush. This can also be found at meetmark.com for only $7.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, they are definitely your most important feature. Take care when applying eye makeup! The wrong combination = people wondering if you did your makeup with the lights off.
To give yourself a smooth, even base to work with, apply eye primer or base first. Just like face primer, this will give makeup a smooth surface to be applied to and it will help to keep shadow in place all day long. Suggested product: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original. This product dries invisibly and will hold eyeshadow in place all day – with NO creasing! This is definitely a splurge item – at $18, it may be a little more than most can spend but it is well worth it.
After your eye primer has dried (which likely will only take about 30 seconds) apply your eyeshadow. Depending on what kind of look you want to achieve, you can use one single shadow or combine and blend several. With the right product, you can achieve tons of different looks – all with one palette. Suggested product: NYX 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette “The Runway Collection.” 10 shadows in one convenient compact for only $9.75! This one is definitely a steal!
This next product is not a must for everyday makeup wear. Eyeliner is not needed and can sometimes detract from the look if applied incorrectly. However, it can always bump up the sophistication or add a new dimension if the right color is chosen! Suggested product: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. This liner is top of the line – it’s waterproof, glides on without tugging at your lids, and stays put all day. At $17 and over 20 different colors to choose from, it’s well worth it.
To complete your look for your peepers, apply a coat of mascara. With tons of mascaras out there that promise to do everything from lengthening and volumizing to basically doing your laundry and cooking dinner, it’s hard to find one that works and delivers on its promises. Suggested product: NYX Doll Eye Mascara. One coat makes your eyes pop and your lashes look miles long. Only $9 AND it does what it says it will do? Priceless.
Last but definitely not least – what to use on your lips?! Only the best, of course. Try mark. Glossblossom Ripening Lip Tint. It gradually tints your lips to that perfect pink shade. It works on anyone and everyone! Your lips will be irresistible after applying this! You can find it at meetmark.com for only $6.
Used together, these makeup bag must haves will get you looking good and out the door in no time at all! Remember, some girls may choose to use other/extra products in their morning routine. It’s really all a personal opinion. What products do you use that are your own makeup bag must haves?