If you know me, you know I LOVE makeup. People will sometimes accuse me of having too much makeup that I don’t need (which might be a little bit true), but there are some products I absolutely cannot live without.
Here are my essentials:
1. Naked 3 Palette — Urban Decay
This Palette is my go to for natural, everyday eye looks. It has a rose gold color scheme and all the shadows are beautiful and super pigmented (I pretty much always gravitate towards the 8 lightest colors, but they are all beautiful, I just don’t really love doing smokey eye looks). Also, the brush is double-ended (fluffy on one side, “eyeliner brush” on the other) and it’s super versatile — I love it because if I’m going on vacation I don’t have to worry about packing brushes. I would highly recommend splurging on a Naked palette if you are just getting into makeup, because it has very versatile colors, a basic brush and even comes with 4 Urban Decay Primer Potion Samples (trust me, these will last an extremely long time, because you only need the tiniest amount).
2. True Match Super Blendable Blush in Baby Blossom — Loreal
This is my favorite blush because it somehow manages to look super natural, yet makes my cheeks stand out just enough. It has a little bit of shimmer (it looks much more sparkly in the package) but it’s not noticeable on the face, except for bringing a bit of light to the cheeks.
3. Professional Natural Lash Mascara — Cover Girl
For me, this mascara does double duty. This works as clear brow gel that doesn’t make my brows look too stiff, but also works as mascara when I want a natural look and don’t want to worry about smudging black mascara all over my face when I rub my eyes (it also works super well for bottom-lash mascara that doesn’t look weird/super unnatural).
4. Smoothing and Brightening Concealer — Sephora Collection
This is my basic concealer. What I love about it is that you can layer it from basic to maximal coverage without it looking cakey. I don’t have super bad undereye circles so this works for me, but I wouldn’t recommend this to people with really bad ones.
5. Cremesheen Lipstick in Cream Cup — M.A.C.
Though I don’t usually wear lipstick (now that its winter my lips are super dry and lipstick doesn’t exactly hydrate them) I like to have a nice pinky-nude lipstick for special occasions. I love how the lipstick has a bit of shine, but doesn’t necessarily look as “shiny” as lipgloss does.
6. Hand Sanitizer PocketBac in Vanilla Berry Sorbet — Bath and Body Works
This product is a win-win — no germs for me (or anyone else) and yummy smelling hands!
7. Oil Free Foundation Primer — Laura Mercier
One of the things that I believe you should splurge on is a good primer — then you can wear drugstore foundation/powder and it will look like its high end. Why this one? NO SMELL. This is such a turn off for me (I didn’t like the Clinique primer for this reason). Also, it has a clean feeling — not thick and gooey.
8. Sugar Shine Lip Treatment in Clear — Fresh
This looks good on its own or layered to make another color look just a little bit more pink. It smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, almost like sweet flowers, but is also subtle so other people barely notice it.
9. READY to Go Complexion Perfection Palette — bareMinerals
I’m kinda obsessed with this set — great price for what you’re getting and the pans are GIANT for a kit like this from bareMinerals — I have been using it for 6 months and haven’t even made a dent (besides the concealer). It comes with powder foundation, pressed powder, concealer, the most stunning highlighter, and bronzer. Even though the pans are pretty big, its super travel friendly (I took it out of the case for the photo).
10. Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere — NYX
Depending on the day/look, this can be a primer, shadow color on its own or and inner corner highlight. It’s super pigmented and buttery.
P.S. This video is simple but amazing (I didn’t even know you could sharpen them! Is it like an obvious thing that I was oblivious to???)
11. They’re Real Mascara — Benefit
I love this mascara because it is super long and voluminous without being clumpy at all — its title is so accurate because it makes your eyelashes look amazing but still natural!
12. Eyeshadow Primer Potion — Urban Decay
This is a great primer and is totally worth the money — it will last forever! In fact, I must warn you to be careful because it can be very hard to get rid of once you put too much on your eyelid!
Thanks so much for reading!
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