Today we are going to go through makeup essentials, dividing them in few categories. This will help you reorganize your makeup, remind you which products you need to buy and which ones are an actual necessity.
First of all, I got this tip from a professional make up artist while I was a teenage model. Take two makeup cases, one for your daily use and the other for dramatic, party looks. For example, black mascara is an everyday must have, while purple one is not. While you can wear smokey eyes everywhere, you should save neon eye shadows for rock concerts or crazy birthdays. Our assignment is to find out which products belong at the makeup case number one, so let’s start with foundations and powders.
You need to know your skin type and buy a foundation according to that. It is simple; just go to Sephora or any place where you can buy quality make up and ask the sales women for help. Once you find which skin type you have, you have to find a perfect product. You don’t have to stick to only one brand and if something looks great on your skin, it doesn’t mean someone else should use it too.
When you have the foundation, it is time for concealer, because it is a perfect weapon to hide dark circles around the eyes and a powder or bronzer, depending on what you prefer. It seems like a lot, but it is actually a routine. Avoid product based on oil and always choose the ones with SPF. Foundations and powders will provide not only a better look, but they will also protect your skin from the sun, wind and air pollutions.
- Concealer (elizabetharden.com)
- Dolce & Gabbana Bronzing Powder (harrods.com)
- Yves Saint Laurent Matte Touch Compact Foundation (barneys.com)
- Estée Lauder Compact (saksfifthavenue.com)
If your lips have little cracks, nothing will look good on them. That is why a lip balm is a must have. You should use it daily, just like day or night creams. When your skin is looking good, you need less makeup. Now, we are all different, but every woman should find a perfect shade of red lipstick, because it is a timeless classic.
Secondly, you need a lip gloss. You can wear it everywhere, with or without lipstick, but stick to the ones which are not greasy. You want to have lips that shine, not to look like you spoiled oil on them. Also, you need a lip pencil or lip liner, to correct imperfections in the shape of your lips. You only need the one, which is detarminated by your skin and lip color.
- Nars Matte Lip Pencil (johnlewis.com)
- By Terry Terrybly Shine Lip-gloss (barneys.com)
- Sara Happ the Lip Scrub (nordstrom.com)
- Armani Lipstick (barneys.com)
- Yves Saint Laurent Shimmering Lip Gloss (yslbeautyus.com)
- Dior Nude Lipstick (nordstrom.com)
- Shea Lip Balm (debenhams.com)
A palette of basic eye shadows is a useful product, but nothing beats the magnificent effects which mascara provides. Stick to black or brown colors, if you are pale blonde. Remember that you have to replace your mascara every 6 months, because that is how long they last, once they are opened. You can curl your eye lashes, but that is optional. However, a good set of makeup brushes is not and you need to clean them up regularly, wash them only with water and let them dry on a paper towel.
It is extremely important that anything that goes near your eyes is clean, because the skin around them is highly sensitive, just like eyes. A black crayon or eyeliner will do wonder to your eyes, but let’s not forget eyebrows. You need to have them plucked at least once per month and you can use a special pencil to correct them.
- Nars Eyeliner (liberty.co.uk)
- Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara (johnlewis.com)
- Bobbi Brown the Basic Brush Collection (johnlewis.com)
- Max Factor Smokey Eye Effect Eye Shadow (nelly.com)
- Cle de Peau Beaute Eyebrow Pencil (neimanmarcus.com)
Compact blush is easy to use if you have the right brush. However, creamy and liquid ones can look even better, but you need to practice how to use them. The biggest mistake women make is the choice of color. It should look natural, so wheatear your skin is fair, medium or dark, you need to find shades of pink or peach that will look subtitle.
Otherwise, you might look like you work in a circus. Choosing the right shade of blush is probably the biggest of all makeup challenges, but when you are in doubt, ask professionals.
- Guerlain Terracotta Blush (bloomingdales.com)
- Yves Saint Laurent Gel Blush (yslbeautyus.com)
- Le Métier de Beauté Kabuki Brush (saksfifthavenue.com)
- M•A•C Mineralize Blush Duo (nordstrom.com)
All of this might sound like it is too much, but it actually isn’t. So, in order to satisfy your daily makeup needs, you need the right foundation, compact powder, mascara, eye pencil or eye liner, some blush and a lip-gloss or a lipstick. Stick to neutral and natural colors and invest in certain products, especially foundations.
Do not share your makeup, but if you do, make sure to clean it up in order to avoid infections. If you want some extra advice on makeup for special occasions, keep reading youqueen.mooncalculator.com and feel free to ask for our help.