MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Powder. If you have oily skin, definitely check out Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder, which comes colored or transparent.
A DO-IT-ALL EYESHADOW PALETTE
One of the best things I’ve ever purchased is an eyeshadow palette. Since there are several different colors in a palette, you can get so many different looks from the same set. They’re also incredible for traveling and usually fit into your carryon bag with ease. My all-time favorite is Urban Decay’s Naked2 Palette. It has a great mix of light and smokey colors, so you can do a day look and then transition it into evening. Two other great sets are the Urban Decay Naked Basics (perfect if you like to keep your options a bit more minimal) and Stila’s In The Light Palette (which seems to be discontinued, but here’s something similar).
HIGH COVERAGE CONCEALER
Investing in a high quality concealer is something I highly suggest, since most days it’s all you need. Despite what you may think, concealer actually has a few different uses – you can use it like normal to conceal spots and blemishes, or you can mix a little bit with your daily moisturizer for a hydrating BB cream. If I’m reading some heavy coverage, I always go with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but for lighter days the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer works just fine.
VOLUMINIZING + CURLING MASCARA
One thing I never leave the house without is a thick layer of mascara. I can skip all of the other makeup for my eyes, but mascara is absolutely a must. Finding a good mascara that can do everything – lengthen, add volume, curl, separate – is a bit tricky, but after trying several (and I mean several) out, I’ve found that Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Lashes, and L’Oreal’s Miss Manga are all fantastic options for different price points.
I’m a huge fan of tinted balms because they’re so versatile. Swipe some on your cheeks for a dewy hint of color, or layer some on your lips for a sheer, kissable pout. Pixi recently came out with these new Multibalms*, and they’re super hydrating and come in a small assortment of wearable colors. If you’d like something a bit more high-end, I highly recommend Clinique’s Chubby Stick collection (Amp’d Up Apple and Super Strawberry are two of my favorites).
Are you a beauty obsessive? What products are a must have for you?