makeup essentials

If your idea of an everyday makeup routine takes less than 10 minutes with ten beauty products or less to use, then this list is for you.

Sure, a beauty guru may need a 30-step makeup routine and navigate through hundreds of products in their arsenal. But if you’re not an avid user of makeup, but you need to apply some cosmetics to get through the workday, you don’t need that much in your stash.

Whether you’re a makeup beginner or you hate spending a lot of bag storage, money, effort, and time on makeup (but you want to look decent), these nine products are the only things you need to have on hand.

#1. Moisturizer +primer duo

Good makeup starts with good skincare. This duo is a must for prepping your skin before applying makeup. Light moisturizer creams work to hydrate, restore, and maintain a protective skin barrier.

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On the other hand, Primers help create a smooth, poreless, and even canvas for your makeup. They make your precious makeup stick and stay in place all day long.

#2. The right foundation

Foundation works as your second skin. The right foundation creates an even, flawless look by concealing minor imperfections, correcting your complexion, and giving you a natural, radiant glow. Just make sure you’re getting the right product for your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, and aging skin) and the right shade.

Don’t like to go heavy? Go for lighter coverage, like a tinted moisturizer or BB cream instead.

#3. A good concealer for your spots

Concealer prevents you from slathering too much foundation on your face when you have major blemishes that need to be camouflaged. Apply small amounts on spots, blemishes, under-eye areas, or any area of discoloration. Then, gently blend the concealer using a concealer brush or by using your ring finger.

#4. A fuss-free brow kit

Because no one wants to step out with bare thin brows, a brow kit is made for ladies who want a fuss-free brow application. It usually comes with a dual-ended brush for seamlessly blending and brushing the hairs into place.

#5. Blush, contour, and highlight kit

Add healthy color to your skin using a classic blush. Swirl a little powder blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend that hue out toward your temples for a natural-looking rosy glow.

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If you can find a kit that combines blush, contour, and highlight powders altogether, then grab one. The highlighter and contour duo gives your skin a subtle glow and definition.

#6. Mascara for bright eyes

No time to experiment around eyeshadow? Let mascara save the day.

A great mascara adds dramatic length and volume to your lashes. Don’t forget to curl lashes first. Then, you can pair it with a good liquid eyeliner to make the eyes pop and give an illusion of a thicker fringe.

#7. Translucent powder to set everything in

A quick light dusting of powder works to lock your foundation and concealer in place and control oil and shine. Don’t go heavy, though – focus on your T-zone, cheekbones, and temples with tend to be the oiliest.

#8. A simple set of brushes and tools

Have you ever looked at a professional makeup artist’s set of makeup brushes and thought, “what the hell are these for?” It seems like it’s difficult to memorize each brush and its sole purpose.

You know what? You don’t need all of them. Instead, you only need a set of these7 basic tools to apply your makeup properly:

  • Beauty blender – That egg-shaped squishy thing is perfect for effortlessly blending foundation, concealer, and blush.
  • Fluffy powder brush – This is a big, rounded brush used to dust on powder once you’re done with your makeup.
  • Blush brush – It’s a bit smaller than your powder brush and is just the right size for dusting your cheeks with a blush powder and blending it along the cheekbones.
  • Eyeshadow brush – It’s a small all-over brush that gets your eyelid covered in just one swipe.
  • Crease brush – It’s a smaller rounded brush used to blend darker shades into the crease.
  • Eyeliner brush – It’s a small, flat angled brush used to line the eyes and define eyebrows using brow powder.
  • Lash curler – You don’t need to wear false lashes to make your eyes pop. You need to curl your lashes properly before applying mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

#9. One to three lippies

No kit is complete without a go-to lipstick. One nude and one red lipstick are versatile and flattering enough to get you through the day, from the office to the dance floor.

But if you want to take your lipstick kit to the next level while sticking to the basics, there are three lipstick colors to keep in mind: sweet, nude, and bold.

  • Sweet shades are your everyday go-to shade, which includes pink, rose, coral, and peach.
  • Nudes are neutral-toned colors that come in creamy shades of brown, beige, and muted tones of pink, coral, and mauve.
  • Bold shades are those with deep and bright shades of red, purple, pink, and brown.