A beginner without any basic make up know how would probably be mind-boggled by the insane number of cosmetic choices. All that jargon doesnt serve to help make things easier too: foundation, powder, blush, fluid foundation, bronzer, concealer, mascara, lipgloss, lipstick. Who can tell the difference and pick out the basic makeup essentials that every girl should have.
I remember when I first ventured into the field of makeup. I thought, “Wow, where to start. I wish someone had made a guide on what the must-have make up products are.” You will never go wrong with the basic makeup products in your bag. With them essential make up products in my makeup bag, I’d be one step closer to becoming a beauty-holic.
So, I decided to be that person. Just for anyone who needs help starting their makeup collection, this is my list of basic make up must haves I cant live without.
Sunblock isnt exactly the first makeup or beauty product that comes to mind when you think beauty. But it does fall into the category of cosmetics and it a very important one in fact. The sun’s rays are very damaging to our skin and constant exposure without protection can result in premature aging, age spots and blemishes no thanks to UVA and UVB. But protect your skin daily with these sunblocks and your skin will thank you in time to come.
Recommended sunblock brands:
Bare Minerals Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++
La Roche-Posay Fluid Extreme SPF50+
A foundation whether in powder, pressed, liquid or mousse format all serve to even out your complexion and create a flawless face. Sometimes foundation is used to alter skin tone but mostly it should blend with your natural skin colour. It also serves as the base for all your other makeup so choose your shade carefully. Test foundation on the edge of your jaw for the closest match.
Recommended foundation makeup:
M.A.C Studio Fix Foundation
Everyday Minerals Mineral Foundation
Urban Decay Tinted Moisturiser
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder
3) A Natural Blush
Warm up your complexion with a natural looking blush. Blushes are meant to mimic the flush of your face; a healthy rush of blood to your cheeks. You’ll look like you got up to something cheeky without actually having to. Applied to the apples of your cheeks, a pink-beige blush helps to add radiance and an instant glow that seems to come from within. Other than perking up an otherwise dull complexion, blushes can be used to contour the face.
NARS Orgasm Blush
Benefit Dandelion Blush
Lipstick and lipgloss may just be one of the more familiar cosmetics known in the market. Used on your lips, they’re meant to give you a juicy pout, add colour and provide texture to complete your made up face. Sweet pink, vixen red, liquid gold, these babies come in a wide variety of colours. Lipsticks are generally waxy/oily, matte and add colour while lipglosses are as the name suggests, glossier and shinier on the lips. Glosses are meant to leave a wet look on your lips. Bee stung lips anyone?
Recommended lipstick/lipgloss products:
e.l.f Liquid Lipstick
M.A.C Cremesheen Glass
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited
I LOVE mascara because it never fails to open and bring life to your eyes. Curl your lashes and apply about two coats of mascara to get gorgeous long eyelashes that pretty up your peepers. Most mascaras available on the market coat your lashes with either a lengthening or volumizing formula. These help you achieve eyelashes that would whip up a storm each time you bat your lashes.
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
Imju Fibrewig Mascara
Maybelline Define-a-Lash Lengthening Mascara
Maybelline Define-a-Lash Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara
Drawn very close to your lash line, eyeliner helps to define your eyes, give depth and even enlarge them. Need an eyeliner tip? Create fantasy looks or simple everyday looks just by changing the strokes. The different types of eyeliner – gel, liquid, pencil, are used because of their varying precision. You know what they say, the eyes are the windows to the soul. So get pretty windows that everyone wants to peer into with eyeliner.
Kate Gel Eyeliner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner
M.A.C Smoulder Eye Kohl Pencil
Toki Doki Perfetto Eyeliner
This is the basic makeup kit I find absolutely essential; the most basic of make up that you should never be without. Especially when you’re travelling and need to pick the essential makeup, you’ll want to keep these makeup essentials as part of your travel beauty routine so you’ll look your best regardless of where you are!
What are your essential makeup must haves?