For some women, makeup is not important and for other women, makeup is the most important tool. Most women will not leave home without makeup – it’s like walking out the door without wearing pants. Makeup is mainly used to change or enhance the way we look, to feel more confident, and hide our imperfections. Makeup is NOT to cover you up, to look like a different person but to ENHANCE your beautiful features on your face if you apply it correctly. By using the correct colors and products, will do magic to your face.
“Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.” – Lady Gaga
Makeup is essential, which is why a makeup bag is one of the most important accessories to have. It’s that little pouch that holds every tool you need to look fresh-faced throughout the day and night.
For some women, that little pouch isn’t so little anymore. When you have to buy something bigger, you’re carrying around way too much stuff in your makeup bag.
So, what are the true essentials? It’s slightly different for everyone, of course, but there are basic essentials you need to have, to touch up your look throughout the day. They’re the basics you don’t want to be without and the essentials you can spend some cash on.
Your sparkle comes from deeper inside, and that’s what really matters. Makeup can be used as a tool, to give you even more confidence, but it also adds brightness and shine to your face.
“Makeup is not a mask that covers up your beauty—it’s a weapon that helps you express who you are from the inside” – Michelle Phan
In this article, you will find 10 must-have items that definitely belong in your makeup go-to kit, and you will find out why they’re essential.
The 10 Must-Have Items to have in your Makeup Bag
1. A proper set of Makeup brushes
Having the right brushes to apply your makeup with, can add to the flawless and natural appearance you want to achieve. Your face is the canvas, and makeup brushes are the tools you need to use, to make it a masterpiece. Using a makeup brush will also keep your hands off your face before they can leave behind a layer of dirt, oil, and bacteria that can cause breakouts. Brushes can be expensive when buying them separately, it’s better to buy a set and use the same texture on your skin. You can buy your own make-up brushes from my online shop.
A lot of people tend to not know what a primer does or the importance of primer. In simple words, a primer creates a smooth base that helps keep your other products in place all day. Primers can also reduce the amount of makeup you use and make application a little easier. It creates an extra layer between your skin and makeup and it helps your makeup to last longer. A silicone primer is a must-have and it helps to create a flawless look.
Choosing the right foundation can be tricky. There are so many options to choose from, don’t just settle with a foundation everyone uses, find the right foundation for your skin! Make sure you see a beauty consultant to analyze your skin. If you have dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin, it differs which foundation you will choose.
Whether you want more or minimalistic coverage, you need to feel the texture, the feeling on your skin, and if there’s any reaction on your skin before you buy any foundation.
Always ask for a tester before you buy the foundation. Test it, make sure to see if it’s the right color for your skin, in natural light especially. The lightning of shopping centers can be very tricky. Some foundations also have a pink or yellow overtone, and you need to consider this. You want the perfect color, to make your skin look flawless and not crackly/pale. I prefer a makeup sponge when applying my foundation. If you have oily skin, the makeup sponge will be a better option to give you an even more flawless appearance.
Whether you have dark circles under your eyes or want to fade some blemishes on your face, it’s important to have a concealer, because it covers. Unless you’re uniquely blessed by nature, your face has blemishes and imperfections, like dark spots, scars, or dark circles under your eyes. Concealer can make those blemishes fade, if not disappear entirely. Your concealer needs to be one shade or two shades lighter than your foundation. You should always apply concealer on top of your foundation so it doesn’t smudge. If you apply your concealer before your foundation, it can make your foundation look cracky. A concealer is a must-have in your makeup bag and makes your face appear even-toned and flawless.
There are tons of eyeshadow on the market to choose from. As an image consultant, I would suggest you choose a color palette that includes nude colors as nude colors tend to work for everyone. Eyeshadow comes in pencil, cream, and powder forms, making it very versatile. You can wear it just on your lids, or make it do double the duty by applying a thin line of dark brown, grey, or black eyeshadow just above and below your eyelashes in place of eyeliner.
Applying eyeshadow can be a learning curve in the beginning, but once you have it right, you will be able to wing it every day. Eyeshadow adds depth and dimension to your eyes, it complements your eye color, it can make your eye appear larger or simply draw attention to your eyes. Eyeshadow is a must-have essential in your makeup bag as it brings out the beauty of your eye and enhances your appearance.
Eyeliner is really easy to choose from. Eyeliner defines and accentuates the shape of your eyes. It can add a touch of glamour to an everyday makeup palette. Teaching yourself to apply liquid eyeliner to the top of your eye, can take a while. Remember that if you want a more dramatic look or want to emphasize your eyes, this is one thing you need to be able to do. Permanent make-up can also be an option, but some people prefer to take the natural road. Having a liquid, gel, or powder eyeliner, is a must-have. It lasts long and it surely will bring out the look you want to achieve and make your eyes pop.
This is probably a word you don’t know or haven’t heard before. Contouring can help you create depth to make the angles of your face deepen. You need to have a contouring palette to use when you want to emphasize specific features on your face. Choosing a matte or creamy contouring palette will make a big difference. There are millions of videos on how to contour, I will show you a very easy way how to darken areas, on my YouTube channel.
Mascara needs to be one of your most important belongings. Some women wear fake eyelashes to achieve a sultry, dramatic look. Most women go with the lower-maintenance approach: a layer of mascara. Mascara adds volume to your lashes to make them look thick and full. Waterproof mascaras will stay with you through the day at the office or poolside, although they can really dry out your lashes if you use them every day. Choosing a volume mascara is not expensive and it really lasts long. Without thick and full lashes, you may look pale, and you may feel like there’s something important missing. If you only apply mascara in the morning, it will make a big difference.
Choosing the right blusher must be done by testing how the color looks on your skin. Blushers are made to be applied on your cheeks, not anywhere else. Choose a peach color that adds warmth to your overall appearance and don’t be too hard on adding too much blusher. Just a few swipes of blush can make your complexion look healthier, and make your skin look more youthful. Blush is a must-have, to add color back to dull skin.
10. Lipstick/ Lip Gloss
Lipstick is one of the things that you can go wild on. You can also pick from different lipstick textures. Creamy and moisturizing lipsticks look good when you first apply them, but you’ll be reaching for the tube again within hours. Long-wearing lipsticks will stay colorful through a full eight-hour day, but the resilience makes them harder to remove at night. Match the color of your lipstick to the style or outfit color you chose for the day.
Lipstick can add that extra confidence you need and even brighten up your mood. Lipstick brightens your smile and having lipstick in your handbag or car, can add that brightness you need to feel powerful all day long. It completes your look. Whether you prefer a red or nude lip, go wild and walk with boldness.
Investing in good quality products to add to your makeup bag, is important. Having the basic items in your makeup bag is important and knowing how to apply the products will enhance your beautiful face. There are thousands of products to choose from on the market.
Everyone has different skin and you need to choose the products that work for you. The formulation of the products can vary, that’s why it’s better to test the product before you buy it, feel how it feels on your skin, and make sure your skin doesn’t have any negative reaction. Everything depends on your skin type and how your skin will react to different ingredients.
Remember everything you do is for you! So, wear that lipstick, add that glitter and be even more confident with yourself by adding makeup to your everyday routine.
Makeup can be totally easy and FUN! Try it!
“We’re just so lucky as women to be able to wear (makeup). If you’re having a bad day, you can change that” – Gwen Stefani