I have a lot of makeup. A-LOT of makeup…
However, even with tons of makeup I still find a few key items that I always reach for. So I thought I would compile my list of Makeup Must Haves:
1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
I LOVE this primer. I love the way it feels, it just glides on your face. You only need to use the tiniest amount to cover your whole face and it makes your foundation last all day! I’ve had a bottle of this stuff for well over a year and it’s still practically full! A solid investment for sure.
This powder changed my life. I used to be someone who could never leave the house without foundation. However, once I tried this powder that changed. I can just put on a little concealer, buff this powder on and my skin looks flawless! The days I want fuller coverage I will wear foundation but use this as my setting powder. It goes over top of foundation beautifully without looking cakey.
I also use a darker shade for contouring. I love it because you don’t have to worry about a bronzer which can be too orange, too muddy coloured, too shimmery, etc. This gives you a very natural looking contour.
3. MAC 217 Brush:
This is the holy grail of eyeshadow brushes. If you do not currently own this brush, head straight to MAC. Do not even finish reading this post. Seriously, you’ll thank me later. The biggest trick to applying eyeshadow is BLENDING! This brush will take any hack makeup job and blend it into a masterpiece.
4. Illamasqua Blush in Lover
The blush is a perfect peach colour. It’s highly pigmented, goes on beautifully and lasts for hours. It is always my go to blush and the one blush I’ll pack when I’m going somewhere for a weekend. Never heard of Illamasqua? Don’t feel bad, it’s hard to find! I bought this blush when I was in Las Vegas last year. There aren’t any Canadian stores that I can find that carry it and only select US Sephora’s carry it. Which is a shame because this blush is amazing!! However, you can order it from Sephora online. The next time I’m in Vegas (February) I am definitely checking out some more of the colours in person and bringing home
a few every single colour.
5. MAC’s Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe
In my opinion, there is no beating MAC’s eye shadows. The pigments, the colour selection, the colour payoff, and blending ability are second to none. My favourite colour of all time is definitely satin taupe. This is a gorgeous shimmery taupe shade. This eyeshadow looks good on everyone. It is always my go-to colour when I’m in a rush and need my standard look. Paired with MAC’s Vex is my favourite combo of all time!
6. Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer & Treatment in Brightener
The name of this product is a mouthful but it has been a game changer for me. I have very bad hereditary dark under eye circles. I think I have tried pretty well every single concealer on the market and was so frustrated until I found this product. The difference this stuff makes is remarkable and it’s drug store brand! I love that. This is a brightener so its very light and pink coloured. I put this onto the darkest parts of my under eye and then put concealer over top to match my skin tone.
7. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
After you spend time doing your makeup, you want it to last. This product will make that happen! I notice a huge difference on days I set my makeup and days that I do not. There are lots of setting sprays on the market but this one has a cult following and for a reason, it works!
What are your makeup must haves? Do you use any of these products?