I've never been a make-up maven, but there are a few essentials I depend on to keep me from looking like the Walking Dead when I leave the house. Here are a few of the must-haves in my make-up bag!
1// Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara ($23.00). At first I felt a tiny bit guilty spending this much on mascara when I really didn't have any complaints with my tried-and-true Great Lash for $5. But after one wearing, I have to admit this stuff is worth every penny. It's goes on so smooth and silky, and really does give you longer, fuller lashes. I've been asked quite a few times when wearing it where I get my lashes done. I justify the price knowing it's way cheaper than extensions (and looks just as glam!)
2// NP Set Memory Foundation ($28.00). I'm fickle about my foundations and even if I like them, I rarely buy them more than once. I'm always on the hunt for something better! So it says a lot when I've just purchased my third tube of this foundation. It's a lightweight base (almost like a tinted moisturizer) with Vitamin C and other extracts that help brighten skin tone. I love that it doesn't settle into creases and wrinkles and gives a dewy, natural look that isn't too "made up."
3// Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée ($22.00). I made the switch to cream blush a few years back and love the glow it gives. It's much easier to blend than powder and stays so much longer. This one is a cross between a cream and a stain, and while it looks highly pigmented in the jar, it goes on fairly sheer. And - bonus - it also works wonderfully on lips for a long-lasting pout!
4// e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip ($1.00). A cheap-o beauty product that actually works? Yes! I used this once and then proceeded to buy about 15 more tubes, fearful that Target might stop carrying it. It's a shimmery whip that adds just a bit of highlight anywhere you might want it. I use it on my brow bones, apples of cheeks, and inner corners of eyes and it adds a reflective quality that isn't too sparkly but makes your skin look healthy, glowing, and well-rested. (Cue angelic chorus!) My friend Sylvia actually blends a few drops of it in with her foundation for an overall sheen. Either way, it's my new best friend!
5// e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Natural ($3.00). While I love the look of a dark red lip, I can't pull it off on a daily basis, if only for the fact that I hate scrubbing lipstick off my coffee mugs. Instead, I've been using this lipstick that closely matches my natural lip color, with just a hint more pink. The small roll-up tip makes it easy to use as both liner and lipstick, and it has a matte finish that doesn't dry out your lips. A perfect pucker for $3? Oh yeah, baby!
So what are your absolute essentials? Do share!