When I was thirteen years old, I developed an addiction to makeup, watching hours of YouTube tutorials and reviews, and purchasing every new product in the drugstore or Sephora to test out.
Now that I’m nineteen and have worn and, therefore, tested out makeup for the last five years or so, I have developed my own opinion on cosmetics (what products I think are underrated, overrated, innovative, gimmicky, etc.). Also, I have realized that, with doing my own makeup, I have figured out what products and techniques work for me, and I should stick to them. That’s why I’m writing this blog post: to share with you my go-to, favorite makeup stuff (the things that if I lost all of my cosmetics, these are the only products I would repurchase).
- Benefit POREfessional Primer, $31
Primer creates a barrier between your skin and face makeup (foundation, concealer). This primer, in particular, has a really smooth texture and effect to the skin, and provides a great base for foundation and concealer.
2. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, $50—B20
I personally like a lightweight yet buildable foundation, so the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is perfect for me. Also, I have combination (mostly dry) skin, and this foundation is not overly matte or dewey. It is water-based and oil-free, so it doesn’t break me out. It is a pretty expensive foundation, but I have found that it lasts me a few months. I recommend applying it with your hands, and then blending it out with a Beauty Blender. Foundation taste is very personal, so I would recommend that you get samples at Sephora. Here are some of my other recommendations:
It Cosmetics CC Cream, $38
Don’t let the “CC cream” name fool you. Though this product is moisturizing, contains sunscreen, and is marketed as makeup/skincare, it has really buildable coverage.
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, $10.99
Photo Credit to Ulta
This is on the full-coverage side of foundations, but it didn’t feel heavy and never broke me out. This foundation is a great alternative to higher-end products.
3. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30—Custard
I only use concealer for spot concealing blemishes, but the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is good for covering up spots and for brightening under-eye darkness. The concealer is high-coverage and very easy to blend.
A dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (~$5),
which has a similar creamy texture, but has lower coverage.
4. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, ~$4—Translucent
This powder gets the job done—it sets your foundation and concealer, and decreases oiliness. It’s also super cheap. I don’t have anything else to say about this product except that it’s good.
5. Becca Highlighter, $38—Opal/Champagne Pop
This is my absolute favorite product because I love highlighter! Highlighter is a super versatile product because you can use it on your cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, the tip of your nose, the decolette, and your eyes. The Becca highlighters in “Opal” and “Champagne Pop” are smooth, pigmented, and just beautiful. “Opal” is more cool-toned gold, whereas “Champagne Pop” is more of a warm-toned pinky gold. You will never run out of these highlighters because their pigment goes a long way. I personally use these products on my cheekbones, and eyes (inner corners and lids).
6. Benefit Hoola Bronzer, $29
Like highlighter, bronzer can be used for different things. Obviously, you can use it to warm up or contour parts of your face, but you can also use it as a perfect crease eye color. My go-to “natural” makeup look is brushing this bronzer through my crease, applying highlighter to my lids and inner corners, and blending. So so easy! A good, cheap bronzer alternative is the NYC Bronzer in Sunny (~$4).
7. Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, $23—Medium Brown
Anastasia does brows the best. I actually love getting my brows waxed at the Anastasia Salon in Beverly Hills, but I also buy all of my brow products from them. I personally think that brow powder is the easiest way to fill in your brows. Anastasia has a large assortment of colors in this product, and your brows will look good all day.
8. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $20—Mad Max Brown
The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is a cult favorite because it is long-lasting, pigmented, and user-friendly. With any eyeliner, it takes practice, but this particular one isn’t hard to use at all. I really like brown eyeliner, but if you like black eyeliner, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in “Trooper” is awesome.
9. L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, ~$7—Blackest Black
In my honest opinion, I think that the drugstore has the best mascaras. Save your money from buying expensive mascaras, and get just-as-good, or even better, mascaras at Target or CVS.
I like a mascara that is lengthening but natural-looking at the same time. My current favorite mascara is the L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara because it does exactly what I want—lengthens without looking clumpy.
I hope that this blog post was helpful to you in finding reliable and good makeup products to start or add to your collection. Later, I am going to write a blog post about my favorite skincare products and makeup tools.
Stay tuned :* ,