Whether you’re a makeup pro or a novice just starting out, you can never go wrong with having your makeup essentials mastered. These staple makeup products will have you covered, no matter what look you’re going for.
First up is your base. Finding the right foundation is more than just about your shade (although that’s pretty vital too). Once you know what undertones your skin has and you’ve matched your shade, you need to think about the finish you’re after. Depending on what kind of skin type you have (i.e. dry, oily or combination), and on whether you want a dewy or matte look.
When it comes to formulas, you have a lot of variety with foundations. Liquid, cream, powder, or somewhere in between – you’ll be able to find a foundation formula to suit your needs.
Concealer is one of the most versatile products in your makeup bag. It can be used to brighten the under-eyes, cover up spots or redness, help create contours in your face, acts as an eye shadow primer… the list goes on! The general rule of thumb is that you want your concealer to be either the same shade as your face or one shade lighter if you’re going for the lifting and brightening effect. Again the formulas of concealers can vary in thickness, depending on how much coverage you want.
Nothing frames your eyes quite like long, luscious eyelashes. For those of us who haven’t been naturally blessed with long thick lashes, mascara is our best friend. This product can help you to achieve winger, long and volumised lashes with just a few strokes. Try applying your mascara in a zig-zag motion from the bottom of your lashes right to the top to get the best coverage. Mascara brushes come in a range of designs, depending on the look you want to achieve. Want length and volume? Try a plastic wand to help you define each lash. If it’s a drama you want then go for a bristled wand that lets you really pack the product on.
Lipstick can literally save the day. Whatever shade you go for, lipstick brings a pop of colour and character to any makeup look. Plus, even when worn alone, without any other makeup, lipstick can take you from 0 to 100 in just one swipe.
Blusher is a product that tends to come in and out of fashion, but it’s a permanent fixture in our makeup bag for a few reasons. Whether you’re a powder or cream gal, blush warms up your face to give a healthy glow and gives a pop of colour too. If you like to wear a lot of makeup, blush can even out the drama of your look by giving the illusion of the natural flush of skin. Not only is it great on your cheeks, but can be used as an eyeshadow and even lip colour.
Nothing screams dewy, natural glow quite like a highlighter. Applied to the high points of your face, highlight gives you glow and shine exactly where you want it.
And there you have it – 6 makeup essentials that you can’t live without.