Top 10 Basic Makeup Must Haves

I’ve put together makeup must haves everyone should have on hand, even if you don’t use them everyday. I’m using products that I use on a daily basis. You may notice I use a lot of Bare Minerals. My daughter introduced me to it a few years ago and some things I just can’t substitute.

1. Concealer

Start with a good concealer. It helps with dark circles and redness and brightens under the eyes to help you look more awake.

2. Foundation

Foundation helps with those uneven skin tones and redness. Personally I love Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue paired with mineral foundation.

3. Blush

Blush is called just that because it’s supposed to imitate when you blush. No matter your skin color, a cheery pink works every time.

4.  Eyeshadow

Whether it’s a natural palette or a pop of color, eyeshadow to me, is a must. Bring your eyes to life. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color. And no, it doesn’t have to match your eye color. I have hazel eyes and this is my favorite new shadow. I use Ulta Moonbeam on my lid and Bayou for the crease and outer corners.

5. Eyeliner

Another makeup must have for me. I never leave the house without it. Use it on your upper lid only or upper and lower eye. I prefer liquid liner since it doesn’t pull on my aging skin and goes on in one swoop. :)

6. Eyelash Curler

To make your eyes look more open and awake you must have this tool. Bring it all the way to the base of your lashes. Squeeze once then give it a few pumps to open and lengthen your lashes.

7. Mascara

This is something you need to find to suit your personal preference. There are different brush tips and different colors. I can’t tell you how many brands, cheap and expensive, I have gone through. Honestly I think mascara from a drug store is just as good as the more expensive brands.

8. Brow Liner

As I’m getting older I’m noticing my brows are thinning and need some assistance. No matter your age though, this is a nice finishing product.

9. Bronzer

Gives a bit of glow to your complexion. I really like Tarte. I don’t get little sparkles stuck in my wrinkles. Haha plus it goes on evenly and lasts the day. Just make sure you don’t overdo it. You don’t want an over bronzed face against a pasty white neck. Not flattering. LOL

10. Lipstick

I can’t leave the house without this (ask my husband). No matter how minimal your makeup, lipstick completes the look. Neutral, dark red, hot pink. Pick your poison. I pick by my mood.


11. Brushes

ok, I know I said 10 things but I can’t stress the importance of good brushes. There are natural and synthetic brushes. I’m finding that after using natural brushes then trying synthetic, I prefer the synthetic ones better.  That is MY preference. There’s really no brand I like better. I have tried $3 ELF brushes that I like and $18 Bare Minerals ones I like. Let me know what you like!





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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Basic Makeup Must Haves

  1. I was looking for a new concealer!! Whats the difference between the circle cased one and the tube style one in the picture? I want to hide my dark circles and have been using concealer from the laura mercier. The one that I have to use the brush for it. It doesn’t give me the coverage that I want and it makes my skin look really dry. How did you like the bare minerals? Does it have a good coverage on dark circles? does it look dry at all?

    1. Hi thanks for your interest in my site. I had received the IT tube concealer as a sample and I like it better than any I have tried including the Bare Minerals one shown. They recommend both being used with a brush but I guess you can dab with your fingers. I think it covers more evenly when applied with a brush. I have very dark circles and although it doesn’t hide them completely, it does do a good job. I use it on my chin also because it tends to be red. I just apply some powder over it and maybe touch up during the day but it seems to do a pretty good job. You can find IT Bye Bye under eye at Ulta for $24.
      I hope this helps. Let me know if you try it and what you think :)

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