Here are a list of 9 items that are absolutely essential for me. This is just my list. You may not need as many items, or you might need more.
1. Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer
The foundation is the base for good makeup. It is absolutely essential. 3 factors to be considered when buying foundation: skin type, skin tone, and coverage.
Now, not everyone likes to apply foundation on a daily basis (such as me). I normally just do with tinted moisturizers. Foundations are only for special occasions.
I use: Ponds tinted moisturizer.
A concealer is a must have for me. I have terrible dark circles, and scars from previous breakouts. The only way to hide them is use a concealer.
When applying concealers on dark circles, never forget to apply an eye cream first. And the key to good concealing is blend, blend, blend. Don’t rub too hard though, the product might rub off.
I use: Coastal Scents Camo Quad/NYX Concealer jar
Most people don’t have eyelashes that grow upwards. So, always curl your lashes so that the mascara can give the right effect.
Never curl your lashes after applying mascara. The product sticks to the curler, and sometimes may get yanked off.
On days that I have no time for makeup, mascara is my best friend. It opens up your eyes, and makes you look wide awake, even if you probably aren’t.
I use: Maybelline Volum’ Express Waterproof mascara/Oriflame eyelash curler
For me, my eyes are always my main focus. An eyeliner is always a quick fix. Use a pencil, or liquid or gel. Its your preference. Find a go-to color and always carry it with you. Make sure your eyeliner glides easily without tugging or pressure. Your eyes don’t take nicely to being ill-treated. Since eyeliner don't stay on my waterline, i prefer kajal. I'm currently using the Lakme Black Satin Kajal.
I use: Lakme 9 to 5 defining eyeliner/Maybelline liquid liner
5. Basic Eyeshadow
A lot of people might skip this, but I like to use eyeshadows. For an everyday look, I use neutral colors that’ll hide my terribly pigmented eyelids.
The best option is to have a neutral palette that’ll fit into your bag, and can be used on the go.
I use: NYX Runway Collection 10 colors palette in ‘Champagne & Caviar’
6. The Perfect Nude Lipstick
Everyone has that one lipstick that is a staple for them. Some go for browns, some for pinks. It all depends on your skin tone.
The perfect everyday lipstick is matte, but those can be drying. So, always keep a lip balm handy.
I use: an Oriflame one. The label’s missing. So, I don’t what shade it is.
All of the above products are useless if you don’t have good brushes. The perfect brushes can do miracles. So, invest in a good set.
I use: an assortment of brushes from Vega, Coastal Scents, Oriflame and Sinful Colors
I’m not much of a blush person, but on days when my skin looks extremely dull, a light sweep of blush makes me look fresh. For daily wear, pick a nice matte natural shade. The best blush is the kind people can’t make out you’re wearing.
I use: Jordana Powder Blush in sandalwood
All that makeup you’ve done needs to be set. It also allows the makeup to stay for longer. A must have especially for oily skin.
I use: Lakme Perfect Radiance/Maybelline Whitestay UV
What are your makeup must-haves?