When it comes to essential makeup products, the beauty industry isn’t ready to take a break from constantly bombarding us with amazing new innovations and enticing trendy upgrades. The sheer number of alternatives and the depth of choices available make shopping increasingly overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be…at least, not when you know the essentials.
For example, we don’t want you to have to buy two seemingly different alternatively when one can double, or feel the need to always go for every enticing, new marketing fad….sorry advertisers. For this reason, we’ve made a list of the 9 absolutely must-have makeup items every lady deserves.
We asked our beauty experts to help, and they came up with these fantastic nine. According to them, these items are for every woman, irrespective of age, class, or style. And the beauty of it all is that these are small but amazing beauty products that can easily go into your main makeup kit at home or in your purse on-the-go.
That said, here’s our top nine selections.
9 Most Essential Makeup Products
Nothing helps you make a more flattering personal statement better than a lipstick. And more so with the right one. A nice signature color can instantly lift your look, enhance your personality, and even brighten your mood. So naturally one of the most essential makeup product you must have with you all the time is a nice and very easy to use lipstick.
The gist is to find the one that helps you look your best, as well as makes you feel comfortable and confident. A good choice should be easy to apply straight from the bullet or blend out evenly with your fingers. This creates a balanced lived-in and modern appearance. For longer staying power, keep a lip liner and blot handy.
Any shade choice should rock with your skin tone, outfit, and statement intentions. Then you have that perfect mix.
Are you ready to break beauty barriers with the “Lady Gaga” inspired Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick? Or maybe you’re the glamorous type who prefers the classic red, like the Dinner at 8—Sexy Red Lipstick?
Whatever color choice you settle on, the best thing about lipsticks is to go for a color swipe that completely transforms your appearance. And if you want to explore with more color options, you have no probs finding the right shade from Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick collection. Their lipsticks come with a unique square shape which allows for smooth and quick application. The blend also has 3D glow pigments which give your lips that fuller, inviting Angelina Jolie lips. Almay Lip Vibes also presents a rich and creamy mixture, a nice formulation of Vitamins C & E and Shea Butter. It comes in an amazing 19 color shades and an impressive packaging.
Our top picks:
- Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick
- Dinner at 8—Sexy Red Lipstick
- Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick
- Almay Lip Vibes
Applying mascara on the eyelashes is a great way of defining your eyes and enhancing your natural beauty. It makes your eyes look awake, refreshed, and keen, effectively drawing attention to them and away from other facial areas you may wish to de-emphasize. So our second most essential makeup item is a mascara.
A coating of mascara can be subtle or thicker, according to your personal preference. If you want it soft and light, try midtone to dark brown shades. If you want more dramatic lashes, prime for an ultra-black product that thickens and lengthens.
The 4D Silk Fibers Lash Mascara gives your eyelashes a boost of volume and length, while maintaining a more natural look. Super easy to apply, you’re done in just one coat. It’s clump-free, waterproof, long-lasting, and hypoallergenic. Also easy to remove at the end of the day.
Swipe on L’Oreal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara for the blackest of black lashes. The black velvet formula lengthens and lifts, defining your lashes without clumps to create that eye-catching fashion model look. Wide-eyed brush with long and short bristles allows you to easily thicken and curl, lash by lash for instant eye-opening results.
And here, something you may also like—Libeauty Lash & Eyebrow Tint Dye Kit, for professional brow and long-lasting lash tinting (black). Lasts up to 8 weeks, so that you don’t have to worry about mascara for a long time. Also available in dark brown (for daily makeup, as with black) and blue (for punk style or party play).
Our top picks:
- 4D Silk Fibers Lash Mascara
- L’Oreal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara
- Libeauty Lash & Eyebrow Tint Dye Kit
At number #3 in the list of essential makeup products, we have “powder“. Powder on top of your liquid or cream foundation helps to prevent it from settling into any fine lines or run down off your face. Powders help play down the appearance of fine lines and pores for a smoother, fresher skin. It can also serve as a useful base upon which you can apply blush, bronzer, shimmer or other beauty formulas. As with other products, your need to determine your choice.
If you often have to deal with uncomfortable and oily facial sweating, try to always keep a Jurlique Citrus Silk Finishing Powder handy. It’s a translucent formula that controls oil while leaving your face looking radiant and subtly focused. Works perfectly well on all complexions.
Another cult-favorite and winner of multiple major awards, Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder offers a weightless texture that comes in 3 different shades for virtually all skin tones. Totally oil-free, non-comedogenic, and non-caking. Offers 16 hours staying power of soft matte finish for a flawless, photo-ready look.
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As the name suggests, a make-up concealer does what it’s named for—a masking job! Combined with foundation, it adds extra coverage to create the illusion of a smooth, even skin tone. It works to camouflage pigmentation and dark circles; lighten dark areas; and disguise puffiness, blemishes, scars, and other skin imperfections. Dealing with tired looking eyes? Get a good concealer to do its refreshing job.
The newly launched Hourglass’ Vanish Airbrush Concealer provides full coverage with innovative microspherical powders that blur and brighten, with a 16 hours staying power, for instant skin perfection. This liquid-type concealer is crease-resistant and light-reflecting, allowing for a seamless blending into the skin, while diffusing the appearance of pores and defined lines. Available in 22 different shades, so that everyone can use.
The heavy-duty, cream concealer NARS’ Soft Matte Complete Concealer pairs well with any foundation, especially ultra-light ones. Apply only on the needed area with a brush; blend and finger-tap lightly for a smooth and even melting into the skin.
We also recommend the No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer if you suffer from dryness or are concerned about the concealer settling into defined facial lines. The formula is also great for fighting dark circles.
Our top picks:
- Hourglass’ Vanish Airbrush Concealer
- NARS’ Soft Matte Complete Concealer
- No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer
Applied on the eyelids or under the eyes, eyeshadow makes your eyes stand out or look more attractive. It adds depth and dimension to your eyes, complements your eye color, makes your eyes appear bigger, or just draws focus to your eyes.
It’s one of the most essential makeup item for anyone who just love to give her eyes all kinds of shades & designs.
For many ladies, the daily choice would be flattering neutrals, like gold, rose gold, mink, or taupe. These have a slightly glossy or dual-tone effect that creates instant dimension. Zero contouring. Just put on your lids for that soft, girlie effect; in the inner eye corners to create a keen, awake look; or along your cheekbones to make them appear higher.
The versatile Fenty Beauty’s Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette in True Neutrals comes in a six-piece combination of matte and shimmer neutrals, available in a wide range of color shades. This is a huge bonus for you because you can create both daytime and nighttime appearance without the stressful need to switch products.
The Maybelline City Mini Eyeshadow Palettes in Brooklyn Nudes is another go-to with an impressive color payoff. It’s also available in a mix of six neutral shades with matte and shimmer finishes. This allows you to simply choose shades from the palette, instead of changing to a different eyeshadow product.
Our top picks:
- Fenty Beauty’s Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette in True Neutrals
- Maybelline City Mini Eyeshadow Palettes in Brooklyn Nudes
A few swipes of blush can save you hours at the gym trying to achieve the same results. A rosy blush provides a healthy glow to your skin and makes it look flushed for a more youthful appearance. Even a bronzer and a highlighter cannot mimic the glowing effect enough.
If you prefer the simple route, we recommend a cream or liquid blush, as it’s easier to blend in with your fingers without the stress of finding a brush. It also works fine as a perfect lip color in a pinch.
The Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek (for on-the-go users) comes in five color shades to choose from—from berry-hued “Quickie” to pale “Dusty Rose” through neon pink “Swish”. Each color allows for easy buildup from subtle to dramatic, as you prefer. The formula includes conditioning, vitamin-rich avocado, mango butter, and peach nectar—all essential to aiding hydration and lending a healthy dewy sheen.
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream is a 2-in-1 formula for both cheeks and lips. Available in a sleek compact with an integrated mirror, the creamy blusher delivers natural looking rosy glow on your cheeks and a translucent color to brighten your pout. Effortless to apply with either fingers or blush brush. Blends seamlessly without affecting base makeup. An essential for any makeup lover.
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Full and well-groomed eyebrows help to frame your face and bring balance to your features. If your brows are too light to be visible, are sparse, or need some more definition, an eyebrow pencil can help with a nice filling job or a shapely arc.
We recommend Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, a cult-favorite. The ultra-slim, retractable, fine-tipped pencil mimics the look of brow hair with detail and precision. Perfect for outlining brows and adding a natural-looking texture. The wax formula is available in 10 shades that offer universal shade-matching options. Ideal for all skin types.
You can also opt for the Morphe’s Micro Brow Pencil, which features a double-ended, including an ultra-tiny tip perfect for filling, defining, and shaping. The hard-wax formula is precision perfect and glides on with no resistant. The spoolie end helps you brush into place, so that you’re left with natural-looking eyebrows that stuns. Allows you to make your point with 7 arc-enhancing shades.
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Lip gloss / balm
One of those often overlooked but vital makeup pieces, the lip gloss and lip balm are essential products every woman should have in her beauty kit. While they’re quite different, they can sometimes double for each other.
Lip gloss is meant to add luster and shine to your lips so that they look fuller and brighter. Ideal for women who prefer a natural looking plump to a color-coated pout. On the other hand, lip balm is a preventative product designed to protect against lip chapping and dryness. While you can go for the separate items at the same time, both can be used interchangeably.
For lip gloss choice, our experts recommend Laura Mercier Lip Plumper, which plumps the lips without any uncomfortable feeling peculiar to some other lip plumpers. Bobbi Brown also offers an amazing line of opaque lip glosses known for their tacky texture which helps then stick to the lips, so that you don’t to apply every half hour. While lip balms are mainly used preventatively, the 100% Pure Lysine and Herbs Lip Balm offers both preventative and curative benefits to prevent/heal dry or chapped lips.
Summary: for the best lips ever, grab a lip gloss and a lip balm.
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A real must-have for any makeup wearer with a busy schedule (which means “everyone”), a makeup remover wipe helps to remove foundation, blush, and similar beauty treatment formulas in an easy, fast, and convenient swipe. They’re especially useful for removing heavy or waterproof makeup, but you shouldn’t solely rely on them or consider them as a replacement for facial cleansers. Any smart women will consider this as a essential makeup item she should always keep in her purse.
Best for combination skin, super chic Lauren Napier La Rose helps to balance and tone oily and acne-prone skin, while soothing any irritation and inflammation. The wipes are infused with rose water and cucumber extract, which makes the individual wraps smell so fresh.
CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths is the dermatologist’s favorite, ideal for all skin types. Offers an extra dose of moisture for easier makeup removal.
And if you have a sensitive skin, the Olay Gentle Facial Cloths will softly remove your makeup and sweat without leaving your skin dry. Thanks to the infused moisturizing glycerin.
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No doubt, there are lots of other amazing beauty products that will make a great addition to your most essential makeup beauty kit, but these are the nine we think every woman should have.
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