Today I am sharing my updated makeup must haves! I tend to be super picky with beauty products. I feel like people on YouTube are always saying "Oh my god! This product is life changing!" and I try it and I'm like- meh. So for something to be my go-to Holy Grail product, it's gotta be something I truly love and can't live without in my everyday makeup routine. Here are my current obsessions and makeup must haves! This list includes high end makeup, drugstore makeup and a variety of different products like foundations, primers, lipsticks and blush. A little something for everyone!
Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation
If you’ve been following me on Instagram for any length of time you know I have been loyal to my Estee lauder double wear for years! I tried this Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation on a whim, and OMG I am officially a convert. I never in a million years thought something could top my double wear but its been done. Don’t get me wrong I still LOVE double wear but this foundation does everything Double Wear can do in terms of coverage and staying power, while staying smudge and transfer resistant and feeling so light on the face. A total win! My skin is truly at it's best with this foundation. My favorite way to apply it is with a damp Beauty Blender.
Honorable Mention: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Double Wear has been my go to foundation for flawless skin. It's a medium to full coverage, which is what I prefer. What I love about it is that it makes my skin look super smooth and it lasts all day long. I put it on before work at 7 am and it looks the same (or close to it) at 7 pm. Even through my workout class. When I had super oily skin, my foundation tended to break up around my jaw line, forehead and chin but this foundation combined with my favorite primer handled my oil slick perfectly. The only downside to this foundation is that it does have a slight white cast in photos and can transfer on clothing when I'm not careful. Not a deal breaker for me but just something to note. (For reference I use shade Desert Beige or Dawn depending on how tan I am and I buy mine from Sephora.)
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
As with foundations, I have tried my fair share of primers. Some either make me even more oily or have no effect at all. This primer is one that when I am without it, I can definitely tell my makeup does not go on as smooth or last as long. It's a little pricey so I started out with the travel size but once I finished that, I went for the full monty. It's not sticky, nor slimy but just has a nice silky texture to it. I let it sit for a couple of minutes before I apply my foundation and I am good to go. And no fancy brushes needed. I just slather it on with my fingers. Sephora often offers these as a VIB Reward for 100 points so whenever I see them, I snag a few at a time.
Honorable Mention: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer
A close second and more affordable option is the Primer from Fenty Beauty. It has a more creamy consistency than that of the Hourglass primer but it gets the job done and does it well. When I don’t have my Hourglass primer on hand, you can find me reaching for my Fenty!
Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette
I use this palette mainly for travel since it works for setting my makeup and bronzing all in one. The shades work well for me and I love that it's so easily thrown into my carry on for travel so I don't have to bring separate bronzers & powders. I typically use a mix of the first 2 light shades for my under eye area and then I like to use a mix of all three of the bronzing shades depending on what look I'm going for. I also use the peachier highlight shade for an all over eyeshadow and throw that into my crease. It works great as an everyday shade. These powders work best for my when my skin is on the oily side.
Glossier Lash Slick Mascara
I am on my 4th tube of this mascara and I LOVE it! The Glossier Lash Slick mascara is the perfect every day mascara. It lengths, separates but still gives me volume and it never makes my lashes look clumpy. My favorite thing about it is that it's totally smudge proof. Other mascaras tend to get on my eyelid after a while but this one stays put without being a harsh waterproof formula. I highly recommend this mascara!
Anastasia Brow Gel
There isn't a ton to say about a clear brow gel but this stuff gets the job done. After I fill in my brows, I run this through them and they are locked and loaded for the day. The little spoolie helps to comb any unruly hairs and the gel sets everything for the day. It's like brow glue. It goes on more wet but dries super quick and does not leave any residue. I've gone through like 5 tubes and it's the only brow gel I use. Good stuff!
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder and Genius Magic Setting Powder
The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finishing Powder is amazing! When I brush it on over my foundation, it adds an instant filter over my face that blurs any problem areas. It contains almond oil and rose wax for hydration and I notice my skin stays hydrated without looking oily. I also love this powder for my under eyes when I travel instead of bringing loose powder.
Speaking of loose powder, I recently discovered the Charlotte Tilbury Genius Magic Powder and O.M.G it's SO good! I use it mainly for my undereye area and since I am so dry lately it has been such a lifesaver. It goes on so silky smooth and it lasts all day without becoming cake or setting into any of my fine lines and wrinkles. It's my new obsession and now that I've experienced it, I will never be without it! I apply it with a damp Beauty Blender.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
This concealer is the best! It's thick enough to really conceal and brighten my under eye area but not so thick that it gets cakey throughout the day. It doesn't settle into fine lines and keeps everything looking nice and smooth. I apply this with either a synthetic hair pointed brush or with a damp Beauty Blender (shocker!). It's currently exclusive to Ulta. (For reference I use light neutral)
Milani Luminoso Blush
This blush from Milani is an everyday favorite for me. It’s the blush I reach for most often and it’s the perfect pinky peach with a hint of sheen. It matches with practically every makeup look I wear and even better, you can grab it at your local drugstore, which is also why it’s on my list of drug store favorites!
Sephora Collection Long-Lasting 12 HR Wear Eye Liner
Love love love this liner! I do much better with liquid liners than with gels so I am always on the hunt for one that meets all my needs. What I love about this one, is it stays matte. Other liquid liners can tend to dry with somewhat of a sheen and I like mine as matte as possible. The felt tip point is the perfect size and the liner lasts great throughout the day. Plus at $12 it’s a wallet friendly price!
MAC Lipstick in "Honeylove"
Honeylove from MAC is one of my top nude lipstick picks. Wait- scratch that, it is my ultimate number one nude lipstick choice. I have gone through countless tubes of this color and I wear it constantly. It’s one of those lipsticks I don’t even have to use a mirror to apply. My Perfect Nude!
Honorable Mention: MAC "All Fired Up"
This color is my go to when I want a fun and bright look. It's a beautiful shade of red without being too pink or too orange (even thought this picture makes it look more pink). It instantly brightens up my face and makes it look like I actually tried, even when the rest of my makeup is minimal. It's a matte shade so it lasts for hours, even through a meal. I'm a strong believer that bright lipstick is a lazy girls best friend when it comes to makeup application.
Those are my Top Makeup Must Haves for now. The list is ever-changing since I'm always on the lookout for the latest and greatest. What are your favorite products? I'd love to hear about anything you love that I need to try!
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