Are you ready to get into makeup, but so intimidated by the overwhelming offer of beauty products that you don’t have a clue where to start building your makeup collection? Have no fear, because here’s the step-by-step guide to filling your makeup bag with the 4 products you’ll ever need to create a natural everyday look.
4 steps to succes
Before you start building your makeup kit, it’s important to ask yourself the following question: “To which feature of my face do I want to draw attention?”. Whether your answer is your brows, eyes or lips, it will determine the key product you’ll build your entire look around.
For a natural everyday look, you’ll only need roughly four products, depending on your preferences and your skin type. The first product that should be in every makeup bag is a moisturizer. A good makeup look starts with good skin, so it’s important to hydrate it before you start applying makeup. If you feel like you have an uneven skintone or blemishes, you could go for a tinted moisturizer, bb cream or cc cream for a little more coverage. We recommend the Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ and the Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin CC Cream SPF 20.
Next up is concealer. Apply as little as possible on blemishes and under the eyes for a fresh and natural look. We prefer a liquid concealer over a cream or stick one because it makes blending it into your skin so much easier. Our favorites include the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.
The third product you’ll add to your everyday makeup bag is different for everyone, depending on what feature of your face you’ll want to accentuate. Use a brow product for strong brows, a nice eyeshadow to bring out the color of your eyes or a soft lipbalm to accentuate your lips. Some of our favorites are the Benefit KaBrow Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color, the Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection and the Clinique Chubby Sticks.
To finish off your look, apply some mascara to your top eyelashes to make your eyes pop. Honorable mentions are the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara, Le Volume de Chanel, and the Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara.
A little more?
Have you mastered this basic everyday look and are you craving for a little more excitement? From this 4-product base, you can expand your collection according to your preferences and your skin type. For example, if you wish to apply a more covering base, you could opt for a light to medium coverage foundation or a powder that matches your skintone to dust over your bb cream. Insanely popular because of their great formulas are the The Ordinary Serum Foundation and the BareMinerals Original SPF 15 Loose Powder Foundation.
A more interesting eye look can be easily achieved by adding in more deeper shades of eyeshadow into the crease to create depth. A coppery or golden shimmery eyeshadow on the lid is the secret to an elegant but powerful look. If you want to invest in a larger eyeshadow palette with countless neutral shades, we recommend going for one of Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes (be quick to get the Naked1 palette on sale before it’s gone forever!).
You feel like your face is missing a little depth and dimension? By dusting some bronzer over your face, you’ll get that natural sunkissed look. Blend some blush onto the apples of your cheeks to make your face truly come to life again. And to finish it all off, some touches of highlighter on the high points of the face make for the perfect look. A good investment that limits the number of products in your makeup bag is a palette that carries a bronzer, blush and highlight in one, like the Too Faced Natural Face Palette. Now you’re all good to go!