Making sure you look fresh-faced throughout the day and night begins with a cosmetics bag, one of a woman’s most important accessories.
So, what are the essentials? Of course, everyone’s appearance is different, but there are a few old standbys that you can always apply to refresh your look. They’re the essentials you can’t live without — and the items you can justify spending money on since they can make or break any outfit.
Good makeup comes from having a well-organized cosmetics bag. If your makeup bag is a maze, every time you dip your hand in, you’ll end up with multicoloured stains on your hands, and your makeup will seem awkward as a result.
The most crucial makeup aspect varies depending on your style and skin type. It’s the brows for some, and the winged liner for others. Whatever your personal choice, here are the essential cosmetic tools for achieving a flawless appearance.
Applying makeup to dry, dehydrated skin is like trying to paint a cracked desert floor with a brush. You should keep a nice moisturizer on hand and apply it every day to keep your skin hydrated and provide a smooth canvas on which to work your cosmetic magic.
Moisturizers and lotions are designed to keep moisture in your skin and prevent it from drying out. However, you don’t want a cream that’s excessively thick or greasy, as this will clog your pores and cause breakouts.
Unless you’re going to the circus, you’re not going anywhere without a foundation. Your foundation has a unique way of tying everything together. It’s a great base for cosmetics. When travelling light, a matte foundation is the best choice for your face and skin. Your makeup won’t be affected by sweat when you’re wearing a matte foundation.
What good is all that makeup if it’s going to be gone in 30 minutes? You need to plan for the future rather than just the present. That is why you should prime your face before applying foundation. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference, but how do you want to feel when you look back at your photos? Certainly no regrets. Girl, go get that primer.
Set of Brushes
Why are you still putting on your makeup with your fingers if you stopped painting with them when you graduated from kindergarten? Your face is the canvas, and makeup brushes are the tools you’ll need to create a work of art. Using a makeup brush also keeps your hands away from your face, where they can leave a layer of dirt, oil, and bacteria that can cause breakouts.
There’s a brush for almost every type of makeup: blush brush — tapered at the sides with a rounded tip, eye shadow brush — soft-bristled with tapered sides and a rounded top, lip brush — firm, tapered bristles, powder brush — soft-bristled, large brush, brow/lash groomer — rough bristles with a square shape
You don’t have to buy all of them; just don’t use the same brush for everything, unless you want to wear blush on your eyelids and eyeshadow on your cheeks.
Test out a makeup brush set before purchasing it. To give you more control over the application, the bristles on a high-quality brush should all move in the same direction. When you pull on the bristles, they should hold their shape. If bristle clumps fall out of your hand, find another brush to carry around.
Your face has blemishes and imperfections, such as dark spots, scars, or dark circles under your eyes, unless you’ve been blessed by nature. Concealer can make blemishes fade, if not completely disappear.
Concealer is available in liquids (ideal for dry skin), creams, and sticks. Concealer liquids are the lightest, while concealer sticks are the most solid and opaque.
Concealers also come in a variety of colours, so make sure you find one (or a palette) that matches your skin tone. The general rule of thumb is to go one-half to one shade lighter than your natural skin tone. A lighter concealer is best for covering up darker areas, such as circles under your eyes. Darker concealers aid in puffiness.
It’s more than just the bright colours. An eyeshadow palette is probably the most dynamic item in your arsenal if you want to dress to kill. Eyeshadows add depth and creative touch to your makeup. Furthermore, with the right colours, it can be used as a blush, highlighter, or even a lip stain.
Your brown powder is one item you should never leave the house without. It is severely underrated and underappreciated. Aside from being a quick fix for your oily skin, a good powder polishes your makeup and gives it the finish it deserves. Wearing powder is akin to walking around with a Snapchat filter on.
You can inject some of your personality into this selection by including eyeliner, luminizer, a few shimmers you’ve fallen in love with, and so on. The bottom line is that the fewer options available, the better. So, don’t bring too many lipstick colours.
Chances are, you wear something on your lips, regardless of your skin tone or style. Polished lips can be used to complete an overall makeup look or as a stand-alone attention-grabber.
So, do you prefer lipstick or lip gloss? Lipstick is more opaque than gloss and stands out more (although that depends a lot on colour choice). The gloss has a more subtle shine and can make lips appear plumper.