Whether you are a girl who’s really into new makeup trends or a modern business woman who likes to be ready for all sorts of events and encounters life may throw at you, it’s always important to have something special in your makeup bag. Your makeup can be light, bold, natural-looking, or you can simply go with a bit of concealer and some lip gloss – different makeup combos work for different life situations. Yet there are few things absolutely all women must have in their makeup bags that will come in handy no matter where you end up going. There’s no need to pack your bag with thousands of bottles and brushes, just a few high quality products will be enough. What are they, you might ask? Here’s our list of 8 beauty essentials every woman should have in her bag.
Primer is important
Before you even think about putting on any kind of makeup, there’s something you should do first. Face primer is the very thing that will keep your makeup fresh and your skin smooth all day long. Primers vary in shape, size, and effect, so you should really know your skin – does it have a tendency to go dry, oily, or there’s an acne problem you need to deal with? Choose your primer accordingly and you’ll be amazed with the difference it makes.
Foundation of a perfect shade
Foundation of the right shade is something that can make you look absolutely flawless. Even if you don’t wear makeup every day, keep a bottle of your fave foundation just in case – you never know when you’ll need to boost your beauty level just a bit! Clinique, L’Oréal, and CoverGirl offer a wide range of foundations, but if they feel it bit too heavy for you, try BB or CC creams, as well as tinted moisturizers that can serve the same purpose.
Sharp tweezers can really make a change
It’s hard to underestimate the role of sharp tweezers! It’s the number one tool that will make your eyebrows look picture-perfect even if you don’t apply any makeup. Invest in high quality tweezers that can pluck even the smallest hairs and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve with this small instrument!
All makeup pros know that the best makeup tool you can use for creating a perfect look is on the tips of your fingers. Yep, that’s right! You can apply most of your makeup essentials with your fingers and still look gorgeous. But if you aren’t that into ‘arts and crafts’ then there are few tools you can use – a large fluffy brush to put on powder and blush, and a firm smaller one for your foundation and concealer needs. That’s all! Most beauty brands are moving towards simplicity, getting rid of bulky sets of brushes. The less, the merrier!
If you want to carry only one type of mascara with you then you better make it a waterproof one. It’s true that waterproof mascara is harder to take off and you should be careful not to hurt your eyelashes (make sure you use an oil-based makeup remover). Yet if you choose to use this type of mascara you’ll be prepared for any situation starting with a pool party and ending with a rainy night. Oh, and you can cry as much as you want, too.
At least one bold lipstick is a must
Even if you are more into lip gloss, it’s always good to have at least one bold lipstick with you. There’s so much you can do with it! Bold lipstick can become a real lifesaver when you’ve overslept and need to quickly create at least a semi-polished look. And nothing looks more polished than a carefully applied bright lip! You can also use it as blush for cheeks if you’re in a hurry. This item is an absolute must-have!
A set of nude eyeshadows
If you want some versatility in your makeup bag but don’t want to carry a ton of makeup kits with you during the day, go for a nude eyeshadow palette. There’s hardly anything you’ll need after that! Beiges, browns, and tans can be used to easily transform your light day look into a glamorous evening smokey eye perfection. Invest in the nude eyeshadow kit and you’ll be able to create a wide range of looks that will always feel classy and sophisticated.
Blush that matches your skin tone
Choosing a perfect blush for your skin tone may be tricky, but it’s worth all the effort. You can use blush all-year-round and it never gets old! If you’re tired or have been busy all night studying (or partying), a few strokes of blush will return the fresh and healthy glow to your face. Apart from choosing the right blush tone, which should be just one or two tones darker than your natural skin color, you should also pay attention to your skin type. Mineral blush is best for oily skin types as it will let your skin breathe, but if your skin is dry you should go for cream-based blushes.