Over the past few years, I’ve grown and grown and grown my makeup collection, only to realize I’ve stopped using a large portion of my collection. I realized that most of the products I owned were either unused or only touched a few times. And, many were out of the expiration dates. Old eyeshadows no longer picked up pigment when swatched, mascara tubes were dried out and flakey. It was so bad, I tossed most of my collection. I am sticking to the bare minimum when it comes to wearing makeup. If I can’t do a minimal makeup look in 15 minutes or less, I don’t want to do it.
Here’s a list of great makeup products that will give you a great finish without having to spend a ton of time in the bathroom.
High End: Milk Makeup KUSH Clear Brow Gel– $20.00
This Cannabis seed-infused brow gel is certain to be a quick grab in my makeup bag! This brow gel was formulated for a flexible yet strong hold to leave your brows in place all day. With Aloe and Cucumber extract, it will hydrate and condition your brow hairs at the same time. With no flakes and a great hold, this is definitely a go-to for brow gels!
Dupe: Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara – $6.99
Looking for a product to give your brows some love and length but don’t want any pigment to them? This throwback and staple mascara is a MUST to have in your makeup bag for those days that you don’t want a full face. The great thing about this mascara is that it can be used as an untinted brow gel for those days where you just want a groomed and tamed appearance to your brows for a minimal makeup look. I’ve been using this Mascara for both my brows and lashes since high school and it’s never let me down.
High End: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – $27.00
Dark circles dragging you down? Tarte’s “Shape Tape” concealer is here to help! This concealer is insanely pigmented and concentrated. A little bit definitely goes a long way. It is my (second) most sought after product in my makeup bag due to the coverage it brings! This product packs a huge punch. Fun fact about this concealer: it’s waterproof!
Dupe: ColourPop No Filter Matte Concealer – $7.00
This concealer is easily a no brainer when it comes time to purchase. In my opinion, it is almost an identical formulation to Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer without being at such a steep price point. It glides perfectly onto the skin with its applicator, or you can use a concealer brush to put under the eye area or on blemishes to reduce redness and give a brightening effect. After setting this with my favorite powder, this concealer will not shift or move wherever I put it. This is definitely my favorite product in my makeup bag!
High End: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder – $39.00
This translucent powder is almost number one on my favorites list as loose powders go. If it weren’t for the steep price point, I’m almost 100% positive it would be my number one. This award winning powder is not only clinically tested to not be cakey, but also helps reduce shine and oils.
Dupe: Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder – $5.99
Another must have that I’ve been using since high school is the Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder. I have been using this particular face powder as a setting powder and it has not let me down ever since I started using it over 9 years ago. This powder comes in three different shades, but “Translucent Extra Coverage” is by far the best out of them all. It can be used on any skin type and skin tone without giving a wonky washed out effect to the skin. Attached are some tutorials done by women of color using this product on darker skin complexions!
High End: Dior Lip Glow Oil – $34.00
If your lips are lackluster, this lip oil is an essential. This non-greasy, balmy lip oil is sure to bring the hydration and glow back to your lips all while complementing and enhancing your natural lip color. Concocted with cherry oil, this lip oil protects your lips from daily stressors and from drying out. Coming in 8 different shades, there is a wide variety of options to choose.
Dupe: NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip Oil – $6.00
Looking for a glossy lip without that sticky and tacky feeling that almost all lip glosses seem to have? Look no further! Infused with almond, rose hip, and jojoba oils, this wonderful oil gives your lips a pump of hydration while leaving a little color to your lips for a light, minimal makeup look. NYX also offers engraving with your favorite products to personalize them and insure your bestie isn’t becoming the lipstick version of a lighter thief.
High End: Glossier Lightweight Coverage Perfecting Skin Tint – $26.00
Coming in 12 different shades, this lightweight, hypo-allergenic skin tint is sure to be a must have in your makeup bag. Glossier is a brand known for their lightweight makeup, and this skin tint blows all other CC creams and skin tints out of the water. The best thing is that the coverage is completely up to you. Want more of a lighter finish? Just use less product! It is a little on the pricier side of the spectrum, but so worth every penny!
Dupe: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer – $9.99
CC creams and skin tints not cutting it for what you want out of coverage, but still want a lighter look? This Milani 2-In-1 Foundation and Concealer is the perfect fit. This natural-feeling foundation is great if you’re not into CC creams or skin tints. With this foundation and concealer combo, you almost don’t need a stand alone concealer to use along with this product.
Whether you’re staying in for quarantine or are an essential worker, all of these products are definitely must haves for those days where you want a minimal makeup look and a fifteen minute face to get you through the day. While these products are some of my favorites, I would love to read some of your favorite products that you absolutely cannot live without!
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