The world of makeup is rich in multitudes. When you have hundreds of beauty gurus, thousands of brands, and millions of products available in the market, it can get pretty overwhelming.
Do I need this? Do I need that? What should I invest on? What should I buy first? If you find yourself asking those questions, then read on because we’ve got the answers.
Today we’re discussing the five makeup staples to prioritize stocking in your vanity stash. These staples can instantly improve your appearance with minimum effort and little need for any additional accessories.
Whether you prefer a full-face of foundation, lightweight skin-tints, or a no-foundation look, a good concealer always comes in handy to cover unflattering under-eye bags and blemish spots.
Not everyone is blessed with flawless skin a hundred percent of the time, and you can always count on a concealer to help you look better even during the lazier days.
Opt for liquid concealers that closely match your skin tone. The wands make it easy to mark where to distribute the pigment. You can then blend it in with a sponge, a brush, or even just your fingers. Pat it in gently and keep the layering as minimal as possible for a more natural look.
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30)
- Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer ($29)
- Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer ($14)
- Colourpop No Filter Matte Concealer ($6.5)
2. Brow Gel or Brow Pencil
Shapely brows help shape your face and make you look more put together. When your brows aren’t micro-bladed or naturally thick and defined, a good brow product can help make a huge difference in elevating your look.
If you have thin brows, a brow pencil helps fill in the gaps to make it look fuller and more defined. Look for one that comes with a spoolie or brush end to evenly disperse the pigment while neatly sweeping your brow hair to one direction.
If you have moderate to thick brows, opt for a brow gel as it can bring an extra touch of volume to your brow hair.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21)
- Fenty Beauty Brow MVP ($20)
- EM Cosmetics Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream ($19)
- Glossier Boy Brow ($16)
Long lashes draw attention to your eyes and, paired with under-eye concealer, give the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes.
Even the most subtle lift of your eyelashes is enough to make a difference, which makes a good mascara product a great staple to have in your makeup bag.
Mascaras have to be replaced every three months, but their wands can easily be recycled. Wands for Wildlife accepts donations twice a year, using old mascara wands to help remove fly eggs and larvae from the fur and feathers of wild animals.
- Glossier Lash Slick ($16)
- Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara ($10.49)
- L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ($9.99)
- Innisfree Skinny Microcara ($8.34)
4. Tinted Lip Balm
While matte lippies are abundant in the market and great for more polished look, sometimes you just need a light wash of colour for your lips to avoid looking parched or unkempt.
Tinted lip balms not only keep your lips plump and hydrated, but they also make them look healthy and pretty.
No dry, chapped lips here—just sweet smiles all around.
- Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm ($18.50)
- Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm ($18)
- Go-To Pinky Nudey Lips! ($17)
- Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense ($8.97)
The only other colour product in the list, a blush that flatters your skin tone can instantly make you look spirited and youthful.
There are various kinds of blush products in the market, and we highly recommend opting for cream or liquid blushes that you can easily dab on your cheeks with your fingers for that soft flush of color.
- Bite Beauty Multistick ($24)
- Glossier Cloud Paint ($18)
- B. by Banila Cheer Water Cheek Colour ($12)
- Canmake Cream Cheek Blush ($8.39)
What are your makeup must-haves? Let us know in the comments!