My Ultimate Makeup Must Haves

Over the past year or so, my love for makeup has grown tremendously. If I really want to over analyze it, and of course I do, in the very digital world I live and work in it’s a great creative outlet!

It all began with my love of makeup tutorials and product review videos. It’s an obsession. Really. I have lost hours of time falling down the rabbit hole of watching Nikkietutorials, James Charles, Breanna Fox, Jaclyn Hill, and the ever entertaining Jeffree Star.

With the help from my trusty YouTube makeup experts, I am constantly on the hunt to find the best quality, longest lasting products.

Here my current list of ultimate makeup go-tos that don’t let me down!

Side Note: You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get high quality products! As you will see, some of my favorite products can be found at your local Walgreens, Target or Walmart.

Another Note: I am recommending resources and products, some I receive an affiliate commission for at no additional cost to you. I would greatly appreciate if you would shop using the links below. I can guarantee all recommendations are my unbiased and honest opinion.

Primer

Primer is often overlooked, but it really does make a difference. A good product will prep and prime your skin for a long-lasting foundation, and can be a real game changer if you have dry or oily complexion.

Tatcha The Silk Canvas
Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer (Current Favorite)
e.l.f. HD Mattifying Balm
e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer


Foundation

Foundations are different for everyone, simply because we all have different skin types. My suggestion is to visit your local Sephora or Ulta and ask them to use their handy little machines that identify your color and formula match. You can also ask for samples of different foundations to take home and try before you buy, It really will change the way you shop for foundation!

Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation – Full Coverage (Current Favorite)
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – Full Coverage
Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation – Medium/Full Coverage
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer – Medium/Full Coverage


Concealer

I take my concealer seriously. We all struggle with dark circles and the occasional blemish. However, a good concealer will always come to the rescue.

Pro Tip: Pick a concealer in a shade lighter than your skin tone to highlight and brighten.

Jouer Cosmetics Essential High Coverage Liquid Concealer (Current Favorite)
Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer(Very Popular)
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer
Morphe Fluidity Full-Coverage Concealer

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Loose Powder

This step is not a necessity, however I have found that setting my concealer and foundation with a layer of loose power gives my complexion an almost photoshopped effect. In my opinion, it locks everything in place for the day!

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder (Current Favorite)
Airspun Loose Face Powder
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

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Contour

Contour is a very scary word to many people. I am by no means and expert (i.e. Kim Kardashian), but I am trying to learn. With good products and practice it can totally be done!

Side Note: I only use powder-based contour products because I find them easier to use, so that is what I have listed below.

Profusion Cosmetics Contour Makeup (Current Favorite)
Morphe 8L Lo-Fi Sculpt & Shimmer Palette
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour (Great for Beginners)
KKW Powder Contour Singles

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Bronzer

If you don’t want to go full beat with your contour, you can simply add a little color to your complexion with a good bronzer.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer (Current Favorite)
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder
Morphe Glamabronze Face & Body Bronzer

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Blush

While blush can sometimes conjure up pictures of dated 80’s fashion, it can also brighten up your face and add a little rosy color to your cheeks. It is especially important if you use a full coverage foundation. But remember, a little goes a long way!

Milani Baked Blush in Color (Current Favorite)
Nars Blush in Color Orgasm (Very Popular)
MAC Powder Blush in Color Desert Rose
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Color Mood Exposure

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Highlighter

Glowing skin is big right now, and I am totally all aboard that train. A great highlighter will absolutely make you beam!

Too Faced Prismatic Highlighter in Color Blinded by the Light (Long Time Favorite)
E.L.F. Cosmetics Metallic Powder Flare Highlighter in Color Bronze Gold
L’Oreal Lumi Shimmerista Loose Highlighting Powder
L’Oreal Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette
Ofra Cosmetics and NikkieTutorials Highlighting Trio
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder in Color I’m So Lit

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Brows

I am so very thankful that I have thick brows, because that means I don’t have to put a lot of work into them. I just use a tinting powder. However, I have done my research to find some of my friend’s favorite brow products to list here for you!

Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk Powder (Long Time Favorite)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define
Covergirl Brow Fill + Shape + Define Powder Eyebrow

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Eyeshadow

I will be the first to admit, I am a bit of a eyeshadow snob. There are a lot of options out there, but I expect the products that I use to be very pigmented and blend well. So, I am here to tell you, not all eyeshadows are the same. Some are just way better than others.

Side Note: This list could be much longer (because yes, I have a problem) but these are just some of my favorites right now.

Palettes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette
BH Cosmetics Love in London Palette
BH Cosmetics Solar Flare Palette
Morphe The James Charles Palette
Morphe Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette
Juvia’s Place The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette


Singles
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single in Burnt Orange Matte
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single in Dusty Rose
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single in Glisten
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single in Orange Soda
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single in Warm Taupe
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single in Sangria
Touch in Sol Metallist Sparkling Foiled Eyeshadow in Honey Brown
Touch in Sol Metallist Sparkling Foiled Eyeshadow in Aurora Taupe

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Eyeliner

Every brand has their version of eyeliner. Honestly, I think they are all pretty similar. Personally, I use a fine tipped liquid eyeliner for my top lid and a light colored eyeliner pencil on my bottom waterline because it really makes your eyes pop.

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (Current Favorite)
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude
NYX Epic Ink Liner in Black
STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

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Mascara

Who wants a clumpy and sticky mascara? No one. Here are some of my favorites that are long-lasting and voluminous.

L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (Current Favorite For Top Lashes)
MAC Extended Play Lash Mascara (Current Favorite For Bottom Lashes)
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Urban Decay Cosmetics Perversion Mascara

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Lip

I am forever on the hunt to find the perfect long lasting lip color. Unfortunately, I have yet to find it, but I have come really, really close.

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color
Shade(s): Uncuffed, Unbutton
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color
Shade(s): Lover, Voyager, Seductress
Maybelline SuperStay 24 2-Step Liquid Lipstick
Shade(s): Firmly Mauve, Absolute Taupe
MAC Lipstive Matte
Shade(s): Velvet Teddy
Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick
Shade(s): Calabasas, Celebrity Skin, Allegedly

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Lashes

Full disclosure, I have been getting lash extensions for about two years now. I absolutely love them, but that is another blog post within itself.

However, there have been a few times that I was in between appointments and needed to use glue on lashes to add a little extra drama. Here are some of my favorites that are also affordable.

E.L.F. Winged & Polished Luxe Lash Kit
Ardell Faux Mink #811 Lashes
Ardell Multipack #110 Lashes
Duo Strip Lash Adhesive White/Clear

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Setting Spray

A good setting spray is so important. After I work to get my makeup exactly the way I like it, I really want it to last throughout a long day. Right?!

Fittish Don’t Sweat It (Current Favorite)
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Morphe Continuous Setting Mist
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+

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Brushes/Tools

Over the past year I have quickly learned how important good makeup brushes and sponges really are. You can buy the best products in the world, but if you don’t have the tools to properly use them, what’s the point? Here are some of my favorites that also happen to be affordable!

Juno & Co Microfiber Velvet Sponge
Morphe X Jaclyn Hill The Eye Master Collection
Real Techniques Flawless Base Set
Morphe All Eye Want 6-Piece Eye Brush Collection

Would you like to see more makeup tips and tricks? Let me know!

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