The other day while scrolling on Pinterest, we came across the 'capsule wardrobe.' Basically, the idea is to cut downyour closet to the most necessary items (20-30) and then just mix and match them up. And that planted the seed for our very own Makeup Capsule.
Overflowing vanity bags is a common problem, with most women without a clue about what to do with all that cosmetic clutter. So how does a makeup junkie start separating a must-have item from something that would just be nice to have? So we’ve curated ten makeup must-haves and ten would-be-nice-to-haves makeup items! If you’re a super minimalist, we suggest you go with the first ten and still have a bombshell makeup collection.
We are currently lusting over the L’oreal Paris Infallible 24h Foundation. It’s so light weighted yet gives complete coverage. The best part is that it stays on through the day, into that dinner date and well past bedtime even!
2 Compact Powder
Because makeup should never scream made up, it’s good to set and even out your makeup with a compact powder. The Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder is so lightweight and bendable that you’ll forget it’s on your face! Plus it minimizes imperfections and melts into your skin tone.
L’Oreal Paris True Match Concealer is definitely a must-have. This multipurpose concealer does it all: bridges fine lines and wrinkles, reduces redness and evens out skin tone. Use it to conceal under-eye circles or that last minute zit.
4 Eyeshadow palette
Makeup Revolution Salvation Eyeshadow Palette personifies the adage ‘One palette many looks’. This palette comes with 18 eye shadows; 12 shimmer shades and 6 matte. It’s just what you need to master day chic or transform into a subtly smoky night diva.
5 Brow Pencil
Not all of us have naturally shaped, perfect eyebrows. Brow Power is here to stay so opt for a brow pencil. It’s handy and easier to use. We are currently loving Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper. It’s the first ever two-in-one brow liner that comes with a slim pencil tip to shape your brows and a powder tip for a soft finish.
Like power brows, luscious long lashes are timeless. Invest in a mascara that not only lengthens and volumizes your lashes but also waterproofs like Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara. How else will you go from skinny to fat in 10
7 Pencil Liner
L’Oreal Paris Kajal Magique pocket friendly and so easy to use. The liner doubles up as kohl and eyeliner; we’ve even smudged things up and used it as an eye shadow!
This is an important product in our must-have list. Use it to bronze and contour. We love Natio Pressed Powder Bronzer because it’s heavily pigmented and just a tiny dab goes a long way. Get sculpted cheekbones every single time!
You don’t want to miss out on flushed cheeks but you don’t want to look like a Geisha girl either! The trick is to go subtle with your blush. MUA Luxe Whipped Velvet Blush is soft and subtle and gives you just the right hint of natural flush.
Yes we remember it! It’s the best part of every makeup kit and sort of makes you look made up and ready to face the world. Maybelline’s Superstay 14hr Lipstick stays on for 14 straight hours, is a matte, smudge proof, multitasking formula, easy on the pocket with delectable shades. What more do you want?
Good To Have
1 Under-Eye Brightening Serum/Cream
This is great to have on hand especially if you regularly wake up to tired, puffy morning eyes. We recommend Colorbar Eyebelieve Ultimate Eye Cream that comes with a roller pen applicator to combat puffiness and hydrates as well.
2 CC Cream / Tinted moisturiser
Wearing a foundation every day can get overwhelming and there are times you just want your skin to breathe. This is when a good CC/BB cream or a tinted moisturizer comes in handy. We suggest L’Oreal Paris True Match BB Cream for lightweight, flawless coverage that heals AND conceals.
Talk to any makeup expert and she’ll tell you skipping this step is a no-no but really, it’s just an additional step in a rushed a.m. routine. Having said that, there’s no harm taking your makeup to another level. L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer is perfect; it’s lightweight and smoothens the skin surface, minimizing pores.
4 Eye Primer
This one’s for you if your eye shadow starts creasing in an hour or two after application. We love Inglot’s Eye Makeup Base It helps eye makeup last for hours without smudging or creasing.
5 False Eyelashes
This is not a necessity but we could all do with a little more drama in our lives. Ardell Runway Gisele Black Eye Lashes are the perfect pair of falsies to make your own because they’re so lightweight and look so natural. It’s ideal for dialling up the drama at night.
Strobing is the hot new trend in town. And to get with this trend you’ll need at least one highlighter. Or just swipe it over your cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin to perk up your complexion, accentuate your features and even camouflage aging skin. We’re currently crushing on MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder.
7 Liquid/Gel Liner
It may not be everyone’s favourite product because it can be a little messy and tricky. But Maybelline’s The Colossal Liner is super easy to use and you can totally control its thickness. Sweeping wings, here I come!
8 Lip Liner
It’s great to have it handy for primarily two reasons. One, you can use it like a matte lipstick and two, it really makes your lipstick look precise and clean. Going by the latest “Kylie Jenner Lips” trend you might want to experiment with Faces Lip Contour. Go on live dangerously just this once.
9 Lip Gloss
Inglot Sleeks Lip Gloss is ideal for a breezy brunch or a fun girl’s day out. Lip glosses will never go out of fashion. All that glimmer and shine, such a fun way to liven things up.
10 Setting Spray
It’s not necessary to use a setting spray every time after your makeup but it’s good to have in your vanity collection. NYX Professional Makeup Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish keeps your skin hydrated and sets your makeup in place, especially on hot, sweaty days.
Comment below and share your makeup must haves.