I bet you’ve heard of a capsule wardrobe…
you know, where you have a few key items of clothing that you mix and match together to create amazing outfits? It sounds great!
I tried it and I hated it! I like to have options and I hate ironing. I only iron when I literally have nothing left to wear and only owning a few items of clothes made that scenario happen waaaay more than I was happy with, so it defo wasn’t for me.
But when it comes to your makeup bag, too much choice can be overwhelming and a waste of money.
As I mentioned in my last blog, makeup has a shelf life and can go off. Companies are great at enticing you to buy their newly released makeup products and YouTube is full of people reviewing and hyping up the latest ‘must have’ eye shadow palette.
The reality is that we tend to stick to using the same few shades from our favourite palette and the rest just sit there, unused. It’s better to have a few key products that work well for you than a bulging makeup bag of expensive products that you never use.
In this month’s blog, I wanted to give you a guide to what I consider to be makeup bag essentials. Some of the products are great multi-taskers so I also want to share a few pro tips, to help you get as much use from them as possible. Let’s get started…..
Here are my top 10 makeup bag essentials:
Foundation – for the most natural finish go for a light or medium coverage and then apply concealer in areas needing more coverage
Concealer – creamy formulas are more hydrating for under eye areas. Can also be used as an eyelid primer, just set it with a small amount of setting powder
Translucent setting powder – this will help your makeup last longer. Even dry skin can use powder, just have a light touch
Blusher – Matte blushers can also be used as an eye shadow or as a crease colour. This really ties your makeup look together
Neutral toned eye shadow palette – look for a palette with a light, medium and dark matte shade, as well as a couple of lighter satin/shimmer shades. Darker eye shadows (brown, plum and black) can be pressed along lash line instead of eyeliner. Matte taupe and brown shades can also be used to fill in eyebrows
Mascara – dark brown is a great alternative to black for anyone with fair, grey or white hair
Eyebrow pencil – micro pencils with attached spoolie are ideal
Clear brow gel – brush through to keep eyebrows tidy and in place. Hairspray sprayed on to a spoolie and then combed through brows is a good alternative
Lipstick or lip gloss – a slick of lippy can instantly dress up a very minimal makeup look and give a boost to your mood. Pink or peachy lipsticks can also be used as blusher
Having these core products will allow you to create a range of looks from day to night. You also don’t need to spend a fortune, there are some great high street brands available. A few of my favs are NYX, Kiko, Maybelline and Revlon.
I hope you’ve found this useful. I’d love to hear about any products which are a perm fixture in your makeup bag.