What's in your makeup bag? If all it has is five tubes of lipstick and an old blush brush, it's time to give your cosmetics kit a makeover. Charleen has the 411 on the must-have products that will help you build the perfect beauty kit.
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To start, I recommend having a good quality brush set. My favorite is Sigma's Essential Kit-Make Me Blush which contains all the necessary brushes for any makeup look. I suggest having at least a big fluffy powder brush, an angled blush brush, a foundation brush, a blending brush and a flat shader brush. You'll also need a brush cleansing spray like Sephora's Daily Brush Cleaner to keep your brushes clean and prevent bacteria from building up.
Watch my video to find out which are beauty must-haves:
Building a base
Next, get a foundation or tinted moisturizer to even out your complexion. For full coverage get a foundation like MAKE UP FOR EVER's HD Foundation. If you want lighter coverage instead, you can use a tinted moisturizer like theBalm's Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 18.
Always set your makeup with powder to increase the longevity of your foundation. MAC has a very popular full coverage powder called Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. If you'd rather use something lighter that will still keep your makeup looking matte, try theBalm's Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder. Moving on to concealer; I like having a lighter product for my under eye area like Revlon's PhotoReady Concealer in light, and a concealer that matches my skin tone to cover blemishes. I like using Revlon's Color Stay Blemish Concealer in light medium.
As for blush, you really don't need many products. I'd stick with a good, staple rosy blush like NYX's Powder Blush in Rose Garden. A matte bronzer is a must in my kit in order to expertly contour the face. I love Benefit's Hoola Bronzer.
Before putting on any lip products you need to use a lip balm. Lip balms from the EOS line come in a variety of flavors, and the shea butter provides long lasting moisture. If you aren't much of a lipstick kind of gal, I recommend having at least a pink and a nude lipstick that will match any occasion. Try Covergirl's LipPerfection LipColor in Darling (a flattering light pink color) and Rimmel London's Lasting Finish Lipstick in Crush (a wearable nude color).
I like to finish off my lips with lip gloss. Lately, I've been enjoying Secret Agent Beauty's Secret Lip Affair in Pink Provocateur, which doubles as a gloss and smoothing lip treatment.
Eye Beauty Essentials
The last few things you need are a lash curler, mascara and liquid eyeliner or pencil eyeliner. I like Tweezerman's Lash Curler and Maybelline's Volum' Express One by One Mascara. For a good basic liner, I'd go with MAKE UP FOR EVER's Aqua Liner in 13 or Stila's Smudge Proof Waterproof Liner in Stingray.