10 Makeup Essentials Everyone Should Try + Popular Holy Grails
Updated on June 7, 2022 by Team ShineSheets
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When it comes to makeup essentials, most women get overwhelmed and end up buying stuff they don’t even need. Let’s be honest – when you walk into Sephora, the urge to buy all of the gorgeously packaged makeup is STRONG! Trust me, I know.
However, does anyone need so much makeup? Not only is makeup expensive (most high-end brands), it also comes with a rather short expiry date. So why spend all your hard-earned money when you can buy a few makeup essentials that will be enough for your everyday use?
Today I’m researching & listing ten makeup essentials that every woman should own if they wear makeup regularly. And just in case you’re a notorious makeup lover, I don’t say that it’s bad to own a lot of makeup!
This is more about beauty products that can be counted on as makeup essentials and it will be especially useful for people who want a simple makeup kit with good results. 🥰
I will also list the most popular makeup products for every makeup essential category. Alrighty? Let’s dive in!
10 Makeup Essentials Everyone Should Try
PART 1: Makeup Essentials For PERFECT SKIN
For makeup to go on smoothly, you need to prime your face. And if you want your makeup to stay put all day without fading or caking up, you guessed it – start with a primer!
Makeup primer is a makeup essential that evens out your skin, blurs the pores and acts as a sticky background for your makeup. Usually, primers have silicone in their formula which creates a fantastic, smooth and soft skin texture. It then becomes so much easier to spread and fade liquid foundations, eyeshadows, and all other makeup you’re going to apply.
One of the most beloved makeup primers is probably the e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer:
It’s a hydrating, vitamin-infused formula that primes your face without drying it out. The price is very affordable as well – lovely!
2. BB Cream
There are days where your complexion needs a little help, but applying a liquid foundation seems a little too much. A good BB cream is the perfect makeup essential for such days!
Most BB creams have light, sheer coverage, which can be built up to achieve the desired result. It also moisturizes the skin, acts as a sun shield (if your BB cream has SPF protection), and can be applied in minutes! What’s not to love?
Maybelline has a wonderful, highly-popular BB Cream called BB-Fresh 5-in-1 Beauty Balm which actually is one of my all-time faves!
It’s a hydrating and perfectly blurring BB Cream with SPF 30 that is probably irreplaceable on hot summer days when putting on foundation is simply not an option. It’s very affordable (and always sold out where I live, ugh!) + delivers wonderful results. A big thumbs up to Maybelline for creating such a great makeup essential!
3. Liquid Foundation
A liquid foundation is arguably one of the most important makeup essentials, and its purpose is to form a beautiful base upon which you lay the other makeup products. A good foundation (that matches your skin tone!) is definitely a must-have in every makeup bag. Both matte foundations and luminous foundations work great – just choose according to your skin type.
If you want your foundation to work double-time, I really recommend choosing a breathable foundation that is also buildable. This way, you can control how much coverage you need.
One of the most popular, holy grail foundation is Maybelline Fit Me! foundation which has a staggering 14.000+ positive reviews on Amazon! I personally haven’t tried it yet, but people seem to love it for great coverage, a very wide range of shades, and excellent quality for a good price:
P. S. Here are some tips that help your foundation last the whole day.
Most women are blessed with dark circles, under-eye bags, and blemishes on the face that simply laugh at any foundation – it’s simply not enough to cover them. A concealer is a makeup essential that allows you to hide imperfections, discolorations while brightening up the skin for a flawless finish. It’s simply a must-have whether you’re wearing light makeup for work or going for a full evening makeup routine:
PART 2: Makeup Essentials For ACCENTUATED FEATURES
If there is one makeup essential that can instantly freshen up your face, it has to be the blush. A slight dab of neutral-toned blush on the apples of your cheeks can provide you a much-needed pick-me-up on days where you need it. You can choose a powder blush or cream blush according to your skin type (girls with dry skin might love cream formulas more).
Milani makes mega-popular baked blushes (Jeffree Star approved) that look great on different skin tones. You can never go wrong with a neutral, peachy blush with a hint of shimmer like their shade Petal Primavera:
Bronzer works like magic. This makeup essential is a multitasker: it adds a healthy glow to your face, a matte one can work as a contour and you will look sun-kissed in just the right spots (as if you just came back from the Bahamas, babe!). Plus, no one will know that you actually spend all your time in front of your PC…
Physician Formula makes a wonderful bronzer enriched with precious exotic butters. If you’re prone to dry skin, this can become your new favorite makeup essential!
P. S. here’s the right way to apply bronzer without looking dirty
PART 3: Makeup Essentials For EYES
7. Eyebrow pencil
Eyebrows are an incredibly important part of your face, and your makeup might not look complete unless you properly shape your eyebrows.
Now, you can fill in your brows using eyeshadows, eyebrow gels, etc. yet nothing is as fast and simple as a good old eyebrow pencil. It’s another makeup essential that every woman, man, or gender-neutral makeup fan should own.
If you choose a pencil with a brush (or a comb, if you like) you can use it to outline, fill, comb, and shape your brows in no time – and it will frame your face perfectly. I couldn’t find a holy grail eyebrow pencil anywhere (and I haven’t found my own yet), but it seems like Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer is pretty much loved by a LOT of people:
Probably the queen of all makeup essentials! I bet we can all agree that mascara is a must-have product that makes you go from plain to glam at any time! Even if you are not gifted with naturally long lashes (and here’s how to make your eyelashes longer naturally), a good mascara can add length and volume to your eyelashes in just a few swipes. Even a single swipe of mascara will open up your eyes and get you ready for the day!
Now, there are tons of mascaras that can be called holy grails since everyone seems to have their own one. So I decided to list my own holy grail mascara (it’s also one of the most popular mascaras on Amazon – I’m not surprised)! It’s the L’Oreal Paris Makeup Lash Paradise mascara and seriously, I am not buying any other mascara until they discontinue this one! Just kidding, it’s a very good mascara that makes your lashes big, long, glamorous, and sexy + it never flakes. Never!
9. A nude eyeshadow palette
One of the most important makeup essentials for eyes, an eyeshadow palette with neutral, nude, matte colors can be one of your best investments. If you love wearing eye makeup, you can use neutral shades for everyday looks without looking overdone.
On top of that, cool browns, blushy browns, and even greys complement almost any skin tone, so you will never go wrong by choosing a good neutral eyeshadow palette.
Urban Decay Naked palette used the be the holy grail for a long time, but now there are plenty of dupes to choose from without going broke. One of the most popular nude palettes right now is the L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow which is very affordable and gives you high-quality results:
PART 3: Makeup Essentials For LIPS
10. The King Of Makeup Essentials! Red Lipstick
In fact, I should have listed this at the top of the makeup essentials list because red lipstick is still a classic beauty tool that fits everyone! Nothing can empower more than your favorite shade of red lipstick (okay, working on your confidence works as well), but hey – want to simply look confident? Wear your red lipstick. Want to glam up for an event? Red is the answer! Once you choose a shade of red that complements your complexion, it’s impossible to look back!
Makeup Essentials: a Recap
And we have made it to the end! These makeup essentials can make you look and feel your best every day. And you don’t even need all of them – just find the ones you like the most and you’ll never look overdone.
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