Everyday Minerals Base –The quality is superior to similar products, while the price tag is minimal. Plus, they offer free samples (you just pay for shipping!), tutorials, and online color-selection tools.
2. Liquid Foundation:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 – There’s a reason every office has a token MAC-aholic: the company delivers on its promises. For full, smooth coverage, MAC’s foundations are among the best. Furthermore, MAC employees exhibit impressive product knowledge, and will eagerly help you find your go-to foundation.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (available at most drug stores) – Alongside Dior’s DiorShow mascara, this is one of the most talked-about mascaras of all time. I often spot the instantly-recognizable pink and green tube in friends’ makeup bags. I’m not sure if the best thing is the price tag or that it’s so easy to find. Let’s go with the fact that it works.
4. Mattifying Powder:
Arbonne FC5 Mattifying Powder – If you’re like me and have an aversion to shine, there’s no better product on the market. Not only does it keep the “oilies” away all day, the green tinge helps to minimize redness – the perfect multi-tasking product!
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero To emphasize your eyes, add a little pencil eyeliner to the top and lower lash lines. While most pencil liners don’t glide on smoothly, Urban Decay’s goes on like velvet. Furthermore, it STAYS on and doesn’t goop up in the corner like so many others.
mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Berry (http://www.meetmark.com) – The warmth in this creamy blush color flatters almost every skin type. Plus, the product is easy to apply, blends evenly – and is super affordable!
7. Brow Definer:
Avon Glimmersticks Brow Definer – This is the only brow definer I have ever used where the blonde actually looks natural (whereas most brow definers make me look like the offspring of both Betty Cooper AND Archie Andrews). Follow application with a quick touch-up from a brow blush and you’re good to go.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – A good primer is supposed to set your makeup and help control shine throughout the day. Smashbox sells a GREAT primer. Apply over your moisturizer and under foundation for the strongest effect.
Arbonne Renewing Gelée Crème Hydrating Wash – This is the best cleanser on the market, bar none. With one small dose, it removes all of your makeup for the day, INCLUDING eye makeup, but does not dry out your skin. No more messy cotton balls. No more soaking your washcloth. No more excuses to not take your makeup off before bed.
Philosophy Hope in a Jar – One of the most democratic moisturizers on the market, Hope in a Jar hydrates and helps prevent aging without clogging pores. It’s best to go with a smaller size; once unsealed, it may congeal slightly towards the end of its life.
11. Brush Set:
Everyday Minerals Brushes Along with its high-quality mineral makeup, Everyday Minerals sells superb brushes at unbelievably affordable prices. The bristles are soft, the handles are bamboo, and they are easy to clean (on that note, Sephora Brand sells a fantastic brush shampoo).