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The bare essential tools you should have in your makeup bag

By Edited May 1, 2016 0 0

If you're planning on a vacation and debating whether you'll need that midnight purple eyeshadow or your peach shimmer blush, well here's a useful list for you. If space is a concern or if you just hate clutter, then here's a list of what you must pack. There's essential makeup and then there's absolutely essential makeup. Every woman knows what I mean and if any men are reading this, then you'll finally know why girls have so much clutter in their purses.

  • Concealer: You never know when a blemish will pop up on you or when you'll need to touch up without having to redo all your foundation.
  • Foundation: The canvas for the rest of your makeup. Without this your makeup will never be as flawless as it could be. Essential for most of us unless you have very good skin.
  • Loose powder: This is for those emergencies when you'll need to soak up excess sweat or oil and get rid of shine.
  • Eyebrow tweezers: Unruly stray hairs will ruin an otherwise perfectly glam face. Get rid of them no matter where you are.
  • Eyebrow Powder/Pencil: Brow powders tend to have a nasty habit of rubbing off during the day. Eyebrow pencils or powders are essential for touch ups and for anything other than a casual makeover.
  • Mascara: Long eyelashes are one of the easiest ways to make your eyes pop. Mascara can flake off during the day or smudge.
  • Eyelash curler: Very few women have eyelashes that will stay curled throughout the day. No matter how hard you try, a lunch time touch up will be necessary. A pocket lash curler like this Shu Uemura mini eyelash curler is the perfect size for a cramped makeup bag.
  • Lipstick or lip gloss: Pretty obvious. Touch ups after eating or drinking something, also one of the easiest ways to brighten up your face.
  • Applicators: Unless you want to get makeup all over your fingers, you'll need some brushes or sponges. I like carrying a foundation brush and an eye shadow brush that doubles as a concealer brush before dipping it in my eyeshadow.
  • Eyeliner: Besides curling your lashes and applying mascara, eyeliner is one of the most important parts of a well defined eye.
  • Eye shadow: Don't go overboard here. If I had to pick one essential color, it would have to be white pearlescent eye shadow because it can be used as an eye shadow, highlighter, and illuminator. Next would be a semi neutral peach/bronze shade that I can use as a natural looking eye shadow or as a bronzer. If this is a matte color, you can mix some with your foundation and use it as a shading foundation. This together with your white eye shadow will let you contour your face even without different shades of foundation in your bag. Of course if you're going to have eye shadow you'll need to pack a brush or applicator.
  • Blush: Not absolutely essential, but still nice to have. Pick one shade that compliments the rest of your makeup and can double as a natural looking rosy cheek color.
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