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15 Must-Have Make-Up Essentials

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As a child, I was always intrigued by the contents of my mum’s make-up kit. The sleek products it held – and the powers of transformation that they possessed – were a source of endless fascination for my young mind. It was amazing how, with just a few swipes of those magical products, a Plain Jane could morph into a striking Glamazon shrouded in an aura of mystery and self-assuredness.

The fascination continues today, of course. And having rummaged through the kits of most of my girlfriends (and the possessive instinct this action often inspires in them), I can safely say that a girl’s make-up kit is one of her most prized possessions. So without further ado, here is THE most comprehensive roundup of make-up essentials every girl must include in her make-up bag.

 1. Hydrating Moisturizer

No amount of make-up is worth the price tag as much as a hard-working moisturizer. It not only hydrates your skin and keeps it plump, but can also protect you against the elements, signs of ageing and sun damage (depending on the product you choose). Travelling in the heat, dust, stress, working in air-conditioned offices, harsh sun exposure, etc are all responsible for making your skin look dull and dehydrated. So a solid moisturizer with additional benefits is the first step in any good beauty arsenal.

Philosophy Hope In a Jar_Hauterfly-1

Philosophy Hope In A Jar Moisturizer (Rs 3,265)

Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion

Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion (Rs 286)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer_Hauterfly-1

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 (Rs 2,599)

 

2. Preventive Sunscreen

I don’t want to go completely crazy on you right now, but ladies, sun damage isn’t a pretty look. Harmful UV rays not only age your skin quicker, but they can also increase your risk for developing skin cancer. Even if you’re not spending hours in the sun, do yourself a favour and slap on some sunscreen. Dermatologists suggest re-applying sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’re outdoors a lot or sun bathing.

Vichy Capital Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch_Hauterfly-1

Vichy Capital Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch (Rs 1,089)

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Kiehl’s Sun Protector (Rs 2,399)

Ansolar Daily Use Skin Gel Creme_Hauterfly-1

Ansolar Daily Use Skin Gel Creme SPF 30 (Rs 650)

 

3. Lightweight Foundation

If you’re among the lucky few that don’t need foundation, buy yourself a tinted moisturizer that doubles up as a hydrator as well as provides light coverage. For the rest of us, a lightweight foundation with medium coverage should do the trick to mask uneven skin tone, redness, and other imperfections.

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Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation (Rs 3,199)

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Rs 2,799)

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (Rs 1,480)

 

4. Reliable Concealer

Sometimes, a simple foundation just won’t do the trick when it comes to hiding dark circles or a sudden acne breakout. That’s when a concealer comes to the rescue. Dab some on with the tips of your fingers to hide stubborn blemishes, and blend the edges into the foundation for perfect looking skin.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit_Hauterfly-1

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (Rs 4,138)

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Revlon Photoready Concealer (Rs 1,100)

L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer_Hauterfly-1

L’Oréal Paris True Match Concealer (Rs 895)

 

5. Translucent Powder

If you want a photo-ready finish every morning, a quick dusting of translucent powder not only sets your make-up and keeps it in place for most of the day, but it also helps to control shine if you’ve got oily skin. Use with a light hand.

Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Two Way Cake_Hauterfly-1

Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Two Way Cake (Rs 550)

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Colorbar Radiant White UV Fairness Compact Powder (Rs 250)

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Revlon Photo Ready Compact Powder (Rs 1,100)

 

6. Defining Eyeliner

We are a country obsessed with doing up our eyes, so a make-up kit without eyeliner is like a fish without water. And considering India’s mostly warm weather, liquid or gel liners work best to create wing-tipped looks and hold them in place for hours. If winged liner is not your thing, try lining close to your lash line with a black pencil and smudge it slightly with your ring finger for a light, smokey effect.

Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Eyeliner_Hauterfly-1

Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Eyeliner (Rs 225)

L’Oréal Paris Super Liner 24 Hour Waterproof Gel Eyeliner (Rs 700)

Bourjois Effet Smoky Eye Pencil_Hauterfly-1

Bourjois Effet Smoky Eye Pencil (Rs 475)

 

7. Volumising Mascara

The easiest way to open up your eyes is by using mascara. A girl can turn around her entire look with a mere swipe (or two) of volumising mascara. The basic idea is that it shouldn’t be clumpy or flake. Mascara is also a super quick way to transition your day look into a dressy one by piling on multiple layers.

Christian Dior Diorshow Blackout Waterproof Mascara_Hauterfly-1

Christian Dior Diorshow Blackout Waterproof Mascara (Rs 1,933)

L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara_Hauterfly-1

L’Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Rs 636)

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara_Hauterfly -1

Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara (Rs 1,933)

 

8. Natural Blush

If you tend to look pale and washed out by the end of the day, blush is my go-to product to wake up tired looking skin. A wash of colour on your cheeks instantly adds a natural flush to your face, making it look like you’re glowing with health and vitality.

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NARS Blush in Super Orgasm (Rs 1,866)

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush_Hauterfly-1

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Candy (Rs 533)

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NYX High Definition Grinding Blush in Apricot (Rs 1,530)

 

9. Neutral Lipstick For Day

Here at Hauterfly, we’re big fans of lip stains and coloured lip balms – especially for the day. While a lot of us like to put on a neutral lip colour in a peachy rose or brown, sometimes we’re just looking for a ton of hydration with a hint of colour. There are a bunch of brands that do tinted balms these days, so pick a neutral colour that works for your complexion and can go with every outfit.

Lakme 9 To 5 Matte Saffron Gossip_Hauterfly-1

Lakme 9 To 5 Matte Saffron Gossip (Rs 450)

Colorbar Take Me As I Am Lipstick in Peachy Pink_Hauterfly-1

Colorbar Take Me As I Am Lipstick in Peachy Pink (Rs 900)

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Mat Lipstick in Rose Dressing_Hauterfly-1

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Mat Lipstick in Nude Guipure (Rs 2,199)

 

10. Bright Lipstick For Evening

A bold pop of colour that lights up your entire face is a must for your evening look. While we suggest a classic red in a tone that flatters your skin colour, other options that work just as great are a bright fuchsia or coral.

Faces Ultime Pro Long Wear Lipstick in Read My Lip_Hauterfly-1

Faces Ultime Pro Long Wear Lipstick in Read My Lip (Rs 699)

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti_Hauterfly-1

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti (Rs 650)

NARS Heat Wave_Hauterfly-1

NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave (Rs 2,622)

 

11. Basic Eye Shadow Palette

A basic eye shadow palette is a great way to brighten up your eyes – think soft plum or taupe, depending on your skin colour. We especially love a champagne gold colour that you can swipe all over your lids for an instant wake-me-up. Interestingly, the highlighter that comes with a typical quad can double up as a strobing product for the bridge of your nose and upper cheekbones as well.

MUA Baked Trio Eyeshadow_Hauterfly-1

MUA Baked Trio Eyeshadow (Rs 488)

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Makeup Revolution Pro Looks Palette (Rs 1,080)

Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad_Hauterfly-1

Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad (Rs 3,965)

 

12. Handy Eyebrow Kit

Eyebrows are the feature of the moment and no look is complete without well-groomed eyebrows. Few ladies are blessed with full, lush and thick brows thanks to over-zealous plucking over the years. Strong, statement eyebrows can be easily created if you have the right brow products. Whether you use a pencil or brow shadow to fill them in, remember to use light-handed, feather strokes. Concentrate on filling in the arch of your eyebrow while going easy on the inner corners. You want strong brows not caterpillars growing on your forehead.

Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact_Hauterfly

Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact (Rs 1,799)

Inglot Eyebrow Pencil_Hauterfly-1

Inglot Eyebrow Pencil (Rs 550)

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Natio Brow Kit Rt (Rs 1,190)

 

13. Blotting Sheets

India’s climate can be harsh and unforgiving for the most part of the year, and a lot of women complain about oily skin only hours after applying and setting their make-up. Blotting sheets are your answer and can be absolute lifesavers as you’re approaching midday or a 4 pm break; just dab lightly to take off excess oil without messing up your make-up.

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Natio Restore Delicate Cleansing Wipes (Rs 775)

Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets

Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets (Rs 1,300)

Basicare Natural Facial Oil Blotting Paper_Hauterfly-1

Basicare Natural Facial Oil Blotting Paper (Rs 144)

 

14. Luscious Lip Balm

Chapped lips are not only uncomfortable, but they can also make your lipstick look messy. And no one wants unkissable lips. Always keep a lip balm or lip exfoliator handy, before you put your lipstick on.

Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm_Hauterfly-1

Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm (Rs 2,290)

Bath & Body Works Rose Salve Lip Balm_Hauterfly-1

Bath & Body Works Rose Salve Lip Balm (Rs 450)

Forest Essentials Cane Sugar Lip Scrub_Hauterfly-1

Forest Essentials Cane Sugar Lip Scrub (Rs 475)

 

15. Hydrating Hand Cream

One of the quickest ways to gauge a woman’s age is to look at her hands. Your hands have delicate skin and are constantly exposed hence they age faster than say, your face. Sadly, hands are often ignored when it comes to hydration. To slow down the ageing process slightly, always slather on a deeply moisturizing cream that not only hydrates but protects your skin as well.

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream_Hauterfly-1

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream (Rs 425)

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Aveda Hand Relief (Rs 2,399)

H2O+ Unscented Hand And Nail Cream_Hauterfly-1

H2O+ Unscented Hand And Nail Cream (Rs 1,033)

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