15 Must-Have Make-Up Essentials
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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