I’ve been debating on writing this post for a whileeee. If you didn’t know, I stink at makeup. In the past two years I learned how to put on eye shadow properly. Not even joking. I am an absolute beginner at makeup and I barely know what I’m doing. But that’s okay! We all have to start somewhere. I really only use affordable makeup (except for my foundation and foundation brush but we’ll get to that later). Like I said, I’m not obsessed with makeup but I like doing my own and I think I’ve amassed a good collection of products that didn’t break the bank.
I want to make a video of EVERYTHING that’s in my makeup bag (yes, even the weird stuff that ends up there) sometime soon, but this post has been at the front of my mind all week so I wanted to write it! Here’s what I use:
Face primer: NYX Studio Perfect Photo Loving Primer
I’ve used the $36 Smashbox face primer and this stuff is just as good. Trust.
Foundation: Lancome Ultra 24H Long Wear
I was suckered into buying this. I went to Ulta wanting to purchase a specific foundation but realized that none of the colors matched my skin tone. I’m super pale with cool undertones, lots of redness, and oily skin. I wanted something with good coverage that wouldn’t get all slimy as the day wore on. I still have yet to find “the one” when it comes to foundation, but I like this stuff. It’s REALLY pricey and I definitely would not have bought this if it weren’t for the Lancome sales lady at Ulta putting it all over my face and then making me feel like I needed to buy it lol. But I do like it. You don’t really need to set it with powder because it’s pretty powdery as it is (but it’s liquid, does that even make sense?)
Foundation brush: Bare Minerals Smoothing Face Brush
I’m SO glad I splurged on this brush. At $22, it’s the most pricey brush I own BUT I think having a good brush for your foundation is important. I used my fingers for YEARS and then graduated to a Beauty Blender, but I just didn’t get the coverage I wanted with the sponges. This brush is awesome. I use my finger and dab foundation around my face and then swirl it in with this little lady. It’s awesome!
Eye primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
I haven’t tried any other eye shadow primers because this one does the job well and it lasts forever! I just refreshed my bottle because it was a few years old and the color/consistency was looking sad.
My brows don’t really get crazy so all I do is fill them in. Miraculously, the third color from the right in this palette is a perfect match for my brows. I use that color and the pointy end of the applicator that comes with the palette to fill them in. I didn’t buy this palette for my brows but once I hit pan I’ll definitely need another if only just for this shade!
Eye shadow: Makeup Revolution 32 Piece Eye Shadow Palette
I love this palette! I’m not super picky about eye shadows and this palette has 32 gorgeous colors for a really great price.
Eye shadow brushes: e.l.f. shadow brush, e.l.f. crease brush, e.l.f. blending brush
I use these three together to get the right look! If I’m only using 1 color I’ll typically just use the “shadow brush”. e.l.f. makes really affordable brushes that I think get the job done well! I’ve gotten almost all of mine at Target for a good price
Eyeliner: Revlon colorstay
I’m not really devoted to one eyeliner but I’ve been using this one for a few weeks and I like it! I typically go with the self-sharpening eyeliners in a black-brown color. This one is a favorite of mine as well (since I have green eyes)!
Mascara: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume
This is my ALL TIME FAVORITE MASCARA! I’ve tried others, but I keep coming back to this! It doesn’t clump on me and it makes my eyes look amazing. I already have pretty long eyelashes so I can’t say much about its lengthening capabilities but it definitely makes my lashes look fuller and better.
Bronzer: NYX matte bronzer
I only just bought this over the weekend and have used it once so I can’t really say if I love/hate this yet but it’s in my makeup bag so I had to include it!
Blush/Bronzer brush: e.l.f. blush brush
I’m using the same brush for bronzer and blush. I’m thinking of getting a different blush brush but this one works for now!
So that’s a mouthful but I love this palette too! I use the top left pan for my blush and it’s the perfect shade for me! Some of these other shades make awesome highlighters.
Lip exfoliator: e.l.f. cosmetics lip exfoliator
This stuff is AWESOME. Past me would have looked at future me and laughed if she saw I was buying lip exfoliator but TRUST ME this stuff is so great. You never really notice how rough your lips get even if they’re not dry. Rub this on before doing your makeup and then rinse it off. Bonus factor is the “clear” shade tastes and smells like vanilla.
I’m obsessed with ColourPop! They’re super affordable and are always coming out with new shades and products. I have so many awesome lip colors from them but here are my favorites: lippie primer (smells and tastes like vanilla… can you tell I like vanilla?), ice cube blotted lip, slide ultra blotted lip, over brunch lippie kit
Setting spray: ColourPop Aventurine Spray
I’ve actually only been using setting spray for like, 2 weeks but I really like this one I bought on a whim from ColourPop! It’s out of stock right now, but when it comes back I highly recommend you try it out. It works well for the price!
What are your makeup must haves? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!