How to Fill a Respectable Makeup Bag (a.k.a. What Do I Buy!?!?)

The basics and beyond!
  1. THE BASICS.
  2. The right face makeup for YOU. It should address your skin's needs and make you feel gorgeous.
    If you hate coverage, go for a tinted moisturizer. If you like a matte look, go for a foundation compact. Want to cover up some shit? Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is where it's at (all celeb makeup artists use it for red carpet). Get zits easily? Go for an oil-free/non-pore-clogging formula (I swear by Clinique's super lightweight, medium coverage Anti Redness Foundation). Want something a little more robust than tinted moisturizer/BB cream? Charlotte Tilbury makes a great foundation.
  3. Mascara (my ride-or-die product).
    I wrote about it before, but Dior DiorShow Iconic Overcurl is my standard because it gives MAJOR lashes AND curls them too, which I'm way to lazy to do otherwise.
  4. A stay-put pencil eyeliner.
    Charlotte Tilbury's Rock N Roll Khol pencils are 💯. Urban Decay's 24/7 Gel Pencils are dope too. Start with a good medium brown and a blackest black.
  5. A lip product that looks makes your lips look like your lips, but better.
    Lipstick Queen's Medieval Lip Tint is lightweight and gorgeous on most. It's way more sheer than it looks. Fat crayons, like all the NARS ones, are easiest to use.
  6. A cream blush.
    People go crazy for NARS's powder blush in Orgasm, but I think cream blushes look more natural because you can really blend them into your skin. I use RMS's lip/cheek pots with a dab of her Living Luminizer, which is the best highlighter out there, IMHO.
  7. NEXT STEPS.
  8. Brow pencil.
    When your brows are groomed, you look gorgeous. I spend my money on Burberry's Effortless Eyebrow Definer or Benefit's Instant Brow Pencil. Err on the lighter side, color-wise, for the most natural look.
  9. A versatile eye shadow palette.
    Urban Decay's NAKED (the original) Palette is great. Charlotte Tilbury's Dolce Vita is also very good. Chanel's Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Prélude is also versatile.
  10. A bold lipstick that works with your complexion and style.
    For statement moments you need something intense, whether that's a bright red-orange, shocking pink, or deep wine is up to you. Wear with barely-there foundation and mascara for a French-girl look.
  11. Tapered blending brush for eyeshadow.
    MAC's 224 Tapered Blending Brush is a good option, I also like 232.
  12. Stippling brush for blending foundation and/or blush.
    Laura Mercier's Finishing Brush just buffs product into your skin for a luminous, seamless look.
  13. Concealer.
    Honestly I almost never use it, but it's good for emergencies. Something g creamy for under your eyes, like the RMS one is a good idea.
  14. Blotting papers.
    I never use face powder because Tatch's Blotting Papers soak up oil without adding product to your face.
  15. Tweezers!
    I like the angled Tweezerman ones myself.
  16. DEEP CUTS.
  17. More brushes.
    I love Charlotte Tilbury's Eye Smudger brush. A mascara comb is helpful. A skinny brush for eyeliner. An angled spooly brush for grooming your brows is good too.
  18. Liquid or gel eyeliner.
    Stila makes a good felt-tip pen option in a water-resistant formula.
  19. Luminizer.
    Again, I like RMS living Luminizer the best by FAR, but Benefit's High Beam is good too. Need small amounts on your cheekbones.
  20. Bronzer.
    Again, not really for me, but some people care lots. Go for Guerlain or NARS for the most believable colors.
  21. Fun lip and eye shaow colors!
    Khaki eyeliner? Coral lipstick? Sure why not!