I've gotten a few requests to write about building a makeup collection. So I finally sat down, thought it out, and here I am giving you my input on how to 1. START a makeup collection and 2. Buy makeup you will actually wear.
So, let us begin.
First things first, adapt this to your lifestyle and beauty routine. If you are more of a low maintenance kind of gal, stick with bb cream and a nude/peach blush. If you are looking to play around a little more with makeup, and possibly wear a little more, invest in a great foundation. Neither is better or worse, simply a difference in taste.
1. Find a great foundation. Don't feel limited to liquid. Try out different textures, talk to employees at cosmetic counters about your desires and skin type. Full coverage isn't always the answer. I often tend towards liquid foundation because I like that I can control the coverage, but I spent many years wearing Bare Minerals loose powder foundation and loved that as well. The beauty of it all is that you can change up your makeup. The hard part is knowing where to start.
I really think every women needs, at the very least, a well-matched foundation. It is one of the most important players in making your face look fresh and even.
2. Blush adds color, warmth and dimension to our faces. Find a blush that you feel comfortable wearing, that lasts all day, and that flatters your skin tone. If you are nervous about blush, start on the peachy end of things. If you are pretty confident, try bright pinks to change it up.
3. The quest for the perfect mascara is unending. If "they" would some coming out with new formulas already, I could probably stop buying them.
Try out a few different mascaras and return the ones you don't like. You really need to give them at least a day of wear to determine if you like them. There is nothing worse than mascara flaking off onto your cheeks thorough the day, and you won't know if that will happen until you wear it all day.
As far as mascara goes, even the cult favorites don't work for me, so it's really a trial and error sort of thing. Good luck.
4. Invest in some quality brushes. No need to sell your leg to afford fancy brushes, but do find some that don't shed and are soft. A good blush brush will make applying blush easy. And if you are wearing liquid foundation, it's never a bad idea to own a foundation brush. More often than not, I apply foundation with clean fingertips so a foundation brush isn't necessarily an essential.
Find a eyelash curler than opens up your eyes and creates a nice bend in your lashes.
So, now you've got the very basics. You'll probably need a makeup bag to stash everything in. I love this one, this one, and this one.
Next time, I'll dive in a little deeper and talk about concealers, shadows and lip colors. And lastly, I'll pick my favorite "extra's" to have in your makeup bag for a little creativity.