It's fun to play around with a few extras every once in awhile! These are some of my picks for "non-essentials" that are still great to have on hand.
9. Bronzer adds warmth. Bronzer comes second to blush, in my opinion. And once you find a bronzer that works for your skin color, it may become your favorite product to date. The key when shopping for a bronzer is to look for something that isn't too orange/red, but is warm enough to add a subtle glow. Trying out a variety of bronzers may take awhile, but it's worth finding the right one.
10. Highlighter is a oftentimes a forgotten product that will give you a beautiful glow. I didn't start really using highlighter until the last year or so. I never found one that made a big enough difference. I tried Bare Escentuals Luminizer in "The Shining Moment". It was the perfect mix of brightness with the most subtle shimmer. If you are looking for a very concentrated highlighter, go for a cream/liquid. Once you rub it in, it will look really natural and give you a beautiful glow.
11. I really think a bold lip color is an "eventual essential" for anyone's makeup collection. It doesn't have to be the first lipstick you buy, but I think it needs to be something you eventually add once you feel comfortable (and confident!) with makeup. Either classic red, or something fun (like a punchy coral color). Wearing a bold lip color, with minimal eye makeup, is a really fresh and youthful look. If I need a "statement lip", I grab my favorite red lipstick.
12. Have at least one fun piece to experiment with. It can be false lashes, and colorful eyeshadow palette, or maybe even a liquid liner pen that makes drawing a cat eye super simple. Find a product that excites you and that you grab to use for girls night out, or a fancy event you have to go to. Most recently, my "fun" product is the Naked 2 palette. It's neutrals so it is completely acceptable for everyday wear, but it allows me to be really creative in the morning with the huge variety of shadows to choose from!
And this wraps it up! These are my 12 makeup basics (with a couple extras) to either get you started or to help you fill in the holes of your makeup collection. The only thing I completely forgot to add, that I use on a daily basis is brow color. It's kind of a "boring" thing to do, but it truly is a necessity!
I'm planning on hosting a live blog chat on Monday night (7/29) at 9p EST to answer any questions about this Makeup Collection Series. Feel free to ask other random makeup questions as well! If you want to see how a "live blog chat" works, you can watch this one.
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