A Basic Makeup Kit
My Emily Ring
I share *a lot* of products with you through this site and I can totally see how overwhelming it may be to sort through what could work best for you! I absolutely love the hunt for the best of the best, and I also enjoy using a variety of beauty products, but I can appreciate that some of you would just like to be told the 5-8 makeup essentials for an easy, daily look so I’m doing that for you today.
So, we’ll start with the basics. I’m focusing on just providing a product recommendation in each category for you, so don’t feel locked into the exact products pictured if you’ve tried them and they don’t work for you.
A good basic makeup kit includes foundation, concealer, eyebrow product, blush, bronzer, mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow.
Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Benefit Goof Proof Waterproof Easy Shape & Fill Eyebrow Pencil, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eyeshadow, Patrick Ta Major Beauty Headlines Cream and Powder Blush, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, Ilia Fullest Volumizing Mascara, Charlotte Tillbury Rock n’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil.
I love a medium coverage foundation for versatility. You can wear a thin layer for just a bit of coverage, or wear two layers if you need something a bit more full coverage. It seems to work better when I “thin” out medium coverage foundations with a moisturizer as opposed to trying to do that trick with a full coverage foundation.
A creamy, easy-to-blend concealer is essential for brightening under the eyes or covering blemishes.
A skinny brow pencil is the easiest tool to work with if you’re new or apprehensive about filling in or shaping your brows with products.
I love cream eyeshadow and Au Natural is one of the easiest shades to wear.
If you’re looking to grow your makeup kit, or have some options for more glam looks, here are a few other products I would add to the basics kit.
Tartlette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, Tarte Liquid Eyeliner, Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer, Clinique Lower Lash Mascara, Lancome Lash Idol Mascara.
I added under eye setting powder (an absolute essential for making my under eye concealer stay put all day long), liquid liner for lining the base of my lashes, contour & highlight palette, an all-over highlighting palette, an eyeshadow palette with lots of easy to wear colors, a stronger concealer for blemishes, a lower lash mascara, and another favorite mascara.