All The Products You Need to Build the Perfect Makeup Collection

Updated 05/15/19
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Foundation Primer

Giorgio Armani Beauty

Foundation primer is a great product to use when wanting to create the perfect canvas for your makeup. There are several types of primer that you can choose depending on your skin, and it's a great staple to have in any makeup collection to ensure your foundation lasts all day and goes on smooth. Whether you're concerned about pores, redness, or anti-aging, there's a primer option for everybody! This primer from Giorgio Armani Beauty is great because it has light reflectors in it with a pearlized finish to help skin look even and hydrated. 

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Liquid Foundation, CC Cream, or Tinted Moisturizer

Amore Pacific

The great thing about foundation is the variety of formulas it comes in to fit every need. One common misconception about foundation is that in order for it to be good, it also needs to be heavy on the skin. There are actually several foundations that will even out your skin tone and give you just enough coverage without feeling heavy at all. Find the texture and formula that works for you and you'll be amazed at how easy wearing foundation actually is. This foundation featured here from Amore Pacific is extremely light-weight and covers well for not being a thicker texture, a beautiful foundation formula to wear every day.

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Eyebrow Pencil or Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Your eyebrows are one of the most important features on your face, but many women over time have over-plucked, waxed, or have experienced thinning hair, all causes that create a less fuller looking eyebrow. With a pencil, you can easily shape the arch and fill in with light strokes where you want to create the appearance of hair, and with a pomade you get a stronger finish that most of the time is water-resistant. 

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Concealer

Sephora

Concealer comes in many textures and coverage levels, but the main place you'll be using it is under the eyes for dark circles and also on blemishes to help tone down redness. Concealer should be slightly lighter than your natural skin tone and blended well when applied so that there's no thickness or creasing. Use a  Beauty Blender sponge under the eyes and on the face to blend concealer so it looks natural and stays all day.

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Eyeshadow

elf Cosmetics

Whether you prefer powder or cream textured eyeshadow, it's necessary to have in order to create beautiful eye makeup looks. Eyeshadow doesn't need to be overwhelming, you can start out with a palette of colors that you like and find what suits you best for daily wear, and then continue to experiment with different hues as you get more comfortable. If your shadow has a tendency to crease, use a primer like this one here before getting started. 

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Eyeliner

Sephora

Eyeliner comes in many forms from liquid, cream, waterproof and pencil, and is a great way to define your eyes. When shopping for eyeliner,  waterproof pencils that have a creamy finish are best as they last all day and are easy to apply to the sensitive eye area. Eyeliner is a great product to have in your makeup bag because you can use it as a base as well for eyeshadow when creating smoky eye looks. 

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Mascara

MAKE UP FOR EVER

Wake up your lashes daily with mascara and it will make a huge difference in your eyes. Mascara is the best product to use for an instant lift, and it's amazing what it can do for all the different eye makeup looks you wear. Find the formula you like best that suits your needs, whether it's lengthening, adding more volume, or helping to separate your eyelashes. 

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Blush and Bronzer

Makeup Revolution

Blush and bronzer both work together to help your complexion look warm and healthy. You can wear both together, or just one of each depending on the look you're going for. When wearing bronzer and blush together, apply the bronzer first and blend blush just on the apple of the cheeks for a pop of color. If you're just wearing bronzer alone, be sure it's applied after foundation and is blended well. Start with a sheer application of bronzer then add warmth as you go is the best practice to keeping it natural. 

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Highlighter

Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter. Benefit

Highlighting your cheekbones, under the brow bone, and other areas on the face can really step up your makeup game. I love cream and liquid highlighters versus powder because they are more malleable and last longer without looking too caked on. Apply a light layer of highlighter on top of blush for a glow that will help make your skin look really beautiful. 

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Lipstick

NARS Cosmetics

You can never have enough lipstick, but which formulas are the best and longest lasting? Depending on what type of lipstick you want, there's definitely plenty to choose from in every category imaginable. Find the texture you are most comfortable with, whether it's matte, sheer, creamy, or a gloss. 

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Setting Spray

Boscia

If you want your makeup to last all day or through a special occasion, pick up a setting spray to spritz on after you're done applying to set it. This will help keep everything in place and also has water resistant properties, to help makeup from running or melting off in higher temperatures. If you have oily skin and want to keep your skin shine-free, try this matte makeup setting spray to ensure a soft complexion. 

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