We may “ooh” and “aah” over orange lips and hair chalk, but when it comes to beauty looks we would actually wear, we usually gravitate towards simple and classic styles. After all, the mesmerizing power of an expertly flicked cat eye and understated red lip knows no bounds. (Case in point: a certain Ms. Monroe.) To truly master a classic beauty look, you only need nine products in your arsenal. And don’t worry—we’ve got you covered if you need help creating a cat eye, applying blush, and making your lipstick last too.
Click through the slideshow above for the nine products you NEED to create a classic, polished beauty look!
Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($42) glides on silkily and leaves your visage looking flawless.
NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29) covers imperfections with just one swipe.
The felt-tip end of Milani’s Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner ($8) makes it ridiculously easy to create a smooth, straight line.
Our favorite part of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Dip Brow Pomade ($18) is the texture—its waterproof formula has the consistency of a creamy pomade and leaves you with a natural finish after applying with an angled brush.
Yves Saint Laurent's Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils ($30) will give you a thick, fluttery fringe.
The cream formula of Chanel’s Le Blush Créme De Chanel ($38) dries to a natural-looking, powder finish on your cheeks.
Brush MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($25) over your final look to minimize the appearance of pores and create a matte finish.
Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick ($22) in F-Bomb is the perfect red—not too light and not too bold, with a creamy, silky finish.
The final touch to any classic beauty look? Radiantly red nails, of course. Butter London’s Nail Lacquer ($15) in Come to Bed Red is a true red and free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP.