As a part of my new life moving forward, I am tired of setting my own expectations too high and constantly feel like I am letting the world down as a result. Instead I want to focus on doing the things I love which includes letting other women with chronic illness know that they are not alone, they are loved, they are beautiful, and they are total badasses and should walk with their heads high.
My favorite way to celebrate my own badass-ery is through having fun with my makeup and style.
If someone was going to take my entire makeup collection away and I had to choose one of my favorite makeup products to keep from each category, I would choose:
1- Becca Backlight Priming Filter ~ $38
This primer does a fabulous job of blurring imperfections and creates a luminous canvas for your foundation. I like the “healthy glow” this primer creates, especially if I am wearing a more matte foundation.
2- Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation ~ $6.97
This foundation is incredible and so, so affordable. It has the perfect amount of coverage without being too heavy or cakey and wears perfectly all day long. Rimmel has recently released a ‘breathable” version of this foundation but I hope that doesn’t mean this version is being discontinued because it is stellar! If you see it in this packaging, grab it!
3- Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer & Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer ~ $29 & $8.99
These two products are a match made in concealer heaven for under the eyes. I use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in the Brightener shade which is a pinkish shade to counteract the dark circles and then use the Urban Decay to create a smooth under eye.
4- Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder ~ $7.99
I have tried so many powders for under my eyes but this one is something special. The powder is very finely milled so sets my concealer perfectly and keeps it from creasing all day. My favorite way to apply it is with a damp beauty sponge.
5- Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette ~ $4.99
I’m not big into contouring so this palette by Wet N Wild is perfect for when I am looking for a little more definition. The contour powder is the perfect shade and the highlight powder works great to brighten the under eye. I use the shade Dulche De Leche which has a more pink highlight powder but they do have a warmer, more yellow shade available (Caramel Toffee).
6- Physcians Formula Butter Bronzer ~ $14.99
This bronzer is hyped up all over social media for good reason. The shade is perfect, the formula blends fantastic on the skin and the smell is absolutely heavenly. It smells like summer in a compact.
7- Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso ~ $7.99
This is another product that is hyped up on social media for good reason. This shade is absolutely divine. It is the perfect peachy-pink to work on just about every skin tone and it goes along with just about every look under the sun. Plus the price is great and it is available just about everywhere!
8- Laura Geller Baked Balance-n-Brighten ~ $33
This powder is amazing for balancing your complexion, setting your foundation and adding a little bit of coverage. The swirled pigments of the powder really do a great job of doing just what the product name says it will do and it doesn’t leave your skin looking powdery or cakey.
9- Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter ~ $28
This product hasn’t been out long but it has quickly rose through the ranks to become one of my favorites. It is seriously a shade that somehow magically works on every single skin tone. Every. Single. One. How? I have absolutely no idea but somehow it does. Because I am so fair, I have a very hard time finding a golden highlighter that is not only light enough but also not too warm/yellow. The formula is also stellar and although it is a powder, it is very creamy. Although this is high end, it still isn’t crazy expensive and is worth every penny. I really hope they make this permanent.
10- Milani Make It Last Setting Spray ~ $9.99
When I first started getting into makeup, affordable setting sprays were difficult to find but thankfully the drugstore market has caught up. Setting sprays can perform different functions. Some focus on melding your makeup together. Others focus on making your skin more dewy. Others focus on adding lasting time to your makeup look and this one from Milani is one of those. This spray does a great job of setting and really locking in your makeup and the mister on this spray is perfect.
11- Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick ~$6
If I had to narrow my traditional lipstick formula down to one, it would have to be the Milani Color Statement Matte. The formula is matte but it is still creamy, comfortable, and wears beautifully. The line is very affordable (and often on sale) and has a wide variety of shades. If I had to narrow it down to just one lipstick, it would be Matte Naked which is the absolute best nude for fair skin.
12- Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color ~ $9.49
Something that I love more than a matte lip color is a long lasting lip color but the tough part is finding one that is comfortable and doesn’t dry your lips out like the Sahara. Maybelline got it right with this one. The formula is comfortable, wears evenly, and lasts until you scrub it off. The color range is also fantastic. If I had to choose one shade, I would go with Ruler. Loyalist would be a close second.
13- Milani Color Statement Lipliner ~ $5
Maybe its just me but lipliner isn’t something I feel you need to spend a lot of money on. There are plenty of great formulas at really affordable prices. Milani has a great formula with the necessary shades at only $5. Can’t beat that.
14- Milani Eyeshadow Primer ~ $6
I have tried out several different kinds of eyeshadow primers and always end up coming back to this one. It does a great job at providing a smooth canvas for shadows and helps lock it in for all day wear. A little goes a long way and you can’t beat the price.
15- Lorac Mega Pro 4 ~ $59
Of all the different eyeshadow formulas I have tried, Lorac shadows have to be my absolute favorite. They are so creamy and buttery. I have several different Lorac palettes but I chose this one because it has the widest variety of colors. Also, even with its variety of shades, it is still cohesive. Some large palettes just look like a bunch of colors thrown together but this one doesn’t. I love that for the most part it is a cooler toned palette which has been rare these days in eyeshadow palettes. I also like traveling with it as even though it is large, it isn’t bulky.
16- Colourpop Super Shock Shadows ~ $5
This may be considered cheating but I am adding in my favorite single eyeshadows and my favorite liquid/creatm eyeshadows. Colourpop by far has my favorite single eyeshadow formula with their super shock shadows. They are almost creamy in their formulation. The metallic shadows are absolutely heavenly. Just pat them on the lid with your finger and watch magic happen.
17- Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss – $24
Like the Colourpop shadows, these eye glosses also have a very unique formula. Although it is a cream, it almost feels like a gel. There is most definitely a learning curve but once you figure it out, the glittery goodness makes it worth it.
18- Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Boosting Eyeliner & Serum ~ $10.99
I don’t know about its serum or “boosting” properties but this is my absolute favorite eyeliner. I could not figure out how to do winged eyeliner until I tried this one. The brush tip is perfect for creating the wing and the formula is nice and rich (however you must be sure to pick up the Ultra Black not the Black). I always stock up when there is a sale as it is a must-have in my collection.
19- NYX Micro Brow Pencil & Brow Mascara ~ $10.99 & $6.99
NYX has a ton of great products but they are really on their brow game. They have many great formulas at great prices. My two favorites are their micro brow pencil and their brow mascara. The brow pencil is nice and thin which allows you to create more natural brow strokes to fill in your brows and the mascara/gel formula holds your brows in place all day long. You don’t need to spend a lot of money when you can find great products at affordable prices.
20- L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ~ $9.99
This mascara is well on its way to having its own cult following on social media since its release. The brush and formula is perfection if are looking for rich volume. Its a dry formula to start with so it does try out quicker than some other mascaras but it is worth it!
There are the 20 of my favorite makeup products that I would keep in my makeup collection if I was only allowed to keep 1 item out of every category! I could definitely get by but I will be the first to admit that I enjoy having a variety of items to play with 🙂
What are some of your favorite makeup products in your collection?