These are my no-fail, goof-proof products that I have been using for the past year. I try new products every now and then, but I always have these items in my make-up bag.
1. Loreal magic smooth souffle foundation in classic tan
This drugstore foundation is amazing! Some people use a brush to blend, but I just use my fingertips (wash your hands first!). It feels smooth like a primer going on and has a matte finish. No need to follow-up with a face powder. It stays put, even after getting sweaty at the gym.
2. Bare Minerals warmth all-over face color
I’ve been using this as a bronzer for six years, and I still cannot find anything better. It gives a natural color without being sparkly or shiny, and it works for most skin tones. Available at Ulta or Sephora.
3. EcoTools retractable kabuki brush
This super soft brush is so good to my skin! I usually use it to apply my bronzer, or it makes a great brush for face powder. I love how it retracts and has its own cover, which makes it ideal for travel. Get it at any drugstore.
4. NYC browser brush-on brow kit
This and mascara are a daily must. My eyebrows are pretty sad with sparse hairs that you can barely see. This drugstore brow kit fills them in and will stay put – even after surfing for several hours! It comes a brow brush, brow powder, and wax.
5. Smashbox photo finish lid primer
I won’t bother with eye shadow unless I wear this lid primer. It will make your shadows pop, and it keeps them from creasing or migrating to other parts of your face. I’ve tried drugstore versions of this product, but nothing comes close. Available at Ulta or Sephora.
6. Maybelline eyestudio gel liner
Hands down- best liner out there. I used to use Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes gel pencil, but this one actually stays on and will not run until you take it off. I use an angled eye brush to apply.
7. Covergirl lash blast volume waterproof mascara
I was not blessed with long or thick eyelashes, but this mascara allows my lashes to be seen. Stays put and holds a curl all-the-live-long-day. Drew Barrymore and I prefer this mascara over any Diorshow mascara any day.
8. Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in tiger lily
Smooth, peachy, and moisturizing. Hint of color and shine makes lips happy.