June 23, 2014

9 things every woman should have in her makeup bag.

Makeup bags are like snowflakes - no two are alike. But there are a few things that should be in every woman's arsenal, whether she's a Sephora addict, or an au-naturel kinda girl. 

9. BB Cream 

For those days when you just don't feel like spending any more than exactly one minute in front of the mirror, this is your go-to product. It's a moisturizer, primer, and [light-coverage] foundation in one, and will give you even skin with a glow for a put-together, no-makeup look. 

LD Pick: Marcelle Anti-Aging BB Cream [$28, Shoppers Drug Mart]

8. Concealer

While we all wish we were blessed with a perfect complexion and "I got 8 hours of sleep" eyes, for most people the reality is you weren't. And you definitely don't get 8 hours of sleep every night. So what's the answer? Concealer. Whether you prefer cream or liquid, it's always a good bet to spend a little more and invest in a good one that will last all day and resist creasing

LD Pick: Stila Stay-All-Day Concealer [$36, The Beauty Boutique]

7. Mascara (& Eyelash Curler!)

This is pretty self explanatory. Wear mascara. And curl your eyeslashes before you apply it! 

LD Pick: Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes [$31, The Beauty Boutique] + Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler [$25, Sephora]

6. Bronzer

To avoid having people ask if you are feeling OK, a colouring item such as bronzer or blush is a necessity. To kill two birds with one stone [or two needs with one product], I recommend going for a bronzer/blush duo. Urban Decay has a great one that comes in 4 different shades to suit a wide variety of skin tones. Apply it all over to give yourself that J-Lo glow, or just on your cheeks for a more subtle, blush effect. Bonus points if you get one with a highlighter for a luminous effect. 

LD Pick: Urban Decay Naked Flushed [$35, The Beauty Boutique]

5. Highlighting Pen

A highlighting stick is a relatively new must-have for me, and it's versatility is what landed it at #5 on my list. For use virtually all over the face, a highlighting pen can be used to brighten dark shadows under and around the eye area, and around lip contours for a plumping effect. If it's the right shade, you can even use it to highlight the cheeks and forehead. 

LD Pick: Guerlain Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator [$58, The Beauty Boutique] or Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer [$10, Shoppers Drug Mart]  *budget friendly!

4. Bright Lipstick

Whether it's a classic red, or a trendy pink, having a bright colour in your bag is a must for those times when you want to play around with your look and try something different! 

LD Pick: Revlon Super Lustrous Matte in "Stormy Pink" [$12, Shoppers Drug Mart]

3. Lip Balm

To keep your lips soft and smooth, use a lip balm regularly. Keep one in your makeup bag, and one in your purse!

LD Pick: EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm [$4, Target]

2. Dark Eyeliner

My go-to is black black black, but if you find it's too harsh for your colouring, dark brown is a good alternative. I personally prefer liquid formulas for their strong pigment and staying power, but a good pencil will work for those who are terrified of liquid formulas.

LD Pick: Revlon Colourstay Liquid Eye Pen [$12, Shoppers Drug Mart]

1. Brow Pen/Pencil

I personally like to define my brows with a brow pen or pencil first, then fill in with powder for a more natural look, but if you prefer a simple and easy one-step brow process, go for the pen or pencil! 

LD Pick: Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil [$31, The Beauty Boutique] or L'Oreal Brow Artist Brow Pencil [$12, Shoppers Drug Mart]

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