21 Must Have Makeup Essentials

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Today I am sharing my top 21 beauty must haves that every woman should own in her makeup collection! I use these products on a daily basis and I have been using some of them for years. If you are looking for new face, eye or lip products, make sure you check out my list to see all of the products that I highly recommend. Enjoy!


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation // This has been my holy grail foundation for the past few years. I have dry skin and I looove a nice dewy finish to the skin. This foundation wears beautifully on the skin, it never looks cakey, and has buildable coverage. I wear the shade #5 for reference. If you haven’t found a foundation that you are in love with, give this one a try and your search for the perfect foundation will be over!


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Laura Mercier Mineral Powder // I have tried so many different face powders, and this one is the one that I will continue to repurchase. I am picky about my face powders because I want them to have coverage but I do not want them to look cakey or patchy on my skin. This powder is so finely milled and is not a white, translucent powder, so it gives my skin a little extra coverage and leaves the most beautiful finish on my skin.


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Tarte Shape Tape Concealer // Okay, I honestly cannot rave about this concealer enough. I think I have converted everyone in my life to this concealer!!! It is the most high coverage concealer and it does not crease! Every time I go to repurchase this, I buy 2 at a time because I never ever want to be without it! I wear the color Light and it is perfect for my skin tone.


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Mac Fix+ // I can’t go a day without using a face mist/setting spray. Even if I am doing a very light makeup look, I always start off by misting my face with this spray. It preps my skin so well for makeup, and then it also sets my makeup when I am finished. This gives the prettiest glow and radiant finish to the skin.


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IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armor // I’m not going to lie, I never used to wear sunscreen under my makeup unless my foundation had SPF in it. I hate the smell of sunscreen and the thought of smelling like sunscreen every single day was a horrible thing. I heard my favorite YouTubers raving about this SPF, so I decided to give it a try. Let me tell you, it doesn’t even have the faintest smell of sunscreen! This is a tinted SPF so on most days I use this sunscreen instead of foundation because it evens out my skin tone and provides me with coverage. If I decide to wear foundation, I always wear this underneath. If you are looking to add sunscreen to your daily makeup routine (you should!!!), you NEED this in your life!


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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz // I believe every woman should own a good brow pencil because brows are very important! Many people neglect their brows, and a little penciling in can make a HUGE difference. This brow wiz is so easy to use because the tip of the pencil is so small and it is easy to make little brow like hairs in areas that need a little extra love. I use the color Taupe in the brow wiz and it works perfectly with my blonde hair.


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Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel // I can’t go a day without my clear brow gel! Even if I am in a hurry and don’t have time to fill in my brows with the brow wiz, I will always use the clear brow gel to set my brows in place.


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Nars Pressed Setting Powder // I first heard about this pressed setting powder from another blogger who was raving about it, so I wanted to give it a try! I am so happy I tried this setting powder because it is the best powder I’ve ever found for setting my under eyes. This powder brightens the under eye, doesn’t crease at all, and lasts all day. What more could you ask for?!


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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlight // I have always been a huge fan of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighters, and I wrote a detailed review of the Becca liquid highlight here, but I recently picked up the cream highlight and I am obsessed with it! I love applying this highlighter to my skin before I apply my foundation because it gives my skin the prettiest glow that looks so natural. If you are looking for a natural looking “glow from within” highlighter, definitely give this one a try.


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Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat // This brush cleaning mat is too good not to mention! If you dread the process of washing your makeup brushes, you need this mat in your life. This cuts your brush cleaning time in half because it gets your brushes so clean in such a short period of time. It’s important to clean your brushes at least once a month and this mat is such a time saver!


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Chanel Cream Bronzer // If you have dry skin like me, cream products will be your best friend. This Chanel cream bronzer is as luxurious as it gets. It is the perfect bronzing color, it is very easy to blend on the skin, and it leaves your skin looking glowy and bronzey.


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Nars Blush Palette // I love having options when it comes to blush. Depending on the makeup look I’m going for, sometimes I want a matte blush and other times I want one with some shimmer in it. This Nars blush palette has the most beautiful range of shades and includes both mattes and shimmers. I like mixing a couple of the shades together to get a customized look.


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Benefit Hoola Bronzer // This cool toned bronzer is the perfect shade for contouring the face. After I apply my Chanel cream bronzer, I set the areas where I applied the cream bronzer with this bronzing powder.


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Beauty Blender // I absolutely can’t live without a beauty blender. I apply my foundation, concealer, cream bronzer, cream highlighter, etc. with a beauty blender. I have found that applying foundation with a damp beauty blender is the best way to create a flawless finish to the skin. I don’t like that face brushes leave stroke marks on your face, and that is one of the reasons I prefer applying my foundation with a beauty blender.


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Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette // I love eyeshadow palettes that have everything I could possibly want in them, and this palette does that for me! I personally like cooler toned eyeshadows, and this palette has the perfect shades of taupe, dark purple, brown, and a mix of matte and shimmers. I love using this palette year round!


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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner // I have tried several different brands of liquid liner, and this Stila liquid liner is by far the best! It has such a fine felt tip which makes it super simple to draw a thin line of eyeliner, and you can easily build it up to create a thicker line.


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Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow // Some days I want a pretty eyeshadow look but I don’t have the time to use an eyeshadow palette and blend several different shadows on my lid. This cream shadow has been the solution to all of my problems! I dab my ring finger in this cream shadow, apply it to my eyelid and then take a brush and blend it in my crease to get rid of any harsh lines. The process is so incredibly fast and easy and this cream shadow has the most beautiful pigment!


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L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara // I have always been the type of person that will spend a lot of money for a good mascara, but everything I had been trying recently just wasn’t working for me! I picked up this L’Oreal mascara from Target because I had been hearing so much buzz about it, and OMG I can honestly say this is the best mascara I have ever used. I have completely moved on from my Too Faced, Chanel, and MAC mascaras because this one is 100000x better and it is only $8.99!!!


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Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner // This lip liner glides on so smoothly and is the perfect pinky nude shade that matches any neutral lip color.


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Mac Pink Lipstick ‘Creme Cup’ // This is by far my favorite lipstick color of all time. It is the perfect pink color that looks gorgeous for an everyday look or for a fancier look. I love pairing this with the Charlotte Tilbury lip liner!


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NYX Butter Gloss // This is another drug store product that I can’t live without. This gloss is pigmented, smells amazing, and the color lasts for a long time. These Butter Glosses are less than $5 and I prefer them over high end lip glosses! I wear the color Eclair on a daily basis, but a few of my other favorite shades are Creme Brulee, Merengue, Vanilla Cream Pie and Maple Blondie.


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I hope you enjoyed reading about my 21 favorite products a.k.a my beauty must haves! If you have any questions/comments about the products I mentioned above, please feel free to ask. If there is a beauty must have in your collection that I didn’t list, let me know what it is so I can test it out! Thanks for stopping by!

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