Whether you're a minimal or maximum makeup gal, a once-and-done makeup applier, or your makeup bag is constantly attached to your hip, your supply should never be without a few essential staples.
If you're in a hurry, these five must-haves are enough to do the trick and get you on your way. If you have a little extra time, they come in handy as the foundation for your favorite go-to look.
CONCEALER: This essential comes in many different forms: stick, wand, cream, you name it. No matter what formula you choose, apply it gently with a brush or your ring finger by dabbing, not wiping. Concealer should be your go-to for masking dark circles under the eyes, blemish spots and scarring. Jane Iredale Active Light Under-Eye Concealer
POWDER: Many powders offer coverage comparable to a liquid foundation, yet you don't run the risk of having it leak all over your makeup bag. Powder is easy to apply with a brush or the included puff or sponge, and is great for quick on-the-go touch-ups. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
NEUTRAL EYE SHADOW: Pick one neutral shade of eye shadow that can stand on its own when you only have time for one color. Cream base shadows are great because they work double duty. On their own, they brighten eyes and make you appear a little more put together. When paired with additional shadow, it helps the color on top adhere better and prevents creasing. Clinique Touch Base for Eyes
MASCARA: No matter the formula (volumizing, lengthening, whatever) mascara is an essential essential. Even if you have naturally dark lashes, mascara adds volume and dimension and is the icing on the cake for any look. If you choose just one thing to apply, mascara should be it. Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara
LIP BALM: (If you opt for tinted balm, you get extra points!) Your lips need moisture all year long, but this time of year they can get especially parched. Never leave the house without a lip moisturizer, even if it’s a regular old chap stick. Tinted lip balms are especially great because they offer a hint of luscious color without the dryness that lipstick can create. Rosebud Perfume Co. Minted Rose Lip Balm