I just moved into my new place here in San Diego. Now for the first time in my life, I have a dedicated makeup vanity. It’s great to have a place to organize all of my makeup must haves. Added bonus it also keeps me and boyfriend from fighting over the space when we try to get ready. I already did a piece on the skin care products that I can’t live without, but today as I was finally moving everything into the bathroom after we finally got a leak fixed, I figured why not share some of my makeup must haves that I can’t live without!

Can’t Live Without Makeup Must Haves

Primers

I have two that I have been loving recently, one drugstore and one high end that I got in my Boxy IMG_0520.JPGCharm in March. The E.L.F Poreless Primer is such a soft white formula that feels so much more high-end than the $6 I paid for it. On my skin, it does such a good job of filling in my pores. It gives my makeup the perfect base for application. I’ve also been in love with my Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, which has a similar effect of masking pores and just really blurring imperfections so that my foundation looks flawless.

I will say that the one E.L.F feels a tad more hydrating. If you have dry skin I would definitely suggest giving that one a try. It’s great if you want to try out a silicon filling primer without committing to the hefty price tag! Great place to start with my makeup must haves!

Foundation and Concealer

For the super beat to the gods, Instagram perfect flawless full coverage foundation I love the Milani 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer. For the longest time, I couldn’t wear it. The creamy vanilla shade is too dark and yellow even when I’m at my darkest in summer. Not long ago I was on their website about a week ago and saw they released shade 00 Light Natural. I haven’t been able to find it in stores yet so I ordered it online. I was so excited to find it was my perfect color!

For a more luminous look, my go to is the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation which has amazing coverage but still gives that beautiful healthy glow to your skin that we all crave! For super light coverage when going out to the beach, or I just want some color correction while still letting my skin shine the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint is my ride or die! It makes my skin look so plump and healthy all day!  My all time favorite concealers are both from Maybelline, the

It makes my skin look so plump and healthy all day!  My all time favorite concealers are both from Maybelline, the SuperStay Better Skin has a super light consistency that’s perfect when I just want some extra brightness, while the Face Studio Master Concealer is super high coverage that doesn’t crease, cake up or seep into my fine lines.
Makeup Must Haves
Powder
I only have one for this category. That’s just because it’s the best brightening and setting powder at the drugstore in my opinion. The NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana is my holy grail to set my face. It brightens my skin, keeps my makeup in place and just makes my makeup look so flawless. It also plays really well with other products which are a huge bonus.

Bronzer and Blush
Being as fair skinned as I am it’s really hard to find bronzers that aren’t too dark or too orange/red for me. But The Butter Bronzer from Physicians Formula in Light Bronze and the Milani Baked Bronzer in Dolce give the most beautiful sunkissed look to my skin with the perfect amount of warmth but neutral enough that I don’t look orange I absolutely love how soft and blendable they both are.

Milani’s has some faint gold shimmer to it that really just looks gorgeous in the summer. The Butter Bronzer, is a super soft matte formula perfect for contouring lightly or just warming up my entire face. The blush I use every day is the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, a stunning soft peachy color that goes with everything and gives the healthiest glow to my cheeks and is so easy to blend. Definitely, one of my makeup must haves!

Brows and Mascara
 Mess with my brow routine is a no no. Now that I’ve found something that worked and I am sticking to it. I Makeup must havesuse the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder and my Nuance by Salma Hayek Natural Brow Definer Pencil which gives me the most natural looking brows. I set my brows with L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper which is basically eyebrow glue that keeps my brows perfectly in place all day. I’ve never been able to master my eyebrows until these two products came around!

For my Mascara, I am addicted to the blackest of the black lashes that look nice and full, obviously, this means L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Carbon Black is my shit! Having blonde eyelashes means I need that nice rich color to really get the soft drama that I love. This mascara does just that.

I won’t go into my lipstick or gloss because that changes depending on my mood every day. If you guys want it I will do a separate blog post for that. I can detail my favorites for all the different brands I’ve tried. Also let me know, what are your makeup must-haves? Any I should try? Comment and let me know if there is something I am missing that I need in my life.

XOXO

Charlie

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