Makeup Essentials That Belong in Every Makeup Bag.

Foundation is, well, the foundation of any makeup routine—basic or elaborate—but you don't need to slather it all over your face. Just apply in places where you see uneven skin tone or discoloration. If you don't need as much coverage as the foundation provides or prefer something a little lighter, consider a tinted moisturizer instead.
Concealer is one of those basic makeup essentials to keep on you at all times (just in case). Choose a creamy formula that can hide under-eye circles and uninvited blemishes.
When it comes to choosing a go-to blush, look for a warm tone that adds a splash of color to the apples of your cheeks (and a little life to your whole complexion).
Translucent Setting Powder
A quick, light dusting of translucent powder at the end sets makeup and controls shine. You'll particularly love having a shine-busting setting powder on hand if you tend to have an oily T-zone or tend to sweat easily. It's also a godsend when covering up blemishes or discoloration you'd rather not share with the world: apply foundation to the problem spot, set with powder, apply a dab of concealer, then set with powder again.
There's no better way to wake up and define those eyes than by enhancing your lashes—and a good mascara is all you need. Stick with basic black mascara (or dark brown if you have light hair and lashes). It's up to you whether or not you use waterproof mascara.
Neutral Eye Shadow
A neutral beige or taupe eye shadow is an instant brightener when swiped across the upper lid.
Defining Eye Shadow
For a slightly more defined shadow, choose a medium neutral shade like a warm brown or charcoal gray. Brush the shadow in the crease of the eye, just under the brow bone, to add depth.
How about some color? Lipstick (or tint, gloss, or stain, if you want a less saturated look) is the perfect antidote to the midweek blahs. You'll be stunned at what a swipe of color can do for your lips, face, and mood. Not feeling bold and bright at the moment? Opt for a natural pink or nude lipstick instead.
Eye Liner
You can use your darker shade of eye shadow as a liner along the lashes—or use a dark brown or black pencil to create a thin line that defines and enhances your eyes.
Fluffy Powder Brush
Keep one big, rounded makeup brush to dust on setting powder once you've finished your makeup.
Blush Brush
This brush is a bit smaller than your big powder brush and is the right size for dabbing the cheeks with color and blending along the cheekbones.
Eye Shadow Brush
Your basic makeup kit should include an all-over eye shadow brush that gets your entire lid covered in one swipe.
Crease Brush
This smaller, rounded eye shadow brush will get into the crease when you add a darker shade for definition.
Eye Liner Brush
A small, flat, angled brush can be used to line the eyes or add a bit of brow powder to lackluster eyebrows.
Keep a pair of tweezers in your makeup bag to clean up any stray hairs around your brows that show up in between brow appointments.
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