Makeup Essentials

I have recently thrown out all of my makeup and started over from scratch. And honest to goodness, it was one of the best things I have done! When going through all of my old makeup I found products that had migrated between bags and been hidden away to survive since high school. It felt amazing to throw it away. Like letting go of old energy and welcoming something new and better into my life. I joined Ipsy and allowed them to gradually restock my makeup bag (I will gush about Ipsy later) before committing to new products, starting with the essentials.

Here is the non-definitive list of makeup essentials I used to get started that you will need to begin the daily makeup makeover. Here we go!


There are many types of applicators on the market today. Brushes, beauty blenders, sponges, and now silicone applicators. We will cover each of these applicators in more detail in later posts but I recommend starting with a beauty blender, a powder brush, an angled brush (something you could use to apply eyeliner), and a crease brush.

The Basics

The basics of any makeup kaboodle (remember those?) include foundation, concealer, mascara, tinted lip balm or lip gloss, blush, eyeshadow, and eyeliner. You will want to start with a blush color that gives you a natural look and matches your skin’s undertones. For eyeshadows, I recommend having a few darker neutral shades in brown, highlighter colors like silver or shimmery pink, and some light matte neutral colors. The ColourPop Bare Necessities palette below is a great choice for all skin tones. For eyeliners and mascara, start with black or brown. Lip color, you will want a neutral shade and that classic red. I also highly recommend that you have a set of skin prep products including a moisturizer with SPF. Here are some favorite products below.

The Nice To Haves

These are the makeup items that are not essential to get you started, but as you begin to build your skills, evolve your look, and really start to explore your creativity, you will definitely want to add them in.

  • A range of foundations and concealers for different seasons (summer tan, winter white)
  • A peppy bright blush, highlighter, and bronzer (the last two for contouring)
  • An eyebrow pencil, eyebrow powder, and eyebrow gel
  • Eyeshadows and eyeliners in a variety of colors
  • Lip liner, lipstick, lip tint, and lip gloss
  • For skin prep, you can add a makeup primer and facial spray to add another layer of hydration. You can also use the spray to prep your brushes and beauty blenders.

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