Makeup Essentials Every Woman Should Have
Michelle Phan once said: “Makeup is not a mask that covers up your beauty; it’s a weapon that helps you express who you are from the inside.” Even if you’re not a fan of makeup, every woman should have the basics to doll up for special occasions.
Mascara wasn’t always in the same form and shape as we know it today. Its beginnings are in Ancient Egypt when Egyptians combined kohl, water and honey to create the first mascara. They used bones and ivory as applicators and mascara to paint their lashes and protect their eyes. However, the first packaged mascara was created in 1917 by Eugene Rimmel, and the rest is history. Depending on what you need the mascara to do, there is a solution for every problem:
- Waterproof Mascara – it stands up against rain, when you’re rubbing your eyes and keeps your lashes in good shape while swimming. To be waterproof, it uses waxes, mineral oils and wax oil.
- Lengthening Mascara – it’s made out of nylon and rayon polymers. They stick to the tips of our natural lashes and give us length.
- Volumizing Mascara – it adds volume and defines the lashes without a lot of effort. It consists of silicone polymers, waxes and pigments that make the eyelashes look fuller and darker.
- Curling Mascara – the filming polymers in this mascara contract after application, which curles your lashes. Depending on the application, it can make your eyes wider, rounder or longer.
- Non-clumping Mascara – this one is for the naturalists that want to add a bit of definition. Extracts from silk and glycerin prevent clumping and add an even application.
The right mascara can contribute a lot to your overall look, so choose wisely to find the type that will flatter and beautify your eyelashes.
And here comes the base for it all. Good-quality foundation primers create a canvas for you to work on and keep the makeup in one place. They also act as protection by standing between the makeup and your skin. Other primers are eyeshadow primer, lip primer, and lash primer. All of them help your makeup last longer and look fresher.
Not all foundation primers go with every skin type, so brands have created a primer for every skin. If you have dry skin, look for primers infused with glycerin to moisturize and prevent your skin from cracking and drying. For oily skin, look for a label with mattifying or oil-free ingredients that will absorb the extra oils. Red skin can be a real headache, but colour correcting primers will help you even out your skin tone. And for mature skin, a soothing primer will do the trick and even out your skin texture.
A silicone makeup primer will do wonders in smoothing out your dry skin and give you an even skin texture. Water-based primers will work well on oily skin because they are a second moisturizer. The primer should be applied between the skincare and face makeup. Start with a small dose and add more, if needed. The best way to use it is with your fingers because while rubbing it on the skin, we warm it up, and it absorbs faster. Make sure the primer is completely dried off before adding makeup.
This is one of the first products we’re introduced to in the world of makeup. Just as the name suggests, it’s used to create a foundation all over your face so that you can work without blemishes or uneven skin tone. There are many skin types, and for each one, there is a suitable foundation.
- Liquid Foundation – it’s the primary and most popular type that both beginners and professionals use. It can work on every skin type and usually has a dewy or matte finish.
- Powder Foundation – this is a dry powder that’s easy to apply. It works best on oily skin but offers minimal coverage. You can use it on its own or as a setting powder for your foundation.
- Cream Foundation – it has a soothing feeling and adapts to the skin very well. It works well for dry skin and colder weather because it provides moisture and for people with acne, dark circles, scars and uneven tones.
- Stick Foundation – used for covering blemishes acting as a concealer on certain parts of the face. It’s convenient because of its packaging, and it’s thicker, so applying it with a brush is ideal.
- Mineral Powder – this powder contains a lot of minerals and it’s kind to sensitive skin. It will let your skin breathe and won’t clog your pores.
- BB Cream – this beauty balm moisturizes the skin, evens its tone and adds colour.
- CC Cream – this colour-correcting cream will give you a natural tint and hydrate the skin.
Lipstick has been around for a long time, and it’s among the favourite makeup tools. Besides having a cleaning routine for your lips, having the perfect lipstick will only amplify their beauty. There are many different types, and choosing the right tone and colour can be challenging.
- Cream Lipstick – this is a healthy type of lipstick because it contains more wax. It’s perfect with people with smaller lips and can be combined with some gloss to make it shinier.
- Sheer Lipstick – sheer lipstick nourishes and moisturizes the lips and gives them a shine. It has a lot of oils, and it doesn’t dry out quickly.
- Gloss Lipstick – this is an eye-catching lipstick suitable for the warmer months. It’s recommended for people with thinner lips because it makes them shine and appear bigger.
- Matte Lipstick – this lipstick makes your lips look smooth and young. It’s a shine-free and colour-rich alternative suitable for every occasion.
- Stain Lipstick – similar to matte, stain lipstick is about less shine and more colour. It’s long-lasting and requires minimal maintenance.
Applying makeup doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Whether you are using makeup often or just from time to time, these are the basic essentials you should have to get ready in no time.