10 Beauty Products Every Girl Should Have


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I don’t think I can remember a time where I didn’t love makeup. I’ve always loved experimenting with it, and watching my mom do her make-up when I was a kid. Whenever I’m missing my mom, I always bust out some Lancome because the smell reminds me of her. I got started with it at an early age, which unfortunately means I sported some pretty tragic looks in middle school (as if I wasn’t already awkward-looking enough). Now I find myself quite accomplished in makeup artistry (it really is an art form) and I jump at the chance to do all of my sisters’ makeup before heading out for the night. Before I found Sephora (read: Heaven On Earth) I was very brand-loyal, but branching out and trying things out has opened my eyes to a lot of great products. Oh, and if you don’t have a Sephora card, drive to the mall and get one right now. I get so many discounts and free shit, I can’t believe I didn’t want to stop going to department store counters. After extensive and expensive trial and error (sorry, Dad!) I’ve compiled a list of 10 beauty products everyone should have. And ladies, if you have other products that you love that aren’t on the list, let me know and I’ll try them out!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer

The. Best. Purchase. I’ve. Ever. Made. This stuff is amazing and now I can’t live without it. First of all, if you’re not using a primer, at all, you should be (it makes your shadow actually look how it’s supposed to), and this is the best one out there. After a night of partying, I’ll wake up the next morning and my eyeshadow looks like I put it on an hour before. I know, I know, you’re not supposed to sleep in makeup, but I like living on the edge. It’s a little tough to get off, especially if you mess up your eyeshadow and have to start over, but it’s definitely worth it.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This setting spray does miraculous things. After you’ve finished applying your makeup, you spray it on your face (it’ll feel awkward the first few times but keep with it!), and after it dries you’re makeup will not come off until you take it off (I mean, don’t try to push your makeup past the point of hygeine, but it will stay until you get home that night). It’s the best for going barhopping, or to a football game, or to a day drink, because it’s sweatproof. While your friends are beyond the point of “you need to blend” and their faces are melting off, you will still look flawless (as if you could look any other way).

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

I got this for Christmas last year and it’s pretty much made all of my other eyeshadow palettes obsolete. Urban Decay has the best eyeshadows that come in every neutral shade you can think of, and the color never looks tacky no matter how sparkly it is! They also blend really well together so you can make a zillion different looks from just one palette. Mine has some wear and tear, but I feel like I really haven’t made a dent in all but two of the colors, so I have a feeling this thing will last me a while.

Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette

The sequel!! For you eyeshadow junkies, we have even more shades! I know that Urban Decay’s packaging can get a little tacky, but don’t let that drive you away. All of the colors are useful and tasteful. I promise you won’t walk around looking like Julia Roberts’ bff in Pretty Woman.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

If you are not 35 or older I’m not a big fan of heavy foundation use. (Good skin, like ours, won’t last forever! Why cover it up?) I prefer to use this tinted moisturizer because it’s really lightweight and subtle while still providing good coverage. There’s a reason that 2008-2010 I was exclusively a Laura Mercier customer, her stuff is such good quality.

Lancome Paris Hynose Custom Volume Mascara

The newest addition to my must-have list, and I’ll be hard pressed to find something better. I always draw the most focus to my eyes with makeup, namely because “the eyes are the nipples of the face.” I have purchased every single kind of mascara to find one that works best for me, and after years of searching I finally found it. The best part about it is that it’s designed to build on itself. If you’re going for a demure look for day you just use a little, for more drama you use a lot. It’s awesome to use if you need to go from day to night, and I never get those nasty spider lashes with it.

NARS Blush

This seems like a no-brainer to me as everyone and their mom owns NARS blushes. Including my mom, once I forced it on her. Simply put, they are the best on the market. For really pale skin tones like mine, I’d suggest peachy tones like Orgasm for a night out or Miss Liberty for a more natural daytime look.

Benefit High Beam Luminizer

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying all of my sisters are camera whores. I’ve found this luminizer to be the best addition to my ‘going out’ make up, to add a little extra glow in pics. Be careful with luminizers, because it’s to over-do it and make your face look shiny and oily, but a little bit goes a long way. I’m convinced my little bottle will last until I’m staring at the poolboy over an afternoon dirty martini in my midlife crisis years.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

If you do use a foundation (or even just a blush and bronzer), you should really be using a primer. People underestimate its importance. What’s the point of make-up if it doesn’t last? This primer is the best, giving you a great starting point for your make up. Just like the tinted moisturizer, it’s really lightweight so your makeup won’t start looking cakey after you’ve finished putting everything else on.

Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream

I’m naturally very pale, and while I rock the Casper look in the fall and winter, I like at least a little color for spring and summer. It takes me foreverrrrrr to actually tan, so I’ve tried every self-tanning product there is. This is hands down the best. It smells good and looks natural. It’s really hard to screw it up since you can see where you’re putting it on, and it fades away like a normal tan so you don’t end up looking like you have vitiligo. We’re all planning on being MILFs one day, so if you’re still using tanning beds, stop and start using this if you want to avoid the baseball glove look when you’re 40.



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  1. 19

    More columns like these please!! Chanel’s double perfection powder foundation is the best! I hate being able to feel a lot of make up on my face and this provides great coverage without being heavy.

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 4 years ago
  2. 13

    You should try Set The Stage makeup primer, a lot of makeup artists are now using it instead of urban decays! You can get some from Whip Hand Cosmetics. It sold out on the first day of the NYC Fashion show.

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 4 years ago
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      Oh My Gosh! I absolutely love Set The Stage! It is hands down the best primer out there. I have to always have this on me. I can’t believe how amazing it works. There isn’t crease lines what so ever and it’s so light and silky smooth. I think this item tops any item on the list even though I do love my favorite mascara that made the cut! I can’t believe that everyone doesn’t have this already. I would NEVER leave the house without it!!

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 4 years ago
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    I seriously love the Too Faced Natural and Natural at Night eyeshadow pallets! They’re pretty similar to the Naked eyeshadows, and they seriously last forever, it’s the only eye shadow I use!

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 4 years ago
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    Best mascara I’ve ever used was Clinique. NARS blush is definitely top notch, but I’ve switched to a creme blush for the summer. It works wonderfully in the heat! Y’all should try it out!

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 4 years ago
    • 4

      Tr, I totally know what you mean. You have to be choosy with Clinique I think. I had that problem too with a couple of their mascaras, but I found one that really worked for me. It can be hit or miss!

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 4 years ago
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      Maybe Clinique has changed their mascara since I last tried it in junior high (2000 ish), but I had the worst experience with it! I tried one of the samples that came in my gift with purchase before a trip to the movies with my friends, and when I came out, the mascara was literally all over my face. Granted, that was forever ago, but I’ve been too traumatized to use their mascara since!

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 4 years ago

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