When it comes to putting together a basic makeup kit, even the most experienced beauty experts tend to falter. This is thanks to fact that we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to make-up (all of which tend to call out our name), which makes finding the ones that you will need and more importantly, will use, a challenge.
If you’re looking for a guide to products that you’ll use till the last drop, here is a list of staples that line the beauty shelves of the most seasoned makeup lovers.
Skip prep: Cleanser, moisturiser, and SPF
Great make-up begins with a flawless base and for that, you need to prepare your skin for makeup. Cleanse well and moisturise, regardless of your skin type. Apply sunscreen and let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then continue with your routine. To minimise pores and make your make-up last longer, ice your face and then apply moisturiser and SPF.
For your base make-up: Foundation and concealer
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: you don’t need to break the bank to buy a decent foundation. Look for a buildable coverage option, and then and only then, see if you need to use concealer.
If you have dark circles or blemishes and want to cover them up, look for a full coverage concealer. Blend it using your finger for a non-cakey finish.
Try: e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Satin Foundation, Rs 550, Chambor Orosa Flawless Finish Concealer, Rs 825
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For your brows: Eyebrow pencil
Your brows frame your face so it is essential to keep them looking good. First, brush them with a spoolie so you know if there are any sparse bits. Fill them in using light-handed strokes, and brush them again to blend any and all harsh lines.
Try: Kiko Milano Precision Eyebrow Pencil, Rs 690
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For your eyes: Eyeshadow, eyeliner, and/or kajal and mascara
Once you’re done with your brows, load up on mascara. Feel free to try a blue or maybe a green option, and if that feels too daunting, just swipe on some black eyeliner. This will help tone down the intensity of the coloured mascara. Similarly, have fun with different hued liners. To play down the overall colour, apply multiple layers of dark mascara.
In case you didn’t know, using a black or brown kajal is the most fuss-free way to get a smoky eye. Draw a thick line, as close to your top lash line as possible, and blend it with your finger or a brush. Remember, no neatness is required, and any mistakes can be cleaned up with a Q-tip and a makeup remover. For your lids, look for a palette that has a good range of neutral matte, shimmer, and metallic options.
Try: Kay Beauty Eyeshadow Palettes, Rs 799 each, Colorbar Just Smoky Eye Kajal in 006, Rs 675, Flower Beauty Lash Warrior Mascara, Rs 825
For your cheeks and lips: Multipurpose tints and palettes
Want to nail a monochrome look? Multi-use formulas are your best bet. Dab some on your lips, lids, and cheeks to add some instant colour to your look. For a classic sculpted look, look for a palette that has contour, blush, and highlighter formulas.
Try: Nykaa Sealed with a Kiss! Lipstick Palette, Rs 799
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For sweatproof makeup: Setting powder or spray
To give your makeup some lasting power, set it using either a spray or loose powder. If you tend to get oily around your nose and your T-zone, brush some powder on your nose, chin, and forehead. Finish off with some setting spray and you’re set!
Try: SUGAR Cosmetics Grand Finale Setting Mist, Rs 699
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To erase mistakes: Make-up remover or a cleansing balm
Probably the most important product in your vanity, a makeup remover or cleansing balm should remove all traces of make-up without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Try: Rooting Back Holy Hydra Cleansing Balm, Rs 1500
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