here on baby bohemian, i’m all about looking completely natural with a little oomph. i’m about wearing makeup to make myself feel put together, while looking like i’m barely wearing any at all. makeup is my me time, my hobby. so here are my recommendations for a makeup bag that is perfect for the lazy girl, the makeup minimalist, the product junkie that doesn’t want to appear like a product junkie. the products below could serve as a great beginner’s makeup bag or just nice products to have on hand. with my upcoming travels, this will act as the former for me and i’m very pleased with the products that will be accompanying me on my journey…if i can keep it to just these…// skin & base //
hydrated, glowing skin is an absolute essential. i like a very light, sheer base that evens things out ever so slightly, regardless of the condition my skin is in (currently: acne-ridden). and to make a light base work the best, it’s all about what’s underneath. for glowing, hydrated skin that isn’t shimmery or glittery, check out the bliss ex-glow-sion. now this is a moisturizer more than a makeup product, so if you have dry skin like me i recommend you wear it more as a primer, but if you are on the oilier side you could use this just as your morning moisture layer.
as far as that sheer base goes, my current favorite is my tinted sunscreen, the clinique city block spf 25; a mineral spf with a perfect tint for my skintone. this is a sunscreen with a tint, not a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, so i feel really good wearing it and like the teeny bit of coverage it gives.undereye concealer is where i differ from many: i rarely wear it. i like a hint of darkness under the eyes, but if i ever feel too dark i always reach for the glossier stretch concealer in light. because this is a sheer, very emollient formula it looks incredibly natural while adding the bare minimum of brightness. i don’t find that this creases or goes greasy on me, but i’ve heard from many that setting with a powder is required. i personally like the hydration it gives, but this is all about personal preference of course! i also love this for areas of the face that are a little more red or angry and need a bit more help; i just purchased the medium shade for my summer skin.
a high coverage concealer is also an essential, and the nars radiant creamy is second to none. i’ve tried others that i’ve liked, but i always back to this. for blemishes, this is a must have. my trick is to let it set for a minute or two before patting it in – this gets the coverage just right. i wear vanilla for most of the year and creme brulee in the summer.
// shade & highlight //
bronzer is a non-negotiable product for me. even if i’m wearing absolutely no makeup whatsoever, i need a hint of bronzer to make me feel alive. i’m fair, but feel like i apply bronzer in such a way that i never look orange or over-the-top. the trick is a fluffy brush and the right undertone. with my pink skin, i like something that is neutral to cool and the littlest bit red; this looks the most natural on me. my current favorite is the limited edition marc jacobs coconut bronzer, but the hourglass diffused bronze light is another item i don’t ever want to be without.blush depends on the day, but when i remember it i love it. i go between powder and cream, preferring my powders to be matte and my creams to be sheeny. i just found the cargo blush in catalina at tj maxx ($4.99!) and it offers the perfect hint of brightness to my face while still being subtle. if you want to have just one blush in your makeup bag, i recommend it being a somewhat neutral one that you won’t get sick of. the it cosmetics blush in naturally pretty ticks those boxes for my complexion. my cream blush of choice at the moment is my olio e osso balm in 02 french melon. very sheer but glowy, sunkissed perfection that has the same healthy effect on the lips.
to be as natural as possible, highlighters have to be creamy and glowy – no shimmer in sight. rms is a great brand to turn to for this, and my ultimate one is the champagne rose luminizer. this is incredibly natural on my skin because of the light nude undertone and the pink reflect. this of course will depend on your skin tone, but look for something that gives you a sweaty shine and as little actual color as possible. a runner up in this category is the make dew pot.
// eyes & lips //
if i’m in the mood for eye shadow, it’s typically a matte brown. my favorite is jane iredale cappucino, but i also just snagged the too faced natural matte palette (also at tj maxx – $14) which has a nice variety of soft matte tones. i’m glad i was able to get the original packaging – i really don’t like one they just released! if i’m doing a shimmer, it’s usually a taupe erring on the side of brown, and man do i have a wide variety of those. my favorite right now is the chanel ombre premiere shadow in talpa, but there is definitely no need to have such an expensive shadow. this was a birthday splurge back in january. curled lashes and a coat of mascara are all i really need to feel complete, but i love having a little bit of a grungy eye.
my favorite mascara is the w3ll people expressionist – it’s lengthening and natural but gives me the natural oomph i want. most days i wiggle it through the roots of my lashes for natural-looking thickness. the new glossier mascara looks extremely similar to this, which i find interesting, but nothing will replace this dude for me.lips are another category that i like to go as simple as possible with. i love to buy fun lipsticks – almost always matte – but actually wearing them on a daily basis is not as attainable. i’m getting better though! my favorite matte which is now discontinued is the nars pure matte lipstick in montego bay, but i recently picked up the l’oreal colour riche matte lipstick in matte-sterpiece and it’s that perfect peachy pink nude that’s very hard to find. & other stories cone marshmallow is another favorite that again is difficult to find – i’m always on the hunt for a subtle peachy pink. i mentioned the laura mercier velour extreme matte in vibe in my may picks and that is just a hair darker than the l’oreal.if i’m in the mood for a red or brighter lip, i typically opt for a stain. the body shop lip & cheek stain in pink hibiscus is a dead-on dupe for benefit benetint, without the nasty ingredient list. and if i want some shine the body shop gloss in sugar glaze is the only colored one lip gloss i own (it’s a soft pink sheen) – otherwise i opt for the wet n wild clear gloss.et voila! a very edited but complete makeup bag. what are your makeup must haves? anything i’m missing?
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