Let's get right into it.
Urban Decay Primer Potion, $18.00I get asked ALLLL the time how my eyeshadow stays on all day and never creases. This baby right here is how it all stays put. This is an HG (holy grail) product for me. I believe this product is worth every penny, seeing as I've gone through 4 already. For those of you who can't imagine spending that much money on a product, I reccomend using a little bit of concealer or foundation on the lids to make shadow stick.
NYX Jumbo Pencil in 'Milk'. about $3.00White eyeliner is a staple for me. You can use it as an eyeshadow base to make eyeshadow colors pop. It is an amazing eye opener when used on the inner rim of the eyes. It's like a jumbo cup of coffee for the eyes. I like to use it on the inner corner of my eyes- the 'tear duct' area and blended under the brow bone for that extra lift.
NYX Eyeliner SharpenerA dull eyeliner or brow pencil just sucks. Pencil products harbor germs and you should sharpen your pencil EVERY TIME before you use it. If you find the tip on your eyeliner breaks easily, pop it in to the freezer for a few minutes. The NYX sharpener is my personal favorite.
A good set of brushes
I really can't stress this enough. Please throw out those gross sponge tip applicators. Don't use your finger, don't use a Q-Tip. Brushes are essential and make ALL THE DIFFERENCE. They take a look from unblended to beautiful. I can't really reccomend a good set of brushes because my own collection is so random. I LOVE MAC brushes, especially the 188 (stippling brush for foundation,blush or powder) and the 217 (for blending eyeshadow) but I know not everyone can afford these brushes. I absolutely ADORE Sonia Kashuk for Target's brushes. The brushes alone are pricey, but there are usually pre-made sets available for purchase. They are great quality and I own several.
PART 2 COMING SOON.......
I want to know:
What are your beauty essentials? What are the products you can't live without?