By Bailey Marshall
Buying the right Makeup products is hard. I have found that different brands have strong suits. Unlike the other retail we are used to. For instance, if you find one clothing store that you like you can most likely get your pants, dresses, tops, and skirts all from that same brand. However, when shopping makeup, I have found that you can not get all your products from one brand and have the best results possible. As girls who wear makeup, we have to lean on each other for product recommendations or else we will spend way too many hours in Ulta and way too much money trying different products out.
These are the products from each brand that I have found work best for me.
FULL DISCLOSURE. Makeup products do not work the same for everyone. We all have different skin types. Sometimes this makes a difference in product performance, while sometimes it does not. Regardless, it is important for you to know that my skin is pretty normal, however, when I do have problems, my skin is more on the dry side all over or oily in my T-zone. Throughout this article, I will specify which of these products work well for what skin types.
Let us start from the beginning. Moisturizer. Regardless of the brand, it is important to use a moisturizer. This will help your makeup from getting cakey and will give you a smoother finished product. The moisturizer that I recommend is from First Aid Beauty. It is called the Ultra Repair Cream Moisturizer in the scent grapefruit. (If you prefer fragrentless, they have a generic one) This product is smooth and has very fine consistency. It is great for eliminating dryness but would also work with slightly oily skin types because the dry down is quick in my opinion.
For primer, the options are endless. If you are having a more oily skin day you can just throw on a moisturizer and skip the primer. However, I personally always prime because, like I said, my skin is more on the dry side and primer gives your pores a way to cling to the fondation. One of my favorites is the BareMinerals Prime Time primer. It has a thick and smooth consistency that dissolves into your face for a dewy look. Another good option is the Benefit Pore-fessional primer. It comes in either pearl (for a more moisturizing base) and just a regular pore primer (if you have more oily skin). This formula is very thick and evens out your skin with a slight base tent. This primer is scented, but not overly scented to the point where it bothers me. Lastly, the Becca First Light primer is great for any skin type. It restores skin cells with active radiance ingredients. It has a thin consistency and comes out of the tube purple and drys down for a radiant glow.
Next is foundation. I have a lot of freckles so I prefer a light coverage foundation. I do not like the cakey matte look. My favorite foundation is the BareMinerals BARESKIN Pure Brightening Foundation Serum. It is best applied with a foundation brush because a beauty blender would absorb most of the product. It applies smoothly providing light-medium coverage depending on how many drops you use. It does not dry down quickly on its own, so I suggest pairing it with a good setting powder if you prefer a more matte look. But, by itself it leaves a very luminous finish and moisturized feel.
After foundation, I use a concealer to brighten or cover blemishes. There is no argument on which one takes the cake. The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer gets the job done for anyone who wants a full coverage concealer. It covers EVERYTHING, does not cause your skin to crease, and pairs well with any setting powder.
Speaking of setting powder, I am pro drugstore all the way. The Covergirl Clear Matte Pressed Powder does great as a setting powder and the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Setting powder is my favorite for baking my face. Both products provide a soft look that keeps your face fresh for the day.
Now onto bronzer and contour. The Benefit Hoola Bronzer is great for all shade ranges. It has a more creamy formula that is easily buildable and is very pigmented. For contour, I use the Morphe Lo-Fi 8L palette. It is cheap and gets the job done for me (If you are willing to pay more for contour, I have heard good things about the Kat Von D contour palette as well).
For an eyeshadow base, I recently have been using the Mac Paint Pot and I am obsessed. It provides full eyelid coverage along with a base that goes on creamy but dries down enough so that you can build your shadow onto the lid beautifully.
For eyeshadow I have not yet found a formula that can match Morphe’s. However, creators that partner with Morphe used their own formulas so those are different. I have two custom Morphe collaboration palettes that James Charles and Jaclyn Hill created, however, and the formulas are similar and both very good quality. With Morphe, you get so many shadows in the pans for a cheap price and they are all buildable and creamy, but not too creamy. The shadows are pigmented with very minimal fallout. My favorite palette is the Jaclyn Hill Palette because the shade colors are so functionable. I also use the shades “Beam” and “Enlight” as my highlighter from the Jaclyn palette just because they are so gorgeous.
For mascara, I am a Benefit Lash Roller fan. The formula is lasting, the brush is thin, but not too thin and it gives the lashes a good curl. For brows, I like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Brow wiz. The pencil is thin allowing for precision and the formula is lasting.
For lips, the BareMinerals Matte Lipsticks are very nice. They are a true matte and they dry down matte. They have a wide range of shades which is just another reason to collect them all. For an everyday glimmer, I suggest the Burts Bees Lip Shimmer. The formula contains plumping agents that leave a peppermint zing on your lips which I love.
Lastly, for setting spray, I use Mac Fix Plus. It is dewy and leaves your skin with a nice shine. If you need your makeup to last longer, I would recommend the Urban Decay All Nighter. It lasts very well. (if you can stand the smell).
From watching beauty influencers and trying products on my own, these are the ones that I enjoy the most. However, I am always on the hunt for more favorites that I have not discovered.