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What Makeup Products You Actually Need: The Truth From A Professional Makeup Artist

makeup brushes and smeared makeup products on a piece of paper

Hey beauties! Get ready to be amazed by this entire blog post! I know that's a huge promise, but I get asked this question a lot. So I decided to really get into the nitty gritty and tell you what makeup products you actually need!

Now beauties, before I start, let me get this out of the way: this is my professional opinion. If there are items that I did not mention, but you feel are important in your makeup routine, feel free to add those items. Just because I say you don't need them, doesn't mean they don't have value in your makeup routine.

The first golden rule of makeup is to apply your makeup products to enhance your natural beauty. However, the second golden rule of makeup is to understand how your makeup products work! This rule is part of the explanation behind what makeup products you actually need, because you can use some of your makeup products in multiple ways!

Now that I've gotten all the business out of the way, let's get into the fun!!

What makeup products do you actually need?

First up: mascara

So here's why I mentioned mascara first: Mascara is really one of those unique makeup products that really only has one use. You know that you are only applying mascara onto your beautiful eyelashes. It will be a staple in your makeup bag, so make sure you have a great mascara.

mascara and lash curler on a table

Foundation or Concealer

Now I know I am going to get a lot of reactions from this point, so let me explain myself thoroughly.

Foundation and concealer work in similar ways. They are meant to enhance and cover. Both products tend to be created with similar formulas, and are meant to work together. While I normally use both products on customers in my makeup chair, most everyday people only need one or the other. In other words, you usually don't need to wear both.

Beauties, foundations and concealers have really improved within the last 5 years. Makeup companies are making strides to be more inclusive with skin tones, undertones, and skin types. They also are making more efforts to make sure that colors are true matches. This means that foundations and concealers generally are more pigmented than they used to be. This is a good thing because that means you can get more coverage from either product.

Now let's get back into the nitty gritty behind my answer.

Because makeup companies are adding more pigment into foundations and concealers, you will find that most of the products on the market give a better coverage with less product. In general, this means that you will have to use less to achieve more. (Yup, I said it.) Beauties, this is a good thing, trust me!

So here's my two cents on the matter: yes, you can use both foundation and concealer if you please. But you don't have to use both products. You can pick the product you would get more use out of.

foundation and concealer standing on display


Ah yes, the infamous blush! People either love it or hate it. Regardless of whether or not you love it, it's on my list for a few reasons. So first of all, blush gives you a healthy flush. I mean, who doesn't want to look healthy!

Second, it actually can be used in multiple ways in your makeup routine! You don't have to just use it on your cheeks. You can use it as an eyeshadow, and even as a lip color. In fact, I use blush in these ways all the time on my customers.

gel and powder blushes on display


I wasn't going to add this product onto my list at first, but I know a lot of people like a natural glow. Highlighter is another product that you can use in multiple ways!

You can use it to create a natural glow all over by applying on areas that catch light on your face, or mixing with your foundation (as long as it is made of a similar formula). You can also use highlighter as an eyeshadow!

creme and liquid highlighter on display


Beauties, now that rocking your natural brows is formally back in style, rock yours with pride! That means you will need to apply a little something into your brows to keep them looking great!

This can be a product that matches your natural eyebrow color in order to enhance them, or a simple product that tames them and keeps them in place. It's totally up to you on what you prefer to use!

makeup products on display

Lip color

Beauties, having your fave lip color in your makeup bag really does make the difference! So obviously, you will be rocking your fave lip color, but depending on your comfort level, you can also use lip color as a blush, too! Definitely a great versatile option to add to your makeup bag!

lipstick on display

So beauties, these are my professional recommendations. Remember that you want to make sure that you keep staple products in your makeup bag so that you are getting the best use of out them during your makeup routine! And again, if you do not see a product mentioned in this list, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't use it. If you like the product and how it works in your routine, then go right ahead and use it! I want you to love buying, applying and wearing your makeup!

And if you need help buying or applying your makeup, I have your back beauties! I can help you during your Personal Makeup Shopping appointment and during your Makeup Class! Book your FREE 15-minute phone consultation to learn more!

Lots of love and lipstick,



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