What’s in my makeup bag/drawer?

Most of us women have that one cosmetic bag that is stuffed with all kinds of lip glosses, eye liners and shadows, and our cosmetic drawer is full of make-up we barely use. Sometimes we just don’t know what to do with all these products, and even worse, they expire and we don’t even know it. The key is not to buy all kinds of makeup items because in the end they will just become junk in your drawer.

Whats in my makeup bag

Here are a few make-up essentials to invest in:

#1: a BB cream or tinted moisturizer matching your skin tone. These day time coverage hydrate and even out your skin tone without giving too much coverage. For night time use and more coverage, a foundation with just a shade darker than your skin tone is ideal.

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Concealer. Concealers are your BFF when it comes to dark circles. Invest in a good non creamy concealer and dab it around your eye with your ring finger.

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A chump-free mascara. Mascara enhances your lashes which define your eyes even more. The problem most people seem to have with mascara is that it thickens and leaves clumps. The secret is to buy a chump-free mascara and to change it every 3 months. Curling your lashes with an eye lash curler before is recommended.


Good set of brushes. The secret to applying make-up is to have a good set of brushes. There really is no other way to put it: your make-up will look better. That being said, there is no need for 25 different types of brushes. You need one for foundation, one for powder, an angle brush for blush, 2 or 3 different brushes for eye shadows (depending on your make-up), a blending brush (for smokey eyes) and one for applying lipstick (your lipstick looks better when applied with a lip brush).

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Color palette. When buying make-up, select colors that you will actually use when it comes to eye shadow, blush and lipstick. Is that bright purple eye shadow really necessary? How often am I going to wear it? It is better to stick to natural and neutral tones that compliment your skin tone.


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Here’s a useful tip: Make-up does not last forever and have an expiration time believe it or not. It is recommended to throw away your mascara after 3 months, your foundation and concealer after 6 months, blush powder eye shadow and lipstick can last up to a year or two. Brushes however should be cleaned with cleaning solution twice a month.

Bad Day Beauty

Let’s face it we all have bad beauty days. Even the most gorgeous supermodels have days when eyes are puffy, skin is dry and looks sallow, or breakouts show. What to do when this happens?

There are many ways to improve your bad beauty day issues:

MOISTURE. When skin is dehydrated, it looks dry, older, and unhealthy. Moisturize your skin with a rich moisturizer and drink plenty of water.

AVOID HEAVY MAKE-UP. The LAST thing you want to do is to hide your skin under layers and layers of make-up. IT WILL NOT WORK. Tinted moisturizer is recommended instead of foundation, and use just a bit of concealer under your eyes to hide the dark circles.

EYES. Curl your lashes in order to open up your eyes a bit. Avoid dark eyeliners and especially dark eye shadows, as they tend to make the eyes look even more tired. Stick to neutral tones and apply mascara just on top of lashes.

COVER-UPS. Cover your bruises or pimples with a blemish stick or foundation stick. DO NOT try to pop your pimples. Apply a bit of foundation matching your skin tone to your pimple – do not use concealer it’s too light.

BRONZER AND BLUSH. Don’t use too much color to compensate for paleness. Add a little bit of bonzer to your face and then add a bit of pinky blush to brighten up your face. Careful not to over do it.

LIP GLOSS. Stay close to your natural lip color. Avoid heavy lipstick and dark colors. Lip balm or lip moisturizer are usually your best bet.

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Handy items to keep with you: Big dark frames, concealer, lip gloss or lip balm.


At War with Dark Circles

To find a solution to dark circles, we must first understand the cause. It can be due to multiple things like stress, lack of sleep, iron deficiency and some of us just have it in our genes!

Whatever the cause, one thing is for sure: we all want to get rid of them!

I spent years looking for a solution but my simple liquid foundation was not cutting it. After trying multiple products, I came to the conclusion that my battle was not hopeless because   I was beginning to see results!

Here are two tips for reducing the appearance of Dark Circles:

1) After applying your daily moisturizer before putting your makeup, apply a brightening eye cream or gel around your eyes. My favorites are:

Available on www.clarins.com for $35

Clarins Eye Contour Gel

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It’s potent! Eye Cream by Benefit

Available on www.sephora.com for $30

GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream by Origins

2) After using your foundation or BB Cream, with your fingers dab some concealer underneath your eyes. I strongly recommend Erase Paste by Benefit!

Available on www.benefit.com for $26

Best of Luck!

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