Even though I don’t wear makeup very often, I do like having a small selection of products ready for when I need to look put together. As a bonus, having fewer items also makes it easy to decide what to take when I travel. Keep reading to see what I keep in my makeup bag!
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation:
This is a fairly light liquid foundation that blends really well, and is the only foundation/base product that I own. This is also the base I used to do my wedding makeup. I only need a small amount since I don’t like my makeup to be too thick, and a bottle lasts for ages. When travelling, I transfer a small amount into a Muji pot so that I don’t have to carry around a glass bottle.
Chanel Les Beige Powder:
Nothing too special about it. It is a powder that I use to set my makeup, or wear on its own if I want something super light. It comes with a mirror, which is very convenient. I wear it in the shade No. 20.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine:
This light pink lipstick (in the shade Romance) is my go to for pretty much any occasion. It’s very light, provides a sheer wash of colour, and stays on for a decent length of time. It’s easy to swipe on and go, and is small enough to fit in my wallet if I need it with me.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil:
I use the shade Dolce Vita. It has a very soft texture, and is not drying on the lips despite being a matte shade. I use this if I don’t feel like using the Chanel lipstick, or need a slightly more natural shade.
Sephora Collection Lipstick
My one red lipstick for the few rare occasions that i need one. Very inexpensive, but does the job.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye pencil:
These are my absolute favourite eyeliners hands down. I own 3 shades, . As the name suggests, they really do glide on, and stay on for ages (especially if you set it with some powder).
Lorac PRO Palette 2:
I find the easiest way to switch up a makeup look is to change up my eyeshadows. This palette has good quality eyeshadows as well a variety of different colours. I find that the colours are all wearable and not too outlandish, but at the same time not 12 different shades of brown that are impossible to tell apart. It also has a mix of mattes and shimmers, so I don’t need more than one palette.
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder:
A contour powder that gives you cheekbones without making you look muddy. I very rarely go through the effort of putting this on. But on the special occasions I want to look more put together, I am glad I have it.
Boots Natural Collection Blush:
I picked up this super affordable blush many years ago, and it turned out to be one of my favourites. It provides a soft natural colour rather than making you look like a clown. Perfect for minimal makeup looks where you don’t want to look washed out.
Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Set:
This very pretty brush set was a Christmas gift from a few years ago. It has pretty much all the brushes I need (plus a few extras). It also comes with a matching pouch, which is great for travelling. My most used ones from the set are the Silk finish brush, the concealer buffer and the soft definer.
And that is my minimal make up bag! For brows, I just use a mix of two eyeshadows from the Lorac palette. I don’t use mascara if I can help it, since I end up looking like a panda within a few hours. Instead I just curl my eyelashes with a Tweezerman eyelash curler. It’s all about what makes you comfortable, so only keep the products you absolutely love and nothing more.
All of the above makeup was about before I properly learnt about eco friendly makeup. I will be replacing the above products with more sustainable brands when I run out. I didn’t see the point in tossing the stuff I already had to go get new things. If you are in the market for sustainable makeup, Elate, Kjar Weis, Eco Tools, RMS beauty and 100% Pure are all great brands to check out.
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