Cleaning out a makeup bag is much like cleaning the house: there is a sense of relief and lightness without all the clutter. Every season we like to switch out eye shadow palettes and our selection of lip glosses, but we like to keep the basics classic and simple. These are the go-to products we count on every day.
CoverGirl Natureluxe Foundation ($11.98)
We don’t normally spend this much for foundation, but the versatility of Natureluxe really won us over. It’s a perfectly pigmented liquid with a light feel like a tinted moisturizer but enough coverage to be worthwhile. It also blends seamlessly, so if you only need coverage on certain areas of your face, rather than all over, it won’t look splotchy or haphazard. Natureluxe comes in 14 natural shades, which makes finding the right one even easier.
We are so over spending too much for makeup, so this pretty pink blush is an easy choice at around $5. The texture is soft, the pigment isn’t too heavy, and the color is super flattering for all skintones. We are even pretty happy with the enclosed brush.
On those mornings when we don’t look as fresh and awake as we’d like, a tiny dab of this richly pigmented concealer under each eye really does the trick for dark circles. We love that it doesn’t slide, doesn’t settle into creasy areas, and it’s also great for the occasional red spot or blemish. There are only 6 shades, but we found them to be very natural and blendable.
While we love our occasional $25 Lancome mascara, we just can’t justify spending that on a regular basis. We love trying different mascaras from the drugstore because there are so many, and they are so inexpensive. Our latest love is this waterproof one from Maybelline. We like a more natural look, and this mascara does the job.