Top 10 Beauty “Must Haves”


I get asked all the time what my favorite makeup line or products are. The truth is, I can not just pick “one” favorite, I have MANY! So I decided to go through my makeup kit and pick out my favorite products that I just cant live with out. That was not a easy task for a makeup obsessed person like me and I decided to narrow it down to 10 great products. Below is a list of makeup items that I think are “Must Haves” in everyones beauty wardrobe. It doesn’t matter if you are have light or dark skin, these products will flatter any skin tone.

blog post photo The Beauty Blender: The beauty blender is a non-disposable sponge used to apply your foundation or cream blush with ease. All you have to do is dampen the sponge with some water and apply your foundation in a stippling motion and then set with a translucent powder. It really is that easy! One of the best features of the Beauty Blender is that it is washable and latex free. It is also great for the environment by not using and wasting as many latex sponges. www.beautyblender.net

blog post photo Make Up For Ever High Definition Powder: Make Up For Ever has come out with a line of products to accommodate the demands of the high definition lens. My favorite product from the line is the High Definition Powder. This 100% mineral silica powder softens the appearance of fine lines and imperfections, sets foundation, and mattifies the skin without changing its shade. Its translucency matches any skin tone from light to dark. The powder is also free of talc and parabens and can be used on even the most sensitive of skins. www.makeupforever.com

blog post photoSmashbox Artificial Light: Artificial Light from Smashbox is my favorite highlighter at the moment. Luminize your face by blending this oil-free high lighting cream before you apply your foundation to the cheek bones, bridge of nose, forehead and chin and then apply your foundation on top for a natural radiant glow. My favorite shade is “Flash” for Medium skin and “Glow” for darker skin. www.smashbox.com

blog post photo Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer: The make Up For Ever Lift Concealer is by far the BEST concealer I have used in a long time. It has true staying power and contains tensine which is great for firming the delicate skin around the eyes. Lift Concealer comes in 5 great shades. www.makeupforever.com

blog post photo Giorgio Armani Blending Blush Duo: The Blending Blush Duo is a genius product with two shades in one compact. The shades can either be used separately or together to sculpt, highlight and add a touch color to the face. Shade 01 is the BEST, it has a nice pink rose shade for the apple of the cheek and a medium sand color for contouring. Shade 03 is really great for darker skin tones. www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com


blog post photo Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion: Primer Potion is an Eye Shadow Primer Base that has a sheer nude color and is perfect for ANY skin tone. Just apply with the wand and smooth on with your finger or brush. Let the primer set up and then apply your favorite eye shadow for a creaseless eye. Urban Decay has also launched a shimmery version of this wonder primer and is called “SIN” www.urbandecay.com

blog post photo Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Quad: The eye shadow quad in “Desert Winds” is the perfect eye shadow quad. It has 4 neutral shades to create the perfectly sculpted eye with just a touch of shimmer. Use the lighter shades to highlight, the medium shade for the crease and the darker shade for liner and then blend well. www.shiseido.com

blog post photo Kevyn Aucoin Eye Pencil Primatif: This is the smoothest pencil I have ever used. Basic Brown and Basic Black are “Must Haves”. This pencil magically glides on the eye to define effortlessly. It also comes with a smudging tip to help blend and give you that smokey look. www.kevynaucoin.com

blog post photo Smashbox Bionic Mascara: The NEW mascara from Smashbox is the first ionic-mascara. This mascara gives you longer, stronger and added volume to your lashes. The specially engineered brush coats every lash with its water-resistent formula for a dramatic and full lash. www.smashbox.com
blog post photo Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss: This gloss is a sheer and ultra-moisturizing lip gloss that keeps lips soft and naturally plump for hours. Pop is my favorite shade and it is a sheer pale pink. Illume, Candid and Afterglow are also some of my favorite shades in the collection.

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6 Responses to Top 10 Beauty “Must Haves”

  1. I don’t have any of these products – and never have.
    I do need a new mascara, and will look out for the Smashbox Ionic. Sounds good. Thanks.

    • anthonymerante says:

      These are just my suggestions for getting a natural look with as few products as possible. After trying tons of different items, I find that these work the best. I urge you to go to your nearest Sephora and try a few of the items, I am sure you will love them as much as I do.

  2. April says:

    I LOVE these kind of tips. I’m definitely going to get that eye shadow primer!

  3. April says:

    I just use my fingers to apply my foundation – is the sponge that much better?

  4. anthonymerante says:

    It all depends on what you are comfortable with. I use a sponge because it is more sanitary than my fingers. The thing with the beauty blender is it applies your makeup and blends it in one quick step.

  5. anthonymerante says:

    The Urban Decay shadow primer is an excellent product and keeps your eye shadow in place with out creasing.

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