As part of my spring cleaning kick, I decided to tackle one of the more fearsome project of all -- cleaning out my makeup case. But after one good hard look at the makeup-caked walls of my trunk case and the long-expired makeup I'd been holding on to, and I decided it would be better to throw the whole mess out and start fresh. But then, empty handed save a few Maybelline coupons, I found myself overwhelmed by the number of choices in the makeup aisle. What do you really need for a well-stocked makeup case? Thank goodness for Real Simple magazine; their makeup checklist saved the day! It really does save a lot of time to have the right products handy, so here's a list of the essentials no makeup case is complete without:
Concealer. Choose a creamy formula that matches your skin tone to hide under-eye circles and cover blemishes.
Foundation. You don’t need to cover your face—just dab it in places where you see uneven skin tone. Tinted moisturizer is a good alternative if you want to even out skin tone but require less coverage than foundation provides.
Blush. A warm, pink tone is suitable to all skin tones and is great for adding a pop of healthy color to cheeks.
Translucent powder. A quick, light dusting of powder sets makeup and controls shine. A compact of translucent powder is a great thing to keep in your purse for mid-day touchups, too.
Mascara. There’s no better way to define your eyes than by enhancing your lashes. Stick with basic black -- Maybelline's Great Lash is a longtime national favorite available at any drugstore with Maybelline coupons.
Neutral eye shadow. A neutral beige or taupe is an instant brightener when swiped all over the lid, and is a much better investment than any trendy saturated color you'll find.
Defining eye shadow. Choose a medium, neutral shade like a warm brown or charcoal gray. Brush it in the crease of the eye, under the brow bone, to add depth for a great, toned-down take on the ever-sexy smoky eye.
Eye liner. You can use your darker shade of eye shadow as a liner along the lashes—or use a dark brown or black pencil to create a thin line that will define and enhance your eyes. Eyelashes look fuller and eyes more alluring when lined properly.
Lipstick or Lipgloss. A bright shade of lipstick can be a signature going-out look, and a sweep of lipgloss is the perfect finish to any look.
Fluffy powder brush. You need one big, rounded brush to dust on that translucent powder to seal your look.
Blush brush. A bit smaller than a powder brush but similar in shape, this brush lets you control the blending of color when applying blush.
Eye shadow brush. Forget the little foam applicators that come with the makeup --an all-over brush that gets your lid covered in one swipe will achieve a much nicer effect, and the softer bristles are more gentle on the delicate skin around your eyes.
Crease brush. To add depth to your eye makeup look, a smaller rounded brush will get into the crease when you add a darker shade.
Eye liner brush. A small, flat, angled brush can be used to line the eyes or add a bit of brow powder to thin eyebrows -- a great way to play up your eyes!
Tweezers. Clean up any stray hairs around your brows that sprout up in between brow appointments -- nothing ruins a totally pulled-together look like Groucho Marx brows!