firstofmaewin said: I only just learned about the time tables for throwing away makeup, and literally all of my makeup is due to be tossed. I'd like to find a daily look that is quick, easy, and lasting (hopefully something that heat and sweat won't bother too much). I have rather oily skin, and prefer a lighter/natural feel in makeup and foundations. I live in the U.S., and my budget is sort of limited. What would you say are the bare minimum I should consider purchasing?
Tinted moisturiser/bb cream:
You mentioned you prefer a more natural coverage and a lighter feel so I would ditch the foundation and instead opt for a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream. They provide your hydration, coverage and sometimes even SPF in one. I prefer just to mix a little foundation in with my regular moisturiser but I do like Covergirl’s BB cream and Palmers BB cream but they may not work for your oily skin so try an oil free version like Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combo skin (if you have fair skin you will find it to dark though!) Asian BB Creams such as Missha are great to, they provide more coverage then some foundations but still feel very light. Otherwise you could instead just opt for a concealer for your problem areas, I like Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
A good eye shadow palette (and a primer to go with it!)
When it comes to eye shadows you can’t go past Wet N Wild, the brand is so affordable and the shadows are amazing. Buttery, pigmented and easily bendable. I love the comfort zone palette as the shades are universally flattering on all skin tones, not to mention you can add a pop of colour with the green. (It is also easily multi-tasking, the shimmery light shade can also work as a highlighter and one of the darker shades can work well as an eyeliner if you dampen an angled liner brush with water or mixing medium and dip it into the shadow) As for eyelid primer go with ELF $1 eyelid primer, it’s super, duper affordable and works just as great as Urban Decay Primer Potion.
A natural looking lipstick:
A nude/natural looking lipstick with a hint of pink will not only work on your lips but on your cheeks too as a blush. I love Wet N Wild Mega Last Lipsticks as they are long lasting, very creamy and extremely pigmented. (to use on your cheeks just take a little on your finger and apply along your cheek blending upwards)
A good mascara:
Mascara will change up your whole look and in my opinion is sort of a must have. My favourite drugstore mascara is Covergirl Clump Crusher as it is super black, provides loads of length and definition but doesn’t go clumpy.
An eyebrow definer:
Your eyebrows frame your face and in my opinion are the most important thing when it comes to makeup. If you have good looking eyebrows your whole face will come together. My two favourite eyebrow products are E.L.F Studio Eye Brow Kit and Essence Eye Brow Definer Kit. Both are super affordable and contain good, cool toned shades.
These are just what I would class as the must haves for creating a nice, everyday look which will leave you looking and feeling polished on a budget. You can then start experimenting with other products like Eyeliner (I love Essence Gel Eyeliner) blushes, bronzers, highlighters, cream shadows, contour powders and loads more of other products, but these are the basic must haves!
I would also highly suggest getting yourself some good brushes for applying your makeup. If you don’t have the right tools to apply it won’t matter what products you use whether they are $2 or $200. A few good eye brushes (angled liner for eyeliner and eye brows) a flat shadow brush and a blending eye brush will certainly come in handy and I’d also advise picking up a lip brush whilst you are at it (which can also double up as a concealer brush). As long as you clean your brushes in-between use you will be fine. My favourite brushes are beau make from abbamart.com but ELF, Essence and Ecotools do some decent quality budget friendly brushes too.
PS: I believe Rite Aid has 40% off on most Wet N Wild products at the moment so you can save even more cash!
I hope I helped you and if you need anything else feel free to ask.
If any product you use irritates you discontinue use immediately.