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Minimal Makeup Collection

Minimal Makeup Collection


I like to keep my makeup minimal, so I can get ready as fast as possible. 

I only keep these 21 items on my counter.

A lot of the items has been there for years.

Sometimes I try some new products to shake things up a little, but I always find myself go back to these 21 products.



I use two foundations for different occasions. Urban Decay Naked Skin is a very lightweight foundation with a liquid consistency that is perfect for the everyday glowy look. Tarte Amazonian Clay is a full coverage foundation that I use for extra coverage when I wear heavier makeup. I usually use a Beauty Blender to apply foundation and blend everything in. Both of the foundations last all day with a thin layer of Laura Mercier Translucent Powder on top. Normally I don't use concealer because I like to keep my base light and breathable. When I do need something to hide my panda eyes I use Revlon Colorstay concealer which works great with any foundation. 



For contouring, I use Clinique Chubby Stick and blend in with my beauty blender. To give my face more color, I use Hoola from Benefit and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in color Paaarty. I've used this combination for years and they give the most natural complexion for my cheeks. I use this brush from Mememe to apply bronzer and blush. Sometimes I use ColourPop Super Shock Cheek highlighter for some extra glow.  



I usually fill in my brows with Brow Wiz (color Ebony) first and then set with this M.A.C brow powder which is no longer available.  I've had it for years and it never disappoints me. I'm thinking about getting the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo as a replacement. The brush I use is also from M.A.C. 



For my everyday look, I only curl my lashes with Kevyn Aucoin curler and apply Better Than Sex Mascara. I got this mascara in a travel size so I can carry it around in a mini bag and re-apply when I need to. Sometimes I put on some eyeliner from Benefit for extra definition. It's actually a grey eyeliner which I find more natural than a black one. I rarely wear any eyeshadow, so the only one I own is this silver and gold one from Glamour Dolls which I got from a ipsy box. I found this NARS Duo Eyeshadow is very similar to the one I have.  I put a little bit on the center of my eyes when I feel extra glamorous.  



The YSL lip stain in color 23 Singular Taupe is my all time favorite lip product. It's a rosy nude color with a little bit of shine. The consistency is really moisturizing and it smells like roses. I wear it almost every day. The Laura Mercier lipstick in Devotion is a little warmer than the YSL color. Sometimes I put it under the YSL lip stain as a base. Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit is a completely matte nude color. I wear it when I'm tanned or with heavier eye makeup. This bright red lipstick from Givenchy (No 23) is my favorite red color. It has a cooler undertone which works the best with my skin tone. 

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