Which girl does not like dressing up and applying makeup? This is such a great way to channel your creativity and use different colours, textures and formulas to create and transform your look. But if you are a makeup newbie, then the sheer number of makeup items available in the market can leave you feeling utterly confused about what you really need.
But don’t worry, because we at BeBe HQ heard you, and are here to help. In this article below, we have curated a list of 10 makeup products that every girl needs in her makeup kitty no matter what. Simply having these products in your makeup box is enough to get you ready for just about any occasion. Additionally, the best part about the products in this makeup box is that all the products mentioned are super pocket-friendly and can be used by both beginners and makeup pros. What more does one need, right? So without wasting any further time, let’s jump right into it to see what these products are…
- 1. Primer
- 2. Foundation
- 3. Concealer
- 4. Blush
- 5. Highlighter
- 6. Eyeshadow palette
- 7. Eyeliner
- 8. Mascara
- 9. Lipstick
- 10. Makeup brushes
Before applying makeup, it is extremely important to ensure that you prep your skin with the right skincare products. This not only allows you to blend your makeup better and prevent a cakey finish, but also protects your skin under makeup. Here's how to prep your skin for makeup application -
Step 01: Cleanse -
Always start your makeup application on a freshly cleaned face. This helps in eliminating dirt, oil and other impurities to prevent clogged pores.
Step 02: Tone -
Toning is an important step after cleansing. This helps in rebalancing your skin's natural pH levels and prevents your skin from producing excess sebum.
Step 03: Moisturise -
Applying a hydrating moisturiser not only prevents dry, flaky patches a few hours after wearing makeup, but also makes your base makeup blend more easily and look skin-like.
Step 04: Sunscreen -
Even if you are wearing SPF-infused makeup, you should never ever skip wearing sunscreen. This is extremely important to protect your skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays and prevent problems like tanning, premature ageing and dark spots.
Even though a lot of people don’t think about primer when curating a makeup box, it is one product you must never skip. A primer not only helps your makeup last longer, but it also reduces the appearance of your pores and helps even out skin texture. We are totally in love with the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer. A tiny bit of this primer creates a super smooth, matte canvas for your makeup to go on, while the waterproof formula prevents your makeup from budging all day long.
The next product to include in your makeup bag needs no introduction. A foundation helps in evening out your skin, covering up the flaws, while giving your face a really nice and even-toned finish. The Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation is our favourite. Enriched with the goodness of argan oil, this foundation covers imperfections while deeply nourishing your skin. This foundation has a buildable formula and settles into a super soft, dewy finish that looks extremely fresh.
The concealer has to be a holy grail product for every beauty junkie out there. It not only helps to cover dark circles, but works to conceal other skin imperfections such as blemishes, pigmentation, acne and acne scars, etc. The Lakmé Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer has a brightening formula to make your skin look totally radiant while concealing all the visible imperfections for a flawless, crease-free finish that lasts all day.
A lot of women avoid wearing a blush quite often as they feel like it will give them a clown-ish appearance. But if applied correctly, blush is one of the best products to add some warmth and colour to your face. We recommend you to include the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos in your makeup bag. The silky-smooth formula glides onto your cheeks, blends easily and makes your skin look plump and healthy instantly.
Imaging a makeup box without a highlighter is next to impossible. Just swiping on a bit of the product on the high points of your face such as your cheekbones, forehead, bridge of your nose, cupid’s bow and chin, will help in adding that amazing lit-from-within radiance to your face. The Lakmé Absolute Highlighter – Moon Lit comes with a bronzer and highlighter, and is so worth it! The finely-milled powder spreads evenly onto your skin and micro glitter particles give a really soft and natural finish.
6. Eyeshadow palette
If you don’t already have an eyeshadow palette in your makeup box, then we suggest you get one RN! If you are a makeup newbie, we suggest you get a palette with neutral shades as they are a lot easier to work with and go with a lot more outfits. The Lakmé Absolute Infinity Eye Shadow Palette - Soft Nudes fits the bill perfectly! Featuring a good mix of matte and shimmery eyeshadows in lovely shades of brown, nudes and golden, this eyeshadow palette is super versatile for creating a host of eye makeup looks.
Whether you prefer a simple thin flick of eyeliner or have something more dramatic such as a winged or graphic eyeliner in mind, you know that this product is an absolute must in every makeup bag. A simple flick of eyeliner can completely transform your look, add a bit more drama as well as shape and define your eyes beautifully. If you are wondering which eyeliner to buy, then we suggest you take a look at the Lakmé Eyeconic Liquid Eyeliner – Black. The Flexi-tip brush of this eyeliner is perfect to create both thin and thick lines, depending on your look and personal preference.
No eye makeup is ever complete without at least two coats of mascara. It helps define your lashes by adding a lot more length and volume. This in turn helps in opening up your eyes to make you look a lot more awake. We are totally crushing over the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara - Night Drama. Featuring a long-term curl memory formula, this mascara delivers unbelievable length and volume. Additionally, since this mascara is ophthalmologically tested, it is completely safe even for those of you with sensitive eyes.
All of us have a host of lipsticks lying around in every colour imaginable. But when curating a makeup box, it is important to keep just a few shades you absolutely love and work for you. We recommend you to keep a good mix of pink, nude and red lipsticks as they work for every occasion and match every single outfit. All the shades from the Lakmé Absolute Matte Melt Liquid Lip Color are totally perfect for this. Additionally, the liquid lipstick is highly pigmented and settles to a nice powder matte finish to completely brighten up your entire face in seconds.
10. Makeup brushes
Having a big box of makeup products is sort of worthless if you don’t own the right kind of makeup brushes to apply them with. Applying makeup with your fingers leads to a streaky finish, and is, therefore, best avoided. But don’t worry, we won’t ask you to buy every type of brush available in the market. Certain basic tools such as a makeup sponge, a big fluffy blush brush, a fan brush for highlighter and few eyeshadow blending brushes should be more than enough to create a full face of makeup in no time.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Apr 16, 2021
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!