Pre cleansers, cleansers, serums, masks, highlighters, primers…*taking deep breaths* We’re constantly bombarded with new launches in the beauty space. This can easily confuse beginners who’re still trying to set up a basic daily routine. If you’re one of them, you’ve come to the right place. With new launches being thrown at us basically every day, it can be difficult to separate your wants from needs. But not with us by your side.

If you’re just starting to build your daily routine, here are all the makeup and skincare essentials you must get your hands on to look every day. Check ‘em out…


For flawless skin

For flawless skin


You don’t need to start with an elaborate skincare routine. Simply following a basic CTM routine (cleansing, toning and moisturising) can help your skin a great deal.

Step 1: Cleanse: Start off by cleansing your face with a mild face wash with no soap, alcohol or chemicals in its formula like the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash. The pro Vitamin B, Vitamin E, and triple purified water in this face wash helps remove dirt, oil and impurities from your face and nourishes your skin to make it look fresh and clean.

Step 2: Apply toner: On your cleansed skin, spritz on an alcohol-free toner like the Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner. It is infused with witch hazel and lavender; it removes impurities the cleanser might have missed, refreshes the skin, and tightens the pore.

Step 3: Moisturise: No matter your skin type, you always need to layer up your skin with a good moisturiser. A lightweight formula like the Pond’s Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser is a suitable pick for all skin types. Enriched with the goodness of vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, this lightweight moisturiser is non-sticky, non-oily and absorbs into the skin quickly. The best bit? It serves as the perfect base for your makeup too.



Layer your face with the right makeup

Layer your face with the right makeup


Now, with your skincare basics in place, it’s time to stock on your makeup essentials.

Step 1: Start with a foundation: Your foundation is the key to a flawless base, so make sure you choose a foundation that perfectly suits your skin type and tone. Try the Lakmé 9to5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation, as it comes with a built-in primer that helps your base makeup stay longer. We love this one because of the beautiful natural and flawless finish it gives the face.  

Step 2: Cover it up with concealer: A concealer is like a magic wand that covers up all your dark circles and blemishes. Once your foundation sets, use a creamy concealer like the Lakmé Absolute White Intense SPF 20 Concealer Stick and apply a small amount to problem areas. The concealer is ultra-light, crease-proof and has SPF 20 in its formula to help protect your skin against sun damage.

Step 3: Add a little blush: Next up, it’s time to add some colour to your face with the Lakmé 9 To 5 Pure Rouge Blusher - Nude Flush. The blush adds a healthy flush of colour to your face and makes you look youthful. It gives a sheer, luminous, silky matte finish which will surely make a few heads turn!

Step 4: Don’t forget eye makeup: Eye makeup is exceptionally important, especially in these times where your eyes are the only visible feature of your face. So, make sure your vanity is stocked with essentials like the Lakmé 9To5 Black Impact Eye Liner, Lakmé Eyeconic Curling Mascara and of course, the Lakmé Absolute Infinity Eyeshadow Palette - Soft Nudes to make your eyes look gorgeous!

Step 5: Dab on some powder sunscreen: Okay, this is super important. It might get confusing how you can apply sunscreen on your face when you have layered it with makeup. The answer is simple, you go for powder sunscreen like the Lakmé Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 40 PA+++ Compact. This high-coverage sunscreen compact works to block harmful UVA and UVB sun rays and helps prevent skin problems like sunburns, tanning, dark spots and premature ageing and is super easy to apply over your makeup.

Step 6: Glide on nude lipstick: If there is one thing a girl can never have enough of, then it has to be lipsticks! So, while you’re all ready to roll for the day, make sure you put on some nice, nude matte lipstick like the Lakmé Absolute Precision Lip Paint - Alluring Nude. This lip colour gives an intense matte and smooth finish to your lips and lasts for a long time, without any touch-ups!