The perfect 10 makeup essentials

Grooming is an essential part of life. And makeup plays a central role. While the art of makeup is tricky, putting together the perfect makeup kit is just as difficult. It’s true. Whether you’re a makeup novice or an expert, the mind-boggling gamut of makeup products can make pose a delightful challenge when it comes to choosing the absolute essentials.

Luckily for you, we’ve already done the groundwork and scouted for you 10 makeup products that will let you create any look you want. These makeup staples have stood the test of time, and today, these perfect 10 will ensure you look your perfect 10 always!

Lo and behold! Our ultimate top 10 to create that ultimate makeup kit.

1. Primers

Primers are an absolute must-have in your beauty kit. Primers not only create a flawless canvas for your makeup but also ensures it stays put all through the day. It will also minimize the appearance of pores making makeup application a whole lot easier.
BB Beauty Tip: If you have oily skin, choose a mattifying primer. If your skin is dry, opt for a hydrating primer. For mature skin, a primer with Hyaluronic Acid is ideal. Here are more tips on how to apply a primer.

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2. Foundations

True to its name, a foundation is like the groundwork for your makeup. It not only creates an even base but also helps in diminishing the appearances of blemishes and imperfections, correcting skin tone and giving your skin an overall smooth finish.
BB Beauty Tip: Foundations oxide through the day, which means when it blends with the oils on your face, it tends to get darker. That’s why a foundation need not be an exact skin match. It can be a slightly lighter shade too. Here are few more tips on how to apply foundation.

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3. Concealers

Troubled with blemishes, redness and dark circles? Conceal them with a concealer. Always remember to apply the concealer after the foundation, because if you do it the other way round, it may smear, or worse, it will give you a heavy, cakey look. When it comes to which concealer to choose, here is a guide to different kinds of concealers.
BB Beauty Tip: Draw the alphabet ‘X’ over the blemish or spot, and dab gently. To cover dark circles, apply dots of the concealer under your eye and blend it gently, moving from inside to outside.

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4. Blush

This is undoubtedly a makeup essential. A little blush goes a long way in uplifting your look and giving it natural radiance and glow. With expert artistry, it can also help contour your face for a gorgeously defined look. You can choose between powder or liquid formulas. It’s best to opt for a shade that best suits your skin tone. Go for a blush palette so you have a range of shades to choose from. If you’re starting out, this beginner’s guide to blush will be useful.
BB Beauty Tip: If you have fair skin, try fresh pinks and light lilacs. For medium skin tones, peachy and rosy shades will work best. If you have an olive skin tone, orange or golden-toned blushes will work wonders. For those who have dusky skin, hot corals, brick reds and deep berries will look stunning.

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5. Eyeshadows

No makeup kit is complete with this. An eyeshadow will not only accentuate your eyes, but it will take your entire look to a whole new level. As a thumb rule, it’s best to avoid dark colours during the day. Go in for an eyeshadow palette. This way, you will have an array of colours to choose from – nude makeup or a dash of pop, a meeting or a party, anywhere, anytime!
BB Beauty Tip: Always apply a primer before applying your eyeshadow. This will not only give you a clean canvas to work on, but it will keep your colour in place, without fading or creasing.

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6. Eyeliners

Let your eyes do the talking with this one. These will give your eyes the much-needed definition and make them look as gorgeous as ever. Be it those feisty cat-eyes or the delicate winged look, you can choose from a host of colours and styles. These are available in gel or liquid formulations usually applied on the upper lash lid, and kajal or pencil liners for the lower lash line. Opt for waterproof products as these will last longer.
BB Beauty Tip: If you want your eyes to look larger, apply a white eyeliner to your lower lash-line.

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7. Mascaras

Like a magic wand, this product can transform your lashes giving them the volume and length. It will instantly perk your eyes up and make a stunning difference to your look. The best part is that mascara will make your eyes look awake, even when you’ve not had your beauty sleep. An absolute must in your vanity kit and of course, for those video calls to keep your eyes sparkling with ambition. Don’t forget to choose a waterproof one.
BB Beauty Tip: Apply your mascara as you usually do, but after that, hold it vertically and touch the tip of the brush to every individual lash. This will add extra length and ensure flutter-worthy lashes. Learn more about mascaras.

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8. Lipsticks

Give your lips a pop of colour with the ever-essential makeup product. A lipstick will instantly lift your look and it a divaesque edge. And luckily, the choice is endless. Right from liquid formulas to bullets, glossy to satin to a matte finish, the perfect lipstick is out there! While nude shades and subtle browns are perfect for work, bright pinks, reds and maroon will work well for a party. Here are 5 timeless lipstick shades.
BB Beauty Tip: Make your lipstick last longer with translucent powder. Apply your lipstick and then place a tissue over your lips. Dust translucent powder over it. This will help in locking the colour.

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9. Highlighter

This is one essential you can’t do without. This product will truly amp your oomph factor. As the name suggests, this product is used to highlight the essential features of your face, namely your cheekbones, nose and top of your forehead. Apart from this, it will also give your face a luminous, radiant glow. You can also use it to highlight other parts of the body. Here are few tips.
BB Beauty Tip: Apply the inner corners of your eyes with a highlighter to give them a pop of colour.

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10. Makeup brushes

Last but not the least, a set of makeup brushes is an absolute must. Be sure to invest in quality brushes to ensure longevity. Also, remember to wash these brushes regularly to keep them clean and germ-free. You will also need to store them correctly to ensure they don’t get damaged. With the right tools, any look is achievable. Here are the top 5 makeup brushes and how to use them.
BB Beauty Tip: Never soak your makeup brushes in water. This can cause the glue to loosen and can damage the product, Instead, wash them gently under running water.

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Makeup trends may come and go, but these essential will always have your back, or for that matter, you face. Whether it’s a professional look or a date look, these 10 makeup arsenals are all you need to whip the look you want. Go ahead, and treat yourself to these lovely products. Add a little sparkle to your life. As they say, there’s no such thing as too much makeup.

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