The “Can’t-Live-Without” Makeup Product

When it comes to makeup, there are a countless amount of choices on the market—high-end products and low-end products, seasonal tones and everyday basics. As a result, updating your makeup drawer can be a bit daunting.

It goes without saying that the majority of our makeup collections could likely use a good purge–containers that we’ve had just a little too long, or colors that were the “it” color last Fall—but once all the clutter is cleared, what are the “go-to” products that you just can’t live without.

Below we share our makeup favorites, and why they’ve survived our regular makeup purges.

Mere… My “Can’t-Live-Without” makeup is mascara, definitely! Mascara is my most effective makeup tool—it’s a great eye-opener that makes me look (and feel!) more awake, especially in those early weekday mornings. I’ve tried many brands over the years, but hands down my favorite is Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara. Although its higher price point ($32) makes it a bit of a beauty splurge, in my book, it’s totally worth it! This mascara leaves my lashes longer, thicker and curled throughout the day, and doesn’t clump and flake. I’m a bit traditional when it comes to makeup, so I opt for black, but it does come in fun colors (hello purple!). An added bonus is that this mascara can be found at most department store beauty counters, so it’s an easy pick-up when I’m running low.

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Bri… Concealer. Currently I’m using Nyx’s Concealer Stick, which comes at an incredibly affordable price. I don’t have an all-time favorite brand, but concealer is one of my must-haves for camouflaging under-eye issues and random red spots.

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Kristi…My “Can’t-Live-Without” makeup is hands-down Bare Minerals’ ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15. Switching to this foundation was truly life-changing when it came to my makeup routine. The powder balances well with my complexion, giving me a balanced look with coverage that is so light, I forget that I put it on. Even better, the built-in SPF keeps my face protected when I transition from the work day to my afternoon workouts. I also dab on a smidge of their Prime Time Foundation Primer. A little goes a long way, but this keeps my foundation in place for my long weekdays.

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Do you have a different mascara, concealer or foundation that you just can’t live without? How about a different product that is a staple in your makeup bag?

3 thoughts on “The “Can’t-Live-Without” Makeup Product

  1. Bonnie Dewkett

    Okay so I just started wearing makeup regularly. I’ve been on “strike” since I opened my own company about 10 years ago, but I’m back at it now. I find a little lipstick goes a long way.,..and now I’m slightly obsessed about having one, or more with me all the time. I’m looking for awesome colors and brands…but in the meantime I bought some from E.L.F. for $1 a piece 🙂

  2. Bri

    @Bonnie – YES! Definitely agree on the lipstick-goes-a-long-way comment! I am also loving tinted Burt’s Bees balm for lip color and moisture.

    1. Kristi

      I ALSO agree, but I find that I always seem lose my lipstick pretty early in the day and get too distracted to reapply. Anyone have a suggestion for a good long-lasting product?


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