If You’re Gonna Buy Something, Buy This: 5 Essential Makeup Basics


Let’s face it, makeup shopping can be overwhelming. There are so many options out there, and walking into Sephora can feel like you’re being accosted with a zillion products that you didn’t even know existed (or that you needed.) Like, beauty blender? Is that a new type of juicer?

Luckily, we’ve got your back. We’re going to round up the five types of products that you actually do need, along with some brand recommendations to send you on your way.

So, next time the Sephora salesgirl (or salesguy) asks you, “Do you need help finding something?” use this as your checklist:


1. A good lip stain.

There’s lipstick and lipgloss, and then there’s the lip stain. The reason why a stain is preferable to all other types is this: it’s long lasting, subtle, and gives you that hint of color that can finish a look. You know how your lips turn a pinkish hue after you bite them for about ten seconds? A lip stain can make you look like that all the time, but, like, in a good way. De’s favorite lip stain: Lip Stain by Milk Makeup.

2. An all-purpose highlighter.

Even if you aren’t 100% sure what contouring is or how to even begin doing it, you can fake it with a product like this. Most brands sell a “wonder stick”of sorts that can act as blush, highlighter, eyeshadow, shimmer, etc. Experiment with it on different parts of your face to see what makes you glow the best. De’s pick: The Multiple by NARS.

3. A Trusty bb-Cream.

Ok, here’s the skinny on all of these double-letter creams. BB-creams are essentially tinted moisturizers that act as a lightweight foundation, and they often come with added benefits (like SPF protection.) CC-cream stands for “color correcting,” and while they offer similar results to BB-cream, they are often lighter and fluffier in texture. The definition of DD-cream changes depending upon who you ask (“Dynamic do-all?” “Dermatologist’s dream?” ) but it essentially acts like a hybrid of BB and CC creams. Anyway, you really only need one of these, but it will change your life the second you try it. De’s favorite foundation: Diorskin Nude BB-Cream.

4. Something for your brows.

If you’re going to apply makeup to one area of your face, it needs to be your brows. That’s just how it is. It’s 2016, and thick, well-trimmed brows are still all the rage. We may not be saying “on fleek” as much as we were a year ago, but eyebrows are still one of the most important things on a girl’s face. An all-in-one eyebrow kit is definitely the way to go here  – look for one that contains a set of mini tweezers for those rogue hairs, a loose powder with an angled brush for filling, and then a gel with a mini wand for slicking everything into place. De’s pick for brow makeup: The Eyebrow Editor by Sephora.

5. A reliable mascara.

Mascaras can be difficult to shop for because it’s hard to know what you’re getting. Ads always make the products look better than they are (ever notice the fine print that says “so-and-so is wearing lash inserts?” It’s because the model’s eyelashes are fake and so you won’t look like that, ever.) Going to Sephora for mascara is always a good idea because you can test them out in-store to make sure that they don’t clump, and that you like the effect. De’s favorite mascara: Lights, Camera, Lashes! by Tarte.

Tell Us: What are your makeup basics? Tweet @thirtyontap to share your thoughts!

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