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4 Everyday Makeup Essentials


Natural makeup essentials

We all have those days where we want to wear minimal amounts of makeup, but still look put-together and polished. I’m not the most comfortable with wearing no makeup (I’m really trying to get more comfortable, I promise!), so for this week’s post, I’ve rounded up the four products I use when I’m trying to go “au naturale” without being 100% natural.

These everyday makeup essentials are a mix of drugstore and high-end products, and most do double-duty, too! Read on to learn more about each product:

Milani Runway Lashes Mascara

Milani runway lashes instant volume mascara
$4.49 at

I never was a huge fan of the Milani line. I found that most of their blushes and eyeshadows were chalky, and their lipsticks too drying. However, this mascara is nothing short of spectacular, and it’s less than $5! You only need to apply one coat, and since it makes your lashes so full and dark, it basically eliminates the need for eyeliner.

This might sound weird, but when it dries it kind of feels like you have a hard shell on your eyelashes, which I actually like because it makes my lashes look fantastic. I don’t need them to feel soft! Maybe I’m the only one with that belief? Let me know!

Regardless, this is a killer mascara. I’m really happy I picked this one up!

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

UD naked basics palette
$28 at Sephora

This do-it-all palette by Urban Decay is truly something that you need in your makeup bag, and I don’t say that lightly. A smaller (and less expensive!) version of UD’s über-popular Naked palettes, it includes six matte neutral eyeshadows that can be used to create a ton of looks.

Here’s how I use it for my everyday makeup look: I apply the light color on the far left to my inner corner, “Foxy” all over my lid, and the light brown, “Naked 2″ in my crease. With an angled brush, I use the darker brown, called “Faint,” to fill in my eyebrows. Sometimes I even use “Venus” as a highlight!

This is the only eyeshadow I take with me when traveling or staying overnight anywhere. It’s really all I need! I use this palette every single day of my life, which makes it well-worth the price.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear CC Cream

Physicians formula organic wear cc cream
$14.99 at Ulta

I talked about this product in a previous post, so I’m not going to rant about it too much, but I do want to let you know it is still one of my absolute favorites. This product is just so easy and quick to apply!

Depending on your skin needs, you could also use the BB Cream version, but I like Physician’s Formula CC Cream because of the higher coverage and the fact that it color-corrects, which is something my skin needs. If you do need more coverage, I definitely recommend a CC over a BB.

I find that if I use this on its own I can skip moisturizer, concealer, and even finishing powder if I’m really rushing, so it gets me out the door faster on busy mornings. Clearly I’m all about multitasking products today. Us busy girls need to save time!

Benefit Posie Lip Balm

Benefit perfect posie lip balm
$18 at Sephora

Benefit’s famous Posie Tint is now in a balm, and it’s a super-moisturizing, sheer light pink balm that’s beautiful for everyday wear. There were a lot of mixed reviews about the balm being “too sheer,” but honestly, I wouldn’t wear this product if it were opaque!

Posie Balm brings color to your lips and just makes your face look more put-together. There are four shades, but I think the one pictured above, called Poppy Pink, is the most wearable. I also love the fact that it’s rose-scented – it’s one of my favorite scents!

Yes, it’s a bit pricey, but if you’re someone who doesn’t like heavy lipstick or lipgloss, try this balm. You’ll be happy you did!

What do you think?

What are your essentials for barely-any-makeup days? Have you tried any amazing new products? Would you like to see more posts like this? Remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

Posted on on June 10, 2014 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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10 Responses to “4 Everyday Makeup Essentials”

  1. 1
    June 10th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I have that Naked basics palette and LOVE it!!! I also have the original Naked palette, but I’ve found that I gravitate toward that more when I feel a little fancy. The basics one is perfect for everyday.

    As for my barely-any-makeup days, which has been basically every day for me since it’s been so hot, my go-to routine is L’Oreal’s Magic Nude BB cream (after sunscreen of course) + bareMinerals correcting concealer, mascara, a bit of blush, and tinted lip balm!

  2. 2
    June 10th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for this article. My makeup is starting to get old and I need to replace it.

  3. 3
    June 10th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I went out and purchased this mascara right after reading this article, and my lashes have NEVER looked so long and full and fake! It’s my new holy grail mascara, everyone NEEDS to try this out ASAP. I am amazed!

  4. 4
    June 11th, 2014 at 1:29 am

    My skin is very sensitive. Can I use this BB cream. Please help. Nothing is working for my Face.

  5. 5
    June 11th, 2014 at 5:53 am

    This is crazy- I use my NAKED BASICS palette in the EXACT same way! Ha! It’s brilliant! I was also considering buying the Posiebalm and you have me sold! :)
    I use Clinique BB cream but am considering a move… Over here in Ireland we don’t have Physician’s Formula so I’m still on the hunt! :)

  6. 6
    June 11th, 2014 at 5:54 am

    PS… GREAT POST! :)

  7. 7
    June 11th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Is there any way when you write these posts that you can include alternatives for people who don’t want to spend a fortune on makeup, but still want to achieve a similar look? The most expensive thing in my makeup bag is my mineral powder from Lorea’l, and my Neutrogena base. There are plenty of similar looking and working products on the line, that won’t break the average college students bank.

  8. 8
    June 12th, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Aaaaagh I absolutely despise that crunchy eyelashes feeling. I switched to Full n Soft waterproof mascara so I wouldn’t have to deal with it.

  9. 9
    June 12th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Hi all!

    Naina – You definitely can! I have super sensitive skin and that BB cream is perfect.

    Orla – Thank you for your kind comments! Isn’t the Naked Basics amazing?! :)

    Katrina – I will definitely begin doing that. That’s a great idea, and you make a great point! I will have a post like that for next week. :)

  10. 10
    June 15th, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I absolutely love the Naked Basics palette! It has been one of my everyday staples since I got it earlier this year!

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