In order to begin combating all this confusion (or at least to begin to), I've put together my Top 6 Holy Grail Products, otherwise known as my "Desert Island Beauty Needs" or, quite simply The Makeup Starter Kit. Basically, these are a fantastic place to start getting into makeup. Read on, Lizzy!
1. FOUNDATION: Rimmel Match Perfection SPF 30 Foundation in shade #130, True Ivory
This foundation does truly hit all the bases (pun only partially intended...). It gives a medium but buildable coverage, it's long-wearing, light-weight and hydrating. Not to mention it has SPF factor 30. Set with powder if you're after a more matte look; for me, I like a dewy finish and this is perfect as is.
2. CHEEKS: e.l.f. Blush/Highlighter All Over Stick in the shade "Persimmon"
This product is a one-swipe wonder. A faintly shimmery highlighter that mostly gives glow, a bit of warmth, and lasts all. the darn. day. Seriously amazing. Did I mention it's $1?
3. Tarte "Tartelette In Bloom" Eyeshadow Palette
This has all your neutral eyeshadow basics, a few shimmers, as well as a couple good grey-toned-browns that work well for filling in your eyebrows. What more could you want? This is definitely a product worth investing in.
4. CoverGirl The SuperSizer Waterproof Mascara
Limited edition StarWars packaging aside (ahhhh), this mascara has actually really grown on me since I first purchased it. The formulation, now a bit drier and better at amping up your eyelashes, provides a good, clean mascara look, completely clump-free, very lengthening and defining. Cheap as chips. (With mascara, I rarely see it necessary to branch into the world of high-end ones. Drugstore mascara is good.)
5. Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in "Eastend Snob"
Cult classic. This is my favorite lipliner. Ever.
6. M.A.C. Cremesheen lipstick in "Patisserie"
Another cult classic. You know I love this lipstick, especially paired with the aforementioned lipliner. There really is nothing like this combination for that classic Parisian-pink lip: not too brown, not too pink, not too glossy and not so matte as to be drying. Long lasting. I wear this combo at least once every week (and I change up my lips a lot, so that's saying something. :)
What are your holy grail beauty products/things you can't live without? I want to know!