If I could only have 5 makeup products for the rest of my life, I would have a foundation, blush, eyebrow product, mascara, and lipstick. Of course it would not be specifically these products in the picture above, but any kind of combination.
Unfortunately, I can't just wear a BB cream or skip foundation and call it a day. I have lots of post acne marks, active breakouts, and redness, that a concealer alone would not cover. Thats why I prefer having foundation and skipping the concealer as I can get a complete coverage. L'Oreal True Match Foundation is great, but I would not call it my top foundation. I have to buy my perfect foundation, but will do it once my other ones run out.
Blush is something that is an important aspect in my routine. If I do not have blush on, I look sick. I don't mind skipping the bronzer, as long as I have my blush. Currently, my top 2 blushes are Tarte Amazonian clay blush in Blissful (pictured above), and NARS Amour blush.
Next, some kind of eyebrow product. I strongly believe that the eyebrows frame the face. So therefore, they need to be done nicely, and have an enhancing color in them to help frame. I was using CoverGirl eyeshadow in Brown Smolder as my powder, but received the Victoria Jackson eyebrow pencil in an Ipsy bag, and wanted to try something different. I don't have a preference in which product I prefer, just as long as it is a nice color that can be applied easily and quickly.
I use to think that I NEEDED eye liner to look better. Although eye liner helps make my eyes look bigger and elongated, I personally feel that the mascara is the more beneficial product. An "eyeliner" effect can be created using the mascara on the bottom lashes, and lots of mascara on the lashes can make the eye look bolder as it can provide definition, length and volume. My favorite mascara has sadly been buried since it was getting past the 6 month mark, but I have been experimenting with different mini mascaras to help me find another great one. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is definitely a good choice and I love the look it gives to my lashes.
Finally, a lip product is another thing I would need. My lips have pretty much no color in them. They are pale; so some kind of lip product is needed to enhance my lips. I like to stick to conservative, office appropriate shades that aren't too bright, but nothing too neutral either. The perfect in between color. Above in the picture, I have MAC Patisserie lipstick.
What are your 5 products you can't live without?