These days, it seems like everyone’s getting into the hottest makeup trends, experimenting with cut creases and facial contouring learned from Instagram and YouTube. For someone who doesn’t really like makeup, those terms can be foreign and that’s okay. If you’re someone who would rather ditch makeup but still want to look done up and professional for work, then here are some minimal makeup must-haves.
If you immediately recoil at the thought of wearing a foundation for the fear of that “masked” feeling, then by all means, skip the foundation! Tinted moisturizers disappear right into your skin, while offering some amazing skincare benefits. jane iredale’s Dream Tint has been one of their customer favorites for years and comes as no surprise. Lightweight minerals give a sheer to medium coverage while Algae Extract hydrates your skin and shields it against moisture loss. Titanium Dioxide offers sunscreen protection while calming and smoothing the skin, as well. Your skin will look radiant without the heaviness of a full coverage foundation. Set your tinted moisturizer with a lightweight finishing powder and lightly tap on your t-zone area.
Using under eye concealer can also seem like too much makeup if you hardly wear it. However, if you find yourself looking a little tired and want a way to freshen up without a crepey appearance, then you have to pick up Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream for Eyes. Taking the same concept from BB creams for the face, this uniquely formulated product combines the benefit of an eye cream with the coverage of a concealer. Concerns like dark circles, fine lines, dryness and wrinkles are addressed with each use while it protects and illuminates your delicate under eye area. The best part about this product is that it comes with a built-in brush that allows you to apply without any fuss.
If you simply can’t imagine yourself wearing lipstick, don’t force it. Chances are, you’ll end up feeling uncomfortable the entire time and that’s not fun. If you still want to have some color on your lips, then the bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm is ideal for the non-makeup wearer who desires lush color with intense hydration and nourishment. Jojoba Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Passion Fruit Oil and Vitamin E keep your lips moisturized and protected. You’ll never think twice before applying this wonderful lip color and you’ll love how sheer it feels when you wear it.
Even minimal makeup wearers can agree that mascara is probably the most important makeup staple. An immediate eye opening product, mascara can quickly take you from looking tired to fabulous with just a few coats. To avoid potential spider eyes and to keep your lashes looking healthy, Peter Thomas Roth’s Lashes to Die for is the best mascara to keep in your arsenal. A treatment mascara, your lashes will be conditioned with every application. Macadamia Nut Oil, Bamboo Extract and Pro Vitamin B5 strengthen and protect your lashes. The applicator brush has fine points to evenly distribute the product and give you natural definition.
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.