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2020 has been a hard year to say the least, but it has also been a year of A LOT of online shopping. Through the countless hours of online shopping, we have found the ultimate makeup essentials. These products are our top makeup products of 2020, and we don’t think we will stop using them in the new year.
These makeup essentials are products we basically can’t live without, and we admit we are sometimes afraid to leave the house without them. However, products like mascara and concealer come in many different shades, formulas and brands. That’s why we compiled a list of the best makeup essentials with products that are perfect from the packaging to the formula.
Makeup Essentials: Concealer
We can honestly say it is very hard leaving the house without a full-coverage concealer to hide blemishes and dark under eyes. Concealer is definitely one of our makeup essentials, and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is tough enough for the job. This concealer is formulated to last all day while leaving your skin radiant. It corrects, highlights, contours and perfects any blemish or dark spot. The long and skinny packaging is perfect to fit in your purse and on-the-go. Another great thing about this concealer is the shade range. You won’t have to worry about buying this product online because the description of the shade and the range of shades allow you to find the perfect match for your skin tone easily.
Makeup Essentials: Beauty Sponge
Now we aren’t going to lie to you: there are so many beauty sponges on the market for less money than the Original Beautyblender. However, the Original Beauty blender is the best makeup sponge on the market. This product falls into the makeup essentials category because it is super soft and blends your liquid and cream makeup products to perfection. If you ever have patchy foundation or cream contour that doesn’t blend out correctly, the Original Beautyblender makeup sponge is your best friend.
Makeup Essentials: Lip Gloss
We have tried many lip plumpers, glosses and stains, but none of them achieve the pouting effect just like the Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish. This product is a makeup essential because each shade is glossy and shiny. The formula is not sticky but instead glides on top of lip liner or lipstick while adding pout with a single swipe. You can use this alone for a really quick and glossy plump lip. Not to mention, the smell of this product is sweet and delicious.
Makeup Essentials: Mascara
Before you stop reading because the previous makeup essentials are more high-end beauty, we bring you the greatest mascara find this year, and it’s only $5. The Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara elongates and bolds your lashes to the extreme. We always see makeup artists add false lashes, and it immediately elevates their makeup look. False lashes aren’t always for everyday use. Sometimes we want a bold lash without the trouble of putting on fake lashes. This mascara provides volume and length, and it looks like you could be wearing false lashes. It’s also a dupe for many high-end mascaras that achieve a similar effect.
Makeup Essentials: Foundation
Hyaluronic acid has been all over social media this year as the active ingredient to incorporate into your skincare routine. Brands have hopped on this train too, as they are promoting their products with hyaluronic acid. The ColourPop Pretty Fresh Foundation has hyaluronic acid to ensure your face is hydrated while making your complexion look plump and glowy. A makeup essential like this one is medium coverage that is buildable and creates a skin-like finish.
Makeup Essentials: Lip Stick
Glowy lipstick with shine may not be for you, so this Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick by Fenty Beauty will be your go-to lipstick. The creamy formula leaves a matte finish that is not drying and lasts all day. The colors are stunning with pinks, reds, blues, greens and purples.
Makeup Essentials: Eyeshadow Palette
Many eyeshadows palettes have neutrals similar to the shadows in the KKW BEAUTY Classic Eyeshadow Palette, but this palette carries every essential neutral shadow. You can create an abundance of different classic eyeshadow looks with this palette. The palette has 10 mattes and shimmers for easy layering and blending. Whether you like shimmers or mattes, these shadows are perfect for creating a soft makeup look.
Makeup Essentials: Blush
Milani Baked Blush is a beautiful bronzer and blush combination product. Although the colors are mainly pinks and peaches like a standard blush, a warm bronzer undertone adds a sunbaked finish. We consider blush to be a makeup essential because it highlights and brings life to the face. The Milani Baked Blush is also inexpensive and comes in great shades.
Makeup Essentials: Setting Spray
Priming spray and setting spray are often neglected in a makeup routine, but they ensure makeup has a strong hold and lasts all day. Often setting sprays and priming sprays are two separate products, but the MAC Prep & Prime Fix + Primer and Setting Spray does both. It primes so your foundation glides on smoothly and blends beautifully PLUS it sets your makeup look to stand up against sweat, heat and melting.
Makeup Essentials: Bronzer
Although the Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer is advertised as a bronzer, it can also be used as a contour. In fact, because of the cool undertones in this powder, we recommend using this as a powder contour instead of a regular bronzer. The cool undertones create shadows on your face, so apply this wherever you want to be extra snatched.
Makeup Essentials: Eyeliner
Out of all eyeliner (pencil, liquid and gel), gel eyeliner is our favorite. The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil is an incredibly versatile makeup essential. When using a gel eyeliner, you can create a harsh line or use an angled eye brush to smoke it out. This gel eyeliner does an excellent job of creating a more smoke effect, and it is super smooth.
Makeup Essentials: Brow Powder
We hate when our eyebrows are not filled in enough or filled in too much. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo is the best brow makeup essential for creating an even and effortless brow look. Use an angled brush to flick small lines into your brows to fill them. The best part about this product is the arrangement of shades. From blonde to black hairs, you can find the perfect shade for your brows.
Makeup Essentials: Makeup Remover
You may consider this product in your skincare routine, but it has everything to do with makeup just like the previous products. Now that you have every makeup essential for a stunning, glam look, you need to properly take off your makeup. The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is an oil cleanser that acts as a makeup remover. Use a pump or two on dry skin, and it magically melts even stubborn eye makeup. After using this, your face is clear of any makeup residue, and it doesn’t have a film. We recommend using a water based cleanser after the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.
We hope to have provided you with the best makeup essentials we found this year, including some killer formulas and flawless finishes. You can buy these products and wear them without having to worry if your makeup will melt throughout the day. These makeup essentials will provide you exactly what you are looking for in a makeup product and more!