When trying to find the perfect makeup products, it can get overwhelming trying to figure out the absolute makeup must haves. We all know that makeup is going to work uniquely on different kinds of skin, so finding the perfect product takes some trial and error. However, when you finally find the right match for you, you won’t be able to put it down. Without further ado, here are our top suggestions for makeup must haves, starting from primers all the way down to lip liners. Best of all, we’ve been sure to include options ranging from high-end to the drug store level.

1. Primer

But first off, what the purpose of a primer? Think of primer as your makeup and skin’s right-hand man. It protects the skin and helps tackle a number of skin concerns. For example, if you have oilier skin, try to get a mattifying primer or vice versa.

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer


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 This primer is perfect for anyone concerned about clogged pores. Formulated to keep makeup out of your skin, this is perfect for anyone who’s wearing a full face for extended periods of time. What’s amazing is that this primer also helps your complexion by lying smoothly on the skin, which gives an effortlessly airbrushed look.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer


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 This is an oil-free primer with a nice silky texture to help create a smooth canvas for makeup. At the same time, it reduces signs of aging and pores. What more could you ask for? Hourglass overall is just an amazing brand that delivers high quality products. Mixing this with the Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation will give you one of the best smooth and natural complexions.

2. Foundation

Choosing the right foundation really depends on what sort of coverage you’re looking for. If you have more to cover, look for a full coverage foundation that still looks natural. Also, don’t let the words “full coverage” freak you out. If you apply this with a beauty sponge, it will soak up a bit of the product and help give a seamless finish. However, if you find yourself just wanting slight coverage or are worried about makeup looking too heavy (a potential concern for mature skin), then try a light-medium coverage foundation. All three of the foundations mentioned are a buildable full coverage, meaning you can add a small amount or build it up to get maximum coverage.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation


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There is a reason this is the number one selling foundation in Sephora. Rihanna really made an impact when she released Fenty Beauty. She set the standard for all beauty brands to include more inclusive shades in their complexion products. This foundation leaves a nice soft matte finish and is pretty reasonably priced for a higher-end foundation. If you’re worried this will be a little too matte on your skin but want to experience what all the hype is about, try spraying your beauty sponge with a dewy setting mist to help give your skin a little more hydration.

Dior Airflash Spray Foundation


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Dior creates some of the best complexion products HANDS DOWN. The Airflash will give you literally what it sounds like – that beautiful, seamless, and airbrushed effect to the skin. Everyone will be asking you what foundation you have on all night long. What’s best about this foundation is that you can keep adding more and more to get your desired coverage without having your skin look cakey at all.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick


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This foundation will literally give you the best and most natural full coverage finish for hours. The best part about it is that you can put on a slight amount or build it up to a full coverage. This is perfect for anyone who’s constantly traveling. No glass foundation bottle means no accidental breakage. If you’re getting ready to go to the office and then a night out with the girls after that, this foundation will look just as good at 8 AM when you applied it as it will at 8 PM when you’re getting to your dinner reservations.

3. Concealer

Concealer is your best friend. On your quick days out the door, spot concealing or adding a little concealer under your eyes can make the world of a difference. If you have more mature skin, stick to adding less and avoid directly adding it on under eye creases. Start with a little on the inner corner of the eye and a little on the outer corner, letting them meet in the middle when you blend.

Tarte Shape Tape


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Shape Tape is a literal monster in the concealer world. This is probably the best-selling concealer at the moment. It’s perfect for whatever type of coverage you want. Add a dot and blend for your everyday look, and a little bit more can turn into a full coverage lovers dream. What’s best is that this concealer will not start to cake up and crease throughout the day, but it will add enough coverage to hide those undereye circles.

Nars Creamy Radiant


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Nars Creamy Radiant is perfect for anyone who’s looking for the perfect, natural coverage creamy concealer. This is perfect for someone who’s looking for that no makeup makeup look. I even recommend using this one as a cream contour. This is going to be perfect for anyone who’s looking for that effortless super model look.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind


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This is one of the best concealers you can get if you’re balling on a budget. It’s perfect for adding a hydrating look under the eyes that erases the look of fine lines. This is probably going to be a great option for someone with more mature skin or more creasy under eyes.

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer


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 This full coverage matte concealer is perfect for adding that gorgeous blurred look to the face. It can be perfect for adding that extra bit of coverage on the face without a full face of foundation. It looks natural and effortless. The best part is you can add just a little bit and get a nice amount of coverage, which will make the product last longer.

4. Powder

If you want to have your makeup last all day (as in over 8 hours), then you’re going to need some powders. Yes, even if you have dry skin, there are powders for you too.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 


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This is THE powder for (almost) everyone. It adds the perfect smoothing veil over the skin. Your skin is going to not only look velvety soft but also feel incredible. This is also a great product to bake with if you tend to lean on the oiler side. It’s not super matte, but you can definitely get it there. What makes the Laura Mercier Translucent powder so popular is the beautiful blurring effect it adds to the skin while keeping your makeup in place all day long.

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder


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This is a great powder for anyone who’s just trying to find a drug store option, get a smooth airbrushed finish, or simply has dry skin. Although this is Maybelline (don’t be fooled), it performs just as well as the big dogs in Sephora.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder 


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If you’re looking for the perfect pressed powder, then look no further. Charlotte Tilbury has made the perfect powder to add an airbrushed effect to the face. If you tend to have dryer skin, this is a perfect way to give yourself a light dust for longer lasting makeup. It’s almost amazing that you can continuously add more and more without creating a super caked up look. This is literally silk in a tin.

5. Bronzer

Bronzer is perfect for adding warmth back to your face. You want to make sure your face has some dimension to it after covering up some of it with the foundations/concealers mentioned earlier.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer


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Benefit has created the must have bronzer on the market. Hoola bronzer has the perfect cool tone to sculpt out the face and create a beautiful contour. You can also sweep this over the face just to add back some extra color if you’re in a rush or don’t have time to chisel out your cheekbones. Benefit recently also extended the shade range so makeup lovers of different backgrounds can enjoy this beautiful formula.

Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer


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Rihanna has done it again with her new beautiful bronzers. These are perfect for summer to give you that perfect sun kissed look. Who doesn’t love having that tan look without having to go sit in the sun for hours? What we love about Fenty Beauty is that they always think of all skin tones when making their products, and this bronzer range shows that. Which other company do you see with a bronzer range this extensive? This product is perfect to bronze with but not so much contouring, since the undertones are so warm. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially if you’re just trying to add more color to the face.

6. Blush

Who doesn’t love a little blush? Many people underestimate the power some blush has in helping contour your face. It is definitely a makeup must have. Placing it just right can give your cheek bones that snatched look everyone dreams for.



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Mac is the makeup OG. Once upon a time, they were the only makeup company worth paying attention to. Their blushes are some of the most beautiful on the planet. They have perfected a way to add a beautiful, pigmented color on your cheeks without giving you that unwanted clown effect. Peaches is hands-down one of the most beautiful blush tones by MAC.

Benefit Cosmetics Galifornia


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Galifornia is one of the most beautiful baby doll pink blushes you can find. It adds a beautiful wash of color to the cheeks without looking too overbearing. The blush also has the most heavenly scent, which is always fun to smell when applying. Don’t worry; you won’t have to deal with the scent all day long, as it quickly fades.

7. Highlighter

Whether you want a highlighter that can be seen from space or a subtle glow from within, there are many must haves on the market.

Anastasia Beverly Hills X Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit


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 This must have collab just got relaunched, and there’s a reason. This formula is simply unlike any other. For this particular palette, Anastasia has created the perfect wet looking highlighter. This will definitely have you blinding everyone in your path all summer long. It’s even amazing as a body highlighter, as it makes you glow and look even more tan than you could image. It’s rare to come across such a blinding highlight that doesn’t exaggerate your texture or other imperfections you’d rather keep hidden.

Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter


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 This is probably the best highlighter at the drug store. Whether you want a subtle glow or to beam from within, this is the highlighter for you. On top of that, this formula is so buildable, but it doesn’t accentuate texture at all.

8. Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow has to be one of the absolute biggest makeup must haves. You can never have too many palettes. Even on your most natural day, it can completely transform your look by just adding one color to your crease.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette


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Anastasia Beverly Hills has some of the best eyeshadows at Sephora. Just a little tap in the pan takes you a long way with pigment, which is amazing because you’re getting the most bang for your buck. The reason Soft Glam is one of the best palette’s by ABH is because it has beautiful and wearable tones that are so versatile. They’re great for the office, but you can amp up your look with beautiful shimmers and metallics for those nights when you want a little extra pop.

Juvia’s Place


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 Juvia’s Place makes some amazing eyeshadow palettes for a great price point. Their mattes are some of the most pigmented and blendable on the market. Juvia’s Place also offers some very interesting and colorful color stories that you wouldn’t always stumble upon in your everyday palette.

9. Mascara

Mascara is one of the most essential makeup items to have in your kit. On most days, it’s probably what you throw on just before you’re out the door.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara


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This is one of our favorite mascaras. Roller Lash can give you beautiful, flirty lashes that don’t clump up at all. What’s great is you won’t experience this mascara flaking onto your under eyes like other mascaras. This is also a mascara we recommend for anyone who wears false lashes. Adding just a little will give you the perfectly amped up base for your favorite lash to go on top of.

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara


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This is one of the best mascaras at the drug store and is often referred to as the drug store dupe for “Better Than Sex” by Too Faced. This will give your lashes all the drama and volume that you’re begging for. What we love the most is that the mascara won’t clump off and end up all over your cheeks through the day.

10. Lashes

Lashes might not be seen as something essential to the everyday look unless you’re a true lash lover. However, they can make a world of a difference. Also, they don’t have to be as dramatic as what you see on Instagram. There are plenty of natural lashes on the market as well. The key is finding the perfect pair that have strangers second guessing if they’re real or not.

Lilly Lashes


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 Lilly Ghalichi is without a doubt the queen of lashes. You can see all the Hollywood A-Listers wearing her lashes on the red carpet. The hairs look so natural. If you’re looking for the perfect pair, look at her “Miami” line. There’s “Miami Lite” that adds the perfect natural flare, “Miami Flare” to add a beautiful winged like effect, “Miami” for the perfect mix between drama yet wearable, and “So Extra Miami” for all of our large lash lovers out there. Each lash is reusable 20-30 times, so this is definitely a great investment for your kit.

Kiss Lashes


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Kiss hands-down makes the best lashes at the drug store. The hairs look like human hair, which is rare to find on a drug store lash. Usually when you have drug store lashes, the actual hairs tend to look like plastic; not these! They also have a wide array of different shapes. If someone is trying to learn how to apply lashes, a cheaper pair is great to practice with, since they can get messy. These, however, will become your best friend.

11. Lip Liner

Lip liner can be perfect way to add some dimension to your lips or even add a little color. They’re especially great if you’re not into the whole full coverage liquid lip look.

Colourpop Lippie Pencils


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Colourpop is extremely affordable. They also happen to make amazing lip liners. These come in a wide array of shades, and they help shape your lips to give the illusion of plumper lips. What we love the most is that the pencil itself is creamy – but not so creamy that you can’t make precise lines. It’s also easy to blend out any harsh lines, which helps give your lips a natural look.

12. Lips

Lips are probably the perfect way to experiment with your look. Also, if you’re going straight from the office to grabs drinks with your girlfriends, just wipe off that office appropriate nude and throw on a mauvy purple. There are endless possibilities when it comes to lips.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick 


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Huda Beauty has made some of the best matte liquid lipsticks in Sephora. It gives you that perfect pout without creating any discomfort on your lips. Just swipe it on and forget it’s even there. The best part is that it will last all day long. You don’t have to worry about reapplying over and over during your busy day.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick


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Maybelline has one of the most extensive shade ranges in lips at the drug store. Whether you’re looking for something matte, creamy, or anything in between, they even come in multiple different finishes. The best part about Maybelline lipsticks is that they’re comfortable. The last thing anyone needs is to have a super heavy lip bothering them the whole day.


Finding the makeup must have that’s right for you doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. Hopefully, you can try out some of our suggested makeup must haves and find your perfect match. Whether you’re a full coverage queen or just trying to add a little extra dazzle before you leave the house, you should be able to find a must have that suits your needs.