There are two general types of girls in this world: the minimalist and the extravagant. As the girl group TLC once sang, “you can have all the makeup that MAC can make, but if you can’t look inside you…” and find out what you really need, then we’re here to help.
For the minimalists, travelers, girls-on-the-go, the tomboys, the ones with small purses…these 10 products are all you need.
1. Tinted Moisturiser
We always say here at Megastyle that sunscreen is as essential as underwear. This wonder product doubles as a sunscreen, a moisturiser, and a light foundation to blur imperfections. Most women don’t need full coverage foundation–if you’ve got relatively good skin, all you need is a little product.
For those dark under-eye circles, pimples, redness around the nose. Just the presence of a good concealer makes full coverage foundation unnecessary.
3. Lip Balm
Lips need sun protection more than any other part of the face, but it’s the part we always forget to take care of. But more than that, chapped lips are so not chic. Before putting anything else on your lips, make sure they’re moisturized.
4. Matte liquid lipstick
Lipsticks are classically nostalgic, but liquid lipstick is the new kid on the block. It is easy to apply, dries to a matte finish, and won’t budge for the rest of the day even if you tried. It makes you look polished and a just a little bit sexier. Don’t choose nude (because you WILL need a pop of colour most days). Choose one in a healthy, neutral tone, like this Stila in Dolce.
5. Eyeliner Pencil
Eyes are the windows to the soul, so frame them right. Liquid eyeliner creates intense cat-eyes, but for quick everyday looks, a trusty eyeliner pencil is all you need. Choose smudge-proof ones that you can sharpen (it keeps the bacteria at bay, which is another reason liquid liners should be thrown out every 3 months). Also, dark brown looks better than jet black for daily use.
6. Eyelash Curler
How can a woman charm her way through the world without a good set of lashes? Curled lashes instantly make you look fresh and perky. Curling should be like second nature to you. The Shu Uemura curler is famous for a reason, so give it a try.
As Chloe Sevigny said, “I’m more conservative with make-up. My everyday look is a bit of concealer with lots and lots of mascara.” Choose the best drugstore mascara–this is one of the items you shouldn’t splurge on because of its short shelf life. And the quality of drugstore mascaras are truly on-par with high-end ones. What makes this L’oreal one special is its rubber winged wand.
8. Neutral eyeshadow palette
A small palette you can slip into your purse is all you need to make your peepers pop. Get the Naked 2, since the colors are warmer and moreu Asian-skintone-friendly. The darkest shade of the Naked palette can be used as an eyebrow definer. If you would like a blacker darkest shade, choose the Naked 1 Basics.
Whether you’re always tired, super pale, or just naturally sickly-looking, blush is your best friend. This shade from NARS is neither too warm or too cool or too peachy, perfect for most skin tones.
10. Pressed powder
For touch-ups on the go, a girl’s gotta have pressed powder. Nobody wants to see shiny, icky skin. This NARS powder is light enough for daily use, and is warm enough for Asian skin.