Shocking statement: I own WAY more makeup than I could ever need. Between the stuff I purchase on my own and the stuff brands send me to test out, I could stock a beauty store. But on a day-to-day basis, I only use a small fraction of my stash, and they tend to be more of the basics.
While I was packing for a recent trip, I realized the basics I packed were more-or-less a makeup starter kit. What does said starter kit look like? A nice base (BB cream, tinted moisturizer, foundation, etc), a concealer, brow gel/pencil, shadow primer, neutral eyeshadow palette, eye liner, mascara, blush and bronzer. And if you’re feeling a little saucy, a nice your-lips-but-better lippie.
So as I was packing, I figured I’d share with you my makeup starter kit – both a drugstore and designer version. As I’m sure you can tell by the title, this is the drugstore version. Two disclaimers before we hop in. One, you’ll notice that a shadow primer is missing from the mix. That’s because I have only ever found designer primers that work for my oily lids. I’ve heard amazing things about Milani’s primer, but I haven’t found it in stock at any of my drugstores … like ever. I guess I should take it as a good sign if it’s always sold out.
Two, in addition to the primer, you’ll also notice that I didn’t include any tools (i.e. brushes, makeup sponges, etc.). That’s because most of my tools are Sephora brand and thus not drugstore and because I figured I’d cover the tools in another post.
And with that, let’s get to the good stuff.
If all you have are these products on hand, you’ll be able to make a beautiful look. And like I said earlier, lippies aren’t a MUST to looking polished, but you can’t go wrong with swiping on a YLBB product. You can check out five of my favorites (drugstore included) here. Keep an eye out in the coming week for the designer version of the makeup starter kit and let me know what you think below.
What are your go-to drugstore makeup basics?
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