A look at the essentials that I carry in my bag as basics for my 24/7 makeup routine.

People always want to know what’s in my makeup bag. The truth is that I try to be super careful and include only the essentials I can fit in my bag and keep the rest at home. I try to bring everything I need to be on the move no my busy schedule; basics to do touch ups on the go or a reduced makeup routine. Here is a description of what I have in my makeup bag so you can be inspired to Crete yours.

Light SPF cream

We should all wear SPF of 30 or higher every day, regardless of the season, the amount of time we spend outdoors, and the color of our skin. The formulations have improved a lot and there are several options that are so lightweight that you will forget that you are even wearing sun protection. Personally, I like the ones that have a little color and function as a makeup base.

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Eyebrow pencil

Eyebrows may seem insignificant, but they’re really the frame of your eyes, so don’t leave them out of your makeup routine. Lightly groomed and filled in brows will create a fresh, polished look. I recommend looking for a product that does not require a pencil sharpener so as not to increase the number of items in your bag. There are several pencils with twisting tips. Remember that the color should be the same as the natural shade of your eyebrows, or slightly darker, but not much.

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Moisturizing Concealer

Concealer is best used sparingly so you don’t look overly made up but it’s very effective at brightening the under-eye area and hiding blemishes elsewhere. I use it mostly on the delicate skin around the eyes as this is an area that is naturally dry due to fewer oil-producing pores. There are options for easy to use crayons, liquid applicators, and creams that you use with your fingertips.

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Makeup base

These products are very important for that luminous and even look. Foundation is a must that I carry in my makeup bag. If you prefer a denser coverage, your best option is a full coverage foundation, but if you are looking for a much more natural look -like me- the best thing is a light cream that has tint, like a tinted moisturizer,. You can also look for a medium coverage foundation. In the end, it’s about how much makeup you want to wear

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Gloss or Lipstick

Whether you’re in the mood to go bold and opt for a much more vibrant shade or just want a light pop of color, the important thing is to keep your lips hydrated so they look healthy and not chapped. Personally I like to balance my makeup. If I’m wearing a bold lip tone, I try to go natural on the lips, and vice versa. Oftentimes, what you need is just a touch of gloss for naturally attractive lips.

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Eye shadow

The reality is that we don’t always wear eyeshadow every day, so it’s best to invest in one that is neutral and can be used both day and night. I love shadows that are compact and can lift any makeup look. There are some that you can apply even with your finger.

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Just like taking care of your brows, applying mascara is an easy way to “look good” with minimal effort. Even if it’s the only thing you do, it can make you look refreshed and awake. If you prefer something subtle, try a medium to dark brown mascara that lightly coats your lashes. If you want more impact, opt for a jet black product that lengthens and adds volume.

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A touch of color on your cheeks with is one of the most effective and fastest ways to bring life and youth back to the face. To keep things simple, I recommend a cream or liquid blush that you can easily blend with your fingers, eliminating the need for a brush. In addition, it can work to give color to your lips if you do not wear lipstick. My favorites are the ones that come in a tube because they are easy and very clean to use, plus they don’t take up much space.

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