Welcome to the second part of my series on putting together a makeup kit on a budget. I’ll be covering eyes and lips in this post, so lets dive on in!
Palettes: I was lucky enough to pick up a few of the NYX Luscious Lip Gloss palettes when they were being produced. The name is slightly misleading – the formula is more of a lipstick. They seems to be discontinued, but you can still find some of them over on eBay. I also have a 66 color palette from Coastal Scents ($18.95; Coastal Scents). It’s not the highest quality, but it has a LOT of shades and has definitely come in handy.
Lip Pigment: I am a HUGE fan of OCC Lip Tar ($18; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Sephora). They seem expensive but you need so little of the pigment that a tube will last you a very long time. They are also great for mixing. However, I don’t recommend the Stained Gloss formula – it is slippery and wears off really fast.
Lipstick: I have a few lipsticks from here and there I picked up when a color struck me. NYX Creamy Round Lipstick ($4; NYX) in Bruised and Haute Melon are a couple of my faves. I’m also a hug fan of the Lime Crime Opaque Lipsticks ($18; Lime Crime). The color payoff is amazing – Styletto is by far the best black lipstick I’ve tried.
Quads: I like to have a lot of lip colors on hand, so I also have a few of the Coastal Scents Lip Quads ($6.95; Coastal Scents). They are well pigmented and reasonably priced.
Lip Gloss: A fantastic trick for lips is to create your own custom colors using a bit of lip gloss and some eyeshadow. Mix ’em together and all of a sudden you have that neon green lipstick you’ve been searching for. MAC Clear Lipglass ($15; MAC) is a product several of my MUAs swear by. If you are looking for something less expensive, my favorite right now is Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Gloss in Minty Kiss ($9; Victoria’s Secret) because of it’s minty scent & non-sticky formula.
Primer: I’ve been using the Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer ($14; Sephora). This stuff is great – it holds eyeshadow really well, and it gives a smooth surface to work on. I find that when I’m layering and blending eyeshadows, they are much more workable.
Eyeshadow Palettes: Eyeshadow is another area where you can really spend a lot of money. I need a large selection to choose from, so my go to palette has been the 120 Palette One ($18.95; Coastal Scents). The shades are very pigmented and long lasting – I’ve gotten a LOT of mileage out of this one. Another palette I picked up recently is 120 Palette Four ($18.95; Coastal Scents) to add some new colors.
Cream Eyeshadow: This is an optional inclusion. I haven’t has much need of these, but they are good in a pinch. I use a finger (or a really stiff brush). They are easy to blend and don’t crease as a general rule (but stay away from oily lids with these), plus they have a nice luminous quality to them. They can also be used as a color primer to give powder eyeshadow more pop. Revlon Illuminance ($6.50; Drugstore.com) has some good quads. For higher end single shades, Make Up Forever Aqua Creams are a good way to go ($23; Sephora, Make Up Forever).
Eyeliner Pencils: It’s always good to have a few of these on hand, at the very least in white and black. I’ve become very impressed with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils ($20; Sephora, Urban Decay) because they are ridiculously pigmented and very smooth, with some serious staying power, even on the waterline. I also have a couple of the 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils ($2.49; Jordana), which are very good quality for the price.
Gel Liner: Gel liner is a must have for clean lines and bold eyes. Loreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner ($9.99; Ulta) has been my go to for awhile. It stays put for ages and doesn’t smudge.
Eyelashes: For photos, it’s not necessary to spring for uber expensive lashes. I tend to stick to whatever I can find at a bargain price. Diaso Japan has a good selection at about $3 a pop (20.80 for 10; Daiso Japan). I also have a few Love & Beauty Sets ($5.80; Forever 21) for my standard black lashes. For theatrical lashes (think feathers!), NYX has a great selection ($6.50; NYX).
I hope you guys found some useful information for putting together your own professional starter kit! If you missed the first post, check it out here.