Our Makeup Essentials – Part I


We love makeup, and we cannot leave our homes without piling some on our faces. Even if it is grabbing something quick at the grocery store, we still need to make sure our faces look presentable before we step out the door. You may argue women always focus so much on how they look, and that thinking should change. We are all about women empowerment, but hey, we also want to look good while being girl bosses – not for others, but for ourselves. When you know you look good, you feel like you can conquer the world!

With that said, we would like to share with you all our makeup essentials. These are our must haves, without them it is like we are missing a little something on our faces, and feel partially naked. Since there are four of us with plenty of products, we separated this post into two parts. Part I are Michelle and Renée!


michelle makeup essentials 2

1. Lancôme Teinte BB Cream #1
I do not ever leave the house without putting this on my face. I love it because it is a tinted moisturizer with SPF 30. I’m all about moisturizing and definitely need that sunblock!


2. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown | 3. Stila Smudge Stick Waterpoof Eye Liner in Damsel
I love to draw attention to my eyes and this eyeliner and color is great eyeliner to wear every day. I use the Smudge stick in Damsel (dark brown) every day and I bring the Liquid Eyeliner for a quick transition to night time. For a more dramatic look, I also have both in Black when it’s for partying at night.


4. Tarte Lip Surgence in Serene | 5. Nars Lip gloss in Orgasm | 6. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
I always carry around 2 or 3 types of lip gloss, pencil etc. As a working mom, I usually put my make up on the way to work and it’s just easier to have a couple of choices to match my outfit for the day or the mood I am in. Usually in the day time I like to sport nude lips so I switch between Tarte’s Lip Surgence in Serene or if I want to go shinier then I use Nars Lip Gloss in Orgasm, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take that to night time as well. And since its Fall, I am so excited to bust out my Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella for that perfect deep red pout.


7. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Glisten
I love love love this blush, it stays put on your cheeks all day every day! It’s the perfect daytime blush color that goes well with everything I wear. Even after a work out, I still have pink cheeks.


8. L’Oreal Voluminous in Blackest Black | 9. Lancôme Hypose Drama Black
Nothing beats L’oreals Voluminous in blackest black as your every day mascara. It’s easy to pick up at any drug store and has a great price. It doesn’t clump and I love the length it gives to my lashes. Once the sun sets, it’s all about high drama. Lancôme Hypnose Drama in Black just seems to make my lashes go on for days, no need for fake lashes with this one.



renee makeup essentials 2

1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #5.5 | 2. Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Smashbox is the perfect primer to create that base for my face painting, it’s like putting on primer before painting a wall 😉 Everything just glides onto the face having the primer on! As for foundation, Armani makes one of the best foundations, as it is consistently voted as one of the top by multiple magazines. It looks super natural on with amazing coverage all day long, not to mention makes my skin look flawless!


3. Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch #3.5 | 4. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner in Jet Black | 5. Benefit BADgal Liner Waterproof in Jet Black
I never leave the house without putting on concealer, as I have pretty dark under eye circles, no matter how much I sleep. Armani’s High Precision Retouch is the holy grail of my makeup kit. The color matches my skin tone perfectly and the fine brush makes it easy to pinpoint all the blemishes I need to cover. Like Michelle, I also swear by Stila’s liquid eyeliner. I like the winged liner look, and Stila’s eyeliner brush always do the job, not to mention it stays on all day! As for the under eye liner, I use Benefit’s BADgal liner. The texture is just perfect for smudging without looking like you just woke up with last night’s makeup on.


6. Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil in Universal Shade
My eyebrows are a bit thin due to over-plucking when I was in college. Eyebrows frame your face so it is important to make sure my eyebrow game is strong! Dior’s brow pencil is the perfect shade and fills in all the necessary areas naturally. I also never leave the house without this on.


7. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Rosé | 8. Nars Lipstick in Funny Face | 9. MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy
I swear by Fresh’s lip balm. It is super moisturizing and gives my lips that hint of color during the day. It is always in my purse day in and day out. As for a night of shenanigans, I love NARS’ lipstick in Funny Face. It is a gorgeous color of dark raspberry, which is perfect for both Summer and Winter. When I want to tone it down a bit I mix it with MAC’s Kinda Sexy, a very pretty neutral hue.


10. NARS Blush in Orgasm
I mean, this is like the A-list of blushes out there. So many girls swear by NARS’ Orgasm blush. For those who weren’t aware of its existence, they always ask what blush I’m wearing and become loyal users soon after. It stays on all day and gives you the subtle shine on your cheekbones, and that PERFECT peachy pinky hue!



Stay tuned for Part II with Molly and Susan’s makeup essentials!




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