Makeup Bag Favorites.

By: Jen Shoop

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I love testing new beauty products, but last week, I sorted my top drawer and removed all of the products I don’t love or haven’t been reaching for as often so that I have only my day-in-day-out favorites on hand versus the clutter I was facing each day. Below, the cream of the crop —

01. Goop Colorblur Blush. I find these have more staying power and pigmentation than Merit, and they come in the most gorgeous shades. I especially like Afterglow and Slipper.

02. Cle de Peau concealer. The OG. It is painfully expensive but the absolute best at true, skin-like coverage for any red spots, blemished, dark undereye circles, etc.

03. Ilia Liquid Powder Matte Eye Tint, specifically in shade “Cork.” I swipe this on my eyelids with a finger everyday. A cinch to apply and looks very natural — just evens everything out. I know the color looks dark brown but it applies semi-sheer and makes your face look evened out, polished, without the fuss of actually applying eye shadow with a brush.

04. Kosas AirBrow. Still my favorite brow tool. Shapes, colors, fills all in one magical, easy little swipe. The applicator is tiny so it’s hard to mess up!

05. Tower28 Mascara. Simply the best. (You can also get it on Amazon.) It’s dethroned my former favorite, Armani Eyes to Kill. I alternate between this and Queen Musia’s lash growth formula, which seriously works but is made of entirely plant-based ingredients.

06. Saie highlighter. This is my favorite of all the highlighters, and I’ve tried many, many brands. I know a stick highlighter is appealing from an application standpoint, but then you need to blend/buff anyway. I love to put a tiny bead of this on my fingertip and then dab onto cheekbones, brow, cupid’s bow, and tip of my nose. One tube of this lasts a very long time — good value.

07. Merit Lip Gelee in Les Deux. I love this stuff! I apply as a final layer over my daily lipstick (currently, Trish McEvoy’s lipstick in the Gentle color — a perfect everyday pink). I know many of you are enormous fans of Dior’s lip oil. Going to try that next.

08. Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat lipliner. WOW is this product incredible. I was loathe to introduce a lip liner to my beauty bag because it felt like one extra step, but this magical product makes my lips look fuller yet so natural. I use this with lots of different lip colors and it blends in really well.

09. Nyx Ink eyeliner. The best way to make your eyes pop. So inexpensive, with an ultra-fine felt tip. Have been using this exclusively for years now. Dries matte.

10. UBeauty lip plasma. If I don’t have the time or inclination to do liner, lipstick, and gloss, I just swipe some of this on and call it a day. It really plumps and fills the lips! Rose is my favorite color.

11. Westman Atelier Foundation Stick. Just the best. This blends beautifully and really looks like skin while providing a decent amount of coverage. I apply with my Merit brush, but this $8 Amazon brush is a seriously good dupe for the Merit one. All my favorite makeup brushes here.

12. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray. OMG, where has this been all my life?! This actually works. I used to feel like my morning makeup had faded or disappeared by around 3 in the afternoon — now I rarely touch up! I’m linking the trial/mini size here so you can test in a small format first, but trust me — you’ll end up purchasing the full size in good time.

Side notes: my makeup bag in the above photo is Weezie! And based on several responses to my “What are your grooming routines?” post, I know several of you are big fans of the Nuface — and I found it on sale here!

P.S. All my favorite Goop beauty products here.

P.P.S. The best beauty buys $20 and under.

P.P.P.S. On falling in love.

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