My Makeup Must Haves: Every Day Routine

When I got my first job when I was fifteen I really had nothing to spend money on, so I became queen of the makeup. I bought eyeshadows in every color imaginable, nine different mascara formulas, and enough lipgloss to last a life time. I was swimming in makeup and my house was the go to place to get ready for dances because I had enough to go around.

Since then I have become much less high maintenance and I stick to a basic routine saving me time and money. Most days I don’t bother with makeup (because I hate taking it off!) but when I do wear makeup, I usually stick to the same look that covers all of the basics. I’ve compiled a list of my must have beauty items that contains a combination of both high end and drugstore items!


  1. Too Faced Natural Eye Palette – This palette has me completely covered: There are light, pretty shades perfect for daytime, but also deeper shimmery ones for if I want to add some drama to the look. Even on days when I don’t wear eyeshadow, I use Sexpresso to fill in and help shape my eyebrows.
  2. Benefit’s Watts Up – This is the prettiest highlighter I have ever used. It’s adds a glow to my face without looking glittery or unnatural and it looks gorgeous when the light hits it. I got the mini size as a free sample months ago, and I am only half way through it now. I use this on my cheekbones and cupid’s bow whenever I do a full makeup look, and I really love how it ties everything together.
  3. Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous – I have a confession: I am anti-foundation. When my skin is good I don’t need it, and when my skin looks bad I don’t want to clog it up and make it worse, so I usually go without. But I recently received this foundation and I really do like it a lot. I won’t wear it on a daily basis, but it added a beautiful sheer coverage and it’s going to be great for when I want to go all out.
  4. Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara – I love mascara and big eyelashes, and this specific tube really does the trick. It makes my eyelashes huge and long (I like this better than benefit’s falsies!) and it has a mini applicator for the bottom eyelashes. Overall this is one of the best mascaras I have ever used and I highly recommend it if you like the false lashes look!
  5. Softlips Cube – I am a big chapstick lover and I go through favorites nearly weekly, but for now this is my chapstick of choice. It smells like cinnamon roll glaze, goes on smoother than any other I’ve tried, and lasts for a long time!
  6. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – This is my favorite product of all. I got this as a gift with purchase from Sephora this summer and I have fallen in love. It’s the easiest eyeliner I’ve ever used and it’s super black and smudge-proof. It stays as long as you need it to and it can go on super thin or thicker for a dramatic look.
  7. Korres Lip Butter – I have chronically dry lips and no matter how much coconut oil I put on them or water I drink they just dry out again an hour later, so when I want color, it has to be moisturizing. This product is fantastic because it’s so smooth and hydrating and it adds the prettiest pink flush to my lips.
  8. Benefit’s Erase Paste – This is hands down the best under eye concealer I have ever tried. I have seen a lot of hate for it on the internet and I cannot begin to fathom why. I have deep bluish purple circles under my eyes and I have for years, and this concealer is the only one I’ve used that can completely hide them. Even on days when I don’t wear any other makeup, I am typically wearing this.
  9. NYX Creme Blush – I really don’t like using powders because my skin is so dehydrated but I love having a pink flush. Creme blushes are a God send because of this and I haven’t found a better brand then the NYX ones, which are super affordable and there is a great variety!
  10. NYC Sunny Bronzer – I don’t do much when it comes to contouring, but I’ve found that just a dusting of this under my cheekbones does wonders for defining without looking fake or overdone.

Those are my top ten beauty must haves – what are yours?