In looking back I think my limited experience with makeup comes from my upbringing. The women in my family that I spent most of my time around didn't wear a lot of makeup. I also didn't have lots of opportunities to play with makeup as a little girl and wasn't allowed to wear makeup until a few years into high school.
With that being said, when I started to get ready to do this makeup bag post I was surprised how much makeup I had in my makeup bag.
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Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation PrimerI was turned onto the Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer by a Sephora associate several years ago and have been using it ever since. Before that day in Sephora I had never heard of Foundation primer and if I had I never would have thought it necessary. Now I think it's a must for creating a flawless look. The Smashbox Foundation Primer goes on smoothly, doesn't feel greasy or make my skin feel oily or breakout.
Mary Kay Mineral Powder FoundationI was turned onto mineral foundation after seeing one of those Saturday morning infomercials so when I heard about Mary Kay's mineral foundation I had to try it out. It didn't hurt that one of the benefits of using Mary Kay is you have an associate who can help you find the shade that best matches your skin tone. I wear this foundation about six days a week for eight+ hours and I don't have skin irritation or breakouts.
Related post: A Foundation Great for Sensitive Skin
Everyday Minerals Finishing DustEveryday Minerals was a mineral makeup brand I used to purchase my foundation from several years ago, but now I only purchase my finishing powder. I love that it's translucent so I don't have a ghostly look and it gives me a nice matte finish.
E.L.F. Mineral Blush in PlumI brought this a whim and really only use it when I feel like wearing blush, are dressing up for something special. So I don't use it much. The pigment is really nice, but not overpowering so it gives my cheeks a nice tint without being obvious.
E.L.F. Cosmetics Shadow Lock Eyelid PrimerI saw a makeup tutorial on YouTube that used the E.L.F. Cosmetics Eyelid Primer and talked about why you should use a primer for your eyes. Since this primer is only a few dollars and one tube lasts forever I gave it try and have found it does help my eye shadow stay in place and not crease.
Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow PaletteIn my 20s I would wear colorful eye shadows all the time, at work, going out, to church, you name it. Once I got in my 30s i decided to tone it down and started wearing more neutral colors. Hence the Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette ending up in my makeup bag.
Milani Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Coffee ShopI bought this Milani Cosmetics Eye Shadow because I liked the color and it would mix really well with the neutrals I tend to wear without being too obvious.
MascaraCoverGirl is my go to for mascara. Within the CoverGirl brand I buy whichever waterproof mascara is on sale.
EyelinersUntil I started working on this post I had no idea how many eyeliners I have. There's an E.L.F Cosmetics liner in purple; NYC CityProof liner in black (this was a freebie); Rimmel Scandaleyes (another freebie) in black; and CoverGirl Point Plus Eyeliner in charcoal, grey khaki and expresso. My favorite of all of them is the CoverGirl Point Plus liner.
What's in your makeup bag?