Makeup Essentials Checklist


Choose a creamy formula that can hide under-eye circles and cover blemishes.


You don’t need to slather it all over your face—just in places where you see uneven skin tone or discoloration. If you don’t need as much coverage as foundation provides, consider a tinted moisturizer instead.


Look for a warm tone to add a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks.

Translucent powder

A quick, light dusting of powder sets makeup and controls shine.


There’s no better way to define your eyes than by enhancing your lashes. Stick with basic black (or dark brown if you have light hair and lashes).

Neutral eye shadow

A neutral beige or taupe is an instant brightener when swiped all over the lid.

Defining eye shadow

Choose a medium, neutral shade like a warm brown or charcoal gray. Brush it in the crease of the eye, under the brow bone, to add depth.

Eye liner

You can use your darker shade of eye shadow as a liner along the lashes—or use a dark brown or black pencil to create a thin line that will define and enhance your eyes.


How about some color? Lipstick (or gloss, if you want a more casual look) is the perfect antidote to the blahs.