Here’s what you should have in your makeup bag:
1. BB or CC Cream
In case you never knew, BB stands for “Blemish Balm” while CC stands for “Color Correction.”For a long time, I was pretty doubtful of these creams that were marketed to moisturize, prime, conceal, cover your face (and color correct, for CC creams), with some even offering SPF protection. Although those creams may not provide the full coverage you might get from your foundation, it does the job of multiple beauty products, which is more than what you can ask for in a single tube. Another option you could for for is a tinted moisturizer, but it only really works for those with near flawless skin. If you’re looking for something that brightens up a dull complexion, as well as covers spots and hydrates without making your face oily, the first step in your new beauty routine would be to apply BB or CC cream all over your face, and blend into your neck. For those with an oilier complexion, The Beauty Insiders suggest that you stick with CC Cream.
2. Liquid ConcealerBB and CC creams can do a lot, but you might have certain areas of your face that needs some extra coverage. Liquid concealers are the better option over stick and cream for several reasons; they have a smooth and buildable application, are less likely to crease, and work with all skin types. Thus for those stubborn spots and dark circles, you can cover and blend with your favorite liquid concealer. Make sure your concealer is a shade lighter than your foundation, as that helps brighten up those dark spots. What’s also great about liquid concealer is that it doubles up as a matte highlighter. It’s all about “nontouring,” which New Beauty describes is the opposite of that overly chiseled makeup look so famously popularized by the Kardashian klan. Use your concealer underneath your brows, along your nose, cupid’s bow and chin, then blend.
3. Brow Pomade or MascaraWhat’s the point of makeup if you’re not going to wear your brows? Eyebrows are the most noticeable feature on your face, so brow makeup is essential. Pomades and mascaras work better in terms of offering lighter, hairlike strokes without needing to be too artistic. Pencils, on the other hand, require a little more skill and time. Drawing on your eyebrows too quickly with a pencil will result in block eyebrows that look anything but natural.
4. Lip and Cheek TintStill missing a bit of color in your face? To bring out that natural flush, apply a lip and cheek tint on the apples of your cheeks with your fingers, and then roll it across your lips. What’s notable about our Lip and Cheek Tints is the fact that it’s so buildable. So often, double duty products like these end up staining your skin, leaving no room to blend out the overly pigmented color. See it for yourself on Kae Reyes’ YouTube Channel: Whether you just need a little tint in your cheeks or going for a rosy flush, need to bring life into your lips or want to try out that hombre lip trend, there’s so much you can achieve with just a little bit of this product.
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.