Makeup helps me look my best and fresh-faced throughout the day and night. But, as we know, sometimes, that little makeup bag doesn’t always stay so little, especially when we start stuffing it with more products than what is truly essential.
So, here are what I believe are the true cosmetic essentials. Of course, it’s slightly different for everyone, but here are my go-to basics that I don’t want to be without.
GC Curling Lash Mascara, $13
Experts say that if you have to pick only one cosmetic item, most women either choose lipstick or mascara. For me, that’s mascara! Nothing opens up my eyes like mascara – it makes me look wide awake and vibrant. I think our GCB lash glamour mascara is great – it has a wand and our specifically designed formula for curling lashes and adding rich vibrant color.
GC Flawless Finish Concealer, $12.50
Nobody's perfect, but nobody has to know that! Concealer is an absolute must tool (or trick). It can smooth away and hide “less than perfect” problems. I like our GCB Perfect Finish concealer because it has a smooth formula that will cover dark circles, hide fine lines and other flaws to give you an even skin tone. Plus, the wand makes application easy and precise.
Cosmetic Brushes, $11.99
There’s a different brush for just about every time of makeup: blush, eye shadow, lip brush, eye brow, eye liner, and more! You don’t need to buy every single brush available, but trust me, a good cosmetic brush will make your makeup application just that more precise and professional. M.A.C. and Trish McEvoy carry great brushes, but I really like the EcoTools 5-Piece Brush Set because it has a range of basic makeup brushes and also sells a beginner set with the right brushes to get you started.
I absolutely love our Swirls of Color product. It is a great highlighting/bronzing tool that provides the convenience of a blush/bronzer in one product. The colors are really beautiful and they totally brighten my face with swirls of shimmering color for an instant glow! Brush silky powder on cheekbones, bridge of nose, forehead, and chin.
GC Single Eyelashes, $10.95
I think everyone should carry a stash of fake lashes to make a dramatic difference! (It’s really handy if you are going out for the evening from a full day straight from work). These re-usable fabulous eyelashes will instantly give you a stunning beautiful look. Each set comes with tweezers and adhesive.
GC Oil Free Pressed Powder, $18
When you’ve been running around all day, it’s important to carry a pressed powder so your face looks fresh and flawless. The GC Oil Free pressed power is a shine-absorbing, oil-free formulation that is great for all skin types. Plus, it’s a great blotting powder since its natural matte finish leaves your skin looking even and flawless.
Moisturizer with Sunscreen, $11.99
It’s very important to find a really great moisturizer as well - one that is light but super rich in antioxidants. I actually have one custom made for my skin type from my facialist. It’s not too expensive and it’s worth it because she makes it specifically for my skin type! If you can’t get one specially made, I have always loved Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer ($15). It evens out skin tone and texture and immediately reflects light to bring out skin's natural radiance. It’s also oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and contains SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen.
GCB Glossy Lip Lip Gloss, $12.50
Last but not least, don’t forget about your lips! GCB Glossy Lips give you rich, sexy lips, and that’s what Gretchen Christine is all about! Sparkling pearls precisely blended into a velvety lip gloss to give your lips an extra luscious boost of shine. The built-in brush on applicator is easy to use for flawless, sensational lips.
What is your must-have in your makeup bag?
xoxoxo Gretchen Christine