Every woman needs a good support system. Ours include best friends, guilty pleasure TV marathons, and of course, our makeup bag. After recently reading Cosmopolitan’s article on “The 20 Women Every Twentysomething Needs in Her Life,” we decided to muse on the 10 products every gal needs to get her through the darkest days. Here’s our guide to the makeup that’s got your back.
The Lipstick that Makes You Feel Like a Stiletto-Wearing Heartbreaker
You know that one lipstick that makes you feel sexy and powerful even if you’re just hanging out with Ben and Jerry in your pajamas? We all need one. Whether you prefer hot pink, a deep plum or car-stopping red, keep yours with you at all times for a kick of confidence whenever you need it. Plus, it’s a one-step way to take your makeup look from day to night.
The Eyelash Curler that Wakes You Up Faster than Coffee
We have a confession to make: curling our lashes used to be a step we skipped on busy mornings, until we learned what a huge difference it makes when done right. On those mornings when it just seems impossible to keep your eyes open, that curler will brighten your eyes faster than you can say espresso.
The Mascara that Helps You Flirt Effortlessly
Flirting can be awkward. A mascara that helps you bat those lush lashes naturally can help. Apply a double coat of your favorite mascara on your next night out, and if you’re feeling especially flirty, check out this guide to applying fake eyelashes.
The Concealer that Covers All Sins Without Asking Questions
You binged on Doritos, slept with your makeup on, or picked at that pimple when you knew you shouldn’t—no matter what cosmetic crime you committed, we all need a concealer that forgives and forgets. If you’re in the market for a new one, don’t miss the 6 concealers pros swear by.
The Blush that Cheers You up Faster than Empty Calories
Forget the cupcakes and tubs of ice cream—the best mood booster is a cheery pinch of blush on the apples of your cheeks. Somehow a pop of pink always has the ability to shift our mood—or at least make us look bright and happy.
The Dark, Smoky Eyeliner that Brings Out Your Sexy Side
It’s Friday night, you’re feeling frisky and ready to hit the town, who do you call? Your kohl eyeliner, of course. That sassy little pencil has the ability to make us feel mysterious and sultry every single time.
The Bold Brow Enhancer that Makes You Feel Like a Celebrity
One should never underestimate the power of a strong, well-done brow. Consider them the secret sauce of celebrity makeup artists, brows frame the face, transform your look and boost your sex appeal. Makes you look at that brow pencil a little differently now doesn’t it?
The Foundation that Keeps You Sane in Your Most Uneven Moments
Just like your mood, sometimes your skin goes through its ups and downs. Keep a foundation on hand that soothes and keeps you even-tempered and confident. We like to switch ours out seasonally, and these five recommendations are a great place to start.
The Bronzer that Warms Your Cold, Callous Heart
We all have our coldhearted, grumpy moments (at least once a month, thank you mother nature). Whip out that bronzer, with its sunny disposition, and you’ll feel sun-kissed, joyous, and free—or at least tan, which is the next best thing.
The Dependable Eyeshadow that Would Totally Pick You Up from the Airport
Consistent, warm, flattering—we all need that one eyeshadow that perfectly complements our skin tone and serves as a baseline for any makeup look we’re creating. If you’re feeling stumped on where to start with shadow, check out this guide on how to use your eyeshadow palette correctly.
Okay ladies, let us know—which makeup products have always been there for you? Share them below with a comment!