As a professional makeup artist, I know that beautiful makeup is equal parts subtly and enhancement. No matter what the occasion, your look should always complement your natural beauty and let your features shine. To achieve this, you’ll need a handful of essential products. To guide you, here’s my recipe for the perfect makeup bag.
perfect makeup bag

1 Part Illuminating Foundation

Whether you like a little coverage or opt for something full, foundation is a staple that every girl needs. Blend away, to even skin tone and create a perfect canvas for color.
Product Picks: Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

1 Part Double Duty Mascara

A mascara that lengthens and thickens is the ultimate golden ticket. When you find your favorite one—apply two coats in the morning and touch up before heading to happy hour for voluminous, clump-free lashes all day.
Product Picks: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara, Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara

1 Part Triple Threat Cream Blush

Consider it the product that can sing, dance, and act. Apply cream blush to the eyes as cream shadow, cheeks as blush, and lips as a pop of color. This is one of my favorite products to enhance your features with minimal effort or clean up.
Product Picks: L'Oréal Magic Smooth Soufflé Blush, Stila Convertible Color

1 Part Eye Opening Concealer

You know it’s the best way to cover blemishes and dark circles, but concealer is also a great way to brighten any area of your face that you’d like to highlight (think t-zone or under your eyes). Apply in the morning during your regular makeup routine, and keep it in your bag to touch up throughout the day.
Product picks: Maybelline Instant AgeRewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

1 Part Perfect-Pout Lip Balm

Lip balms. We collect them like junkies and can't get enough. I consider balms a beauty essential because they keep your lips hydrated and soft, and add a pop of color with no dry flakes in sight (especially necessary if you’re rocking bold lipstick this fall). A product that normally is less than $5 is a miracle in itself, so stock up ladies!
Product Picks: Maybelline Baby Lips, The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Lip Butter
 
Mix all products as desired and enjoy your deliciously beautiful look. What are your can’t-live-without-em essentials?
Photo: Thinkstock, The Body Shop, Maybelline, L’Oréal, Lancome, Giorgio Armani