We all started with that one makeup product that made us really excited back in middle school. For me, it was a purply-pink duochrome lip gloss by NYX Professional Makeup. I always swiped it on because it made me feel confident — and that’s the power of makeup you can’t quite replicate with anything else. Ahead, we rounded up the 11 products you absolutely have to have in your stash — not only because they’ll service your every makeup need but also because they’ll make you feel a little more special, and that alone is a reason to love each one of these.
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 a show-stopping red, keep yours with you at all times for a kick of confidence whenever you need it. Our favorite for this definitely has to be the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 01 which is perfect for taking 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, the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler will brighten your eyes faster than you can say espresso.
The Concealer That Covers All Sins
We’ve all been there: You binged on junk food or slept with your makeup on — but 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, but we’ll always recommend our favorite, the Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer.
The Blush That Cheers You Up Faster Than Anything Else
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 color with the Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Stick in Werk always has the ability to shift our mood — or at least make us look bright and happy (wink emoji).
The Dark, Smoky Eyeliner That Brings Out Your Inner Night Owl
It’s Friday night and you’re 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 confident every single time. Our go-to lately has been the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Last Liner in Black.
The Bold Brow Enhancer That Makes You Feel Cooler Than an Instagram Guru
One should never underestimate the power of a strong, well-done brow. Consider them the secret sauce of celebrity MUAs and Insta-gurus alike. The Maybellline Tattoostudio Eyebrow Gel has become our secret weapon, and we guarantee it’ll become yours too after just one use.
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. Right now, we’re obsessed with the Dermablend Flawless Creator Drops.
The Bronzer That Warms You Up
We all have our coldhearted, grumpy moments, and sometimes a bronzer does just the trick to cheer us up with its sunny disposition. We love using the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Bronzer to make us feel sun-kissed, joyous and free — or at least tan, which is also pretty sweet.
The Reliable Eyeshadow That’s Always There for You
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. Our ride or die palette this season has absolutely been Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat — it gives us that warm, happy boost we need every.single.time.