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Seven Essential Things You Need In Your Makeup Bag


Yesterday I had the awesome opportunity to teach a beginning makeup class. Ummm, yes, you read that right. I was actually surprised when Karaine asked. I’ve never hid the fact that I am an introvert and therefore standing in front of an audience, no matter the size, is just not something that is easy for me to do. I’m also not super comfortable with the MUA title. I would much rather stick with “blogger” who really knows makeup but I am really glad that I had the chance to share my knowledge with and also meet these wonderful women.

I looked at it as a live blogging experience and packed most of my makeup, all of my brushes and headed down to Hair’s Kay Salon in New Haven where the class was held. Each participant was asked to bring their makeup kit so that we could show them how to use what they already had. The comfort and expert level ranged from beginner to moderate. Most of them had really great stuff also. The biggest issue was their method of application which is something that I will be covering in a future post.

Since everyone’s makeup bag was pretty inconsistent or was missing essentials, I started the class by giving everyone a list of seven essential things that they needed to have in their makeup bag.



  1. Moisturizer. Choose one that works with the type of skin that you have. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and we should be concerned with what we are putting on it. I love the Murad’s oil-control mattifier moisturizer which works great for those of us with really oily skin. I also love their Skin Perfecting Lotion which is my holy grail moisturizer in my home.
  2. Primer. Primer acts as a barrier between your skin and foundation, helps foundation to stay put– especially in warmer weather and creates a smooth even surface for you to apply foundation. There are different primers available that works with your different skin types and needs. If you have acne prone skin, I would look at CoverFX mattifier primer with anti-acne treatment. Becca and Hourglass also have great mattifying primers for oily skin. Just DON’T use milk of magnesia!  Smashbox makes a line of primers that is a holy grail product for a lot of people. Rimmel, L’Oreal, Revlon, ELF are primers that cost a lot more money but works just as well.  If you have dry skin, I would use Jojoba oil vs a traditional primer.
  3. Foundation. The purpose of foundation is to even out your skin tone. Pick a formula (liquid, powder, liquid to powder, cream, BB cream, tinted moisturizer) that is best for your skin and lifestyle. For example, if you have a long work day, I would go for one of the long-wearing foundations that are currently available on the market. I would recommend that you leave the cream foundations to the MUA’s and/or experts.
    This is Asia one of the "makeup enthusiast." I did her eye shadow.
    This is Asia one of the “makeup enthusiast.” I did her eye shadow.
  4. Setting Powder or Spray. If you wear liquid, BB cream, tinted moisturizer or cream foundation it will last longer if you set it with a setting powder. There are many kinds of setting powders available on the market. I would recommend a translucent setting powder like the IT Cosmetics or Laura Mercier, versus a tinted one.  You can also set powder foundations like the mineral based ones by Bare Mineral using a setting powder like Mineral Veil. Or you can use a setting spray after applying setting powder for an even longer hold.
  5. Blush. Helps to bring the dimension and color back to your face that is removed when the foundation is applied.  This is a very important step that should not be skipped
  6. Lipstick. Lipstick is probably the one makeup item that most women have already and are not afraid to wear. If you are not a big collector, I would add a red, berry and a nude lipstick to your collection.
  7. Eyeshadow. I was never a fan of eyeshadow but I realize that part of the issue is that I’ve had the unfortunate experience to be around a lot of people who did not know how to apply it properly. You can use eyeshadow to not only add color, but if it is also done right, it can open up the eyes and make them look fuller.

Karaine mentioned that she was hoping to hold another class soon. I don’t know if this teaching bit will become a regular thing for me, but I will certainly keep you all in the loop.


XoXo, Natasha


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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with my clients. We look forward to you teaching another class on May 3rd, 2015

  2. Great tips for me who is just creating a make-up bag. I need to wear makeup now more than ever and just getting into primers. Thanks Sista!
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    • Hi Neti. You mentioned that you purchased Bare Essentials. It comes with Prime Time primer. Use it! Also don’t skip the step where you set it with mineral veil. I almost bought mineral veil to use as a setting powder with my liquid foundations. I ended up with IT Cosmetics but mineral veil is a holy grail product for a lot of people. If things get too powdery, do a light spritz of a setting spray like MAC’s Fix+ or NYX sprays.
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  3. I would love to attend one of these! We should have a #CTBlogger makeup meetup!
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    • I didn’t organize this. I was invited. I think its something that we can definitely do as a group. We all had a blast doing this Saturday.