If I Could Only Use Six Makeup Items

If I Could Only Use Six Makeup Items

My makeup collection is getting a little out of hand and I definitely need a proper clear out very soon. It’s always the same thing though I’ll get rid of two things and buy five. Such a vicious circle. I have so many products which I might only use once or twice for a particular look or just because the shading isn’t quite right for me. It got me thinking though if I could only use six makeup products what would I choose. Now I love using things like primers/ highlighters and other things but when you’re so limited on items I had to forgo them *boo*, but here’s the six items I couldn’t be without.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I don’t know how I ever lasted until earlier this year never having used this foundation. It’s really not as heavy as some say it is but it gives my skin such a good even coverage and with so many shades you can always get one which matches perfectly. The only thing I hate is dispensing the product as I always get too much or not quite enough but when your formula is so great you can forget these little things.

Urban Decay Naked Concealer

I spent ages obsessed with Nars and NYX concealers but as soon as I picked this one up I knew there was no going back. I chose the lightest option and it works really well at brightening up the dark circles I always have lingering under my eyes. This is a thick enough formula to add some real coverage but without looking cakey.

Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner in Trooper

I have repurchased this a few times now as it is my go-to eyeliner when I want to wear black, which is pretty much all the time. The application is super easy with a felt tip brush which doesn’t move so you can create really tight lines, and the pigmentation is really dark black. I am so excited that this is coming to the UK later this month as I now don’t have to stock up everytime I’m in the States.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I am very fickle when it comes to my mascara’s and find it hard to stick to one brand which is why I only picked this up in a mini on my recent New York trip. I actually wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do as I usually prefer thinner brushes with smaller bristles but this is great. The mascara seems to add volume to my lashes without making them look clumpy and for anything to make them stand out when I wear as much eyeliner as I do is a feat.


Hourglass Blush in Mood Exposure

This might be the priciest blusher I own but it’s certainly the prettiest. The mood exposure shade has a slight plum colour which I don’t normally go for as I am quite pale but this works really well at brightening up my cheeks. There is no fall out on this product, a little colour goes a long long way and the pretty swirly pattern stays even through excessive use. Now my hardest decision is which shade to try next.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose

With an overwhelming collection of lipsticks I would have a hard choice of which one to pick but with the best formula I’ve tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks win the brand race, now which colour to choose. If I only had one I’d want something which worked well both day and night which is why I chose Dusty Rose which is a mid-tone lilac/pink which is just stunning and something I find myself reaching for all the time.

If you had to limit your products what must haves would you choose?


  1. Louise
    September 6, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    I love this post – do you mind if I do something similar and link back to you, saying I got inspiration from you? Obviously it wouldn’t be exactly the same, likely something more along the lines of my 5 go-to makeup products etc.

    That blusher actually looks really nice too. I’m due a new one so will consider that..! x

    • September 6, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Of course you can Louise, will be interested to see what you pick 😀

  2. Lisa Velander
    September 6, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    I keep thinking the same thing; this is getting out of hand. I want to be more a minimalist makeup user and I keep moving in the exact opposite direction.

    Loved the post!

  3. September 6, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Oh that Hourglass Blush looks absolutely beautiful! I think my must haves would definitely be my mascara (I use Lancome Doll Eyes, it’s one of the few things I haven’t been able to find an affordable alternative for) and probably my colour correcting primer to even out my redness. x

  4. September 7, 2016 / 8:05 am

    I love the Estée Lauder foundation. It is the best foundation out there.

  5. LaaLaa
    September 7, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Ah I really wish I got on with the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, I found it flaked and left me with raccoon eyes but I loved the brush! x

  6. Beautyqueenuk
    September 7, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    I dont even know if I could pick 6, I mean Primer, liquid foundation, powder, blot stick, mascara, eyeliner, highlighter, bronzer, lip liner, lipstick, eyebrow product x2, concealer, colour corrector….. erm…. oops!

  7. September 7, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    See this would be easy for me as I’m not much of a make-up user but love reading others views for when I do. <3

  8. September 7, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Oh now I’m not sure I could pick out just six . . . I might have to go and look in my make up and see!

  9. September 7, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Fab idea for a blog post – I probably only use 8 items of make up anyway – my No7 colour match foundation and chanel mascara would have to be in my list x

  10. September 7, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    i need to repurchase the kat von d eyeliner. its absolutely brilliant

  11. Daniel Mosco
    September 7, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    I am definitely getting in touch with my feminine side reading this.

  12. September 7, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    These are some awesome picks. I just learned about the Double Wear foundation. It sounds so nice.

  13. September 8, 2016 / 5:52 am

    If it needs to come down to only 6 items, these should be the ones. I really need to try this foundation 🙂

  14. Nicola Murdock
    September 8, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Not a fan of Double Wear but OMG I adore that Hourglass blusher. Haven’t tried the Naked concealer yet but fully intend to 🙂

  15. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    September 8, 2016 / 10:44 am

    I’m obsessed with that urban decay concealer – it’s one of the best ones I have tried!

  16. September 8, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I don’t tend to wear too much makeup, but there are a few items that I swear by,

  17. Amelia Larsen
    September 8, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    The UD concealer has been on my wish list for a long time now, it sounds amazing!

  18. Nayna Kanabar
    September 8, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    6 Items that would be great, I have seen peoples makeup bags bulging to the brim with makeup and it makes me wonder if they use it all.

  19. September 9, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    This is a good idea for a post! Hope you don’t mind me stealing it? Hehe. I am totally in love with the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, it is my go-to product for everyday and it is simply amazing! I haven’t tried the mascara from Too Faced but I have heard it is quite good x

  20. Jessica
    September 10, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and Lipstick in dusty rose would be enough for me. Hehe. You had great compilation of six fantastic make up items though.

  21. Amy
    September 10, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Great picks! I’ve never tried the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation but it’s been on my beauty shopping list for SO long!

  22. Melanie Edjourian
    September 10, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Great choice. I have been wanting to try that foundation for a while.

  23. September 12, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Double Wear and Hourglass Blushes would be on my list too!

  24. Beth
    September 13, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Great choices there. I hear good things about the foundation

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