12 Beauty Must Haves – A Little Leopard 12 Beauty Must Haves – A Little Leopard
12 Beauty Must Haves – A Little Leopard 12 Beauty Must Haves – A Little Leopard

12 Beauty Must Haves – A Little Leopard 12 Beauty Must Haves – A Little Leopard

August 1, 2016 // beauty· style

If I were stranded on a desert island, these are the 12 beauty must haves and products I’d want to have with me. Granted, bringing makeup products to a desert island might not be the most practical idea as opposed to a phone or something, and most “desert island” scenarios allow you one item, but whatever. The point is: these are a dozen of the top dogs that make it into my routine nearly every single day.

  1. Smashbox Primer Water
    When I first saw this product at Sephora, I was incredibly skeptical. How could something that is essentially a souped-up Evian facial mist actually prime and hydrate my skin? Well, my friends, I don’t have an actual answer as to how it works, but I can tell you it definitely works. It’s also quicker and easier to apply because you just spritz, spritz go. Bonus: doubles as a setting spray. Basically, this stuff rocks.
  2. Smashbox Under Eye Primer
    I’m generally a fan of Smashbox primers, can you tell? Being a vampire fair-skinned girl means that my under-eye circles are an issue no matter how much sleep I get, so I am always on the lookout for products to minimize and conceal. This primer helps illuminate and keep my concealer in place. Speaking of which…
  3. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
    love this concealer. It is my holy grail concealer — blendable, stays put and covers a multitude of skin sins. Now, I haven’t tried Cle de Peau because it costs mad dolla dolla bills and I am scared I’ll fall in love with it. And anyway, the NARS is also Kylie Jenner approved, which is cool. My only complaint is that I wish it lasted a touch longer. I think I probably have to replenish it every three months or so. NARS concealer might cost less than Cle de Peau, but it’s still somewhat splurge-y at $29 per tube.
  4. Tarte BB Cream
    I did the skin match-y thing at Sephora (that’s the technical name, obviously) and it turns out the palest shade of this BB Cream is my perfect match. It’s perfect lightweight coverage plus SPF, because lord knows I am too lazy to actually apply sunscreen every day. I know, I know, I’m basically guaranteed to get skin cancer.
  5. Benefit Hoola Bronzer
    I love a good highlight, but not necessarily in my bronzer. This matte version is a cult classic for a good reason — it’s perfect for contouring and natural looking for a variety of skin tones. Even my pale, pale skin.
  6. Benefit High Beam
    Arguably the OG highlighter. Blame the strobing trend, but I honestly don’t think there is such a thing as “too shiny” in my book right now. It’s super blendable and lasts pretty much all day. I dot on my cheekbones, inner corners, brow-bones, down my nose and corners of my lips. Basically everywhere. I want to try Glossier’s Haloscope, as well (slightly more convenient packaging but possible trickier for highlighting around the eyes), but see no reason to buy a new highlighter when I’ve still got half a thing of High Beam left. Plus, Haloscope in Quartz is on backorder until, like, August 25 anyway.
  7. Urban Decay 24/7 Liner
    I am often too lazy to apply eyeshadow (when I do, I love the Naked 3 palette), but 99% of the time I make sure to use eyeliner. I’ve been using Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner since high school because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Right now, I like to line my lower lashes with a pencil — usually black or brown — and do liquid on the lid.
  8. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
    I’m a recent convert to Kat Von D’s liner, but let me tell you: worth it. I used to use Stila’s liquid liner, which got this weird little fuzzy thing on the tip every single time. Yes, it stayed all day, but that fuzz was so annoying. Kat Von D’s formula has the same staying power with an applicator that doesn’t fuzz up. Plus, I think it’s like $1 cheaper. Hey, take what you can get, right?
  9. Diorshow Primer
    I know: eyelash primer is one of those products that sounds like it was invented solely to make cosmetics companies more money. But this one works. My lashes look fuller and mascara is way less likely to smudge under my eyes. (The other key to preventing eye makeup smudging and running? A good setting powder. I swear by MAC’s Prep + Prime.)
  10. L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof
    If there’s one thing you don’t need to spend a lot of money on, it’s mascara. Why spend $30-odd dollars per tube when wonderful drugstore options like L’Oreal Voluminous exist? I’ve tried a lot of mascaras, but keep returning to this bad boy, which runs around $7 per tube. A couple coats on top of a good primer and you’re good to go. In fact, L’Oreal recently debuted a Voluminous primer that I’m excited to try once my Diorshow runs out.
  11. Glossier Boy Brow
    This brow product changed my life and I am only slightly exaggerating. I’ve tried pencils and gels and powders but here’s the thing: I am lazy when it comes to my makeup routine. So if my brows can look fuller, filled-in and generally done with a couple wiggles of a brush? Yeah, count me in. There’s a reason it’s one of Glossier’s best sellers.
  12. Glossier Generation G
    Really does go on like a balm and wear like a stain. Perfect for when I want a bit of color on my lips but don’t want to commit to the hassle of a full lip look. And if you’ve never ordered from Glossier before, it’s worth it just for the packaging, which is the bomb dot comb.

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