When it comes to choosing your must-have makeup and beauty products, try thinking outside the (makeup) box. There are several inexpensive beauty must-haves, that having on hand will make your life a little easier, but you may not find them in the makeup aisle.
1. Garnier Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the teen girls in my family (unsuccessfully) use baby wipes to remove their makeup. Yes, baby wipes have many great uses, but they should not be used daily to remove makeup because they can leave behind a lot of pore-clogging residue. The Garnier towelettes, however, are designed to remove even waterproof mascara instantly. They also refresh the skin, add moisture, and won’t clog your pores. ($5 to $6 at drugstores)
2. Eye Makeup Corrector Sticks. Nothing ruins a great smokey eye faster than a smudge or makeup mishap. Instead of wiping off your makeup and starting again, use corrector sticks to touch-up mascara, eye shadow, and eyeliner. If you’re cheap like me, you’re probably thinking regular cotton swabs serve the same purpose. However, corrector sticks are pre-moistened with an oil-free makeup remover, and designed with an extra pointy tip for greater accuracy. ($4 to $5 at drugstores)
3. Shea Butter. I know a lot of women who consider Petroleum Jelly to be a beauty must-have, but I like to think that’s just because they haven’t discovered the mighty powers of Shea butter. Whether you prefer refined or unrefined, there are countless ways to use Shea butter in your makeup and beauty regimen; including as a lip balm, a cuticle cream, a skin moisturizer, and as a means of fading scars. You can also apply Shea butter on your eyes to intensify your eye shadow color.
4. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. Whether it’s really warm outside, or you normally perspire a lot, oil absorbing sheets are a must-have for soaking up excess oil and moisture on your face, and also instantly removing shine. The best part is that they won’t smudge your makeup or leave behind any residue.
5. Baking Soda. Mixing 3 parts baking soda and 1 parts water is a great way to create a scrub for exfoliating your face and skin after a long week of wearing makeup. If you’re a lipstick wearer, also try brushing your teeth with baking soda. Baking soda will whiten and brighten your smile — helping your lipstick pop even more.