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What You Need for a Capsule Makeup Collection

What You Need for a Capsule Makeup Collection

My makeup hording days seem like a distant memory and thank goodness because I don't think my current lifestyle could afford the addiction. Ever since we moved into this house I de-stashed immensely and have created what I like to call my "capsule makeup collection." Sure by some standards it's still quite a lot of makeup, but for a beauty addict this is nothing. I'm sure I could even narrow it down more if the mood struck me, but a capsule makeup collection can fit your needs any way you want. So here are my tips and tricks to getting everything you'll need out of a capsule makeup collection.

First up is lips. If they're your weakness like they are mine, pick around five you couldn't live without. A good nude shade, natural lip color shade, raspberry shade, red shade, and bonus shade. I honestly find myself only grabbing the MAC lipsticks on most days as they're formulas I love in shades that I can wear with anything.

What You Need for a Capsule Makeup Collection

My blush collection is probably five shades total, but you could really live with just one or two. I swear I could ditch my entire baby collection and just use Urban Decay's Afterglow Blush in "Video" until I'm scraping the sides for the last bits.

What You Need for a Capsule Makeup Collection

For base get yourself a good everyday one and a "special" occasion one. I use the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue on any given day of the week and break out the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation when I need more coverage. There are a few other favorites, but if you want to keep it simple these two will do the trick.

What You Need for a Capsule Makeup Collection

If you're really going for simplicity in your capsule collection, skip the eye shadow. More often than not I don't wear it anymore (color me uninspired) and focus on the brows and lashes instead. Eyebrows are my must-do no matter what level of makeup I'm wearing and the IT Cosmetics Brow Power beats out the rest of them in my book. I also find that if I tight line my lashes eye shadow isn't even missed. My favorite has to be any shade of the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner. This one beats out all the rest hands down.

What You Need for a Capsule Makeup Collection

If your capsule makeup collection is void of eye shadow, be sure to have a good mascara to make up for it. My favorite high-end choice is the IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara, but anything by Maybelline is also great if you're on a capsule collection budget.

What You Need for a Capsule Makeup Collection

For concealer find one good product that ticks all the boxes. For me it's all about covering up the under-eye circles and I jump between Urban Decay's Naked Concealer and the NARS Creamy Concealer. Both very similar but if you want to narrow it down it would have to be Urban Decay for the win. 

What You Need for a Capsule Makeup Collection

If your capsule makeup collection has room for a primer, don't bother with anything but Stila's One Step Correct. So much hydration that I wear it as a moisturizer when I don't wear any other makeup. My skin craves this stuff and I've gone through probably a dozen bottles of it by this point. Liquid gold.

Ultimately pick makeup items that you know, love, and could happily use for the rest of your life. Sure I like dabbling in new releases, but I always come back to the main crew that has never let me down. Once you start digging through you'll collection you'll find it's super easy to narrow it down.

What makeup products would be in your capsule makeup collection?

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