The Only 5 Beauty Products You Actually Need

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The beauty industry is filled with millions of products that claim to be the next miracle product you need in your makeup routine. Although some of these products do live up their claims, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the wide array of products offered in the current beauty market, especially if you’re a beginner or tend to be quite minimalist with your makeup. In reality, there are only a few products you absolutely need in your routine and we’ve narrowed down our top picks to only five. Follow along for the five products you actually need in your makeup bag along with high-end and affordable options for each:

5. Foundation

Foundation is one of the most basic steps you can take in improving the appearance and texture of your skin. It provides coverage and is the one product that will actually transform your face and make the most difference. Foundations come in a huge variety of formulations for different skin types but the general rule of thumb is to opt for a dewy foundation if you have dry skin and to opt for a matte foundation if you’re oily. If you’re simply in search of a basic, medium-coverage foundation that gets the job done, below are two of the best at both an affordable and more high-end price point:

NARS All Day Weightless Foundation /

Revlon Color Stay Foundation /

High-end: The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is the perfect everyday foundation that provides medium coverage but a lightweight feel. It doesn’t clog your pores like some heavier foundation brands and evens the tone and texture of your skin flawlessly. The finish is super natural and sets looking like your-skin-but-better.

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Drugstore: The Revlon Color Stay foundation has been one of the best-selling drugstore foundations for years. It provides medium coverage and is buildable without looking cakey if you wish to add more layers. The formulation comes in both Combination/Oily or Dry and they have a huge range of shades to chose from to find your perfect match.

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4. Everyday Lip Color

Adding a touch of color on your lips can do wonders for brightening your complexion! It doesn’t have to be anything dramatic, but even just a simple swipe of a soft pink or nude can entirely transform your face and instantly make you look more alert. If you were to only choose one, we’d suggest sticking with a lip tint or balm in a neutral shade that has hydrating properties to make it work for an everyday basis.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment /

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm /

High-End: A beloved favorite lip tint is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in the shade Rose. It provides a smooth, buttery layer to the lips and hydrates while still providing color. The soft flush of rose is the perfect everyday color that works flawlessly with every skin tone!

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Drugstore: If the Fresh lip tint is out of your price range, try a similar version of the product from your drugstore like the Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm. These balms are all natural and provide a similar surge of moisture to the lips alongside a tint of color.

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