As a woman that strives to look your best, it's important to know about the different makeup items at your disposal. There is a variety of makeup items that you should own and know by heart. By knowing what each of these items is, you can be empowered to make the most of your gorgeous self every single day.
For your convenience, we created a list of 23 types of makeup items you should know, along with examples. Without further ado, let's get into it, shall we?
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- 1. Primer
- 2. Foundation
- 3. Concealer
- 4. BB Cream
- 5. CC Cream
- 6. Blush
- 7. Pressed Powder
- 8. Loose Powder
- 9. Eye Shadow
- 10. Eyeliner
- 11. Highlighter
- 12. Contouring
- 13. Bronzer
- 14. Eyebrow Pencil
- 15. Lipstick
- 16. Lip Liner
- 17. Lip Gloss
- 18. Lip Stain
- 19. Setting Spray
- 20. Mascara
- 21. Eyebrow Gel
- 22. Lip Plumper
- 23. Lip Balm
- In Closing
Primer is the base coat for the rest of your makeup. It smoothes out your skin, fills in pores, and serves as a fresh slate for the rest of your makeup. Many primer formulas are moisturizing and nutrient-rich, too. Primer promotes long-lasting makeup wear, so you definitely won't want to skip this first step in makeup application.
Maybelline Master Prime
Foundation is the makeup that's put on to of the primer. It can come in liquid or powder forms and is tinted. You should find a foundation that matches your skin tone so that it blends in seamlessly. It gives your face and neck an even appearance and can help hide various facial spots and blemishes.
Foundations are available in a range of coverage options; choose from light, medium, or full.
L'Oreal Liquid Foundation
BareMinerals Powder Foundation
Concealer is a type of color corrector for your skin tone. It typically comes as a creamy liquid. If you have red spots, bags under your eyes, or other blemishes, then you'll want to use a concealer. Concealer is crucial for applying a flawless makeup look, so make sure you pick out the right color for your skin tone. Concealer is also available in a range of coverage options.
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
4. BB Cream
BB is short for "blemish balm" or "beauty balm." This cream is perfect for when you want a light coverage, tinted moisturizer. The cream hydrates and illuminates your skin and provides a light, sheer coverage. It makes for an excellent alternative to foundation. Your natural beauty shines with BB cream.
Maybelline BB Cream
5. CC Cream
CC is short for "color correcting." This makeup item has a few different purposes. Its thicker formula helps provide more coverage than BB cream. It utilizes colors opposite of the imperfections in order to balance the two out. Some CC creams are even formulated with sunscreen and moisturizer. The cream goes on smoothly and won't make your skin look cracked or creased.
It Cosmetics CC Cream
Blush is used to add some color to your cheeks. It's a pigment that comes in either a powder or cream formula. Blush helps emphasize the natural flush of your face.
L'Oreal True Match Blush
Burt's Bees Cheek Stick
7. Pressed Powder
Pressed powder is a compact powder that provides controllable coverage. The powder can be used as a setting powder or in place of foundation; it's up to you how you want to use it. You only need to apply a small amount to see a difference. It comes in a wide variety of shades so it can match your skin tone.
Maybelline Pressed Powder
8. Loose Powder
Loose powder is a type of powder that can also be used for setting makeup or as a foundation. This type of powder is more prone to settling into fine lines and wrinkles. This type of powder typically contains fewer oils, so it's a great choice for oily skin.
Maybelline Loose Finishing Powder
9. Eye Shadow
Eye shadow is a fun way to express yourself. It's a pigmented powder that's applied to the eyelids and accentuates the eyes. There are many styles of eye shadow application, from simple to elaborate, so you'll be able to find a look that you love. Whether you want to lighten, brighten, or enlarge your eyes, eye shadow does the trick.
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes
Beauty Glazed Bold Colors
Eyeline comes in liquid or pencil form. This makeup is used to outline your eyes to emphasize and enhance them. Eyeliner is available in a wide range of colors. Depending on how you apply the liner, you can give the illusion of changing your eye shape.
NYX Eyeliner Pencil
NYX Liquid Eyeliner
Highlighter is used to brighten and illuminate certain parts of your face. It can also help to lift certain facial features by accentuating them with a golden glow. The shimmery makeup looks best when applied to the high points of your face.
Contouring makeup defines and enhances your facial features. It requires a palette of various natural shades in order to do it correctly. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, there's a contouring kit for you.
Aesthetica Contouring Kit
Bronzer is the best warm-toned powdery makeup to give you a sun-kissed radiance. The powder should be applied to the places on your face where the sun hits most: the bridge of your nose, temples, and cheekbones.
Milani Baked Bronzer
14. Eyebrow Pencil
An eyebrow pencil is designed to fill in, define, and shape your brows. Find a shade that's closest to your eyebrow hair color for the most seamless look. It's always best to err on the side of having a shade that's slightly lighter.
Revlon ColorStay Eyebrow Pencil
Lipstick has the power to complete a look or stand on its own. It comes in almost any shade imaginable and easily draws attention to your lips. Lipstick may be shimmery, matte, or somewhere in between.
Revlon Neutral Lipsticks
16. Lip Liner
Lip liner is used to outline and define your lips. It serves as an excellent primer for the rest of your lip makeup. Aside from adding more color to your lips, they can also make them appear plumper.
Revlon Lip Liner
17. Lip Gloss
Lip gloss, applied like lipstick, gives your lips a lustrous shine. While glossy, it also adds dramatic color to your lips.
Matte Lip Gloss
18. Lip Stain
Lip stain is a longlasting variant of lipstick or lip gloss. It dries almost immediately upon application, so you'll need to work quickly. More colors of lip stain are gradually becoming available on the market.
L'Oreal Matte Lip Stain
19. Setting Spray
Setting spray is the perfect way to finish off your makeup look. Once all of your makeup has been applied, spritz your face with setting spray. This spray is formulated to help keep your makeup in place and increase its longevity.
NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray
Mascara cannot be forgotten. The liquid makeup comes in a tube and is applied to both upper and lower lashes to darken, emphasize, and thicken your eyelashes. It draws more attention to your eyes. Mascara is most widely used in an inky black shade but can be found in a variety of other colors.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
21. Eyebrow Gel
Eyebrow gel is an alternative to an eyebrow pencil. It's a gel that gives your eyebrows definition and shape. The gel secures your brows in one place.
Clear Brow Fix Gel
22. Lip Plumper
Lip plumpers hold moisture on the surface of your skin, giving the illusion of plumper, fuller lips. Active ingredients in the plumpers may make your lips tingle and burn.
Power-Full Plump Lip Balm
23. Lip Balm
Don't overlook the timeless benefits of lip balm. This wax-like substance treats dry lips while simultaneously giving them a slightly glossy, appealing look. Lip balms are also available in a variety of scents.
Burt's Bees Lip Balm
We hope this guide has helped you better understand the different makeup items at your disposal! Leave us a comment below letting us know what your favorite makeup item is! Before you go, be sure to check out these other guides that might be of interest: