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What’s in your makeup kit?

Besides your handbag, the one bag you don't want to leave the house without is your cosmetics bag. Whether you keep a sleek makeup-artist-style makeup case or just a mini makeup kit for emergencies, a gal's got to be prepared with a few essentials.

What's in the Bag?

Every cosmetics bag should contain a few basics: blush, concealer, eyeliner, eye shadow, foundation, lip gloss or lipstick, mascara, moisturizer and powder. You don’t have to have them all, but keep the ones you use most often in your makeup routine on hand. Tools such as blotting papers, a magnifying mirror, makeup brushes and a pair of tweezers will also come in handy.

Your Color Palette

You can never fail with makeup in neutral shades that complement your skin tone and eye color. The classic red lip or smoky eye will always be in style, but the more adventurous might try one of summer's hottest trends: a teal eyeliner with a bronze eye shadow. Or how about a neon liner in a bold purple, blue or emerald green balanced with a lot of mascara? Don’t be afraid to be adventurous!

Makeup Tips for Day and Night

In the daytime, when you’re lounging around or you want to keep things professional in the office, muted colors and light makeup will be best. But taking your look from daytime to evening can be as simple as mixing your lipstick with a darker lip pencil in the same color family.

For real glamour, nothing beats a vivid red lipstick, and try deepening your eye shadow by adding a darker shade to the back corner of your lid and on the crease. Add a shimmering powder to your cheekbones, browbones and décolletage to set off a great scoopneck cocktail dress and you’re set for whatever the night brings.

More Hot Looks

Eye Makeup

  • Two of the best eye makeup looks this season are classics: the smoky eye and the 1960s eye. More about Eye Makeup

Eye Makeup

Two of the best eye makeup looks this season are classics: the smoky eye and the 1960s eye.

The dramatic eye shadow, cat-like black eyeliner and curled lashes of the 1960s eye can be worn by just about anyone. Applying eyeliner for this look is tough, but thank goodness products have improved since the 1960s! Whether you choose a liquid eyeliner, waterproof eyeliner or powder, prep your lid with concealer or foundation and dust with powder. With feathery strokes, line your top eyelid along the base of your lashes. As you move to the outward corner, thicken the line. Follow with waterproof mascara.

The smoky eye does not suit everyone, but boy, does it pull out all the stops! First dust some translucent powder under your eye so you can easily brush off any excess eye shadow. Rim the circumference of the eye with a smoky shadow, line eyes with a black eyeliner, brush matte charcoal or brown shadow around your eyes and into the crease, then follow with your best mascara. The smoky eye takes some practice too, and you may find you look like a runaway raccoon at first! But trust us, the look is worth the effort.

Mineral Cosmetics

  • Although mineral makeup has been around since the 1970s, it has only recently become very popular. Natural mineral makeup is made from ground minerals such as titanium oxide, zinc oxide and iron oxide, and pure pigments. More about Mineral Cosmetics

Mineral Cosmetics

Although mineral makeup has been around since the 1970s, it has only recently become very popular. Natural mineral makeup is made from ground minerals such as titanium oxide, zinc oxide and iron oxide, and pure pigments. Usually free of those nasty skin irritants - binders, fragrances, preservatives and synthetic dye - it is gentle on skin for even those with sensitivities.

There are many skin care benefits of mineral makeup. Titanium oxide and zinc oxide are natural anti-inflammatories and titanium oxide is also a natural sunscreen with an SPF factor of between 15 and 20. Bare mineral makeup allows the skin to breathe and reflects light so your skin will look fabulous, and it is also highly water-resistant so you need not fear rain, snow or a good cry.

Foundation mineral makeup is often a 4-in-1 product, containing concealer, foundation, powder and sunscreen. Blushes, eye shadows and powders are also available as mineral powder makeup. With its rising popularity, many cosmetics companies are starting their own lines of mineral makeup, so by comparison shopping online and in stores, you can find discount mineral makeup for nearly as low a price as standard formulas.