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 This is a guest post from Nykol Rudd. 

As a makeup artist and enthusiast I am constantly on the hunt for new products to improve my skin and of course just to play in everyday. So of course that means I have bought products that both highly and thoroughly impressed me and products that till this day give me nightmares. But for this article I wanted to bring you guys my favorite products. I knew that to start I would have to make a list of those products. Well that list became excessively long. So I shortened that list a smig to 7. I figured I would narrow it down to products that were both important and used more frequently by the majority of women (and some men).

First, we’ll start with the most important step in make up application, SKINCARE! I absolutely love my Clarisonic Mia that my step mom bought me for my birthday this year. I use it 1 to 2 times a day and let me tell you how amazing it makes my skin feel. I can’t believe I lived my life without this tool. After washing your face with the Clarisonic, moisturizer just absorbs into your skin so much better and your makeup application looks so much more even and smoother and gives your skin just a really nice foundation and canvas.


Clarisonic Mia


Now before any makeup application you want to always prime your skin and my go to primer is Smashbox PhotoFinish. It has a velvety texture that makes your skin instantly looks smoother. This primer can be used with your favorite foundation and you will always get an amazing finish.


Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer


OK, so let’s talk about foundation really quickly. I along with many of others have probably gone through dozens of different types of foundations looking for that perfect formula for your skin type that also has the desirable finish. So if anyone is like me I love me some full coverage and I have to say I think I found the holy Grail of foundations. Estée Lauder Double Wear. It’s 24 hour, no transfer, full coverage. It also last thru humidity and sweat. If used with a damp makeup sponge, I found I can achieve a more natural finish.


Estee Lauder DoubleWear Foundation


OMG I love talking about this next product. It is the god send of concealers. NARS cosmetics radiant creamy concealer has changed my life. The coverage is beautiful, the finish is a dream and it blends so easily. I recommend this product to every single living human being.


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

So when it comes to brows I have a number of products that I actually really like. Right now though I find myself pulling out Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes palette. This palette has every single necessary color needed to do a range of eyebrows so I actually also keep one in my make up kit.


Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes

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All right so for my WOC out there we know the struggle of finding eyeshadows in neutrals that don’t look chalky. That actually show up on us and also blend very easily. Say hello to Tarte’s Tartelette palette. The shades are beautiful for a natural look such as for when you want to do a ‘no makeup’ make up look, and also for a very smoky vampy look.


Tarte Tartelette


Now don’t forget to set all your hard work with a setting spray and my favorite all-time by far (sorry UD) is Makeup Forever’s mist and fix. A few sprays and you’re set for the day.


Makeup Forever Mist and Fix

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