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The Top 3 Makeup Items Every Woman Needs, Regardless of Age

There are certain makeup items that are so universal, they should be considered cosmetic bag must haves. Veteran beauty editor Lois Joy Johnson, the co-author of The Makeup Wakeup: Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age ($13), says that there are three beauty essentials every woman should own — regardless of age. See her top picks revealed when you read more.

  1. Primers: With brands like Laura Mercier and Smashbox leading the way, more and more women are understanding the need for these premakeup products, says Johnson. Not only do they prevent caking and creasing, but they help your makeup stay put. (And that's why practically every beauty brand carries one in its line.)
  2. A foundation brush: "A foundation brush really makes the difference between putting on foundation and having it look like skin, and putting on foundation and having it sit on top of your face like makeup," Johnson explains. Shop foundation brushes here.
  3. A concealer brush: "Whether you use a concealer brush to pad on opaque concealer over brown spots or over blemishes, it still gives you more accuracy and helps you to get all the angles around what you're doing," she advises. Shop for concealer brushes here and tell us: what items do you think should be in every woman's makeup collection?
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Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
There is one by Jemma Kidd I like, CB2011!
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
@CB2011 Here are the ones off the top of my head: L'Oreal Studio primers Smashbox primers NYX primers Never tried any of them.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
@CB2011 Here are the ones off the top of my head:L'Oreal Studio primersSmashbox primersNYX primersNever tried any of them.
CB2011 CB2011 5 years
Does anyone have recommendations for a tinted primer? I didn't even know such a thing existed!
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
@Anon. Unfortunately I have tried that and it broke me out something horrible. I mean deep painful cyst that took months to come to a head and heal.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I am struggling with finding a primer that doesn't break me out. Does anyone have any suggestions for a very oily but sensitive acne prone skin? Thanks in advance.
Brittney-Stephens Brittney-Stephens 5 years
I definitely couldn't live without an eyelash curler! And I'm still cracking up at Annie looking like Uncle Fester.
Susan-Yara Susan-Yara 5 years
I agree JenniferIsabella. An eyelash curler is a must-have item! It instantly makes your eyes look more awake...but then you definitely need mascara to keep the look up.
JenniferIsabella JenniferIsabella 5 years
I disagree with the third. I don't believe that you need a concealer brush as the best blending tool for creamy concealers is your middle or ring finger. i would replace the concealer brush with an eyelash curler
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
Love the tip, elizabethsosewn!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
Same here, insidiousmiss. I really, really like the tinted ones. I find that if I use one, I only need just a touch of concealer under my eyes and/or on blemishes — and that's it. They're miracle workers, I tell you.
insidiousmiss insidiousmiss 5 years
I've only just discovered the magic of primer. I can't believe I went so long without it!
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 5 years
SO I figured out a total cheat to getting THE perfect foundation look: I have quite a lot of freckles, being a natural red head and they really hinder my foundation applications because enough to cover the freckles is too much, and not enough to cover the freckles is practically invisible on the rest of my skinSo I use a foundation brush and apply all the foundation I normally would if I were going into dimly lit room for a very formal occasion. Then once i'm finished (but don't wait too long) I take a clean makeup sponge (wedges for me) and make soft passes over everywhere I put foundation on. it takes off just enough to keep it 3/4 coverage foundation but make it soft and dewey looking, and not cakey at all!then i dry off m foundation brush and use it to apply powder to my under eyes but that's just me.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 5 years
SO I figured out a total cheat to getting THE perfect foundation look: I have quite a lot of freckles, being a natural red head and they really hinder my foundation applications because enough to cover the freckles is too much, and not enough to cover the freckles is practically invisible on the rest of my skin So I use a foundation brush and apply all the foundation I normally would if I were going into dimly lit room for a very formal occasion. Then once i'm finished (but don't wait too long) I take a clean makeup sponge (wedges for me) and make soft passes over everywhere I put foundation on. it takes off just enough to keep it 3/4 coverage foundation but make it soft and dewey looking, and not cakey at all! then i dry off m foundation brush and use it to apply powder to my under eyes but that's just me.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
Glad I could help!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
Glad I could help!
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
Jaime, thank you!! All the times people have explained it to me, I'm always shaking my head saying 'wait, I still don't know which I wear everyday.'
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Jaime nailed it, but I would add that I can leave the house without foundation happily. I prefer not to leave it without concealer. Otherwise I look like Uncle Fester.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
I would say, deramalittledream, that foundation is mainly for evening out skin tone and giving the skin a flawless, almost air-brushed appearance. But then concealer is more for providing extra coverage where needed, like for under-eye circles, discolorations, hyperpigmentation, and blemishes. Does that help?
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
I would say, deramalittledream, that foundation is mainly for evening out skin tone and giving the skin a flawless, almost air-brushed appearance. But then concealer is more for providing extra coverage where needed, like for under-eye circles, discolorations, hyperpigmentation, and blemishes. Does that help?
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
I love makeup and I consider myself pretty well versed in the subject, and I've been told the answer to this a hundred times...but I still have trouble 'getting' it...what is the real difference between foundation and concealer?
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
Great ones, amaebi519!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
Great ones, amaebi519!
amaebi519 amaebi519 5 years
Totally depends on your skin type and colouring, but I'd say powdered foundation or concealer, moisturizing SPF lip tint, and either mascara or a lash curler.
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