Typically the contents of my makeup bag are constantly changing, but over the past few months I’ve noticed myself carrying the same staple items. I keep these around for touching up my makeup after work, which usually means I’m going out for an impromptu dinner! I don’t always plan on heading out after a day at work, but I keep this collection of reliable, long lasting products on hand so that I can feel my best even if I’m going out last minute. Of course, for a last minute dinner decision I book a reservation using Open Table to be sure I get a seat wherever I want to go!

For my skin, I keep some of my favourite products at hand: Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer is an amazing full coverage foundation & concealer that blends into the skin so smoothly and lasts amazingly well, so I know that if I need a boost of coverage, I can rely on this stuff! Plus it’s great that the colours match perfectly! MAC Studio Fix sets everything perfectly in place and keeps oil at bay if I need it. This has some great coverage too if I’m not feeling like wearing any liquid foundation.  Makeup Forever HD Powder is great for locking concealer into place without adding any more coverage. This stuff feels like silk on the skin and doesn’t look cakey ever! Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed to add some neutral colour to my cheeks. I can’t get over how much I love this colour for any makeup look! And to lock it all in place I love L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray!
I’m usually wearing at least a little mascara, but I do like to have my Shu Uemura lash curlers at hand and Essence Get Big Lashes Mascara. For an easy, one-step eyeshadow look, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid, is perfect because it sets into place and doesn’t require any brushes or additional eye shadows!
I always have at least 5 lip products kicking around, but Maybelline Colour Whisper in Made it Mauve is my perfect everyday lip colour! I’ve nearly finished this one and will definitely be repurchasing!
What are your makeup bag essentials?!