While the pandemic has taken a toll on our social lives, that doesn’t mean that you should put your makeup must-haves to the side. Whether you’re enjoying small brunch dates with your homegirls or quiet date nights with your beau, the perfect beauty beat can take your look to the next level. And with the right makeup products and extra time on your hands, you can take your skills to the next level.
That’s why we figured we should give you the lay of the land with our makeup favorites. While it’s pretty easy to find makeup essentials that complement our features and skin tone, thanks to our favorite Black-owned beauty brands, there are some product that have become cult-favorites in your collection.
Every beauty lover needs a nude eyeshadow collection that can create soft and full glam looks, just as how the perfect brow wiz can pull your eyebrows all the way together. It’s true everyone has their go-to beauty finds, and we have a few special picks that are worth sharing.
In the spirit of highlighting our favorite things, we’ve compiled five of our staple makeup products that we wouldn’t be caught without. From lip pencils to eyeshadow palettes, add these tried and true beauty must-haves.
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow WizSource:Ulta
It’s no argument that there are plenty of brow products on the market, but Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($32.00, Ulta.com) is in a league of its own. This brow wiz comes equipped with an ultra-slim pencil to create hair-like strokes and a spoolie to blend it all in for a natural look. Plus, it comes in 12 shades to match your brows perfectly. Shop Now
2. Nars After Glow Lip BalmSource:Ulta
The beauty about makeup is that you can step out with a subtle or full glam look. For the days when you want to rock a lip color with a soft touch, the Nars Afterglow Lip Balm ($28.00, Ulta.com) is the perfect choice. This lip moisturizer provides a sheer tint of color with long-lasting hydration so you don’t have to worry about reapplying after a few hours—it stays put all day and night. And chapped lips will be the least of your worries. Shop Now
3. Juvia’s Place The Warrior Eyeshadow PaletteSource:Ulta
You’ll feel like a warrior indeed with this palette. Juvia’s Place has a reputation of delivering super-pigmneted eyeshadow shades and this pick lives up to the hype. Featuring a stunning collection of golds, browns and bronzes, The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette ($23.00,Ulta.com) palette makes it easy to flaunt a soft look that radiates your melanin or a bold beat that adds depth to your eyes. No need to continuously swipe your eyeshadow brush in the pan, one quick swipe is all you need to pack on the color. Shop Now
4. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting SpraySource:Ulta
It’s annoying enough when your makeup starts to move after a few hours of wear, so a setting spray is definitely one of our favorite products. Speaking of which, the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ($33.00, Ulta.com) is our secret weapon. This mist spritzes your makeup in place, doesn’t settle into lines or fade within an hour of wear. Once you spray your face your look is in place. Shop Now
5. Nyx Professional Makeup Slim Lip PencilSource:Ulta
Every makeup lover knows that the right lip pencil will accentuate your pout and keep your lip color in place. Check that box and more with the Nyx Slim Lip Pencil ($4.00, Ulta.com). This pencil has a creamy and hydrating formula that provides your lips with moisture and keeps your lip color chip and crack-free. You can use it to line your lips or fill in your full pout and top with a gloss for an extra kick. We love it either way and we have a feeling that you will too. Shop Now