There comes a time in every woman's life when she decides to limit the number of products she hauls around. When you're ready to pare down that makeup bag of yours, here are our suggestions for the five beauty staples no makeup bag should be without (we've even listed some of our favorites):
Mascara is a must-have! There's no easier way to make your eyes pop. Our pick is Shu Uemura's Basic Mascara, because of its terrific, gel-like lash-defining formula.
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The right lipstick has the power to transform. Want to feel sexy? Slide on a racy red. Looking to walk on the wild side? Try a shocking violet. With 3C Three Custom Color Specialists Lip Color Palettes you can try them all. This purse-sized compact contains six hydrating lip colors, a lip brush and a spatula for blending your own custom colors.
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The right powder creates a flawless finish for all skin types. Laura Mercier's Setting Powder, a loose-powder formulation made with luxurious French cashmere talc, is our favorite because it gives skin a natural, matte look without ever appearing cakey.
Regardless of your skin type, moisturizer will keep skin supple and work as a primer under makeup. Crème de la Mer, is hands down the best moisturizer we've ever used. It makes skin feel softer and firmer -- and look virtually creaseless.
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The new all-in-one products are the latest rage in minimal makeup. They can be used virtually anywhere you want to add a little color and can streamline any makeup bag. We love The Multiple by NARS, a shimmering cream-to-powder color stick available in warm shades that highlight and enhance your face and body.