It's easy to hoard all the makeup that you want, but the reality is that it's impossible for you to maximize every item. You'll probably forget about a certain lipstick or eyeshadow palette, and you'll just be disappointed when you discover that they've expired. But when you splurge on high quality essentials, you'll have less clutter and spending your money will be guilt-free. Think having a well-edited makeup kit that can take you from a simple no-makeup look to a full-on glam look. Sounds wise, right?

To get you started, see our list below:

1. Primer

This smoothens pores and fine lines, and keeps your foundation looking flawless all day, especially for special occasions, like weddings and parties. Get one without silicone to let your skin breathe.


TRY: Max Factor Smooth Miracle Primer, P895, at department stores

2. Lightweight foundation

You can wear this for everyday because it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. If you need more coverage, simply build it up with thin layers.

TRY: Dior Skin Nude Air Serum, at SM Makati and Rustan's branches

3. Finely-milled face powder

Set your foundation with a veil of finely-milled powder for a soft, shine-free finish that still looks like skin.


TRY: Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder, P2,250, at SM Megamall

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4. Blush

Rosy cheeks signify youth, so pick a dusty rose shade, a universally flattering color, to achieve this.

TRY: Revlon Insta-Blush in Berry Blushing, at department stores

5. Bronzer and highlighter

It can be taxing to contour every time with a matte bronzer, but this can be a sub for blush and eyeshadow, too. A champagne colored highlighter, on the other hand, can grant glowing skin and can also be used as an eyeshadow.


TRY: Pixi Natural Contour Powder, P995, at; Maybelline Master Strobing Stick, P399, at department stores and at Lazada

6. Neutral-hued eyeshadow quad

From a basic wash of golden beige to a sultry smokey eye, this basic palette can transofrm your eye into many looks.

TRY: Bobbi Brown Sultry Nude Eye & Cheek Palette, P2,400, at SM Megamall

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7. Mascara

Make your eyes look more alive with curled lashes and two coats of mascara.


TRY: Eye of Horus Bio Lash Lift Mascara, P1,115, at

8. Eyebrow pencil and mascara

Because kilay is life. Tame unruly arches with tinted or clear mascara, and define the shape with a taupe eyebrow pencil.

TRY: Browhaus Brow Lead, P648, at Browhaus branches; K-Palette 1-Day Tatto Eyebrow Mascara, P620, at Beauty Bar branches

9. Nude lipstick and bold lipstick of choice

A peachy brown shade is great for a no-makeup look and can balance a strong eye makeup. but if you want more drama, swipe a bold shade on your lips.


TRY: L'Oreal Rouge Magique in Cashmere Delicat  and Vin Exquis, P400, at Lazada and department stores

10. Lip and cheek tint

When you're feeling tamad or you're doing something laidback, you can make your cheeks and pout extra pretty with the help of a tint. You can add a coat of lipbalm on top of it if you use the tint on the lips.

TRY: Benefit Cosmetics Cha-cha Tint Lip and Cheek Stain, P2,500, at SM Megamall

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