If you’re just starting your beauty collection or just love trying new products, then this article is for you.
1. Makeup Remover
Whether you apply a full face or the basics, you need a makeup remover—no exceptions. The first rule of skincare is taking your makeup off and cleansing your face before bed. But that’s not the only use for a quality makeup remover: you’ll also use it for taking off any smudges from mascara or eyeliner, removing swatches, and toning down blush or bronzer. There are tons on the market, but a makeup cloth like the Makeup Eraser is our go-to. All you need is a little bit of warm water and this cloth, and everything comes off—seriously, EVERYTHING. Plus, we love how eco-friendly and sustainable it is. No single-use pads or wipes. Just pop this in the washer once or twice a week, and you’re good to go!
2. High-Quality Shampoo and Conditioner
Your hairstylist wasn’t wrong: a nice shampoo and conditioner will completely change your beauty routine. Shampoo and conditioner are some of the most important products you put on your hair; they’re what sets you up for a good hair day more than anything. While you don’t have to spend a ton of money, you should invest in a product that will work for your hair type. This set from R+Co is my first defense for a good hair day. It does everything I could want in a hair product: smoothes, shines, volumizes, and strengthens, leaving my hair in perfect condition without having to style.
3. Dry Shampoo
Speaking of hair, when you’re making your ‘do last, dry shampoo is essential. Not only will it diminish any grease or oily on your scalp, it prolongs your style and adds volume and texture to otherwise “blah” second or third-day hair. But they’re not all created equal; it’s important to opt for one that won’t cause too much build-up or create a white cast on your roots. This one from dpHue (a favorite brand from our editors—we love all the amazing brands FabFitFun carries!) has apple cider vinegar, so it detoxes your scalp as you use it.
4. Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara
The key to a great makeup look is always mascara—I stand by that. It opens up your eyes and makes you look awake, even when you’ve put nothing else on. If you want only one mascara in your collection, opt for one that is both lengthening and volumizing. It’ll make your lashes long, thick, and hold a curl in place all day long. And if it’s clean like this one from Ilia Beauty, even better.
5. Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
Regardless of how much eyeshadow you use on a daily basis, it helps to have at least one option in your collection to create looks for day and nighttime. One key point is to make sure the palette you choose, like this one from Laura Gellar, has a nice range of light to deep shades so you can create a variety of looks without having to dip into other palettes or feel like you’re missing anything.