Minimal Makeup Must-Haves

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After years in high school wearing tons of makeup I decided to work on my self confidence. I felt like I was hiding behind false lashes and blue glitter, as well as simply becoming lazy as I entered college! These are my minimal makeup must haves.

I've managed to cut out concealer and mascara from my routine without being self conscious. The dark circles under my eyes have significantly diminished since I started using Dr. Brandt's No More Baggage eye gel and The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution on a regular basis. I used castor oil on my eyelashes for a good period of time that definitely helped them grow, although I have naturally long lashes.

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Foundation and primers never mixed well with my skin. I'd always, always break out the next morning with clogged pores. I started using the Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Cream as a replacement for foundation. It's essentially a tinted moisturizer that corrects any redness (which for me happens around my nose and chin). I love the lightweight feeling and how it really neutralizes my skin tone.

The Antonym Cosmetics Baked Blush in Copper* is very pigmented. I use their number two blush brush* as well. The first time I tried this blush I put on way too much! Be careful because a little bit goes a long way. A simple tap with the brush is enough for me.

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Glossier's Boy Brow is all everyone's ever talking about so of course I gave in and bought my first Glossier product. I do have bangs, so my eyebrows are often covered by them but sometimes I still wear Boy Brow just for the fuller look even behind my bangs. It's really easy to use, not easy to mess up like other brow gels I've used. 

Lastly is the Red Earth lipstick matches* that I won't shut up about. I wear lipstick six out of seven days of the week and these have been an amazing addition to my lipstick collection. They're convenient, reusable and so cute! I usually go for a red lip, if not a dark pink and I use my finger to blend it out and get a more bitten look rather than a bold one.

– Dax