Hello, Red Apple readers! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week so far. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about essentials. What are essentials? What makes particular items essential and why? To me, in order to call a makeup item essential, it needs to fall into at least one of four categories.
- How often is it used
- Does it serve more than one purpose
- How much do I genuinely enjoy using it
- Is it practical and easy to use
Continue reading to find out which ten Red Apple Lipstick cosmetic items I consider being essentials for all women.
It’s amazing to me how many women out there have yet to discover the beauty and awesomeness of a primer. A primer, whether it be for your eyes, face or lips, prepares the surface (face, lips or eyes) for optimal results. Primers can smooth out surfaces, enhance colors and increase longevity. Our gluten-free eyeshadow primer is the best way to eliminate mid-day eyeshadow creasing or disappearing acts. It provides a solid color base for your eyeshadows to be applied on top of, which allows the shadow to stand out and corrects any discolorations or veins on your eyelids. It falls somewhere between a cream and powder as far as consistency goes. For some, this primer can even work as a concealer under the eyes, on blemishes, even try it on your lips as a lip primer.
2. Clear or Nude Gloss
You really can’t go wrong with sheer, clear or nude lipglosses. You can apply them in a jiffy to enhance your natural lip color and add a little shine. This is great on busy days! Also, you can apply them over your favorite lipsticks and they won’t add or take away from your favorite colors. A few of my favorites are Sun Sparkles, Diamond Sands and Honey Badger. If you’re looking for a really clear gloss though I would recommend Sun Sparkles.
We exfoliate our elbows and knees but what about our lips? Before you use a primer or apply any lip product for that matter exfoliating is a must! Exfoliating removes the dirt, dead skin cells, and dry flakes that are preventing your lips from being soft and smooth. Our lip exfoliant is a no mess, no fuss product that allows Rallye Balm to work more efficiently, lipsticks to last longer and makes your lips look and feel better.
4. City Starter Palette
When you are new to makeup or haven’t used makeup in a while it can be overwhelming to have so many choices. We designed our new City Starter palette just for those of you who are starting out with makeup or don’t know where to begin. It has every color you need to complete a simple or smokey eye. Blending one shimmer with three matte colors – you can enjoy the versatility of a neutral palette as you begin your collection. Includes shades perfect for eyeliner and filling in your eyebrows, this palette really is the perfect starter palette!
5. Rallye Balm
This list would not be complete if I didn’t mention the wonderful, magical and awesome Rallye Balm. This powerful lip balm is your key to ending chapped lips! It’s uniquely designed using a high quality, 100% gluten free Vitamin E suspended in a special, cold pressed Castor Seed Oil. Healthy lip skin is the only way to beat chapped lips. It’s completely odorless and tasteless, has no toxins, preservatives, waxy coverups, drying or addictive ingredients. Your life will never be the same. Oh, and how could I forget it does many other things too! I use it on my cuticles and on the ends of my hair. I’d like to challenge you to see what this balm can do for you!
6. The Lash Project Mascara
The Lash Project is high-performance 2-in-1 conditioning mascara that provides healthier, stronger and more youthful lashes! It offers so many amazing things for your lashes. One thing I love the most about this mascara is that it stops your lashes from falling out prematurely. I have a thyroid issue so my lashes, eyebrow hair, and hair falls out super easily which means this is definitely a promising product for those of us with dry and brittle lashes.
7. Makeup Brushes
Good quality brushes are essential to applying makeup. Nobody wants to bother with plucking loose hairs off their face from their brushes. We offer a Pro Brush Set that comes with a lip brush to help you define your lips and apply lipstick with precision, a wet/dry eyeshadow brush for applying eyeshadow all over the lid and an angled eyeliner brush that can be used to detail your eyeliner with just a simple line or a cat eye – and can be used to define and fill in your eyebrows! The brushes are of course vegan which is not only good for our furry friends…but they allow you to get the brush wet without worrying about the bristles swelling and falling out. This means you can own this brush set for years to come!
8. Multi-Tasking Eyeshadows
I’ve personally never understood the need to have both eyeshadows and an eyebrow powder when you could just find and eyeshadow that works for both! Our eyeshadows in Brownie Points, Espresso, Black Magic, Yes You Canyon, and Like U Latte make great eyebrow defining powders. Brownie Points is good for dark blondes to light brunettes, Espresso- dark brunettes, Black Magic-black, Yes You Canyon-strawberry blondes and red heads and Like U Latte I think would work well for blondes. You can also use our darker shadows with a slightly damp liner brush and use them as eyeliner!
9. Bold Lipstick
When you have a bad hair day and nothing in the world seems to be going right try applying a bright pop of lipstick to help uplift your mood. For me, this would be red! It’s a classic and sophisticated color that’s feminine and just fun! It’ll feel impossible to be in a bad mood while wearing your favorite bold color. My pick for a red lipstick would be Risque! I also suggest trying After Hours, Coral Crush, Hibiscus, Hollypeno, Petal Pusher, So Pinkin’ Cute or Sunkissed.
10. Eye-Brightening Eyeshadows
Moms, night owls, and those with allergies alike know that sometimes dark circles and tired looking eyes are unavoidable. To combat this you’ll want to brighten up your eyes by applying an eye shadow that brightens and highlights your eyes. I suggest trying our shadows in Buttercream, Porcelain, Pixie Dust, Golden Girl or Innocence. Just apply one of those on the inner corner of your eyes, the center of your eyelids and on your brow bones and your eyes will be brighter and more alert looking.
This concludes our list of the ten essential cosmetics every gal needs.
What are your essentials?