AskCara Beauty Basics Makeup Makeup Products


If my bathroom was burning down and I only had time to grab 10 makeup items, these would be my picks.
This will be a good guide for anyone who is trying to start a basic makeup collection…
Tomorrow I will show you my top 10 brushes and on Wednesday I will do my makeup using only those items.
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgot about Marisa Miller makeup, I’ll post that Friday.

1. $4.29 Rimmel Bronzer in Sundance.
Truth be told I let $30 Nars Bronzer sit on my bench and play this little underdog 9 times out of ten.
2. $28 Laura Mercier – Secret Camouflage – SC3
Best Concealer ever.
3. $29  Makeup Forever Uplight
I love this luminizer, but really, any luminizer will do.
4. $40 Makeup Forever HD Foundation
My FAVORITE. I love the huge selection of color options and the coverage is so natural looking!
5. $7 Voluminous L’Oreal – Carbon Black
If you like huge, thick lashes like I do then you will love this!
6. $28 Sephora – Moonshadow Baked Pallet
So many gorgeous basic colors in one ultra affordable collection.
7. $15  MAC – Eye Kohl – Teddy
Perfect color! Just dark enough to define the eye without looking harsh.
8. $5 Cover Girl – Eye Pencil – Mink or Smokey Taupe
I use this to line my lips…sound crazy but it is the perfect neutral to give me a base for any color and the depth contours my lips into looking HUGE!
9. $15 MAC – Eye Shadow – Charcoal Brown
I use this to define my brows. It’s great because it’s ashy.
10. 19.50  MAC – Creme blush – Brit Wit
This color is so natural looking and gives you the perfect amount of radiance without looking too “blushy”

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    January 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    hey. i’m grateful you made this list. thanks.

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    Desiree Erdmann
    January 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    found your site thru pinterest. Love it! I just purchased some of your 10 favs. I enjoyed watching all your vids, thank you for helping with the tips 🙂 Keep them coming!

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    Alicia Monroe
    January 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I found ur site via Pinterest as well! I love everything hair and makeup so I’m officially addicted to ur site! Thanks for sharing and videoing everything:) Ur top ten is very helpful! Thanks for posting brands that really work!

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    January 17, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I can’t wait to try some of these … the bronzer and the foundation, I think.

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    Krista Reeves
    January 17, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Hey Cara, which finish and color do you use in your uplight? Thanks for all your tips. LOVE your site and so glad I found you on pinterest.

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    A Brit Greek
    January 17, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Great list of products… Also cannot live without a good silky eyeline/kohl pencil like Clinique quickliner!

    I just discovered you via Pinterest… Seriously I thought you were an Angel too in that photo – looking super stunning in the hair tutorial girl! Thanks for sharing!

    Ciao Bella,

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    January 18, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I also found you through Pinterest! Love, love, love your Marisa Miller tutorial! Thank you!

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    January 18, 2012 at 5:43 am

    This is perfect!!!! I love it thank you so much!!!

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    January 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love this post!!!

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    January 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I found it a couple days ago and have been telling all my friends about it! So, I have a question for you… I’ve tried the carbon black voluminous and I love the color but it seems to collect under my eyes really badly after wearing it for a couple hours. Does this only happen to me? Or is there a trick to wearing it? I mostly just use the reg black million lashes now and don’t have that problem. Thanks!

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    January 26, 2012 at 3:46 am

    The dy before you posted this I literally was thinkin to myself…I wish someone would just show me the basics I woul need for makeup! Um…thank you and I love your blog!

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    Nicole Hoover
    January 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Pinterest was it for me too….and thank God!!! I love this blog and I LOVE all of your tutorials. I bought some of these items as well and they are great, especially the HD foundation!

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    Dani B
    February 13, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I love your blog! I seriously check it everyday to look for new posts. I have bought all the products on your list. I love doing my hair and make-up. Thank you for the fresh new ideas!

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    Kimberly S.
    February 19, 2012 at 4:15 am

    This is great! I love all of your videos. I plan to buy everything on your top 10, but what about lips? What are your “can’t live without” lip products? Thanks!

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    July 4, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Earlier tonight I got a clownish makeover at the Lancome counter, spent too much on not enough, came home and realized it just wasn’t for me. After finding you on Pinterst (keyword: makeup tutorial) I spent two hours scouring your site, video tutorials, pinterest, fav lists, etc. I’m thinking I may have better results as soon as tomorrow morning, thanks to you.

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    March 12, 2013 at 5:24 am

    What color do you use in the Makeup Forever Uplight? Thanks

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    December 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    This looks like some seriously awesome stuff. Thanks for making a list for us newbie(ish) people. 🙂

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