The Everyday Makeup Essentials Checklist: Every Girl’s Must-Have

by Roxanne C.

It’s every girl’s dream to have a makeup collection as extensive as Christina Aguilera’s shoe closet. But if you’re just beginning your foray into this beautiful world of makeup, where do you start?


Today, I’m sharing with you my Everyday Makeup Essentials Checklist – a checklist of the items every girl should own in order to look, at the very least, put-together. You don’t need everything on the list because what you’ll need really depends on what you would like to focus on, be it your brows or complexion. Go ahead, print this checklist out (click on it for a larger image) and tick along as I walk with you why each item is important.


Everyday Makeup Essentials Checklist


1. Compact Foundation

Foundation is a must for anyone dabbling in makeup. If there’s only one thing you can have, it should always be foundation, especially for the humid summer months, and especially if you have oily skin.

2. Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation should be used only if you do not use compact foundation (thus, you can cancel this if you’re picking the first option). This product is for dry-normal skin and generally has better coverage. It can be applied either with a brush or your fingers.

3. Concealor

This is a required item only if you have severe blemishes or serious under eye circles that need to be covered up. Otherwise, it’s always fine to skip it.

4. Blush

How can anyone do with foundation and no cheek colour? The answer is you can’t and shouldn’t. Blush adds a healthy glow to your skin so that you look alive. Never ever skip this – but also don’t overdo it.

5. Loose Powder

Loose powder is used to set your foundation. This means that by applying it on top of your foundation, your foundation (and concealor) lasts for a longer period with less tendency to streak or crease.


6. Highlighter

This isn’t something that you really need, but highlighting powder or tint helps to add a subtle shine where it is needed. It’s great for days when you need to look more alert and bubbly. The places that may require it are the centre of your forehead, nose bridge, cheekbones and chin.

7. Brow Powder/Pencil

This is something you’ll need if, like me, you have barely there brows. Mine are super sparse, in fact, that when light shines on my brow bone, you don’t see them. There are several techniques to filling in your brows, but for now, check this item if you think you need it too.

8. Lip Colour

This can be in the form of lipstick, lip gloss, lip tint or tinted lip balm. It’s best if it’s something long wearing, moisturising and has SPF. The more discoloured your lips are, the more you need this to balance the tones on your face out.

9. Eyeliner

Some people I know only use eyeliner and nothing else on their eyes. This is fine but only if you need it. Personally, I don’t use eyeliner every day but some vocations call for it. For starters, crayon liners are the easiest to use. Bronze, metallic eggplant and brown are safe colours, as they are not as intense as black.

10. Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow is also an either or. Depending on the impression you want to give others, this product may not be necessary but it’s always a good thing to have in your beauty box at home. A palette of browns and neutrals is a good way to start.

11. Lash Curler + Mascara

Always use mascara on lashes that have been curled! This is why the two are put together as one item. Only when your lashes are curled and lengthened can they make you look more awake.


So there you have it! I hope this checklist helps you to take stock of the beauty items you should have on your dresser and make powdering in the mornings more of a breeze. If there is anything else you would like to see on Laced Ivory, do leave me a comment or write me a mail to let me know!


Till next time,



Image credit: Archie Expo