Bare ne­ces­si­ties

What you re­ally do need

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Max­i­mal­ists, turn away now. This is about how few beauty prod­ucts you re­ally need. Eye cream, blush, toner, and eye­liner — you can get by with­out them all. Here’s a list of es­sen­tials and sub­sti­tu­tions. Ad­di­tions are just nice-to-haves. But then you knew that …

A GOOD MOISTURISING BASE. Keep it sim­ple with or­ganic co­conut oil; play it luxe with a La Mer-like uber cream — which­ever type of hy­dra­tor you like, use it day and night to keep your skin healthy and well-prepped. And as long as it doesn’t con­tain an SPF, it’s per­fect around the eyes.

A BROAD-SPEC­TRUM SUN­SCREEN. Healthy skin can’t func­tion with­out it.

A SHEER FOUN­DA­TION. Stick with a light foun­da­tion or BB cream and use a high­lighter/ con­cealer on blem­ishes or pig­men­ta­tion. A cur­rent favourite is 1. MAC’s balm-like Next to Noth­ing Face Colour ($64).

A FLANNEL. If you’re on a beauty bud­get, gen­tly us­ing a tex­tured flannel each time you wash your face will do the work of ex­fo­lia­tors and ex­fo­li­at­ing ton­ers — re­move cel­lu­lar de­bris and leave skin smooth and glow­ing.

AN EX­CEL­LENT CON­CEALER. 2. Hour­glass’ ex­cel­lent Hid­den Cor­rec­tive Con­cealer

($54) comes in 10 shades, is creamy enough to ap­ply un­der the eyes (with­out leav­ing a rab­bit-caught-in-the-head­lights glow) and thick enough to cover blem­ishes. A true es­sen­tial.

A BROW PEN­CIL OR SHADOW. Be­cause you don’t want fee­ble brows (and eye­shadow or eye lin­ers aren’t great sub­sti­tu­tions). A dried-out mascara wand on the other hand…

MULTI-TASK­ING MASCARA. No need for mascara if you have ex­ten­sions but if you don’t, try a multi-tasker like 3. Clin­ique’s Lash Power Flut­ter-to-Full Mascara ($63). It comes in a tube with three click-in po­si­tions — nat­u­ral, some­thing a lit­tle more no­tice­able, and full-on flut­ter — es­sen­tially mak­ing it three mas­caras in one.

A SU­PER SERUM. A good serum isn’t nec­es­sar­ily the same as a well-for­mu­lated mois­turiser. Serums are the prob­lem-solvers of the beauty world, ca­pa­ble of bright­en­ing skin, light­en­ing pig­men­ta­tion and pre­vent­ing new wrin­kles. Choose one like 4. Es­tee Lauder’s Ad­vanced Night Re­pair Syn­chro­nized Re­cov­ery Com­plex II ($188), which is packed with anti-age­ing in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing ul­tra-hy­drat­ing hyaluronic acid to leave your skin glow­ing and rested-look­ing.

HY­DRAT­ING LIPSTICKS. Lips need colour but so do cheeks. Don’t hes­i­tate to use lip­stick for blush (dab it on your fin­ger be­fore ap­ply­ing to cheeks). Even bet­ter, pick a lip­stick in a crayon formula and start colour­ing in.

A NEU­TRAL EYE­SHADOW PAL­ETTE. Brown eye­shadow might sound a lit­tle dull but can be any­thing but, es­pe­cially when it comes with a metallic sparkle. Pick a pal­ette with a deep brown or grey and make it multi-task as liner. Bet­ter still choose and com­bine in­ter­change­able wet-or-dry eye­shadow shades in El­iz­a­beth Ar­den’s Lit­tle Black Com­pacts ($79).

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