Makeup isn't the main - or even secondary - focus in my photos, so I really only have one look. But that means I've done it the same way so many times, I can get it done in as little as 15 minutes.
So what's in here? In order of application:
Evens out your skin tone. Recommended for sensitive skin. It's expensive, but a little goes a long way.
My secret weapon. If there's one thing off this list you buy, make it this one. I bought it because a review described it as "an Instagram filter in real life" and I was not disappointed. It makes it look like you're glowing from the inside.
For reducing shine.
It's fine, I guess. I haven't found anything better I like yet.
For moving your brow hairs all in one direction. Goes on white, which is helpful for seeing how much is where, and dries clear.
Eyeliner that won't come off. Tbh, I've been too lazy to even use this recently.
Because I poked myself in the eye too many times and I will not let that happen again.
No matter what, I start with MAC Prep and Prime's lip primer. It makes your lip color go on smoother and with more control.
I have a couple of go-tos for lip color:
I adore ColourPop's lip stains for transfer-proof lips that last for ages. Unless you're a wizard with the lip gloss wand, I would recommend getting a matching lip pencil. These stains and pencils are available in lots of different colors. Mamacita is perfect for super dark vampire looks.
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Arriba! ($6) + Lippy Pencil in Bossy ($5) (I'm wearing Arriba! in the lead image)
A bright, powerful red that I would wear if I were time traveling back to the 1940s to seduce and kill someone in hopes of averting World War II.
Like using lipstick and lip liner, but way fucking faster!! And it doesn't require any brushes!! The main downside, besides the price, is that these pencils transfer instantly. With something as light as Dolce Vita it's probably okay, but for anything darker you have to avoid eating, drinking, or making out. And that's no fun.
I admit I once paid $20 for a Beauty Blender. Fortunately, I found this before I made that mistake again.
I like this brush! It's very comfy.
It keeps your makeup frozen in time like a prehistoric fly preserved in amber. I generally don't use it for shoots because my shoots tend to take two hours or less and I don't move that much, but it's great for going out.
Carrying around my shit
For a long time I used this drawstring bag that opens up to be a circle so you never have to dig around for stuff. It's simple to pack up and machine washable, which is a big plus if you have OCD about germs like I do. There are cheaper versions available on Amazon, but I can't vouch for their quality.
A hanging toiletry case
I recently switched to a toiletry case so I have some semblance of organization and can hang it off of doors if I need to do a quick touchup in a bathroom while I'm out. Mine looks kind of like this one - two internal pockets that fold like a book.
And that's it! If you happen to be just starting out, know that I only started wearing makeup two years ago, when I started taking lingerie photos. I remember feeling intimidated and overwhelmed by endless options. But more important than reading reviews or hunting down the most perfect product is getting started in whatever way is comfortable to you.