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When I was a teenager, I used to buy crazy makeup all the time: purple and green eye shadows, dark matte lipsticks, funky colored mascaras, and sticky lipglosses in fluorescent pinks. I rarely wore them, but I liked looking at all the pretty packaging sitting on my bathroom counter.
Now that I've stopped buying things I don't use, I've made peace with the fact that I'll always prefer the no-makeup makeup look. Call me boring, but at least it only takes me a minute to get ready in the mornings.
The truly minimalist version of my makeup routine is to apply concealer and use a cheek tint on my cheeks and lips. I curl my lashes since I have stick-straight Asian lashes, but I don't wear mascara. I usually take this 3-piece kit on travels.
We all know about capsule wardrobes, so when I heard about capsule makeup collections, I realized I have one. I've used some of the same natural, non-toxic products for years.
1. Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 - I've been using this mineral foundation since high school and I always go back to it. It's pressed so it doesn't make a mess like the loose mineral powders. I just pop a new refill in the metal rose gold compact when I run out, but each pan will last at least half a year. This gives you light coverage, or you can build it for medium coverage. (I don't use liquid foundation because it's not great for my pores, and I become a shiny mess after a few hours of wear anyway.)
2. Jane Iredale Handi Brush - I use this vegan brush to apply the PurePressed powder. It can also be used to apply bronzers.
3. RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up Concealer - A coconut oil-based concealer that I apply with my ring finger.
4. Tweezerman ProLash Curler - This eyelash curler works well with my eye shape, which is round at the top. In recent years, I had the hardest time finding refill pads. Companies now recommend buying a new curler every six months so they're not selling refill pads anymore. Sounds like a money grab. This curler is metal and has no springs, so it'll keep working just fine. I was able to find quality refills from Shiseido, who also makes great eyelash curlers. They just don't suit my eye shape. If your top eyelids are less curved, the Shiseido eyelash curler might work better for you.
5. Hynt Beauty Eye Liner - A smooth black or brown eyeliner that I can quickly smudge for a natural look.
6. Burt's Bees Nourishing Mascara - I had given up on finding a good natural (and inexpensive) mascara that won't weigh down my curled Asian lashes back to their natural pin-straight state, but recently, I tried this, and it's decent. Since it's beeswax-based, it holds the curls fairly well. It is kind of clumpy though, so I do have to wipe it down with a tissue before applying. I wear mascara only once in a while, so this is not a huge bother for me.
7. Jane Iredale Highlighter Pencil White/Pink with Sharpener - I use the white side of this jumbo pencil to highlight in inner corners of my eyes and on my cupid's bow. It can also be used to highlight the cheeks and eyebrows, as can the pink side. If you want, you can also use the pink for a long-lasting eyeshadow in a pinch.
9. Bobbi Brown Blush Brush - This top-rated brush works really well to deposit color on my big cheeks. The material of the brush is not listed, but I read somewhere that it is goat hair.
10. Lily Lolo Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo - I know that no amount of contouring on my chubby cheeks will ever give me the chiseled look, but when I'm feeling fancy, I do like to wear bronzer and highlighting shimmer to add dimension to my face. The bronzer brush I have from Sephora seems to be discontinued. Perhaps try a green beauty version from Alima Pure or use the Jane Iredale brush I listed as #2 to work double duty.
11. Kjaer Weis Lipstick - While my makeup collection is pretty skimpy on eye and cheek makeup, I do have 7 lipsticks. 3 of them are from Kjaer Weis, the colors "Adore," "KW Red," and "Love." Their packaging is sustainable because you can just buy the lipstick refills that screw in.
12. Antonym Certified Organic Eyeshadow Quattro - I have this palette in "To the Moon and Back" for the times I want to do a smokey eye. I also have the HAN All Natural Eyeshadow in "Sunset," which is a shimmery peach champagne color that's all the rage with K pop stars right now.
I don't have recommendations for a natural eyebrow pencil/powder because I have ombré brows, which are semi-permanent tattoos that last up to two years. It makes my life so much easier because I was never good at drawing in my brows.
I also don't like to wear liquid eyeliner, but Detox Market should have you covered with any other green makeup needs.
Check out my DIY for making your own lip and cheek palette.