Lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, foundation, bronzer, mascara, eyeliner, lip liner—there are a zillion beauty products on the market to choose from when it comes to making up your face every day. Amongst all of the highlighters, color palettes, and contour sets, most women have make up items they only use for special occasions—like false lashes—and others that they refuse to leave the house without, like lip gloss for instance.

Bella Sugar recently did a survey and they found the majority of women (37%) said mascara is their makeup mainstay and they’re never caught without it—probably because it’s a simple way to make the eyes pop. Coming in not far behind was concealer (34%), which we probably all know why; and on the low end of the spectrum was blush with most women saying they could totally go without a little rouge for their cheeks on a daily.

Forty percent of the site’s respondents said they use between four and six products on a regular basis, and another 28 percent use even more than that which means most ladies probably have a lot more than one makeup must-have when it comes to putting their best face forward. It seems if they had to decide though, a smooth complexion and long lashes would carry them through the day. (Thankfully we don’t have to choose!)

Which makeup item do you have to have on daily basis and which could you do without?



  • Kristen

    Concealer…I have dark circles under my eyes and it helps a lot. I don’t want to look tired all the time; especially at work lol.

  • omfg

    lipstick and lip gloss.

  • Noémie

    Black eyeliner!!

  • Bronze

    Mascara and foundation. An even complexion is high on my list. Love the make-up pic. Makes me want to buy yellow and fuscia eyeshadow.

  • http://www.cosmeticdiet.blogspot.com Joanne_

    i must have a lip balm, without it my lips are a chippy chappy mess and i can spend the whole day peeling them…not good. i can def do w/o everything else b/c when i have an “off” day i opt out of makeup entirely and go bare faced.

  • Lauren

    Lip gloss is a definite. And mascara makes my eyes pop.

  • http://www.niasoul.co.uk Nia

    Must HAVE = Foundation, Concealer (I like a clear complexion also), Eye Liner, Mascara, Brow Pencil (My brow are quite faint), Pressed Powder (For the oily T-Zone)

    Go Without = Bronzer, Blush, Lip gloss (I actually prefer Lip stick), Shadow, Highlighter, Lip Liner, ETC

  • Ms Monique

    BLUUUUUSH!!!! It’s a hell of a drug

  • http://www.naki-o.com Naki O

    BLACK Eyeliner for sure. multi-purpose.

  • http://dayandnightsocialite.com Ashleigh

    Mac pro longwear concealer, mascara, and eyeliner. All of the above.

  • soulfullyreal

    Daily basis- Foundation, Black eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss, usually a color in the berry family.

    Special occasions- Eye shadow, false lashes, lip stick.

    Never use- Blush. It might be that I just can’t apply it without looking like i’m in a high school play, but it just looks weird on my skin. I tried berry and peachy colors and it just doesn’t work for me.

  • charlotte

    eyebrow powder. i feel lost and naked without my eyebrows filled in.

  • OSHH

    lip balm if nothing else then mascara, eyeliner, and lip color.

  • Fit_MissC

    Lip gloss, black eyeliner, mascara & bronzer make up my 5 minute face routine which is necessary only on running around days and if I wake up too too late for work.

  • binks

    Lipstick and mascara are my go to products everything else is optional for me.

  • http://breakfastatkymmie.blogspot.com Kymmi

    daily 5 minute i need mascara, eyeliner and chapstick maybe with a tint or not but if I’m going all out. Primer, Foundation, lipstick, and eye lash curler. i shy away from eye shadow, bronzers, and blush because I don’t want to be oding on those items. LOL

  • Brandy

    @Charlotte: Ditto, Kiddo! lost and naked to the max without filled in brows!
    i also cant go without my bronzer, chapstick and mascara. everything else, can kick rocks, lol.

    Sidenote: i never “got” the women that would be anti-mascara. why would you NOT want your eyes to pop, if not anything else? :o/ anyone? lol.

  • Brandy

    @Charlotte: Ditto, Kiddo! lost and naked to the max without filled in brows!
    i also cant go without my bronzer, chapstick and mascara. everything else, can kick rocks, lol.

    Sidenote: i never “got” the women that would be anti-mascara. why would you NOT want your eyes to pop, if not anything else? :o/ anyone? lol. ..

  • http://deedeeonduty.blogspot.com/ Dee

    Lip gloss/lipstick. Instantly transforms from drab to fab.

  • Sticky-n-Sweet

    I don’t wear makeup everyday, but when I do, it MUST be mascara! Diorshow 360 changed my life.

  • insight

    Eye Shadow (LORAC (you can get from Sephora) looks AMAZING on brown skin, especially their lingerie colors..LORAC, Urban Decay are the only brands of eye shadows I get compliments on (and usually stay on my lids the entire day).
    Eye liner
    Mascara

    Chap stick or lip gloss (usually clear)

    I’ve been looking for the right lipstick and never found it. Every red I have found just looks wrong on me.

  • insight

    Try one of the blushes from Bare Minerals. They tend to have more subtle blushes.

  • insight

    And try out the “Vitamin E Face Mist” from the Body Shop after you apply your makeup. I swear by this now (My boyfriend thinks its weird, but…dont care)

    Its a setting spray, but for some reason, makes whatever makeup you are using look more expensive (It gives your face a glowing perfected look)!

  • Bridget

    lip gloss and lip balm

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    Lip Gloss

    Nars Easylover

    and Mascara for length.

  • Leonie UK

    Red lipstick by MAC and threaded brows, done and dusted for any event small or grand.

  • Nati

    BLACK LIQUID eyeliner!

  • http://www.carmenwjones.posterous.com carmen

    ditto

  • Cha Cha

    Tinted lip balm and gloss. I love my Covergirl Lipslicks.

    I don’t do much makeup on a daily basis. When I go out or I have an event to go to, I wear mascara, a little eye shadow and concealer.

  • So Over This Ish

    The model in that picture is gorgeous!

    Anyway, I don’t wear much makeup but here is what I like…

    mascara…either Maybelline Full n Soft or L’oreal Voluminous

    lip gloss…either Palladio herbal lip plumper or Revlon Colorburst gloss in Papaya

    blush…don’t need it because I have naturally pink cheeks

    eyeliner…Neutrogena liner in Spiced Chocolate

  • Melissa

    Mascara, lipgloss or lipstick.