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8 Essential Make-up Must-Haves for the On-The-Go Gal!

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In a never-ending battle to keep up with today’s hectic pace of society, women are looking for quick and effective ways to take care of their skin and look cute. I hear from my clients all the time, “I want to look nice, but I just do not have the time to spend more than 10 minutes in the bathroom….” Great news! With the right essentials, even the busiest on-the-go gal can have a head-turning put-together look in no time at all with these 8 Essential make-up must-haves:

1. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF

EltaMD UV Daily Moisturizer with SPF Tinted Face Sunscreen with Hyaluronic Acid, Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Face Sunscreen Moisturizer, Non greasy, Sheer Lotion, Mineral-Based Sun Protection, 1.7 oz
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 40 coverage ensures this tinted face sunscreen protects you from the sun and acts as a daily face sunscreen for your everyday skin care needs
  • EltaMD UV Daily face moisturizer with SPF contains hyaluronic acid to help keep your skin soft by retaining moisture for a smoother feel.
  • Gently nourish your skin with this hydrating sunscreen face lotion to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier
  • Key sunscreen ingredients like hyaluronic acid provide instant hydration to your dry skin and lock in moisture in this tinted sunscreen for face lotion.
  • EltaMD UV Daily tinted mineral sunscreen lotion is manufactured in the United States and helps protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays to keep your skin healthy

Protection from the sun is a must, and a tinted moisturizer with an SPF is a perfect “Dash-out-the-door” solution! Although it is lighter in weight than a traditional foundation, this easy step will protect and even out your skin tone.

I suggest using a moisturizer that not only is fast-absorbing but also contains antioxidants such as green tea and grape seed extracts. These ingredients will help to nourish those delicate skin cells that can be easily damaged due to our hectic lifestyles.

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2. Cream Eye Color

Mary Kay Cream Eye Color ~ Beach Blonde
  • Eye Color
  • Waterproof, crease-proof and long-earing
  • Lasts for up to 10 hours
  • .15 Oz

I LOVE cream eye color because it is the ultimate must-have for “on-the-go” looks! It is also great for the gal who finds it challenging to apply eye color because all you do is put the color on your lid. If you mess up a little, it is forgiving and can be easily blended.

Another perk is cream eye color is for women of all ages, so just be sure the product guarantees it will not settle in the creases of your eyes. I happen to use one that is long-lasting and can double as an eye primer! I recommend getting a brush to apply (I know of some that are only $10), or you can use your finger.  Oh, and did I mention it is waterproof?!

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3. Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Washable Mascara, Blackest Black, 0.32 fl; Oz; (Packaging May Vary)
  • Lash Sensational, For A Full Fan Effect: Exclusive fanning mascara brush with ten layers of bristles reveals layers of lashes for a sensational full-fan effect; Add the look of length and volume without clumping; Ophthalmologist tested, contact lens safe
  • Define Your Eye With Mascara: No eye look is complete without Maybelline Mascara--amp up the drama with The Falsies Mascara, keep it classic with the iconic Maybelline Great Lash, or go for a smooth, clump-free natural-but-better look with Snapscara
  • Maybelline Is The Eye Expert: Whatever your signature eye look, whether natural or dramatic, Maybelline helps create looks that draw eyes; With a broad array of pencil and liquid eyeliners, highly pigmented eyeshadows, iconic mascara, and eyebrow makeup
  • Maybelline has what you need to create any look: foundation, bb cream, concealer and highlighter to create a perfect canvas, eyeshadow, brow pencils and eyeliner for any eye look and lip products, from show stopping matte lipstick to au natural lip balms
  • Remove Maybelline Makeup With Micellar Water: Use Garnier Micellar Water as a gentle makeup remover at night, and as a facial cleanser in the morning to prep skin for Maybelline makeup

Mascara is a great on-the-go product that will make you look “done up” without much effort. Be sure to use a good quality product to prevent your lashes from becoming brittle and break and will last all day. It’s a good idea to use a waterproof formula for those of us who tend to shed a little when we get excited! Again, using a brush is the best way to avoid clumps.

Application tip: Start at the base of the lashes and move the brush back and forth, side to side, to create thicker, fuller lashes!

4. Lip Gloss/Lip Stick

REVLON Super Lustrous The Gloss, 5 Piece Lipgloss Gift Set, Non-sticky High Shine Color in Cream & Pearl Finishes, Pack of 5
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REVLON Super Lustrous The Gloss, 5 Piece Lipgloss Gift Set, Non-sticky High Shine Color in Cream & Pearl Finishes, Pack of 5
  • 5 PIECE MULTI FINISH LIP GLOSS KIT includes 215 Supernatural (Nude/Brown cream finish), 205 Snow Pink (Pink pearl finish), 203 Lean In (Pink pearl finish), 210 Pinkissimo (Pink pearl finish), and 270 Indulge In It (Plum/Berry cream finish)
  • SHINE AND DECADENT MOISTURE. High shine, non-sticky lip gloss with all the color and hydration you crave
  • SMOOTHING AND HYDRATING INGREDIENTS: Our lightweight, moisturizing lip gloss formula contains agave, moringa oil, and cupuacu butter that feels amazing on lips
  • EASY APPLICATION. Our oversized applicator with reservoir tip bathes lips in a generous layer of glossy shine
  • FIND YOUR PERFECT LIP KIT: Our most iconic lipstick is available in matte, cream, and pearl finishes, plus a glossy shine lip gloss. Discover the new Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Kits, exclusively sold on Amazon

It doesn’t take much to make you feel like you are “put together” without spending hours in the bathroom, and lip gloss/lipstick is a great tool to use. Adding a quick application will help you that “little something extra” without taking a ton of time!

So I have talked about the make-up must-haves for the on-the-go-gal, but if you apply make-up, you MUST remove it. Sleeping in your make-up is terrible for your skin and can age you! The remaining must-haves are to help you minimize your time at night in the bathroom and are a bare minimum requirement to ensure you continue to have perfect skin.

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5. Eye Make-up Remover

Marcelle Gentle Eye Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes, 5 Ounce Bottle
  • GENTLE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER: Our dual-phase formula is ultra-gentle & easily removes waterproof & long-lasting eye & lip makeup. Ideal for sensitive eyes & contact lens wearers.
  • FOR SENSITIVE EYES: Enriched with cucumber extract, this non-irritating makeup remover soothes & refreshes the delicate eye area. 100% hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist & dermatologist-tested.
  • BEST FACE FORWARD: With serums, primers, highlighters, bronzers, & powders we have a full line of skincare & makeup to help you build a foundation for any look, all formulated without irritants or harsh additives.
  • MAKE UP & SKINCARE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: Marcelle has a full line of hypoallergenic, fragrance-free make up & skincare, including foundation, BB & CC creams, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, bronzer, & more!
  • BEAUTY WITHOUT COMPROMISE: Marcelle has been manufacturing quality skin care & cosmetics for over 100 years. All of our products are hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, & fragrance free.

This is one of my absolute favorite products and is a must-have for the quick removal of your eye make-up. I recommend gels over lotions because they are thicker and therefore they don’t leak into your eyes.

Since gels are thicker than lotion, I also recommend the use of cotton balls to avoid getting the product into your eyes. The other option is to purchase an eye make-up remover containing a cleansing agent, which will help dissolve any remaining residue after removing your eye makeup.

Use eye make-up remover rather than soap or a cleanser since the eye is a delicate area. Soap will strip the natural oils from your skin and can result in water-line irritation.

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6. Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser | Moisturizing Non-Foaming Face Wash with Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides and Glycerin | 16 Fluid Ounce
  • [ DAILY FACE WASH ] Gentle cleansing lotion with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin to help hydrate skin without stripping moisture. Removes face makeup, dirt, and excess oil, provides 24-hour hydration and leaves a moisturized, non-greasy feel.
  • [ NON-FOAMING CLEANSER ] Moisturizing facial cleanser with a lotion-like consistency feels smooth as it cleanses, even on sensitive, dry skin. Paraben-free, fragrance-free, soap-free, non-comedogenic, non-drying, and non-irritating. Certified by the National Eczema Association
  • [ ESSENTIAL CERAMIDES ] Ceramides are found naturally in the skin and make up 50% of the lipids in the skin barrier. All CeraVe products are formulated with three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) to help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier
  • [ DERMATOLOGIST RECOMMENDED ] CeraVe Skincare is developed with dermatologists and has products suitable for dry skin, sensitive skin, oily skin, acne-prone, and more
  • [ MULTI-USE SKINCARE ] Skin Cleanser for face and/or body and can be used as a hand wash. Suitable for daily cleansing morning (AM) and night (PM)

I know some products out there say they can remove your makeup for you; but if you want beautiful skin, you need to be proactive. That means removing make-up AT LEAST once at night, and more often if necessary.

During the day, if I am wearing make-up, I usually use a cleansing cloth that will remove my make-up, cleanse my face at the same time, and exfoliate. These are great if you are pressed for time, but I always prefer to have a cleanser just to ensure any remaining products are removed properly. If you can, use a cleanser that is refreshing and contains glycolic acid.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how much make-up you put on. If you haven’t taken care of your skin, your make-up will not look good. Thus cleansing is a must-have for your make-up bag! Be sure to pick the correct cleanser for your skin type (i.e., combo/oily; normal/dry).

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7. Eye Cream

LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream - 2-Month Supply - Made in USA, Eye Cream for Dark Circles and Puffiness, Under Eye Cream, Anti Aging Eye Cream, Improve the look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Rosehip and Hibiscus Botanicals - 1.7oz (1-Pack)
  • 🧬 POWERFUL REJUVENATION. All-in-one Eye Cream absorbs quickly to rejuvenate the delicate eye area for bright, lifted, youthful looking eyes. Our multi-tasking formula helps reinforce and firm the look of skin; minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and lock in moisture.
  • 🌺 ADVANCED BOTANICAL FORMULA. Light yet nourishing cream pampers and protects delicate skin with a carefully chosen blend of restorative botanicals and antioxidants including Provitamin A and B5, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E, Rosehip Seed Oil, and Hibiscus Flower and Rosemary Leaf Extract.
  • 🪄LASTING RESULTS. Our Eye Cream gives eyes complete anti-aging moisturizing protection all day and night. Addresses the most common frustrations associated with aging skin around the eyes (dark circles, puffiness, loss of firmness, sagging skin, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and dryness).
  • 💯 SAFE AND SENSITIVE. Ideal for all skin types and safe even for sensitive or reactive skin. Simply pat gently around eyes and on orbital eye bone twice a day for a refreshing boost to tired skin that helps lift, tone, plump, and reinvigorate!
  • 🌿 CLEAN. NATURAL. AND FREE OF. All-natural, vegan ingredients. Made in the USA with no artificial fragrances or colors, and free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, SLS, SLES, and petroleum. And we never have nor ever will test on animals.

Our eye area is the first place we show our age, so why not halt that aging by using an eye cream. There are many eye creams out there, and I recommend starting early in life to prevent the early signs of aging (Yes, I’m talking to you early 20 somethings!).

Obviously, when you are in your 20’s you only need a basic cream that will do away with those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. For those of us over 30, I recommend using a “triple threat” eye cream; one that firms, brightens, and attacks the fine lines.

Application tip: Use your ring finger and pat, not rub, the cream under your eye to prevent pulling in the delicate eye area.

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8. Moisturizer

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer, Oil-Free Face Cream with Niacinamide
  • Face moisturizer for sensitive skin
  • Formulated with Glycerin, La Roche Posay Prebiotic thermal water and essential ceramides
  • Paraben free, fragrance free

Moisturizer is a must-have, and luckily it takes all of 20 seconds to apply it! Follow your cleansing with a moisturizer to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth! Remember, this moisturizer is for your face and not for your eyes. The skin around your eye is so delicate that you cannot use the same product for both.  You should have a separate moisturizer for each area.


There! Now you have the 8 must-have make-up items for you on-the-go-gals! Not only can you feel beautiful in a short amount of time, but you won’t have a make-up bag full of items you’ll likely never use (or, as I like to call them, “graveyard beauty products”). Whether you are heading to work or play, these steps will ensure that your skin is healthy and glowing underneath all that make-up, making your skin the true head-turner.

Last update on 2021-10-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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