Creating a Makeup Capsule Wardrobe

The blogging world has gone a bit crazy for capsule wardrobes so I thought why not create one for makeup? I'm not saying to go all Marie Kondo and bin the rest of your collection but it's handy to keep your core makeup products separate to everything else so if you're ever packing in a rush, you always know what to reach for.

A Summer-Proof Base

I think everyone needs in their collection a base of some sort that isn't going to melt into a shiny mess at the first sign of hot weather, isn't going to break you out and won't feel heavy on the skin.

My Pick: Cover FX Anti-Blemish Mattifying BB Gel* | £35 | Every time I go on holiday to somewhere hot; this comes back out! It feels so weightless on the skin but really evens out my skin tone and gives a nice, flawless appearance. It is a matte base but isn't drying whilst simultaneously keeping the shine at bay. It's one of the only products that's still in place after a long day in the heat, so it's essential for me. Plus the shade G Medium-Deep is spot-on for me.

A Light, Hydrating Base

On the flip side, for winter it's important to have an everyday base that's going to keep your skin feeling hydrated and looking healthy and glowing.

My Pick: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser | £29.50 | I wore this pretty much every single day from October through to March this past winter! It's like 'my skin but better' in a tube; it's such natural, skin-like coverage. It isn't overly dewy but, true to its name, makes the skin look radiant and healthy during the colder months. Like I mentioned with the Cover FX, this also has such a light texture but makes the skin look flawless.

A Medium-Full Coverage Base

Finally for bases, I'd definitely recommend a fuller-coverage option to wear during the evenings, on nights out or just any time that you want a little something extra.

My Pick: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation | £31 | This is my favourite because you can sheer it out to a medium coverage or build it up effortlessly into full coverage. This is my perfect satin base; not too matte, not dewy and something that makes my skin glow without the shine. I can pack this when I travel and know it will work for day or night and I can trust it to last on my skin.

A Complete Coverage Concealer 

A no-brainer really! Any makeup collection needs a concealer that can cover up a multitude of sins and will work both under the eyes on dark circles and to conceal blemishes and redness.

My Pick: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | £17.50 | I'm not sure how this took the top spot as my #1 concealer; I guess it was a gradual takeover, however I rarely use anything else these days. I find the texture so lightweight yet the coverage is incredible. It's hydrating enough for under the eyes (so doesn't cake at all) but still long-wearing enough to use on blemishes. It never looks heavy yet always covers what I need it to.

An Under-Eye Brightener

Ok, this one really depends on how bad your dark circles are, so if you're genetically blessed you can skip this (and I curse you!) For me, brightening the under-eye area is essential - it's all very well covering up the darkness but it's a highlighting product that's going to make you look radiant.

My Pick: YSL Touche Eclat | £25 | Of course my #1 pick is the classic Touche Éclat. I actually use one of the shades in this as opposed to the original 'universal' version as it just suits my skin tone better. It adds that brightness to under my eyes and it's a life-save during the day when I'm looking a bit tired; it's like 8 hours of sleep in a pen!

A Compact Powder

Whether it's to set your under-eye concealer in place, give a bit of coverage or to keep your t-zone free of shine, there's a place in every makeup collection for a handbag-friendly compact powder.

My Pick: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural | £24 | I pretty much never use anything else at the moment! This gives a little bit of coverage and is actually quite a radiant powder, despite matting down any shine on my face. It never looks caky or flat but helps keep the greasiness at bay and hold everything in place.

Your Perfect Highlighting Shade

This is totally personal but as a general rule: pale skin tones suit pinky-pearl shades, champagne looks great on light skin, gold tones work well for olive complexions and bronze shades are perfect for deeper skin tones. Whatever the shade is, find something that compliments your skin tone and looks natural but gives you that glow. Personally, I favour powder formulas however it's up to you and depends on your skin type! If you're dry-skinned you might want to consider a cream or liquid formula.

My Pick: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop | £32 | Personally the golden-champagne-peach of this highlighter is perfect for my skin tone. However I really recommend Becca highlighters in general because they cater to so many complexions; from the almost-white Pearl to the very deep bronze Topaz, so you'd be hard-pressed not to find something that suits you in their range. Becca highlighters especially are so smooth and easy to blend. They're a powder formula but don't sit on the skin at all and give a high-impact, dewy highlight without any glitter.

A Blusher That Goes With Everything

For those busy weekday mornings you definitely need a blusher you can grab without even really having to think about it. The formula should be effortless to apply and blend out to a natural finish and the colour should be something that goes with whatever makeup look you've created.

My Pick: Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love | £25 | Although it doesn't look like much in the pan, it has to be one of my most-used blushers for the precise reason that I know I can throw it in my makeup bag when I'm travelling or grab it when I have 10 minutes to do my makeup and I just *know* it will do the job! Although it has a slight sheen, once applied it is essentially matte in finish. It has what I like to call a 'good crumbly' texture that just makes it blend out effortlessly and last without ever going patchy. The shade itself is a sort of peachy-nude-mauve that goes with everything from a bold red lip to a muted brown nude look.

A Not-Too-Orange Warm Matte Bronzer

When you want a bit of warmth and subtle definition that isn't as much work as contouring, a matte bronzer is essential. You're going to want something that blends out like a dream, isn't going to be too pigmented and has a very natural look on the skin.

My Pick: Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed | £20 | I'd definitely recommend just opting for what suits your skin tone, though if you can find that within this range then definitely opt for this amazing formula! It's got such a beautiful texture and never looks like too much yet gives my face dimension. I find it so quick and easy to apply and it never seems to go patchy on my skin. The colour itself is definitely warm (so not really a contour shade) but isn't orange on me.

A Super-Quick Cream Eyeshadow

Another one for those mornings when you have approximately 30 minutes between your alarm going off and you needing to be out of the door! I honestly don't know how I'd survive without cream eyeshadow (gross exaggeration but you get the picture). Whenever I'm in a rush or just want something that's going to stay in place and not feel like too much effort; I reach for a cream stick or pot. For your Makeup Capsule wardrobe you'll want to pick a shade that goes with most of the makeup looks you tend to wear.

My Pick: Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze | £4.99 | I honestly think this eyeshadow is the best £5 I've ever spent! I just reach for this so much; whether it's for a day at the beach when I want something fuss-free that I know won't budge in the heat or I'm in a mad rush and want something that looks multidimensional on the eyes but only takes one swipe to apply. It's the longest-wearing, most opaque cream eyeshadow I've ever tried and the shade is just perfection; it's a not-too-warm, not-too-cool bronze-brown. It has a very subtle metallic sheen that isn't at all glittery or greasy. It goes with any neutral makeup look and that's what I tend to opt for.

An Everyday Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

Another obvious one but if you're streamlining your collection there has to be a neutral eyeshadow palette in the mix! It goes without saying that it's worth investing in a great formula that's going to be pigmented, smooth and apply with minimal effort, as well as lasting you all day.

My Pick: Too Faced Natural Eye Palette | £32 | This palette is so underrated! Everyone raves about Too Faced palettes in general but this understated product always seems to be skipped over. It may not be the most exciting set of eyeshadows at a glance, however you can see how much I've used this! The colours are just so wearable for everyday and it can work for a neutral smoky eye as well. I cannot rave about the formula enough; these are some of the best mattes I've ever tried. There's no chunks of glitter or chalkiness, just beautiful eyeshadows I know I can rely on! My go-to look is Honey Pot (8 - a bright gold shimmer) as an inner-corner highlight, Push Up (5 - a rosy brown shimmer) across the lid, Cashmere Bunny (2- a warm mid-tone taupe-brown matte) as a transition and Sexpresso (3 - a deeper, more charcoal-toned brown matte) to add more depth to the crease.

An Eyeliner

I won't be too prescriptive about this because people like all different kinds of liners. Some people love smudged-out kohl, whereas I love the precise flick of winged liner. Whatever it is you prefer; invest in a product that you know will work for you on an every-single-day basis.

My Pick: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black | £13 | If you're also a fan of winged liner then I can't recommend this enough! It has such a precise point that doesn't fray or bend out of shape over time. It has a very inky, pigmented black formula that doesn't dry down too matte. I find this lasts me for ages before it dries up and I use it every single day! Best of all it doesn't smudge or transfer and genuinely does ensure my flicks stay all day.

A Day-to-Evening Mascara

Mascara is another hugely personal product so whether you favour length over volume or a fibre brush over plastic; you really only need one mascara in your collection because they dry up so quickly. I personally opt for a build-able formula that isn't too much for during the day but can be built up to have amazing impact for an evening eye look.

My Pick: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Intense Black | £7.99 | No surprises here! If I had to throw out every mascara I own and never use another one ever again then I'd opt to keep hold of this. It has a plastic wand that grips onto even the tiniest lashes and coats them in product. It gives me incredible length and curl but also that nice bit of clump-free volume. You can build this up without it getting messing, which is another reason why I love it so much. It doesn't smudge or flake and the curl lasts me all day.

A Brow Product That Always Does the Job

Some brow products look great some days and rubbish the next or require a lot of effort to make them look good. Whilst there's always a place for dramatic brows; for a capsule wardrobe I'd recommend picking a product that you know will do the job every single day no matter what.

My Pick: Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil & Brush | £8 | I'm just going to come out and say it: I think I prefer this to the Anastasia Brow Wiz! There's not much between them but I just find the texture of this a little bit better for creating a soft, natural look. I love how the pencil is so fine and you just twist it up so you don't have to worry about sharpening the point constantly to avoid a heavy-handed look. It isn't too warm in tone, which is often the case with cheaper products in limited shades but also isn't overly grey. It has that perfect consistency that means it always works for me; it's never too much and never seems to look fake. It also doesn't smudge or rub away during the day.

A Matte Nude Lip

Of course the shade itself depends on your colouring but for me a go-to matte nude lip is essential! Whether it's a pinky-peach or a rich brown; find a shade that works for you and it will be that lip colour you can always reach for when in doubt.

My Pick: MAC Matte Lipstick in Taupe | £15.50 | This is my perfect matte nude lip; it's a medium-deep warm caramel brown that stands out on me but is still close enough to my natural skin tone. I find the formula to be creamy, non-drying and long-wearing but still a true matte finish. 

A Sheer Lip

Everyone needs one of those lip shades they can grab when they're halfway out of the door that can be applied on the train without a mirror! Ok maybe not exactly that, but it's always handy to have something you can keep in your handbag and know it will go with everything.

My Pick: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal | £19 | This is pricey but I honestly use it SO much that it's well worth the cost! It also gets bonus points because the formula is so hydrating that you can skip your usual lip balm. Essentially it's a tinted balm but it's actually really pigmented compared to others that I've tried. The colour itself is a natural rosy pink.

A Bold Lip

Of cours there has to a more evening-appropriate option in there and I find a bold lip can really pull together your look. Everyone suits different shades, though red is a good shout and there are so many variations and undertones that your perfect shade is out there *somewhere*. I'd generally recommend a matte formula to prevent transfer and smudging.

My Pick: Ofra Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Miami Fever | $20 | This shade has been an obsession of mine, especially during the Summer for evening wear. It leans more towards orange than red, which is maybe why it suits me when so many other reds don't! It's just a stunning shade, especially if your complexion is quite warm. I probably rate the shade more than the formula, though it's still pretty good. It's a matte-finish liquid lipstick that's not too drying when first applied but I'd recommend using a lip balm before re-applying. The 'long-lasting' claim is definitely true though so you won't need to touch it up unless you're wearing it for more than 6 hours.

What are your essentials for a makeup capsule wardrobe?

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  1. Such a great makeup capsule, Jasmine! :) I also have some products that I know I will always rely on when I'm in rush doing my makeup or just need to pack fro holidays. Too Faced Baby Love is one of my all time favourite blushes as well, it just goes with everything. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  2. the whole collection is amazing! i know i'd see nars tinted moisturizer up there. i'm kind of surprised by the blush but i'd love to swatch it in person. i agree with not too orange bronze shade. or just pick those brontour ones. it could be a great substitute for eyeshadow too.

    1. Haha 'brontour' is a great phrase which I'm now going to introduce into my vocabulary! xx

  3. That's so nice!
    I do have a make up capsule wardrobe too! Just my favourite stuff, I can't live without.

    xoxo, Colli

  4. Awesome post, the Makeup Capsule Wardrobe is such a great concept! I really liked some of your picks and I'll definitely look into some of them. I think I'll definitely get around to making my own makeup capsule one of these days.

    Stephii Mattea xx

  5. That's such a great idea! It is best to keep your trusty makeup products all together so whenever you need them, you don't need to look for them and also which means you won't be over packing :) Miami fever is gorgeous! x

    Ela BellaWorld

    1. Agreed - there have been so many times I've found myself packing in a rush or in the middle of the night/exhausted so it's handy to always know what I can reach for that's fail-safe! xx

  6. I agree it's good to have your go to products ready to go if you just need to grab them. The TooFace Natural Eyes palette is just a gorgeous one, love the mix of shades although I probably have them in my collection somewhere x

    Beauty with charm

  7. Thank you for putting up these beautiful items together, Jasmine! My collection isn't as big, so I can say they're already capsule-like? Though I agree I need to tone down on the eyeshadows, I have too many.

    Selene Addicted

  8. I really need to narrow down my makeup collection - I have so many products I don't use x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  9. It's such a great idea to have your go-to products ready for when you need them. Too Faced Baby Love is slowly overshadowing Tarte Exposed as my favorite blush. I have overlooked the Too Faced Natural Eyes pallette in the past. Now that I've seen swatches of the palette it looks like a great selection of essential eyeshadows.

    JoJo | mademoisellejosee

    1. We must have similar taste in nude blushers because I love Exposed too! xx

  10. Oh this is such a great post! I love all of your picks, as usual. I just recently got the Touche Eclat and I'm sooooo obsessed with it. I got it to replace my Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher, which is too dark for me (yes the lightest shade is too dark! I'm so white haha).


  11. I love all of your picks. It's so important to have your go to never fail makeup seperated so that you don;t have to dig through your collection to find it. I personally love the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer you mentioned. It has the perfect amount of coverage and has never failed me for an event or when I want to look flawless.



  12. Totally agree about the mascara - it's such a winner! And Becca really does have such a great variety of shades (and formulas!) in their highlighter range - I love them! I'd have to add a brow gel to my capsule, too (obsessed with a tinted one from NYX lately!)

    She Likes to Shop

    1. I know right there's definitely something for everyone! xx

  13. I definitely think the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette would make it into mine too! So handy and just the right mix of shades and matte/shimmers! Estée Lauder Double Wear would have to be there too!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  14. Great post! I'd have to think long & hard about which products would be in my capsule wardrobe! xx

    Beautylymin| Kat Von D Contour Palette & brush Giveaway

  15. I really like the idea of this and definitely pack like this for going away!
    Philippa x

  16. There are so many of my favourites in this post, loved reading it. xx


  17. I love the ideas of this! I think mine would have to incluse the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette because it had a variety of warm colours and a Nude Rimmel Only One Lipstick as that's always in my handbag x


  18. What a great lineup! I'm also a huge fan of the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette- so versatile! And I have to check out that Cover FX BB Cream, since it's good for warm weather and oily skin! You also can't go wrong with Champagne Pop :)



  19. All of the Two-Faced products are my favorite! Thanks for sharing. :)

  20. I love the idea of this! Although I don't have enough makeup to actually have to create a capsule wardrobe but I like to keep my essentials separate and easy to reach for x


  21. This was such a good post idea! There are so many products here i haven't tired. Really need to try Too Faced shadows. The urban decay concealer is a staple of mine too. Taupe is such a pretty shade, although its more of bold colour on me, but i still love it xx

    LPage Beauty

  22. The eyeshadow colours are stunning Jasmine! The UD concealer is my fav too mainly because it's so lightweight.

    Abigail Alice x

    1. Yeah it never feels heavy but always does the job! xx

  23. This is perfect! I'd prob sub in a gloss for the sheer lip, but otherwise I think you nailed it :)

  24. This is such a good idea - I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe! And you have some lovely items!

    Charlotte x

  25. This is such a great idea for a post, Jasmine! I used to love Becca Champagne Pop too until I got my hands on Laura Geller illuminator in shade Ballerina. It looks so natural on my skin and it's like I literally am glowing from within and I haven't been reaching for Champagne Pop ever since.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  26. I am desperate to try the Naked Skin concealer, I've heard amazing things about it!

    Tia | The 10am Blog

  27. Love the idea of this, I am a makeup newbie (or just terrible at finding makeup that works for me) and having a go to simple kit is an amazing idea!

    1. It's a great way to begin your makeup collection too :) xx

  28. Such a cool idea...I don't think I could do it though. I have a pretty concise collection now and I actually love using something different each day...I only use the same thing if I REALLY love it right then lol! xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

  29. I looove your picks! It is really so useful to have all your go-to make up ready!
    I love this too faced blush as well, such a flattering shade!
    Katerina xx
    P.S. Kate | http://p-s-kate.blogspot.gr/

  30. Thank you for your comments - I really hope you found this post helpful :) xx

  31. I love the idea of this! But I know I couldn't go through with it. I'm far too attached to everything, for no reason what so ever!

    Jaynie Shannon | Beauty & Lifestyle


  32. I've never totally looked into MAC Taupe but oh my is it beautiful!! This is a great way for those who are either beginning or trying to downsize their collection as it strips it down to the bare basics!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

  33. I love this post, it is such a great idea!
    I wouldn't be able to narrow it down but i think my ultimate foundation would be the Marc Jacobs Remarcable foundation because it is a lovely formula and can double as a concealer!

    Danielle xx

  34. I have a little bag like this for an everyday look now, but with my alex drawers its so easy just to use those instead, so after a year of doing a capsule collection I am back to just using my full stash :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. Personally, I have a separate set of drawers for my weekly rotation which is what I use and switch up regularly so I can grab for it quickly whilst also using everything. For me thought's also essential to have my absolute go-tos as I travel so much! xx

  35. I loved this post! I guess I've got a similar thing going on as I have my main every day makeup on my dresser in muji drawers, and the rest in my chest of drawers. I think I could easily streamline my base, bronzer and brows, but could never settle on things like highlight, blush, eyeshadow and lips. I like to mix things up a lot!

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

  36. Awesome makeup capsule! The idea of the capsule kind of confused me at first but I love the overall idea! By the way, already commented on a few of your other posts, but I just love your overall esthetic for your blog!

    xoxo Olivia

  37. I love the Fresh lip balms so much but have yet to find a cruelty-free dupe for them. The colors are so natural and the formula is top notch - never a dry lip with these around!

    1. I love the colours and the formula so much! xx

  38. Loved this! I really must try the Nars Sheer Glow. It's been on my wishlist for ages :)

    Rachel | Beauty and the Bird


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