Buying makeup can be tricky. Some formulas and colours work well with certain skin types and skin tones, while others may not entirely agree with you. However, drugstore and high-end makeup brands have been expanding their product selection to effectively cater to individual skin types with multifunctional products so here are a few vanity essentials for you to grab this summer.


Option 1: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or an equal combination of both, a primer can make all the difference to your makeup application. To avoid clumpy foundation on any dry patches, the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer is a great product to hydrate your skin and fill in pores to provide a smooth and seamless foundation application. Given that drier skin is prone to redness, this primer also helps to color correct by reducing redness with its bluish tint.

Option 2: Mac Prep & Prime Skin Base Visage

To manage the summertime greasiness while still maintaining a dewy glow,  MAC’s Prep and Prime Skin Face Visage refreshes the skin, removes excess oil, and evens out complexion.

Prep and Prime

Option 3: Born To Glow by NYX

For combination skin, you can apply a matte primer to the oily parts of your skin, while sticking to a moisturizing primer or natural oil for your drier areas. To give your skin an extra boost, many brands are also creating primers with radiant, illuminating benefits for a natural looking highlight.

Nyx Born To Glow

Colour Corrector and Concealer:

Option 1: NYX Color Correcting Concealer

Colour correcting is a prominent trend this year with affordable brands, like NYX cosmetics, that have created all in one colour correcting palettes to correct the discolouration of any problem area with six versatile shades.

Option 2: Too Faced Born This Way Concealers

 The new Too Faced Born This Way concealers are also great for perfecting complexion. The wide selection of cool and warm tones help to brighten up the under eye, conceal blemishes, and can also be used for highlighting and contouring.


Option: All-In-One Face Base

 Choosing the right foundation for your skin can be difficult. Depending on the texture of your skin, The Body Shop carries an All-In-One Face Base powder foundation that uniquely works for both dry and oily skin types. The dual-purpose powder comes in eight different shades and can be used dry to blot oily skin, or wet to add moisture and more coverage.

Blush, Contour and Highlight: 

Option 1: Tarte Limited Edition Kiss & Blush Cream, Cheek & Lip Palette

To warm up the cheeks and lips, Tarte Cosmetics released a limited edition, universal kiss & blush cream, cheek & lip palette with six wearable shades to blend in with any skin tone. This palette includes a pearly highlight that you can also apply to the center of your lips for the appearance of a fuller pout. The creamy and buttery consistency makes the product easy to blend on the cheeks and is super hydrating for the lips. 

Tarte Limited Edition Kiss & Blush Cream, Cheek & Lip Palette

Option 2: Maybeline FaceStudio Master Contour Face Contouring Kit

Maybeline’s 3-in-1 FaceStudio Master Contouring Kit comes with a cool brown shade to chisel your cheekbones or to use as a all over bronzer, a soft blush to give warmth to your cheeks, and a champagne shimmering highlighter to accentuate your cheekbones and provide a natural glow to the highest points of your face. This compact palette also comes with an angled brush to apply the product effectively.

Maybeline FaceStudio Master Contour Face Contouring Kit


Option 1: The Nubian 12pcs Eyeshadow Collection and Option 2: Morphe 350-35 Colour Pallete

Brands like Juvia and Morphe have created pigmented, versatile eyeshadow palettes that include a variety of colors and textures. Juvia’s Nubian 12pcs Eyeshadow collection has a selection of neutral mattes that work well as transition shades and shimmery bronze colors that can also be used to highlight the face. These neutrals range from a light taupe to a deep charcoal to master any look for any skin tone

Bold Lips:

“Drug Lord” and “Weirdo” by Jeffery Star Cosmetics are incredibly versatile matte liquid lipsticks. Both shades can be used alone to make a bold, creative statement, mixed with other lip shades to lighten or darken a lip color of your choice, or applied to your eyes as liquid eyeliner!

Drug Lord Weirdo

These versatile, customable, and multifunctional products will naturally cut down on cost, time, and are also great for saving space while travelling.

Nastasia Delmedico