The 6 Makeup Products I Use Every Single Day, Regardless of the Look I'm Going For

Some of which I use together because they're foolproof combos.

We all have our favorite products, and I have some I use every single day, no matter the look. I seriously cannot fathom going a day without them, and when I look back to before I knew about them, I'm not sure how I survived.

MAC #266 Angled Brush

I don't know how I ever lived without this brush, previously known as #203. You can use it for so many things, most notably (in my experience) as a tool for liner and brows. I use my MAC Angled Brush every single day with my DipBrow (more about that below) to fill in my sparse brows. Remember when filling in your brows wasn't a thing? I do, and I don't miss it.

Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer

Kara wrote about this years ago, and when I finally came across some, I was sure to pick it up. Now? I couldn't go a day without this on hand, and I haven't in about three years. I once trekked into a blizzard because I was completely out of this balm and there was only one store on Queen Street West that carried it. Apply a tiny bit of this before you go to bed and you'll never wake up to chapped lips (seriously).

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

I can't go outside if I haven't at least slightly contoured my cheeks. I have a tiny forehead so I generally avoid contouring that area, and I have yet to completely master contouring the end of my nose, but the hollows of my cheeks are something I absolutely need to have done. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that it takes so little time but makes such a noticeable difference.

I use my Duo Fiber Brush (more on that in a bit) and focus on sculpting the area between my ear and my mouth to really make my cheekbones stand out. Another quick dusting of Hoola powder under my jaw bone and I'm ready to go. There's a reason this product is so popular!

MAC #130 Short Duo Fiber Brush


I just mentioned this brush, and for good reason. It does such an incredible job of picking up the perfect amount of product, and with spread out bristles you don't have to worry about dumping too much of what you're using in one place. It's incredible with both powder and liquid products; before it became my go-to contour brush, I used it daily to apply my liquid foundation.

Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush


I'm OBSESSED with this brush. I have no idea how I lived my life — as far as makeup is concerned — without it. It helps me buff in my foundation like no other brush ever has. The density of the bristles are unmatched by anything else I've ever used, and it gives me an air-brushed feel to my liquid foundation.

I prefer to pump my foundation onto the back of my hand, tap it onto the main points on my face (forehead, nose, chin) and go to town with my kabuki brush. It doesn't feel like my foundation is just sitting on top of my skin anymore.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow

I know, this is a super-popular product and I didn't get on the DipBrow train until way late. I was so scared of looking too overdone if I used a gel, but I got to test-run it when I swapped makeup looks with my sister and I've been completely sold on it since.

I used to use whatever slate-grey powder I had on hand to fill in my brows, and it wasn't nearly as precise or long lasting as DipBrow. Seriously, the staying power and ease of application with this product is completely cult-worthy. I can go without eye makeup, blush or mascara and just fill in my brows and I feel pulled together. This and my MAC Angled Brush are two of the most important beauty products I own. This combo is foolproof. I get it now, guys.

  • What products do you use every day, no exception?
  • Were you late on the Dip Brow train too?
  • What do you look back on and are like, "Damn, how did I go without this?"