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Does putting makeup on make you anxious? Whether it’s the number of products lining the shelves at Sephora or the pressure to perfect a smudge-free cat eye, wearing makeup can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth for those of us who suffer from anxiety.
But there’s good news, too: if you’re an anxious girl who loves putting on makeup, your Ulta habit might actually help your anxiety. Okay, maybe not the part where you overspend on the latest release from Tarte — but applying makeup allows you to maintain a sense of control, encourages mindfulness and even includes elements of aromatherapy.
If you’re someone who loves makeup and hates her anxiety, then this post is for you. Today I’m sharing the foolproof beauty essentials to help combat your beauty woes, so you can stop feeling sick to your stomach and start feeling in control of your daily makeup routine again.
If you think there’s too many choices….
If you’re overwhelmed by the number of products at your local beauty store (WTF is “priming milk,” anyways?!) then you’re not alone — but that doesn’t mean you need to shy away from makeup altogether! All-in-one kits and multitasking palettes allow you to purchase multiple products in one fell swoop, instead of spending hours upon hours scouring the shelves.
Laura Geller’s Multitasking Cream to Powder Trio in Meet the Nudes offers three versatile shades that can be used anywhere on the face, all for just $24.
Or, for absolute beginners, Charlotte Tilbury’s The Sophisticate Look Set comes with everything you need to start a makeup collection: for $230, you get an eye palette, eyeliner, mascara, blush, three lip colors and a chic bag to carry it all in.
If you’re worried about making mistakes….
What keeps you up at night when it comes to makeup? If it’s a fear of making mistakes (that everyone will see), don’t stop wearing makeup. Instead, look toward products that help make your life easier when it comes to flawlessly applying your favorite makeup.
Case in point? The beautyblender Liner Designer. At just $8, this triple-edged little guy helps you master the hardest makeup trend of all time, a.k.a. the perfect cat eye. (Plus, it comes in a cute carrying case to boot!)
And for those days when all hell breaks loose on your face, it’s nice to know you have a back-up plan. The MakeUp Eraser is a washable, reusable makeup removing cloth that lasts up to three years and removes makeup with water alone. (Yes, even your waterproof mascara!) Not to mention, it helps save the planet by getting rid of the trash that comes with disposable makeup wipes. Not bad for just $20!
If disorganization drives you crazy….
Perhaps your problem with makeup isn’t the makeup itself — it’s how to store it without it turning into a giant, jumbled mess. Don’t worry, anxious babes…. I’ve got you covered!
I love my Caboodle makeup storage case, which breaks down into so many shelves, nooks and crannies it’s absolutely insane. You can get one from Modcloth for $18 — order in-app for 25% off your first purchase!