7 Essential Cosmetics for Any Occasion

As a makeup junkie, I’ve found myself experimenting with a variety of different types and brands of cosmetics. Lately, I realized that I often purchase a product and then rarely use it because the color would only fit for that specific season or time of day that I planned on using it for.

Although there is nothing wrong with having products for specific events, I wanted to find products that not only complement my features during the different seasons, but also could be used from day-to-night looks.

Below are seven cosmetics that I have been using for a range of occasions for several months now. Let’s get started!

essential cosmetics

1—Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette. This palette features a wide variety of warm tones that can create multiple different looks. Generally, I like to use the lighter colors on my eyelids. If I want to go for a dramatic look, I’ll use the darker, vibrant tones in my crease and outer corners instead.

modern renaissance palette

2—Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette. These cosmetics are so pigmented and give you the perfect amount of shine. I prefer using the shade Sunlight when my skin is lighter during the winter and spring, and Moonlight when I’m tan during the summer and fall.

tarte lighting palette

3—Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I love having long, thick, luscious lashes. And what do I use to achieve those lashes? This mascara. What’s amazing is that just one coat of this mascara will do wonders for your lashes. If I’m trying to look glamorous, I apply a few more coats along with curling my lashes.

better than sex mascara

4—Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. Being that I have very dark features, I always wear my eyeliner in a black color. What I like about the Tattoo Liner is that the tip is very precise, allowing me to master the wing. In the past, I’ve had issues with my liquid eyeliner felt tips fraying. So far, this eyeliner hasn’t frayed on me once!

kat von d tattoo eyeliner

5—bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation. For years, I’ve struggled with finding a foundation that I really liked. After trying this, I concluded that pressed powder is my favorite. Particularly with BAREPRO, the product makes my skin look so smooth and blemish-free, along with lasting for several hours. Compared to the products I’ve used in the past, BAREPRO makes my skin look the most natural and it feels very light!

barepro foundation

6—L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude. Every girl needs a nude lipstick. What’s great about this lipstick is that it’s inexpensive, yet rich in color. It looks amazing for about any look you’re going for! This is definitely my go-to lipstick.

l'oreal lipstick and rimmel lipliner

7—Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner Pencil in Nude. To finish off my nude lips, I line them with this pencil to make my lips pop! This lip liner is a great pair of the lipstick above.

What are your essential cosmetics? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Wear Gold Eyeliner

Summer is finally here and that means it’s all about having that sun-kissed, bronzed, and gold makeup look. I went bold and added a touch of gold eyeliner to add to this summer vibe makeup look. This makeup is perfect for any occasion, whether you want to dress it up for a night out or keep it cute and casual. It’s even perfect for a music festival. Follow the steps below if you want to know how to achieve this look.

Step 1: Primer is one of the most important steps if you want your makeup to last all day. I used the POREfessional Face Primer and applied it all over the face.

Step 2: During the summer, I like to use as little makeup as possible. I used the Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer under my eyes, the bridge of the nose, forehead, and chin. Concealer will help cancel out any discoloration and redness.

Step 3: Set your concealer using your favorite loose powder. This will help your concealer not crease and make it last all day.

Step 4: Moving on to the eyes, I used the Hoola Matte Bronzer on the crease. Any brown shade will work. This will keep your eye shadow very neutral but also give it some definition.

Step 5: The most important step for this look is the eyeliner. I used the Tarteist Clay Paint Eye Liner and winged it out to create that cat eye effect. Then, using a light hand and short strokes, I applied the NYX Cosmetics Studio Liquid Liner in the color “Extreme Gold” right on top of the black one.

Step 5: Finish off your eyes using mascara to make your eyelashes longer and fuller.

Step 6: To bronze up the face I used the Hoola bronzer and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer and applied it on the forehead, the cheekbones, and the jawline. To add some glow and shimme,r I used one of the best highlighters, BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured, on the cheekbones, tip of the nose, and cupids bow.

Step 7: Moving on to lips, I applied the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in the shade “Point Zero.” It is a very subtle shade and perfect for the summer because it really completes the look.

Step 8: Don’t forget to set your makeup with setting spray so your makeup lasts.

This Fashionista decided to keep her outfit very simple and wore a basic striped T-shirt and paired it with some denim shorts which really complemented the makeup look. This look would even look great if you paired it with a nice dress for a night out. I love that the gold eyeliner and neutral eyeshadow really made her brown eyes pop.

Will you recreate this look? Show us on social media and tag us @Cfashionista!

BEAUTY BAR: Highlights, Contour, and Lashes!

I found this beauty, at one of our most popular places to be to be when it’s nice outside at Temple. I scanned the area, looking for someone who stood out to me and from a glance, I saw a shining highlight that I just couldn’t resist. This Fashionista’s makeup was great for an everyday look; especially for someone who needs their makeup to last all day. Her stunning highlight and bold lips really caught my eye.

When I complimented her on her look, she told me it was done in just 20 minutes! I was shocked because her face was so neat and clean, there’s no way she rushed to do that. I was curious to know if she wore makeup every day or if it was just a spur of the moment. She told me that wearing makeup was a part of her daily routine and that it usually takes her at least an hour to do her makeup; she was really surprised when I told her that I loved her 20 minute beat. A quick and affordable everyday look is exactly what us college students need! When I saw her on campus, I felt like her most noticeable features in her makeup look were her highlight, contour, and lashes.

In her 20 minute makeup look, she used a ton of products. A few high-end products and a few drug store ones as well, so college students can definitely pull off this look. The products used in this look was a foundation from Lancôme, NYX liquid eyeliner, Ardell Wispies lashes, Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit highlighter palette, and L.A. Girl Pro concealer. Of course, these weren’t the only items she used to pull off this look but these products can be found at your local Sephora, Nordstrom, and beauty supply store.

Makeup allows you to express your inner artist and show your creativity directly on your face. You can never go wrong with a simple winged liner, lashes, and a glossy or matte lip. This everyday campus look is great for someone who is on the go or in a rush, especially because it only took 20 minutes!

BEAUTY BAR: White Wings

With summer just around the corner, it is the perfect time to start looking for a new go-to beauty look. This Fashionista created the perfect look that you can use to mix up your routine! Here are several tricks and tips to help you achieve this look.

Her use of white brings a little bit of fun and flirtiness to the traditional winged eyeliner look. This Fashionista chose to use the MAC Eye Kohl in the shade Fascinating. She says her secret to getting a smooth line is to warm up the tip of the pencil with a blow dryer.

The key to creating this look is balance; white eyeliner can become too harsh without the balance of warmer tones. This Tarte palatte has the perfect combination of shimmer shades, all in soft browns and golds, to create this balance.

In addition to a good bronzer and baked blush, this Fashionista used Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator by Laura Geller. This look was created using the shade Gilded Honey, but I recommend choosing a shade that will bring the right amount of warmth to your own skin tone. Highlighter can easily take a look from subtle to overwhelming if it’s not applied correctly.

Using a nude or neutral lip color is also important when creating this look. These shades will compliment and not compete with the white liner. I recommend choosing a matte liquid lipstick. This Fashionista chose to use a long-wear shade by Jouer.

To finish off this beauty look, pair it with a floral dress or a pastel pink top. Play up this summertime look by adding sweet and feminine pieces, like this Fashionista’s pearl earrings.

BEAUTY BAR: Glow or Go

2017 has been all about finding that perfect highlighter and this Fashionista managed to find the one! From Becca Cosmetics to Anastasia Beverly Hills, there are so many highlighters to choose from. This Fashionista nailed the perfect spring makeup look as warm weather is soon on its way.

Her makeup look is ideal for any Fashionista/o going for the “no makeup” makeup look. Using her Hello Flawless foundation powder, she achieved a medium coverage base, perfect for staying comfortable throughout the school and work day. At times, high coverage foundation can feel heavy and uncomfortable. Opting for a low to medium coverage feels like you aren’t wearing makeup at all. With a matte finish foundation, it’s time to bring back the skin’s natural glow! The Benefit Hula Bronzer and Stila’s Heave’s Hue Highlighter in the shade Transcendence is the perfect combination. The slight sparkle in the bronzer blends perfectly with her highlighter making her cheekbones pop!

Sometimes, applying foundation and bronzer is just enough! This Fashionista opted for simple eye look to not overwhelm the natural look she had already achieved. Peachy toned eye shadows compliment her bronzer and compliment the peachy tones in her highlighter. The White Chocolate Chip eye shadow palette by Too Faced is perfect for any skin tone to get a natural eye makeup. The simple cat eye eyeliner ties it all together and defines her lash line perfectly. To not detract from the natural look, tinted lip balm was the best choice for this look.

Onto the outfit, Fashionistas at all campuses across the country are rocking the cold-shoulder top. With many different patterns, colors, and styles, there’s a cold-shoulder top for everyone. The light blue and teal combination compliments the peachy-bronze tones used in her makeup and is perfect for the upcoming spring season. The time for light wash jeans is back, but booties are still a must before the cold days are gone for good.

BEAUTY BAR: In the Nude

Tired and don’t feel like spending a lot of time getting glammed up? This Fashionista aced her look with a quick way to look elegant and put together for the day. This season is all about the natural look in beauty, which is great because it means it takes less time to get ready in the morning. A little natural lip color and concealer under your eyes can make all the difference in defining your face and making you look bright and awake. This Fashionista also chose to dab a little bronze color onto her eyes to make her brown eyes pop a little.

Out of her whole beauty look, I am obsessing most over the lipstick color she chose. This is a color by MAC, and it is a soft rose color that just makes the lip seem to pop a little bit. Soft lip colors can make you feel better about yourself without having to be daring with a bold lip. I encourage all Fashionistas to purchase a lipstick like this that can be used to pair with any type of outfit.

To accent an outfit with her beauty look, the Fashionista chose to also keep it simple. She threw on an easy dress for the spring and a pair of broken in Converse shoes. An employee of Pandora, she never leaves home without her favorite charm bracelet on her left wrist. A look like this is so great for a college student because it does not require a lot of time to pick out what is needed to put an outfit together. A girl like this Fashionista who is regularly going from class to work to something social knows how to get her beauty look down to plan her ensembles for different occasions.

BEAUTY BAR: Glow Wherever You Go

Spring break is here at the University of Arizona! Wildcats are packing their bags and jet-setting to a paradise far away from our midterms. I was lucky to run into this Fashionista that was sporting a gorgeous classic, simple, and most of all, glowy makeup look that became my new spring break obsession. We are talking major mermaid vibes that you can rock both by the sea and on land.

Her glowy look starts with a flawless base, then a perfectly blended golden eye, a flush of blush, lots of highlighter, and a glossy lip. You can see her glow from a mile away! She shined through and radiated confidence and excitement about the week ahead. You can take this look anywhere, whether that be on the beach, in a big city or in new places around your hometown. No matter where you are this spring break, you bring the sunshine with you.

When I asked this Fashionista why she loved makeup, she explained the power that it has. We see the power of makeup in the confidence it gives people. This is why so many find strength and beauty in it. The ability to create so many looks is always inspiring and even empowering. Finding what works for you, your skin tone, your eye shape and what makes you feel the most confident is what makeup is about. It should never mask you but enhance your natural beauty. Anyone can rock this look on vacation! Try it out, have some fun, and be fearless wherever you go!

Also, her pink dress was perfect for the warm weather that Tucson is known for and her black sandals are perfect for running all over campus. I loved how she paired silver, edgy jewelry with her golden eye to give the look a personal touch and a touch of personality.

This spring break, your makeup should let you shine! Go for something different like a colored liner, a glossy lip, and a fun glittery highlighter that is bound to make you glow from the inside out. Spring break is all about letting loose, trying something new, and having lots of fun before the real work begins once coming back to class. Enjoy your spring break, and try a look that you were too afraid to try before. This is the time to do it!

BEAUTY BAR: Smoke Show

Spring has sprung everyone, and so have so many fun new cosmetics! Makeup is one of my favorite ways to see how people express themselves and this year is no different. Whether it’s on the runway or on the walk to class, I love seeing the different makeup looks that people come up with, like this Fashionista!

This look is awesome for the transition from winter to spring, bring out warmer tones while still keeping it sultry. This look is one that can be worn during the day or transformed into a night look depending on your style—so versatile! Whether or not you’re super into makeup or not so much, this look is not a hard one to recreate. The darker, warmer-toned browns on the outer corner and crease bring dimension to the eye, while the lighter, gold, shimmery shades help draw attention to the eye and make it pop. The nude lip allows this look to be perfect for day and night while also leaving the attention on the eyes. Bringing the glow from within, this Fashionista uses a light highlighter on the high points of her cheekbones to catch the light and keep her face looking dewy.

To make this look your own you’ll need your favorite darker brown and gold-toned eye shadows and your favorite nude lip color. Don’t forget that highlight either, girl. Remember, makeup is completely about expressing yourself in your own way so feel free to amp up or tone down this makeup look however you please. If you want this look to go day to night, deepen the shades on the outer corner of your eye and throw on some lashes! Not into that? Then change up the lip color, add a red or deep purple. Do whatever you want to make it your own.


Denim jackets have long been a staple of the fashion word. Like many other iconic pieces, denim jackets were first invented for the working man but have since been donned by people from every walk of life.

The denim jacket has withstood the tests of time and over the years, denim shirts and jackets have evolved taking on many fits and styles. Variations range from the rebellious rolled up sleeves of the 1950s and ’60s, donned by the likes of James Dean, to the punk rock vanguards of the ’70s and ’80s who paired their denim jackets with ensembles of distressed jeans and T-shirts. This trend was the epitome of anti-establishment, and went on to the over-sized “Smells Like Teen Spirit” grunge gods and goddess of the ’90s, eventually to the pop and hip-hop artists of the early 2000s who donned denim almost to a fault. Who can forget when Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake rocked matching all-denim ensembles at the 2001 American Music Awards? Finally, this trend is seen on runway models of today.

This Fashionista rocks a distressed, cold-shoulder denim shirt from Urban Outfitters which gives this otherwise soft, feminine outfit an edgy vibe. The lilac lace top can also be worn alone, accompanied by black leggings (like how this Fashionista styled it), with either dark or light wash jeans, or high waisted dress pants. This Fashionista tucks her glasses into the neck of her shirt and dons her wrist with a white Kate Spade watch.

Her make up is subtle smokey eye and her short wedge heels also give this outfit a dressed-up look. The heels could easily be swapped out for combat boots, heeled booties, or even a solid or patterned pair of sneakers.

All of these pieces have endless possibilities when it comes to mixing and matching, which, is always an important factor when shopping for statement pieces.

STYLE ADVICE: The Winter Miniskirt

Hey, Style Gurus! It’s winter, which sometimes means we live in our jeans and corduroys, and forget about our skirts. However, today, this Fashionista had a way to don a miniskirt regardless of the winter chill.

How can you recreate her outfit? Let’s start with the center of this look. It’s easy to find a basic, white, long sleeve tee to begin. If you need more insulation for the weather, don’t be afraid to layer a thin crewneck sweater on top of the tee.

Onto the skirt; this Fashionista’s skirt is a corduroy mini. Notice her hair color in comparison to her skirt color. When trying to pull off this trend, brunettes should go for a dark chocolate shade, while blondes can tackle a more camel shade of brown. If it’s too cold for bare legs, wear your skirt with your favorite pair of tights.

The accessories are simplistic which makes this perfect for daily wear. If you need to dress this look up, try a statement necklace for a night out. The shoes for this look are perfect for going out, but flat booties can also make this a cohesive day look.

Finally, grab your leather jacket and you’re out the door.

In regards to beauty, this Fashionista went for the less-is-more look. Sporting a natural makeup look, this Fashionista wears a nude lip and a hint of black eyeliner.

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