Thanks to the wide range of existing cosmetics and the popularization of beauty tutorials on YouTube, it is becoming easier and easier to apply makeup at home with a semi-professional result. Furthermore, according to several studies carried out in 2017, cosmetics in Spain is a sector that has continued to grow in recent years. Both in terms of sales – it is estimated that Spaniards spend 147 euros each year to take care of their personal image – and in volume of exports, which place the sector above wine or shoes.

On a personal level, a good investment can be to choose a together basic items that allow us to apply makeup daily and are economical. What must be taken into account so that kit Is it as complete as possible? For Prince Eliecer, makeup artist national Guerlain, the essential products that we must use to obtain a natural finish in our beauty routine are: “A light coverage makeup base in the same shade as the color of your skin that evens and perfects the skin. A good mask, a moisturizing concealer with medium natural coverage that can be modulated, a blush and a lipstick. One idea for the summer months would be to “include products that enhance your tan and give you that effect.” full of sun. For example, (tone) terracotta since it achieves that bronzed effect without having to tan your face. Enhance your natural skin tone,” says Prince.

Concerning utensils and accessories, the makeup artist of Guerlain in Spain emphasizes the following: “A good makeup brush and sponge, one brush for blush, another for terracotta and another for powders. Also a sponge brush to blend whatever you apply to the eyes. For lips, it is best to apply lipstick directly without using brushes. If you opt for a sponge to apply fluid makeup – even if Prince does not recommend them, he prefers brushes – it is better to choose a silicone one because “it is much more hygienic and gives a more natural makeup, with less coverage.” And to organize the utensils, he emphasizes that “it is better to have them in sight” and to have “a good bag where you can have all the brushes, but without mixing them up so that the makeup is clean.”

This is the selection of 15 essential products, suitable for all skin tones and types, that we have prepared in the EL PAÍS Showcase to obtain a kit basic cosmetics at home.


Kiko Illuminating and Perfecting Face Primer

It is a product to apply before makeup which revitalizes the complexion and helps minimize possible imperfections. It is suitable for all skin types and has a formula that absorbs quickly. With a luminous and long-lasting result, it also guarantees invisible coverage. It is sold in a 30 milliliter tube and is part of the Radiant Boost range from this famous Italian cosmetics brand.

Too Faced Eyeshadow Primer

If we want a specific product to set and intensify eye makeup, the ideal is to use a base like this which ensures long-lasting hold and is waterproof. It is an ultra-light base that allows it to be easily applied to the eyelids and leaves the area smooth and even before applying eyeshadow. Those who have already used the product have left reviews in the store online from Sephora, like this: “I’ve had it for several months now and it does its job perfectly. “It sets shadows for hours.”

Base for eyelashes and eyebrows

Another area of ​​the face that should not be neglected is the eyebrows and eyelashes. A good solution is to apply this transparent gel mask, which allows the product to hold gently without the finish being sticky. Includes a special applicator with bristles of different lengths to comb, fix or define eyebrows according to the needs of each moment. “This is one of my favorite products. It is very easy to apply and once dry you don’t notice anything. Lasts all day. Very recommendable”, some users point out in the store online by Kikowhere this product has received over 140 reviews.

makeup fixative

Once you have applied all the desired makeup elements, it is possible to add an extra touch and prevent it from fading throughout the day. To do this, Urban Decay created this 16-hour setting spray that leaves the face feeling pleasant without being stiff. To get the best result, they recommend shaking the bottle well before applying it and spraying it two to four times from a distance of 20 to 25 centimeters.

La Roche Posay Invisible Face Mist SPF 50

Now that the heat is coming and we are going to face the sun’s rays every day, it is important not to neglect sun protection. An ideal formula for the face, which can be applied after makeup (and renewed throughout the day), is this mist offered by La Roche Posay. It is a fast-absorbing cool mist that includes protection 50 and guarantees an invisible finish. It is water resistant and suitable for sun-sensitive skin.


Together BESTOPE professional makeup brushes

This is a kit which includes 11 large precision brushes suitable for applying eye shadow, contouring eyebrows or lips. They can be used with liquid, cream or powder makeup, ensuring a professional finish on the skin. They are made from dense, velvety synthetic fibers, combined with a wooden handle providing a firm and comfortable grip.

kit professional tweezers

Before applying makeup to your face, it is also advisable to remove hair or outline the hair in the areas to be covered. For this purpose, these four professional tweezers from the Tweezer Guru brand are very useful. These are high quality pliers, very durable and easy to clean. Its tips are made of stainless steel and perfectly aligned to provide maximum control during hair removal and eliminate even the most ingrown hairs.

Sponge for applying foundation

Make Up Blender creates this sponge with a design designed to reach all the folds of the face when using fluid or cream makeup bases. In customer reviews in the store online by Kiko You can read reviews like this: “It certainly does what it says, you apply the makeup base perfectly giving it a natural touch, in addition, with the pointed part I also apply the concealer at the level of the dark circles. and it looks wonderful. I’ve had it for a month and it has no cracks, it’s like the first day.”

eyelash curler

This is a professional steel eyelash curler that fits all eye and eyelash types. It has an ergonomic handle to facilitate its use and a silicone pad on the press part so that it is carried out with the greatest delicacy. A replacement pad is included in the box. It is recommended to use it before applying mascara.

Foldable eyelash comb

It is an item designed to highlight clump-free, long and beautiful eyelashes because it defines each eyelash without removing the mascara (leaving only the necessary amount of product). In addition, it is very practical because it folds and can be easily carried in your bag or toiletry bag. To use it correctly, you need to comb your eyelashes while the mascara is still wet. To clean it, it is recommended not to use makeup removers as they could damage the pimples. Instead, you can apply a cotton pad dipped in isopropyl alcohol.

Bourjois pencil sharpener

For pencils to be sharpened correctly and perform well, it is essential to get a pencil sharpener. The Bourjois one includes two holes of different sizes. Those who have already used it emphasize in the Amazon reviews section that they recommend it above all, because it doesn’t break mines. An example is this comment from Marilohe: “Perfect sharpener for makeup pencils. It doesn’t break tracks and leaves a perfect tip.


table mirror

When you want to refine precision and avoid imperfections, it is strongly recommended to use a magnifying mirror. This one for sale on Amazon includes three magnifications (3X/2X/1X), a compact mirror (10X) and additional lighting based on 36 LED lights. The light it leaves is natural and protects the eyes, offering the possibility of adjusting the brightness. It can be rotated 180 degrees and folded into three parts for easy transportation. To charge it, you can use AAA batteries (not included) or a USB cable.

compact mirror

Another more compact option is this other mirror designed to be carried in your bag every day or when we go on a trip. It is very lightweight and also includes LED lighting that simulates natural sunlight. It has a double-sided 1x/10x magnification and is perfect for applying makeup and removing hair from different areas of the face with the tweezers. For the same price you can buy it in a colored finish. black either in pink.

Makeup Brush Cleaner

Another product that usually slips into bathroom essentials are cleansers to remove makeup residue from brushes. This model from the Luxspire brand is very practical because it is delivered in a round box which prevents it from dirtying the bathroom. It is very easy to use as you simply slide the brush over the sponge to remove the pigment. You can even clean brushes with different shades without staining the colors.

Mild no-rinse detergent

If you prefer to use a traditional liquid solution, in store online At Kiko you can find this product which has more than 100 user reviews. It is a leave-in formula that deeply cleanses hair, leaving it soft and shiny. The product is sprayed directly onto the bristles of the brush and then, to completely remove the residue, it must be wiped with a tissue. In the comments section, customers highlighted, among other things, that “the brushes look new” or that “in just 30 seconds your brush is dry and you can therefore continue applying another color”.

*All purchase prices included in this article are current as of April 24, 2019.