5 Makeup Products That You Don’t Actually Need

5 Makeup Products That You Don’t Actually NeedBack in the day, a lot of women agreed that powder, lipstick and mascara were enough for natural-looking makeup. Today, beauty brands offer an enormous number of makeup products, from primers to highlighters to lip scrubs, trying to convince consumers that they need them all. But guess what? They just want to make more money on you. Here’s our list of 5 makeup products that you don’t actually need.

Makeup Primer

Makeup primer is applied between moisturizer and foundation; its alleged task is to make the foundation go on smoothly and help it last longer. However, if you have a good moisturizer and foundation, you don’t really need a primer unless you’re going to spend the whole day in the scorching sun or something like that.

Primers typically contain silicones that make the skin smoother and help the foundation cling to it better. If you want your makeup to last longer, you simply need to find a foundation that contains silicones instead of buying two products.

Check this out: 6 Tips for Choosing the Right Face Powder

Eyelid Primer

We’ll admit that eyelid primers aren’t completely useless because some people do need to apply some kind of base to keep eye shadow from creasing. However, you may already own a product that will cope with this task just as well. We’re talking about concealer. In addition to concealing blemishes and other imperfections, it can serve as an eye shadow base.

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Lip Scrub

Lip scrubs are supposed to help you get rid of flakes and leave your lips smoother so the lipstick glides on perfectly. But you can achieve the same effect by lightly massaging your lips with a clean, soft toothbrush and then applying lip balm or some food grade cocoa butter to nourish and moisturize them.

Check this out: 5 Ways to Make Your Lips Softer and Smoother

Foundation with SPF 30 or Higher

The sun protection factor (SPF) in beauty products measures the protection from UVB rays. What very few people know is that the SPF scale isn’t linear, meaning that SPF 30 isn’t twice as effective as SPF 15. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays, and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays.

Nevertheless, many manufacturers charge by far more for products with a higher SPF, even though these products don’t give that much more protection. SPF 15 is more than enough for a makeup foundation; you don’t need to splurge on products with a higher sun protection factor because they aren’t worth it at all.

Check this out: How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Your Face

Lip Liner

Back when lipstick formulas were not as good as they are now, a lip liner was a must if you wanted your lip makeup to stay put during the day. Today, however, a high-quality, long-lasting lipstick, lip balm or lip stain is really enough. Besides, lip liner is so 1992.

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