I waste a really ridiculous amount of time watching YouTube videos about beauty related things, so I see a lot of tags and challenges that YouTube gurus create or participate in. One such tag I saw recently was the “Ride or Die Makeup” tag on Jaclyn Hill’s channel in which she talked about her holy grail, ride or die products, picking only one for each category. I thought it would be fun to try this for myself!
Ride or Die Primer
I don’t have a ride or die face primer because I bounce around a lot and sometimes I don’t even wear it. I do however have a ride or die eye primer which is Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion.
I hate the newer packaging of this primer but the product itself is great. I’ve tried 3 or 4 other eye primers and this one holds on to my shadow the best which is essential because I have super oily lids.
Ride or Die Foundation
I wear and try a lot of different foundations, but my hands-down favorite is YSL Fusion Ink Foundation.
I’ve been wearing it for almost a year and a half (I’ve sprinkled in a few others but this is the one I always come back to) and I love it. It’s pretty matte when you first apply it, but it actual seems to look better as the day progresses. It’s a very watery felling liquid, but the coverage is amazing (medium to full) and it doesn’t look cakey. As far as longevity goes, this one stays on until I wash it off, even without primer underneath.
Ride or Die Concealer
I have been down for MAC Pro Longwear Concealer since 2011, but last year I jumped on the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer train and never looked back.
This isn’t as crease-proof as Pro Longwear, but I’m willing to sacrifice a little for the sake of the beautiful finish of this concealer. It’s about a medium coverage, but it is true to it’s name in that it is very creamy, making it easy to blend. The finish looks fresh rather than heavy and I think it wears really well throughout the day.
Ride or Die Setting Powder
There are a few things that I’ve seen on Pinterest that I’ve assumed are too good to be true, but such is not the case with Ben Nye Banana Powder.
This yellow setting powder is perfect for my skin tone and does an excellent job of locking my makeup into place. I especially like it under the eyes because even if I go a little too light with the concealer it tones everything down. I bought the smallest jar size I could find for $15.00 and have that jar for about a year and half with no end in sight.
Ride or Die Brow Product
Brows are something I’ve only experimented with in the last year or two, but my hands down favorite brow product is Glossier Boy Brow.
While this product is newer to me, I know without a doubt that it is HG status. I use this every day regardless of how dramatic I’m going with my brows. It stays put (even in the pool), it deposits a decent amount of color without looking too intense, and it really tames all of my wonky hairs.
Ride or Die Eye Liner
L’Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner is my bae for life. Period.
I use liquid liner too but I always come back to gel because it’s easier for me to apply. This gel is creamy without being to smudgy and sets for all day wear.
Ride or Die Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Original mascara has been IT for me for the past few years, but it was recently dethroned by it’s amped up sister L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara.
This dual-ended mascara comes with a lash primer and a regular mascara and the combo makes my lashes look insane in a good way. I’m pretty sure the actual mascara is the same formula as Voluminous Original so you get the added benefit of extra length and volume with the primer.
Ride or Die Blush
I’m obsessed with Makeup Geek Cosmetics so it should be no surprise that my favorite blush is from that brand.
MUG Spellbound is my favorite blush of all time as I’m sure the picture above makes very clear. It’s a soft pink shade with a slightly cool undertone and I think it’s so flattering with every makeup look I do. MUG recently reformulated their blushes so they’re even more smooth, pigmented, and easy to blend.
Ride or Die Highlighter
Deciding which brand to go with on this category was a no-brainer, but landing on a favorite shade/texture was quite difficult. After much deliberation, I decided Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold is my ride or die.
Rose Gold was my first ever Becca purchase and so I’ve basically deemed it the gateway drug. The shade is perfect for my skin tone and gives me a nice glow without being super obvious. It’s definitely more intense than some of the other highlighters I’ve used, but it’s gorgeous.
Ride or Die Lipstick
I couldn’t pick just one lipstick! I swear I tried, but it came down to two (one soft, one bold) and I decided to lay them both on you. As far as softer shades go, I am OBSESESSED with NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna. It’s a cool toned, soft pink and I am actually on my second tube since last year. The formula is very opaque and creamy but it stays on really well with a nice satin finish.
As far as bold lipsticks go, my heart will forever belong to MAC Ruby Woo. Ruby Woo is a super matte, blue-based red that I truly believe looks amazing on everyone. It’s really dry, but totally worth it because it doesn’t budge.
Ride or Die Eye Shadow Palette
If we’re not counting my own custom-made palette, my ride or die eye shadow palette would be the Lorac Pro Palette. I recently de-potted it so I don’t have a picture in the original packaging, but it’s the perfect mix of easily blendable matte and shimmery, neutral shades.
Jaclyn had some other categories on her list, but they were things I either don’t use enough to have an HG or that I just don’t use at all.
Now it’s your turn, what are your HG, Ride or Die makeup products?