Makeup Essentials: The Must-Have Products for 2023

Makeup Essentials: The Must-Have Products for 2023

Pamplemousse Beauty combines the absolute must-have products with the hottest trends to help you create the makeup looks of 2023 with the minimum products. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, here is what you will need to get you through the year.


Most of us can use a boost when it comes to our complexion, and finding the right shade is everything. The good news is that in 2023 color ranges are comprehensive, making it easier than ever before to find one that will disappear on your skin. Just as important as the right shade is texture. Look out for a foundation or skin tint with hydrating and nourishing ingredients that will keep your skin healthy while giving you a luminous finish.

 The 2023 refresh: Become a minimalist

This year it is all about letting your skin look as natural as possible. Applying foundation is less about creating a sculpted or contoured look and more about achieving a natural, second-skin finish. Think lightweight formulas in barely-there tints with a focus on healthy skin and a relaxed feel. Contouring takes a backseat in 2023, and it is all about skin minimalism when it comes to the complexion.


Blush instantly lifts your cheekbones and brightens your face. After applying foundation, this beauty staple gives your complexion color and makes you look glowing and awake. Blush in any texture you love (powder, creamy or liquid) will complement your features and make you look carefree.

The 2023 refresh: Sunburn without the heat

Sunburn blush is about recreating the appearance of being slightly burned by the sun, adding a touch of blush color everywhere the sun would naturally fall on the face, like the cheeks and bridge of the nose. Mimicking the flush of the rays gives your face warmth and a youthful glow. You can take it one step further with the blush draping trend: applying blush from the top of the cheekbones to the temples of your face to create a lifted look. Or, you can step up your blush game all the way by creating a more dramatic C-shape, moving from the cheekbones to the temples and ending just above the eyebrows. Blushes in coral and watermelon are ruling the red carpets, and these warm-toned pinks and peaches look great on all skin tones.


Eyeshadow is the perfect way to enhance your eyes and let your personality shine. This beauty basic draws focus to your eyes and make them instantly appear bigger while adding another dimension to your features. Cream eyeshadows are great for quick application, while powder formulas can give you more control. The secret to mastering great eyeshadow? Invest in a good brush that will provide you with an even and seamless application.

The 2023 refresh: Geometry for the eyes

Geometric or graphic eyeshadow refers to creating a geometric shape in one bold color to focus the attention on the eyes. The shape defining this trend is the triangle, similar to a cat-eye, but now in strong and even shimmering hues of greens, blues, and pinks. This color-blocking technique makes an edgy statement and creates an instant rock ’n roll feel.


A touch of lip color is one of the quickest ways to express yourself and transform your appearance. Lipstick lifts your mood and makes you look amazing in photos. Modern creamy formulas are great for keeping your lips hydrated and moisturized while making a statement.

The 2023 refresh: Bold statement lips

Bold lips add the finishing touch to the minimalism foundation trend, completing the simple makeup look with a bold, expressive touch. A bit of color is everything in 2023, and bold lips will do all the heaving lifting for you. Bright reds and dark berry colors are pretty much always in fashion, so you cannot go wrong. Add a lipliner to emphasize the natural contours of your lips if you require a bit more definition.


Eyeliner is as iconic as the movie sirens who glamorized it in the 50s. This must-have product gives definition and shape to the eyes. Flawless eyeliner application is probably the most challenging step to master in a makeup routine, but it is worth the effort as it is the product that really makes your eyes stand out. Vamped-up eyeliner is a classic for a reason; it is one of the most alluring beauty products on the market.

The 2023 refresh: Stylized graphic lines

Graphic eyeliner is about wearing your eyeliner in a more stylized way. The cat-eye is leading this trend, but this year it is longer, with the triangular edge pointing out and upwards for a more lifted, sharper cat-eye. This seductive look shares similarities with the geometric eyeshadow trend but is more definitive and precise. You can experiment with eyeliner in an array of colors as graphic trends include the multi-liner (applying two different color eyeliners above each other) or the double-winged liner (drawing one line outwards from the upper eyelid and another from the lower eyelid, parallel to each other).


Mascara gives your lashes volume, length, and thickness, and did we mention drama and intensity? This staple product opens the eyes, separates the lashes, and gives your eyes enough definition to skip the eyeliner on lazy days. The secret to getting it right? Apply two to three coats of mascara instead of just one.

The 2023 refresh: Over-the-top lashes

This year the focus on lashes is unmistakable, and volumizing mascara that calls attention to lashes is what everyone is looking for. Mascara is that one product that can quickly take your look to the next level, and the mantra in 2023 is: the bolder, the better.

Pro tip: If you are new to makeup, start with mastering foundation, blush, and lipstick. These makeup steps are easy and accessible and will make a big difference to your look. Unless you are blessed with a fantastic complexion, achieving a flawless foundation will always be the number one priority.

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