Makeup Must-Haves: Chelsea Derks

Central Michigan University junior and makeup maven Chelsea Derks gives a peak into her makeup bag and discusses the must have makeup products at affordable prices.

Every gal loves makeup: pampering oneself with pretty powders and luscious glosses. Whether makeup is a part of your daily regime or you just doll up every so often, never ever mask your natural beauty; flaunt your favorite features.

Makeup maven, Chelsea Derks, a junior at Central Michigan University, lives by the philosophy – embrace your natural allure.

“My biggest makeup pet peeve is the wrong shade of foundation on a girl; when there is an obvious line of makeup at the jaw, that is the worst,” Derks said.

Instead, she applies foundation only where it is absolutely needed.

“I like to spot treat my foundation, dabbing it onto the skin where needed.”

To flatter her flawless olive complexion, Derks is all about that added pop of color.

“If I could only have one item in my makeup bag, hands down it would be blush. It provides instant color and contour to my face.”

After creating a clean, fresh canvas, she loves to play up her favorite feature: her brilliant blue eyes.

“I’m obsessed with Physicians’ Formula eye shadow palette for blue eyes,” Derks said. “It’s the perfect color combination for everyday use or even for a dramatic evening eye.”

To polish off her seductive eyes, Derks always reaches for her L’Oreal Clean Definition Telescopic Clean Definition & Lengthening Mascara.

“This mascara does it all, from separating every lash to lengthening. With just a few coats, I’m good to go.”


Chelsea’s Holy Grail Products:

1. CoverGirl Cheekers Blush, Soft Sable 120, $4

CoverGirl blushes always have a fresh, clean scent and amazing staying power! This shade has been my go-to for years.


2. CoverGirl Professional Loose Powder, Translucent Tawny 125, $6

Even during the fall I love bronzer; it gives me that extra glow during those dreary months.

3. L’Oreal Clean Definition Telescopic Clean Definition & Lengthening Mascara, Blackest Black, $9

An amazing, affordable product with a wand that separates, lengthens, and defines every lash to perfection! I prefer the regular version over the waterproof mascara to keep from damaging my lashes.

4. Physicians Formula: Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner, Pop Collection , $12

An all-in-one palette that holds every shade I need! With a fabulous mix of neutral and bold shadows, I can create virtually any look from day to evening. To get even more use from this eyeshadow set just wet the brush and dab it into a shadow, creating an instant eyeliner.

5. Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup, $24

This foundation is worth the price. One bottle will last for months and their shades blend in perfectly with my skin.

6. Vera Bradley Large Cosmetic in Blue Rhapsody, $22

I love this cosmetic bag’s peacock hues and durability!