The Ultimate Beginner Makeup Starter Kit:
We don’t all start out with copious amounts of makeup products. Building a collection takes years and not to mention, thousands of dollars. We all start out at the bottom and work our way to a large stash in later years.
Makeup newbies, don’t be confused by the thousands of products on the cosmetic shelves. From eyelash curlers to makeup brushes, there are so many makeup tools on the market that it can be frustrating when trying to figure out exactly what you need in your makeup bag. If you’re ready to step your game up but don’t want to waste money on unnecessary items, I’ve got your back.
I have made a list for both budget-friendly pocketbooks as well as splurge-worthy purchases. These easy-to-use products will step your game up to a whole new level and are loved by many pro makeup artists. Without further ado, let’s jump in.
Moisturizer and Primer
Great makeup application begins with a great skincare routine. I know, I have beaten this to death but I would not continue saying this if it wasn’t proven true. Prep your skin with a tandem slathering of moisturizer and primer. The duo will ensure a flawless base that keeps makeup in place all day.
Concealer and Foundation
With a plethora of concealers and foundations on the market today, beginners can eliminate the guessing game by choosing my favourite products. Your makeup will not look cakey and the formulations work fantastically with one another.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer $10, Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation $17
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation $50, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer $35
Eyebrows are one of the most important features of your face so when it comes to brow products I am extremely picky. Stay away from waxy-textured brow products and opt for a natural brow enhancer.
NYX Professional Micro Brow Pencil $12.49, Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil $32
Eyeliner and Mascara
Things can go soooo wrong with the incorrect formulation of mascara and eyeliner. Smudging, raccoon eyes are often times, not the look we are going for, correct? There’s really no need to fiddle around with applying false lashes when using these duos.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner $25, Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara $32
Lipstick is an area when you will need a variety of shades. I would suggest going with at least a red and a nude shade. They are the must-have shades for your makeup kit. No kit is complete without go-to lip colours.
MAC Cosmetics Ruby Woo Lipstick $23, Mac Cosmetics Crème D’Nude Lipstick $23
Wet ‘N Wild Megalast Red Velvet Lipstick $1.99, Maybelline Colour Sensational Bare All $9.99
Brushes and Tools
In order to put apply your makeup properly, you’ll need to use the right tools. Some of the products out there are just awful for makeup application. These tools are tried and tested and work phenomenally for beginners as well as advanced beauty gurus.
BH Cosmetics Metal Rose Brush Set $25, Real Techniques Beauty Sponge Applicator $7.69
Sephora Collection Ready To Roll Brush Set $88, BeautyBlender Sponge Applicator $26
Blush and Highlighter
Add healthy colour and a subtle glow to your skin with a classic blush and highlighter. These shades compliment ant skin tone and the wearing time lasts and lasts for the entire day.
Milani Luminoso Baked Blush $7.99, Wet ‘N Wild Megaglo Highlighter $4.99
NARS Orgasm Blush $38, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Pressed Highlighter $46
If you’re experimenting with eyeshadows, this palette is perfect for you. It offers a range of everyday nudes, plus a hint of bright colours to play around with. Opt for a palette that has a few shades from each colour family, making it easy to create a multitude of looks.
Sephora Collection Pro New Nudes Palette $85, Cover Girl TRUNAKED Sunsets Palette $13
Q-Tips and Makeup Wipes
Even pros make mistakes—and dabbing a Q-tip into lotion is their secret for instantly erasing errors. For those nights when you’re too lazy to wash your face, makeup wipes will be your best friend.
Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Wipes $20, ELF Cosmetics Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths $5