Makeup Guide for Beginners
With many makeup items and tools out there it can get a bit confusing on what is right for you. Especially if you are new to the makeup world. Not to worry, this makeup guide for beginners lists the 11 must-have makeup items you’ll need to get yourself started. Along with this guide, I have included very affordable makeup and basic tools for your makeup bag. Furthermore, I include some tips and references to help with makeup application and in choosing the right colors for you.
Makeup Guide for Beginners
First and foremost you need to always apply your makeup on a cleansed face. Prepping your skin with the proper cleansing routine is essential. This means you need to have the proper cleanser and moisturizer that suit your skin type. If you don’t have a regimen yet click on the link that best fits your skin type to get one.
After cleansing and moisturizing your skin you are now ready to enhance your facial features with makeup.
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Makeup Guide for Beginners – Products one & two
Face Primer and Eyelid Primer
In this makeup guide for beginners, you will need a primer for the face and one for the eyes. Primers prevent blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow from fading and keeps your concealer and foundation in place. In addition, primers prep your skin for makeup application such as blurring fine lines and or large pores. A primer can also be used alone, Magix Prime Face Perfector is a good one for those days you don’t feel like wearing foundation. This face perfector blurs imperfections, mattifies the skin, protects with SPF 20, and locks in your makeup—all in one step.
The second item is the eye primer, as I mentioned before primers prevent fading but eye primers also prevent your eyeshadow from creasing. My favorite is Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer. This primer is suitable for all skin types, especially oily eyelids and it keeps your eyeshadow in place for almost 12 hours even in humidity.
Products three & four
Foundation and Concealer
Foundation and concealer are a must for your makeup kit. A lightweight foundation is great for beginners, it eliminates the risk of caking. Magix Tint Brightening Tinted Moisturizer is a lightweight formula that moisturizes the skin making it perfect for dry to normal skin. If you have oily skin then Magix Wand Foundation Stick is right for you. It helps control oil and shine for an all-day fresh look.
For a concealer, it’s best to get one that is the closest to your skin tone. Concealer is used under your eyes and where there are uneven skin tones. In addition, you can camouflage blemishes with a color corrector pallet.
How to apply a color corrector?
Apply with a beauty blender, or fingertips. After you have applied a thin layer of color corrector on a blemish; gently pat your foundation over the corrector. Apart from this, if using a color corrector for dark circles use a concealer that is closest to your skin tone on top of the corrector.
How to camouflage a blemish?
A blemish is neutralized by the opposite color on the color wheel.
On the color wheel, green is opposite from red, which makes it perfect for hiding any redness on your face, like pimples and acne scars. If you have rosacea, a color-correcting green primer will help hide unwanted redness and give you an even base for applying foundation.
For people with darker skin tones who have dark circles under their eyes
Orange is the opposite of blue. If you have darker skin with blue dark circles, orange will work to help conceal the uneven undertones. On the other hand, people with lighter skin should avoid orange and instead use a peach color corrector.
For people with medium to light skin tones who have dark circles under their eyes
Pink concealer is usually salmon or peach in tone and is created from a mix of red, orange, and yellow hues. Which neutralizes blue, green, and purple.
For dark purple bruises, veins, and under-eye circles
Yellow color correcting concealer can be used to cover up any blemish that’s purple in tone. Bruises, veins, and under-eye circles can be hidden with a yellow spot concealer.
For yellow skin tones and combatting dull complexion
Purple is best for combatting yellow undertones and brightening skin. Use a purple primer to remove yellow tones from your entire face or use a spot concealer to hide yellow spots.
Products five, six & seven
Fair Skin (Day Blushes)
pinks & peaches
Fair Skin (Evening Blushes)
Medium Skin tones (Day Blushes)
apricots, mauves & earthy tones
Medium Skin tones (Evening Blushes)
Day blushes for Dark Skin
pinks leaning towards reds & dark berries look great.
And for evening blush on Dark Skin
bright tangerine looks amazing with darker skin tones.
How to apply the blush, highlighter, and bronzer?
In this makeup guide for beginners, I list below the basic areas you would apply these three things. Make sure you have one makeup brush for each product. Keep reading to see which brush is for each makeup product.
Optional makeup product;
To this makeup guide for beginners, I did not add eyeshadow as a must-have in your starter kit. But if you would like to add one I would recommend Avon True Color Eye shadow Quad it’s the perfect pallet for beginners. Besides the many beautiful subtle colors to pick from it also has them numbered. This way you don’t have to guess which shade goes where. If you don’t know which eyeshadow looks best with your eye color click here to learn which colors enhance your natural eye color. Eyeliner is another option to enhance your eyes but it’s really not a must.
Product eight & nine
If you are like me with sparse eyebrows then an eyebrow gel or an eyebrow pencil to fill in the gaps would be another item that needs to be in your starter kit. Or if you are one of the lucky ones and have uncontrollable brows then a clear sculpting eyebrow gel is needed in your kit to control your eyebrows and make them look sleek.
Mascara is another must-have item in your beauty bag, it completes every look, I like to call it the “icing on the cake”. With the right eyelash curler and the right mascara, your eyes will look big and brighter. Click here to find the right mascara and learn which color mascara to use.
Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler Award Winning w/ Satin Bag & Refill Pads – No PinchingKaasage Eyelash Curler with Advanced Silicone Pressure Pad & Fits All Eye ShapesJAPONESQUE Go Curl Eyelash Curler The open cage design won’t pinch your outer lashes.
Never pump your mascara (putting the mascara brush in and out of the tube multiple times at once), pumping will get air in the tube, and dry out your mascara very fast. If this happens just add about three drops of eye contact lens cleaning solution and the mascara will be good as new.
Another tip is, always do your makeup in natural lighting preferably close to a window where natural sunlight comes in. If you are doing your makeup in the evening then get yourself a well-lit mirror with LED lights.
Makeup Guide for Beginners – Products nine, ten & eleven
Last but not least, is the lipstick it’s the cherry on top. I personally love lipgloss for the summer and lipstick in the cooler season or for a night out. A lip liner is also a good addition to your makeup starter kit.
With a lip liner, you can make your lips look fuller by simply drawing the line a tiny bit outside your natural lip line or right on your natural lip line. To make your lips look smaller apply the liner on the inside of your natural lipline.
Tip: Outline your lips with a lip liner when you use a lipstick with a shiny or shimmer finish or a moisture-rich formula as this will prevent the lipstick from “bleeding”.
Another item you can add to your kit would be a setting spray, it keeps your makeup in place longer. In particular, when it’s very humid. What to look for in a setting spray is the finish it leaves. Setting sprays come in a matte finish and a dewy finish. Which one should I use you ask; I recommend if you have oily skin then matte is best for you and if you have dry skin then dewy is the right one.
Tools for your makeup bag
- Eyelash curler which I mentioned above.
- Makeup brushes
- Tweezers to keep your browns looking neat.
Which makeup brush to use
Here are the basic makeup brushes you need as a beginner. Once you become more confident you can look at other different types of brushes that are used for looks that are more advanced.
wet n wild Small Eyeshadow Brush for eyelid area, lighter colorswet n wild Large Eyeshadow Brush for highlighting brow bone areawet n wild Eyeshadow Eyelid Crease Brush Usually for the darkest color of shadowwet n wild Flat Top Liquid Foundation Brush used in circular motionwet n wild Blush Brush Great for beginners, Makeup Guide for beginnerswet n wild Contour/ Bronzer Brush Makeup Guide for Beginnerswet n wild Fan/ Highlighter Brush Great for beginnersReal Techniques Expert Concealer Brush with Ultra Plush
Below is a great set of brushes as well. The set is perfect for beginners. It comes with all the brushes you need to get started and as a bonus, a beauty blender and a brush cleaner are included. Not only are they of great quality but they are at a very good price point. The other item I have listed is something to really think about. I highly recommend a brush cleaner so you can keep your brushes clean and keep nasty bacteria that builds up with time on your brushes away from your skin. Oh and don’t forget the cleansing solution.
That’s all you need for your beginner’s makeup kit. I hope you found this makeup guide for beginners useful.
If you don’t know how to apply makeup here are some great books that can guide you.
Bobbi Brown Manual For Everyone from Beginner to Pro | Makeup Books for BeginnersRobert Jones’ A Complete Course for All Levels, Makeup Books for BeginnersHow to Wear Makeup: 75 Tips + Tutorials | Makeup Tips Tricks Beginners
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