Makeup Guide for Beginners
This makeup guide for beginners lists the 11 must have makeup items you’ll need to get yourself started. With thousands of beauty products and tools out there it can be a bit daunting. But don’t be intimidated it’s not as hard as you think. Read on to get the right items for a beginner’s makeup kit.
I have includes very affordable makeup and basic tools to get yourself started. There is no need to spends a lot of money on items and products that you really don’t know how to use just yet, right? Just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean you will learn any sooner either 😉 Once you feel more comfortable applying your makeup you can gradually get yourself better tools. But for now, this is exactly what you need in your start-up kit.
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.
Makeup Guide for Beginners – Products one & two
In this makeup guide for beginners, you will need a primer for the face and one for the eyes. Primers prevent makeup from fading and leave your skin looking flawless.
e.l.f. Hydrating Face Makeup Primer, Rich Vitamin Infused Formula for daily useRevlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, Under Makeup Primer, Apply Before FoundationMaybelline Face Studio Master Prime Primer, Blur + Illuminate, Makeup PrimerNYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Primer Base Apply Before EyeshadowL’Oréal Paris Magic De-Crease Eyelid Primer, Apply Before EyeshadowRuby Kisses 24 HR Eyeshadow Magic Primer Base Use Before Applying Eyeshadow
Makeup Guide for Beginners – Products three & four
Foundation and an opaque concealer are a must for your makeup kit. A lightweight foundation is great for beginners. It eliminates the risk of caking. For an opaque concealer, it’s best to get one that is the closest to your skin tone. The concealer would be used under your eyes and where there are uneven skin tones. To camouflage the blemishes a bit more use a color corrector pallet.
This makeup guide for beginners does say 11 must-have items but a color corrector is a great addition to your makeup kit. They are not very hard to use. With a beauty blender, makeup sponge or fingertip apply a thin layer onto the blemish or dark eye circles then gently pat your foundation over the corrector. If you use a color corrector for dark circles use a concealer that is closest to your skin tone ontop of the corrector. Here is a list of what colors cancel each other.
For redness, acne and rosacea
Green is opposite the color wheel from red, so it’s 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. People with lighter skin should avoid orange and instead use a peach color corrector.
For people with lighter 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. Since these colors are opposite from blue, green, and purple on the wheel, this corrector is best for hiding dark eye circles on lighter skin tones.
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.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Color Correcting Palette, Blemishes & ImperfectionsAesthetica Color Correcting Cream Concealer Palette Blemishes/ImperfectionsL.A. Girl Pro Color Correcting Set Orange, Yellow, Green For Blemishes/ Imperfections
Makeup Guide for Beginners – Products five & six
Fair Skin Day Blushes
pinks & peaches
Medium Skin Day Blushes
apricots, mauves & earthy tones
Dark Skin Day Blushes
dark berries & pinks leaning towards reds
Click here to learn more about applying blush and highlighter.
To this makeup guide for beginners, I added eyeshadow but it’s really not a must have in your starter kit. If you would like to add one I would recommend Avon True Color Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Quad or Avon True Color Matte Eyeshadow Quad. Not only do they have many beautiful subtle shades to pick from but they also have numbered shades so you won’t have to guess which shade goes where. It’s the perfect pallet for beginners. 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.
Makeup Guide for Beginners – Products seven & eight
If you are like me with sparse eyebrows than 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 has uncontrollable brows than a clear sculpting eyebrow gel is needed in your kit.
The next item I like to call the “icing on the cake” which is mascara. This is a must! With the right eyelash curler and the right mascara, your eyes will look big and brighter. Mascara just completes the entire look. Click here to find the right mascara and learn which color mascara to use. I found this great article on the Best-Reviewed eyelash curlers on Amazon it talks about the different kinds out there and guides you to the proper eyelash curler for your eye shape.
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.
Makeup Guide for Beginners – Products nine, ten & ellven
Another item you can add to your kit would be a setting spray. These sprays are very useful, it keeps your makeup in place longer. Very useful especially when there is a lot of humidity. What you want 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; well this is what I recommend if you have oily skin than matte is best for you and if you have dry skin than dewy is the right one.
Now for the two tools that are a must-have would be the following:
- Eyelash curler which I mentioned above.
- If you decide to use eyeshadow than eyeshadow brushes as well as a blush brush will be needed. Here is a great set of brushes. 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 two items I have listed are something to really think about. One is a brush cleaner and the other is a rack to dry the freshly washed brushes. I highly recommend these items because they will keep nasty bacteria that builds up with time on your brushes away from your skin. Oh and don’t forget the cleansing solution.
BEAKEY Makeup Brush Set, 10 Premium Synthetic Kabuki Brushes w/ Blender & CleanerAuch Silicone Make up Brush Holder Drying Brush Rack w/ Suction CupsElectric Makeup Brush Cleaner & Dryer Machine for all Size Makeup Brushes
That’s all you need for your beginner’s makeup kit.
Never pump your mascara, just in and out. 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 cleaner solution and the mascara is good as new.
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.
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