11 Must Haves Makeup Items for Beginners

This makeup guide for beginners has a list of all you will need to get yourself started. I know it’s a bit daunting trying to find the right items for a beginner’s makeup kit, especially with the thousands of beauty products and tools that are out there. But don’t be intimidated it’s not as hard as you think.

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 make up on a cleansed face. Prepping your skin with the proper cleansing routine is essential. Which means you need to have the proper cleanser and moisturizer that suits your skin type. If you don’t have a regimen yet click on the link that best fits your skin type to get one.

Oily SkinDry SkinNormal Skin, Adult Acne, Teen Acne 

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After cleansing and moisturizing your skin you are now ready to enhance your facial features with makeup.

The first thing listed on this makeup guide for beginners is a primer and it’s also the first step for applying makeup. Primer is the base coat that will make your skin look flawless and prevent makeup from fading. You will need a face primer and an eyeshadow primer. Eyeshadow primers not only keep your eyeshadow in place they also make the eyeshadow color look richer. If you have oily eyelids click here to learn more about using primer on oily eyelids. 

e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer for use as a Foundation for Your Makeup, Vitamin Infused Formula.47 Ouncese.l.f. Hydrating Face Makeup Primer for use as a Base for Makeup, Vitamin Infused Formulae.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer for use as a Foundation for Your Makeup, Vitamin Infused Formula.47 OuncesRevlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, 0.91 Fluid OunceRevlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, Under Makeup Primer, Applying Before FoundationRevlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, 0.91 Fluid OunceMaybelline Face Studio Master Prime Primer, Blur + Illuminate, 1 Fluid OunceMaybelline Face Studio Master Prime Primer, Blur + Illuminate, Face Makeup PrimerMaybelline Face Studio Master Prime Primer, Blur + Illuminate, 1 Fluid OunceNYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Base, White, 0.25 OunceNYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Primer Base Apply Before EyeshadowNYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Base, White, 0.25 OunceL'Oréal Paris Magic De-Crease Eyelid Primer, 0.19 fl. oz.L’Oréal Paris Magic De-Crease Eyelid Primer, Good Eyeshadow Primer Apply Before EyeshadowL'Oréal Paris Magic De-Crease Eyelid Primer, 0.19 fl. oz.Ruby Kisses 24 HR Eyeshadow Magic PrimerRuby Kisses 24 HR Eyeshadow Magic Eyeshadow Primer Base Use Before Applying EyeshadowRuby Kisses 24 HR Eyeshadow Magic Primer

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To this kit, you will also want to add an opaque concealer closest to your skin tone to hide imperfections. For the foundation, to eliminate the risk of caked-on foundation I would recommend a beginner to start with a lightweight foundation. Once you start to get the hang of applying foundation evenly you can move on to medium or full coverage foundations. 

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The next items that are a must in your makeup kit is a blush and a highlighter. Confused on which color blush you should use? No worries I got you;

Fair Skin Day Blushes: pinks & peaches

Evening Blushes: plums  

Medium Skin Day Blushes: apricots, mauves & earthy tones

Evening Blushes: berries

Dark Skin Day Blushes: dark berries & pinks leaning towards reds

Evening Blushes: bright tangerine 

Click here to learn more about applying blush and highlighter. 

Makeup Guide for Beginners

Avon True Color Matte Eyeshadow Quad in Smoke & Fog

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. 

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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 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. 

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Makeup Guide for BeginnersLast but not least lipstick now this is the cherry on top. I personally love lipgloss for the summer and lipstick in the cooler season or for night outs. Click here to Find the Best Lipstick for You

Now for the two tools that are a must-have would be the following:

  1. Eyelash curler which I mentioned above.
  2.  If you decide to use eyeshadow than eyeshadow brushes 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 a great quality but they are at a very good price point.

BEAKEY Makeup Brush Set, Premium Synthetic Kabuki Foundation Face Powder Blush Eyeshadow Brushes Makeup Brush Kit with Blender Sponge and Brush Cleaner (10+2pcs, Black/Silver)BEAKEY Makeup Brush Set, 10 Premium Synthetic Kabuki Brushes w/ Blender Sponge & Brush CleanerBEAKEY Makeup Brush Set, Premium Synthetic Kabuki Foundation Face Powder Blush Eyeshadow Brushes Makeup Brush Kit with Blender Sponge and Brush Cleaner (10+2pcs, Black/Silver)

Another item you can add to your kit would be a setting spray. These sprays are very useful think of them as a hairspray but for your face. It keeps your makeup in place longer. 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. 

That’s all you need for your beginner’s makeup kit. Here are a few makeup tips:

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. Such as this one:

FLYMEI [Upgraded Version] 20 LED Lighted Makeup Mirror, Vanity Mirror with Touch Screen, Detachable 10X Magnification Spot Mirror, Countertop Cosmetic Mirror, Include AA Batteries, BlackFLYMEI [Upgraded Version] 20 LED Lighted Makeup Mirror with Touch Screen, Detachable 10X Magnification Spot MirrorFLYMEI [Upgraded Version] 20 LED Lighted Makeup Mirror, Vanity Mirror with Touch Screen, Detachable 10X Magnification Spot Mirror, Countertop Cosmetic Mirror, Include AA Batteries, Black

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. 

If you don’t know how to apply makeup here are some great books that can guide you.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to ProBobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro | Makeup Books for BeginnersBobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to ProRobert Jones' Makeup Masterclass: A Complete Course in Makeup for All Levels, Beginner to AdvancedRobert Jones’ Makeup Masterclass: A Complete Course in Makeup for All Levels, Makeup Books for BeginnersRobert Jones' Makeup Masterclass: A Complete Course in Makeup for All Levels, Beginner to AdvancedHow to Wear Makeup: 75 Tips + TutorialsHow to Wear Makeup: 75 Tips + Tutorials | Makeup Tips Tricks BeginnersHow to Wear Makeup: 75 Tips + Tutorials

Oh, I almost forgot, you need to put all your new stuff somewhere I would recommend a makeup organizer.

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