So you wanna start beating your face to the gawwds; looking for that perfect glow kit, but you still don’t know what good products to use. These 11 products are sure to jump-start your collection with the most popping products that every beauty guru raves about…
Last week we focussed on simple and affordable makeup products that you need if you are just starting out on makeup. Go ahead and check that out first here if you haven’t.
For this post, we are going to look at the additional products you can add to your everyday basic kit to give you a full glam look! We all know how expensive makeup is, unless you know how to maximize your resources.
One trick I usually use to save some $$$ when it comes to building my collection is to always go for palettes. From eyeshadow palettes to highlighting and contouring kits. You’ll realize that palettes last longer compared to individuals which need to be bought frequently. Also palettes are so versatile, providing you with other essentials at the same time.
Without further ado, Let’s go ahead and start building your collection…
For easier navigation, use this index:
- Color correctors
- Eyeshadow primer
- Eyeshadow palette
- Highlighting concealer
- Loose setting powder
- Contour kits
- Blush palettes
- Highlighting palette
- Eyelash falsies + glue
- Setting spray
- Links to all mentioned products
These are just concealers in different colors of the color wheel. They work best based on your skin tone, either Light, medium or deep. For Lighter skin tones, go for lighter colors (First palette on the left) whereas for deep skin tones, go for darker colors. (Third palette on the right) Another good and very affordable brand is the La Pro Girl concealers which come in individual colors.
They can be used to camouflage dark under eye circles, cover redness in skin tone and even cover dark spots from acne. Basically, they blur out skin imperfections that can’t be completely covered by foundation.
How to use:
Yellow – Corrects skin dullness.
Peach/Orange – Corrects dark spots for light/medium to deep skin tones respectively.
Green – Neutralizes redness is fair skin tone.
You ever tried to apply eyeshadow but it sets on the fine lines of your eyelids? Did I hear a yeah? Off course you know how annoying that can be. That is why an eyeshadow primer was invented. Just like I mentioned on last week’s post, you need a face primer to which your foundation can stick to. Same thing applies to eyeshadow. An eyeshadow primer is going to be the perfect base for your eyeshadow to stick to all day!
How to use: Just apply a little amount on the lids with your finger, blending it out at the same time.
I can’t even type this without laughing at how many fails I’ve had when applying eyeshadow. Ooooh child! I used to go all out! No transition color, no blending, no cut crease color…just a badass freestyle. I honestly gave up at some point but now I can say I got the technique. (One thousand years later) *sigh*
When you are still learning the basic techniques, go for more of neutral palettes; with the browns, the champagnes and the neutral colors. Try to avoid full out bright colors because you don’t wanna look like a clown like I did. LOL. Neutral colors will give you ample time to practice the techniques until you feel confident enough to rock those bright screaming colors.
How to use: Let’s use the tarte palette for example.
- Start with a transition color – This is the color you apply right after your eyeshadow primer to prep your lid. On that tarte palette, the colors charmer and flower child will be great transition colors.
- Next, apply a darker color on the outer-V of your eye. The color activist will be perfect for that.
- Lastly, on the front surface of your lid, apply the main color that you want to stand out. On the tarte palette, the color firecracker or funny girl will be great complements to the other colors we mentioned for the transition and Outer-V.
- Blend! Blend! Blend! Avoid harsh lines to have a softer look.
Now this is where highlighting and contouring comes in. Highlighting brings out the highpoints of your face and brightens the under-eye dark circles for a sleeker look. To get that perfect highlighting concealer, use one that’s about 2-3 shades lighter than your complexion, depending on your preferences.
A really great dupe for the Nars concealer is again this La Pro Girl concealer which is just as pigmented but for only $5.
How to use: Apply under the eyes, on the bridge of your nose, a little bit on the upper lip, chin and right under where you place your contour.
LOOSE SETTING POWDER
Rule number one, whenever you apply anything liquidy/creamy on your face you always have to set it with a good setting powder to avoid your makeup settling on the fine lines/creases of your face. (Can’t stand that).
How to use: Apply everywhere you applied the highlighting concealer.
CREAM CONTOURING PALETTE
A contouring palette is perfect especially if you are still looking for that perfect color that doesn’t look too harsh on your skin tone. Yes, contouring can be manipulated in terms of how heavy you want it. Since we contour using shades darker than our foundation, for a minimal contour look, 1 shade darker is good. For a heavy contour look, 2-3 shades darker does the job. I love this anastasia contour kit because it gives you all those shades for just $40. (Bottom 3 colors). Also, depending on your skin tone, you can use the three top colors as color correctors or even highlighting concealer. Overall, contouring sculpts your cheek bones for a very defined look.
How to use: Draw the letter 3 starting from the temples of your face, going under the cheek bones and finally lightly on jawline. This gives you nice shadows on your face to make it look 3D.
A blush is not that necessary to have but why not use some on occasion to jazz up your makeup look a little bit. A palette is perfect if you are still playing with the colors to find the one that complements your skin tone the most.
How to use: Apply right above the contour, on the apples of your cheek.
Yaaasss hunty! Glow! Give me life! Highlighting has to be the most abused technique in the makeup world. Everybody craves for that glow I’m telling you. Throughout my trial and error stages, I figured, highlighter with silver-ish undertones work best on fair skin tones, while those with gold champagne-ish undertones work best for medium to deep skin tones.
How to use: Apply right above the blush (If applied any) or just above the cheekbones.
Affordable brand I love: colourpop
If you are already blessed with long, thick eyelashes you don’t really need falsies. If you plan on getting falsies, get any mink and wispies style lashes. They just look so natural.
Off course we know how to use eyelashes…Placing it right over your lash-line using some adhesive glue.
Affordable brand I love : Ardell
Not necessary, but if you plan on wearing your makeup for a very long period of time, then setting spray is going to be an essential. This keeps everything intact with less makeup transfers. (Uurgh! Don’t you hate when you wear a white shirt and 30 minutes later, the collar looks like it has never been washed?) Yep! A setting scary should be a quick fix for preventing those type of makeup transfers.
How to use: Hold the bottle about 6-8 inches away from your face and spray about 2 pumps, making sure to cover all parts of your face.
Brand I love: Urban decay all nighter setting spray
Other suggestions you may like:
That completes it for this post as well as for the makeup collection essentials. But wait, what about brushes to apply the products?
Join us next week for a detailed post on makeup brushes and how to correctly use them.
Stay Classy & slay per usual.