You can never build a house starting from the roof towards its foundation.
Same thing applies to your makeup collection. There is no way you’ll start contouring and highlighting when you are just a beginner and know little about what products to use or even foundation itself. Trust me, no one was born a professional makeup artist; It’s just a learning process which takes a A LOT of practice.
I know how overwhelming it may be when you are just starting out with makeup and you don’t know what exactly to use so here’s my guide for starting your own collection at a very low cost…
I remember starting out with makeup looking a total mess. Oh Lord! I thought I was really popping. You know; foundation darker than my skin tone, Concealer way too ashy, One eyebrow thicker than the other one…No one could stop me from ‘slaying’ LOL. I hope you are not judging me as you are reading this!
Overtime, I came to learn the ins and outs of makeup with so much trial and error. From my experience, I always recommend starting out with drugstore products because for one, they are very very affordable so you can easily practice and perfect your skills without wasting a lot of money on high-end products. There is really no point of spending tons of money when you are still on that learning stage.
I’m going to do this post in two parts. One part which is this one, is going to include the very basic products you need for a simple everyday look, then the next part will be more of a graduation…kinda like those pro products you use after knowing the basics.
Without further ado, let’s have a look at the products you need to start building your collection:
Here is an index to make it easier to navigate.
- Eyebrow kit
- Finishing Powders
- Eye essentials
This applies to both face and lips. For lips, any lip balm works just fine.
Moisturizer is going to be your very first step during makeup application.
What it does: It helps improve skin tone as well as texture. Trust me, you don’t want to apply your foundation on dry/ashy skin; Your foundation is going to look patchy (because of dry rough skin) instead of gliding on smoothly.
Which one to get: It’s always smart to use a moisturizer that caters for your skin type as well. If you have dry skin, go for an illuminating or hydrating moisturizer instead of an oil free one. For oily skin, choose an oil free moisturizer to avoid looking like a greaseball because of extra shine. Now you get my point? It’s a matter of cooperating with your skin.
(Comment down below if you would love to see a detailed post on the specific type of moisturizers I recommend for each and every skin type).
A primer should be your best friend! There are a million different primers that have different uses, so it all depends with your skin condition.
What it does: They can be used to fill in noticeable pores, counteract discoloration caused by acne scars, cover redness or even mattify your skin if you have really oily skin. Again, it all depends on your skin type. After all, a primer provides a smooth canvas for your makeup to stick to.
Apply a primer right after you apply your moisturizer.
It is not a must you buy expensive eyebrow products for your eyebrows to be on ‘fleek’ NO! I can honestly tell you that I use a $4 eyebrow pencil and still get great results. Let me go ahead and explain what roles each tool plays:
from left to right;
Mini scissors– Really helpful for shaping your brows, especially chopping off brow hairs that are out of place.
Eyebrow shaper– To shave off untamed brow hairs below the brow arch.
Brow comb- To brush up brows. Doing this aligns all the hairs making it easy to fill in bald spaces.
Eyebrow pencil– Off course, to fill in eyebrows for a fuller look. Never use black. I repeat. Never use black.
Spoolie- To blend in the harsh lines from the pencil after filling in brows.
Which one to get: Please make sure it’s dark brown and never black. Black makes everything look so harsh and unnatural. Otherwise, If your hairs are lighter, then try to match it with the same pencil color.
I named the products in order of how you naturally fill in brows. For a more defined look, clean up under the brows using concealer and an angled brush. which I’ll explain in the next step.
Concealer has so many uses apart from just concealing spots and scars on our faces, which I will do a post on in the near future. For now, we are only interested in one type of concealer.
Which one to get: One that is close to your skin color so you can use it after a primer to hide any scars if you have any, or even to conceal those dark under eye circles. (Although done best using color correctors which we will discuss in the next post)
Other ways to use concealer: To clean up brows for a more defined look. Doing this needs extra practice because it is so easy to get uneven brows; one thicker than the other one.
Affordable brand I love: I love using is this LA Pro Girl in the color chestnut ($5) which is an absolute dupe for MAC pro-long wear concealer ($22) Why not save that $17 and invest in other products for your collection…
(Thumbs up this post if you would love a step by step pictorial on how to get perfect brows)
This is the most IMPORTANT part of your makeup! This means that you also have to invest in a good foundation. Finding your perfect match can be very tricky especially since you are just starting out but don’t get discouraged. You are going to be a pro one day. I also got through it after months of wearing the wrong shade and still thought I nailed it…LOL.
Recommendation: For a start, even though Investing for a high-end foundation is a great option, I would still recommend one from a beauty supply store just so you can use it to master the art of blending and application in general.
How to get color matched: A really good outlet to go to is sephora, where they use their color IQ device to get your exact match with just a picture of your skin around the jawline and other specific areas of your face. If you are not close by any sephora outlet, your best bet will be to DIY in a store by swatching different shades. This can be overwhelming but with the right tactic of knowing your skin tone, not just color, you will do just fine.
Good drugstore brands: Covergirl, Maybeline, e.l.f cosmetics and Revlon (Again, consider your skin type for best results.) The brands mentioned seem to have a wide selection of colors which you can definitely play around with to get your shade.
A post on how to DIY and get your perfect shade is coming soon so definitely stay tuned for that. Also, let me know whether you would like to know how to find your skin tone which will really make a difference in the shade of foundation you wear.
What it does: What’s a building without some cement to hold everything together? Same thing applies to makeup. Finishing off your makeup application with some powder sets everything and keeps makeup in place.
Which one to get: Since we are going for more of a natural look in this beginner post, mineralized and pressed powders that match your skin tone is all you need. The rest are going to come later when we get into highlighting and contouring in the next episode.
Eyeliner effects: To give your eyes some life, you may want to either use a black liner to line your water line. For a cat eye,(Which I still suck at up to this day) a felt tip eyeliner works best since it gives you steadiness and glides on smoothly. A trick to look more awake, use a white eyeliner in your waterline. This will make your eyes look wider and more awake.
Mascara effects: For your lashes, a simple mascara with voluminous effects works best since we are not yet wearing fake lashes. (We’ll get there in the next post though). A voluminous adds enough volume to make your lashes look thick.
What to get: You can either choose to go for gloss to keep the look neutral and simple, tinted lip balm for some color or a bold lip color to achieve that bold look with your simple makeup look.
Affordable brands I love: Colourpop , Lenalashes , Colouredraine and Ofra cosmetics. Although liquid matte lips are the ‘in’ thing, try their metallic liquid lipsticks which are also getting the spotlight.
Perfect application: There are steps to follow to get that perfect lipstick application which I will definitely do in the future as per the requests that I’ve been receiving so far 🙂
And there you have it. I’ve tried to make it as simple as possible for you guys. My best advice will be to embrace your beautiful skin because you are beautiful just the way you are *Insert bruno mars voice here*:)
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below.
Have any requests or suggestions on what else you would like to see? Have any more tips to those who are trying out makeup for the first time? Let’s chat in the comments!
Stay Classy and Fabulous.