Makeup Essentials for Beginners
You may be ready to start dipping your new brushes into a sea of colors, but before you dive into the deep end, let this guide to the ultimate makeup essentials for beginners’ help you get your toes wet in the ever-growing world of beauty products. We enlisted the expert advice to help us understand everything from the how-to to how much? Come on in, the water’s fine!
FACE MAKEUP ESSENTIALS
Moisturizer and Primer
Great makeup begins with great skincare. Prep your skin with CeraVe Moisturizer, a lightweight daily moisturizer for normal to dry skin. Follow up with Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer, a luminous face primer that hydrates and brightens skin for a dewy finish. The duo will ensure a flawless base that keeps makeup in place all day.
Just like artists who must prime before painting, you too must start with a clean canvas. After you’ve prepped your skin, the foundation is your first step. To avoid the dreaded “cakey” look, it is recommended to apply the foundation using a beauty sponge. It absorbs the product, allowing you to gradually add the ideal amount of foundation to your complexion. Best Pick: jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation
Concealer is a must-have staple in your beauty routine. And we’ll gladly bet on that statement! Concealer offers the photoshopped-looking finish everyone seeks; however, it just may be the trickiest makeup essential for beginners to master.
The two main differences we want to look for when buying a concealer are face concealer and eye concealer. Typically we want a hydrating concealer to go under the eye and soften the look of any fine lines. Concealer for the face tends to be denser and drying and this is perfect for covering up that pesky blemish or discoloration. Best Pick: RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up
Now that you’ve got a flawless base, it’s time to make a splash. A great bronzer makes the top five of must-have products, adding that it’s essential to add a touch of color to a washed-out complexion. How to do so without going overboard? dust a little bronzer into the hairline, across the cheekbones and neck to give an instant pick-me-up. Try: Glo Skin Beauty Bronze
EYE MAKEUP ESSENTIALS
Eyeliner is 90% sultriness, 10% glam, and 100% vital. Plus, it can easily take any makeup look from day to night in a sitch. Go with pencil eyeliner—while it may not be the tool for a great winged eyeliner look; it’s much less fussy and great for ladies first starting off.
Expert Tip: Start by applying the color in the middle of the eye and lightly dot the pencil into the lash, gradually working your way to the outer part of the eye. Connecting the dots is an easy way to create a more natural look. Try: W3LL PEOPLE Hypnotist Eyepencil
Now it’s time to lengthen those lashes with some mascara. Not even the most novices of makeup beginners can fumble with this one. However, the days of pumping the wand in the tube and plumping the eyelashes with triple coats are gone! Simply take your freshly dipped mascara wand and apply one to two coats before you complete your look. An absolute makeup essential for beginners, mascara darkens, thickens, and lengthens the lashes for a put-together look on the daily. Try: Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
A neutral eyeshadow palette is a perfect 10 across the board. Stick with taupes, bronzes, browns, and cream-colored shadows for an easily blendable, effortless look great for all eye colors. Try: Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette
How to get the natural look with just three simple tools:
Eyeshadow brush: this is the staple for applying powder loosely on the lid.
Smudge brush: this brush is usually packed together with dense bristles to apply a heavier amount of product. Look for a dome shape the size of a pencil eraser to provide more application control.
Blending brush: this gives the option to apply a soft amount of color in the crease and/or buff the shadow above the crease.
BROWS MAKEUP ESSENTIALS
Any beginner can start filling in their brows using a brow gel or a powder shadow. But if you’ve marathoner beauty gurus’ bold-brow routines only to have them look, well, not like theirs, it is recommended using powder. Powder tends to be more forgiving when you first start off. Look for a more coarse brush to apply the product so it doesn’t apply too much product at once. Try: Glo Skin Beauty Precision Brow Pencil
LIPS MAKEUP ESSENTIALS
A Nude and a Bold Lip Color
A key item for an irresistible pout, lipsticks can change an entire look with just a simple swipe. The perfect neutral and a pop of color are two lip colors every girl should have in her purse; recommending beginners to stick with a formula that has more hydration for its forgiving nature.
To find the perfect lip shade, opt for a color slightly darker than your natural lip undertone to create the perfect wash of color. A pop of color can be your preference for coral, berry, or pink. Try Lipstick Queen Nothing But The Nudes
BRUSHES and TOOLS
In order to put apply your makeup properly; you’ll need to use the right tools. The Beautyblender is perfect for effortlessly blending foundations, blush, and concealer. For precise eye makeup and dusting on powders reach for Sonia Kashuk’s brush set.
Q-Tips and Makeup Wipes
Even pros make mistakes — and dabbing a Q-Tip into lotion is their secret for instantly erasing errors. And for those nights when you’re too lazy to wash your face, makeup wipes will be your best friend. Try Cleanse by Lauren Napier, which comes with 50 individually packaged wipes you can throw in your travel bag to use on-the-go.
Makeup Essentials for Beginners
Makeup beginners don’t be confused by the thousands of products on the cosmetic shelves. From eyelash curlers to kabuki brushes, there are so many makeup tools on the market that it can be tough to figure out exactly what you need in your makeup kit.
If you’re ready to step your game up but don’t want to waste space (or money) on unnecessary items, we’ve got your back. We’ve rounded up the must-have items — nothing more, nothing less. Not only are they easy for newbies to use, but they’ve also been put to the test and have quickly become pro favorites, too.