So you want to dip your toes into the world of make up but don’t know where to start. “What are all these products for?” you might ask. You’re probably wondering what is it that you need to create a basic look.
If you go to a make up store, there will be shelves and shelves of products and you’ll feel even more in over your head. Don’t get frightened. You can always ask one of the sales associates for assistance. However, there are some people who prefer to browse the store on their own or others who like to do their shopping online and might need a little help. If you’re one of these people, you’re in luck! I’ve listed the basic things you need in order to create the perfect beginner collection for yourself. It’s like a little grocery list… but for make up!
● Start off with your base
• Primer – First thing’s first… primer. There are tons of primers on the market that do different things. The main purpose is to act as a barrier between make up and your skin. It also evens out the texture of your skin thus making your foundation go on smoother. It also increases the longevity of your make up.
• Foundation – You can choose from light coverage to medium coverage all the way to full coverage. Foundation is meant to even out your complexion and create a clean canvas for your other products. They are available in liquid, cream or powder. Powder gives you the least coverage and is best for those with oily skin. Cream gives you the most coverage and is best for people who have dry skin. Liquid can give you a light coverage or be built up all the way to a full coverage. It works with all skin types.
When shopping for a foundation, remember to match the colour to the rest of your body (ideally neck and chest) instead of your face. In some of you, your face can tend to have a lot of redness and won’t give you an accurate colour match.
Not everyone needs foundation though. Some of you can get away with just spot concealing as you might already have a pretty even skin tone. Instead of foundation, you can opt for BB creams or CC creams for days when you want just a wee bit more coverage but nothing too heavy.
• Concealer – You want your concealer to be the same shade or one shade lighter than your foundation. It’s recommended to get one of each as they serve different purposes. Whether you get a hydrating or mattifying concealer depends on your skin type. Concealers can be found in liquid or cream forms. It can be used for additional coverage after foundation or on it’s own on the little blemishes you want to cover. This is why you should get one that matches your foundation/skin tone. Concealers can also be used to highlight under the eyes, the forehead, as well as the nose. In this case, you would use the lighter shade and preferably one that isn’t very drying.
• Powder – After applying your liquid or cream foundation and/or concealer you will need to set it into place with powder to prevent creasing. You can use a compact powder or loose powder. If you want more coverage you can get a powder that matches with the shades of your previous products. If you don’t want additional coverage and you simply just want to set your make up you can go for translucent powder. Even if you don’t wear foundation or concealer, you can use a bit of powder to control shine. If you have dry skin you don’t need to shy away from powder altogether. Just make sure you use a light hand and use other hydrating products.
• Bronzer – After evening out your complexion, your face might look a little bit flat and washed out. Reintroduce some colour by dusting a bit of bronzer. You ideally want to apply this on the spots where the sun naturally hits such as the cheeks and across the forehead.
• Blush – For a healthy wash of colour, get a blush that compliments your skin tone. People who are fair can go with light pinks, rose and peach. Peach, coral and deep pinks work great for medium skin tones. Berry, tangerine and fuchsia look stunning on those who have dark skin tones. If you find the right shade, you will instantly give life to your face.
● After you’ve covered your base make up products, you can now move on to your eye products.
• Brow – You have the option to pick between powder, pomade and pencil. Powder would be best for those of you who have naturally thick eyebrows and just want to fill in little spaces you might have. It gives the most natural look and it’s the easiest to correct if you go in with a heavy hand. Pomade is a lifesaver for those of you, like me, who have very fine and sparse brows. It allows you to create full and structured brows. However, this method takes a bit of practice as it is quite easy to go overboard and end up with boxy Sharpie brows. Pencil is the universal product here. Whether you have thick brows or thins brows, you can make pencil work wonders for you.
• Eyeshadow – To start yourself off, you can get a small palette with neutral shades in different finishes (matte, satin, shimmer) that can work for any occasion. As a beginner, bright colours such as orange or lime green might be daunting to work with. If you feel like you won’t get much use out of colourful palettes you don’t need to spend on one right away. As you practice more and get more comfortable you can dip your brushes into different colours and experiment with your looks.
• Eyeliner – You can choose between pencil, liquid or gel . Pencil is the most common one as it is the easiest one to control. Liquid eyeliner is the most difficult one to use because you need to have a very steady hand or else it can turn into a big mess. Gel is creamy so it’s easier to use than liquid liner and it will last longer than a pencil liner.
When you hear eyeliner you probably automatically think of the classic black eyeliner. If that’s your taste then go for it! However, if you would like something a little bit more subtle, try a brown eyeliner. This will make your eyes looked softer and less dramatic; perfect for daytime.
• Mascara – Easily my favourite product! Ever since I was twelve years old I’ve been utterly obsessed with mascara. There are a plethora of mascaras out there from all different brands. Assess your lashes and figure out what you want in a mascara. Do you want more length? More volume? More curl? Check out this blog post to see some of my tried and trusted mascaras. If you’re just starting your make up collection, the best colours to go for are the classic black or brown.
● Let’s talk about lips
• Lipstick – Consider getting at least two lipsticks. Get a bold shade for night time and a neutral shade for daytime. You’re able to find lipsticks in different forms (bullet or liquid) and finishes (matte, satin, glossy, metallic). To further enhance your lips, get matching lip liners. If you’re not really much of a lipstick person, there’s the option of tinted balms. These are lightweight and moisturizing while offering a natural looking colour to your lips.
I know it can be very overwhelming trying to start your make up collection, but you just need to start slowly. Also, be efficient with what you have. Make up is supposed to spark up creativity inside you. This doesn’t only refer to the looks you’re able to achieve; it’s also about how you use your products. For example, if you don’t have blush, you can always use an eyeshadow and vice versa, you can use a blusher as eyeshadow. If you don’t have a highlighter, there’s no need to feel pressured into going out and purchasing one right away, especially if you don’t even use highlighter all that much. A simple shimmery eyeshadow can do the trick for you.
Try out different products and different brands to see what you like and don’t like. If you can, get samples sizes before purchasing the full size. Ask those make up lovers around you for recommendations.
Above all, start with the basics and work your way up from there.