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Makeup Starter Kit – Everything a Beginner Needs

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Makeup can be really intimidating for a girl who is just beginning to dip her toes into the water. It’s hard to understand what kind of products to buy, and looking for suggestions can make you feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of different cosmetics. It’s especially complicated if you don’t know what half of those things even do or why you should have them! Fortunately, we’ve put this easy to follow list of makeup products that you should have in your makeup starter kit. These products will cover all your makeup basics and help you begin exploring without feeling overly confused. So grab your makeup brushes, and let’s go!

BB Creams
If you’re new to makeup, you should keep your face relatively simple. Foundations can be tricky for a newbie, especially when it comes to figuring out a tone that is right for your skin complexion. If you’ve been steering clear of foundation because it seems too complicated, why not add a BB cream to your makeup starter kit? A BB cream will help even out your complexion and give you a light to medium coverage. It’s also easier to figure out what color will work for you since BB creams usually come in variation such as light, medium, dark, medium to dark, etc. You’re a lot less likely to pick the wrong shade for you. Tinted moisturizers are also a really good starting starter kit

Once you are comfortable applying a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream, you may have a bit more confidence with trying out a foundation. We recommend the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream. It comes in just a few basic shades so it should be easy to figure out which color is good for you. It’s also really inexpensive!

If your skin is blemish and dark circle free, feel free to skip the concealer when you are just starting out. However, if you want to cover all your imperfections, concealer can make a drastic difference in the appearance of your face. A good concealer will help tone down the look of dark circles, or even make them look like they aren’t there with the proper application and lots of practice! Choosing a concealer is a bit different than picking something that is applied all over the face. Instead of matching your skin tone exactly, get something that is about two shades lighter. This is because it will help lighten the areas that are darker than the rest of your skin, like the under eye circles.

makeup starter kit

Our recommendation is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Okay, now before you freak out over the price, here us out. This stuff is seriously amazing. If dark circles and dark spots on your face is something you’ve always struggled with, a good concealer is a great investment for your makeup starter kit. The great thing about the NARS concealer is that you can go to Sephora and try all the colors out that way you can figure out which color works for you before you make the big spend. You will not be disappointed.

To finish off a simple face look, blush can really brighten your appearance and make you glow. Blush can be pretty tricky when you are a beginner. When applying blush for the first time, you may have issues with making it not look like you’re a clown. If you are unsure of what color to get, pinch your cheeks and see what color appears naturally and then find a color that matches that. This will help find something that will bring color to your cheeks without looking too extreme. If your skin is fair, a peachy color looks great. If your skin is more olive or tan toned dust rose colors are amazing. For dark skin, plum colors look perfect.

makeup starter kit

We recommend NYX cream blushes. These are great because they are really inexpensive so you can buy a couple of colors that you think will look good on you. The cream consistency means that you’ll be able to apply them using your fingers, so you’ll have more control over where the color goes until you are ready to branch out into applying blush with a brush. You can also use your finger to apply and then buff it out using a stippling brush. Also these colors can be applied to the lips as well. It’s amazing.


It’s really fun to experiment with makeup on the eyes. If you’re a beginner we would recommend finding the best makeup palettes that have a couple natural colors. These colors are the best to experiment and won’t leave you looking like a clown. Bright crazy colors like blues and greens and yellows probably aren’t a good place to begin unless you already have some sense of what you are doing. You could be left with the appearance of a child that got into her mom’s makeup.

makeup starter kit

We recommend the SHANY Natural Fusion Eyeshadow Palette. This palette is inexpensive and comes with so many different shades that will work for all kinds of skin complexions. There are enough colors in this palette to let you experiment with lots of different looks. A Palette like this one will allow you to create beautiful day looks and more dramatic night looks as well with the more shimmery and dark shadows. You’ll be experimenting for ages.

If you skip every single other makeup product and only decide to buy one for your makeup starter kit, buy Mascara. It’s amazing what something so simple can do to completely transform your face. Mascara will open up your eyes, make your lashes look more full, and it can be worn on its own if you decide to skip out on shadows and liner. There are a lot of different mascaras that all do different things to the lashes. The best way to pick one that is good for you is to figure out what you’d like to do to your lashes and find a product that will do it for you. If your lashes are short, find a mascara that will lengthen them. If you think you don’t have enough hair around the lash area, find one that will give you more volume and fill them out.

makeup starter kit

For beginners, we recommend the Maybelline The Rocket Mascara. This mascara comes with a brush that won’t leave your eyelashes clumpy. It’s easy to apply, and you can go over your lashes multiple times to give them a fuller look. This mascara comes in both washable, and waterproof, so there is something for whatever your preference is. I have been using the waterproof version of this, and I can promise you that the stuff will NOT come off until you wash it with makeup remover or a makeup removing cleanser. It’s amazing. No smudgey eyes to be seen anywhere.

Eyeliner can be tricky for beginners because it’s difficult to put on. There are a lot of different kinds from more chalky liners to liquid liners. It’s probably best for a beginner to skip out on a liquid liner at first because it can take a while to master the application, and you don’t want to be discouraged at first. Go for a pencil eyeliner that goes on smooth and easily. After a few times practicing, you’ll begin to understand how to get your line straight. Just don’t expect perfection on your first go!

makeup starter kit

We recommend the Maybelline Define-A-Line Eyeliner. This is another inexpensive product that is really easy to apply. The liner is really smooth and glide on easily. Twisting the pencil is all it takes to get more product out, so you won’t need to buy a sharpener for it.

Lips are an area where you can have a bit more fun as a beginner since it doesn’t take much expertise to apply a lipstick or a gloss. You should however be extra careful with the colors that you pick for your makeup starter kit. You don’t want to get something that just makes you look really scary. The best thing you can do is go to a makeup store like sephora that allows you to try the products. Try out a couple of lip colors and decide which one you like the best for your complexion. Once you have a color you like, take a photo or note down the product name. Then you can go to a drugstore and find a color that matches the one you liked at a much better price. Once you are more comfortable with applying your lip colors, you can invest in the more expensive stuff.

makeup starter kit

We recommend the Revlon lip butters for people just starting out with lip products. These are great because they fall somewhere between a lipstick and a lip balm. A lot of these colors are actually very pigmented and show up really nicely. Unlike a lipstick, you won’t have problems with your lips drying out as the day goes on because they are quite moisturizing. Grab one of these if you’re not ready to jump right into lipstick just yet. There is also a huge variety of colors to choose from!

These are the perfect products for a makeup starter kit. Everything listed here will be just enough to give you a simple look. As you begin to master different makeup techniques, you’ll be able to try new things, and go for higher end products.