If you’re a beginner to makeup, you may find it to be pretty overwhelming, with so many products, brands, and tools floating around.
Where do you even begin?
So today I thought I’d write a makeup for beginners on a budget.
Why on a budget? Because when you’re first starting out with makeup, I believe you don’t have to spend so much money on it. As a beginner, you should use this time to experiment, play around, and see what you really like first, before moving into more expensive products, if you want.
Because the truth is, there are A LOT of amazing drugstore and affordable makeup – and I want to share some of them with you today as well.
Mascara is a great first makeup product to try as they make such a big difference in your overall look, and is easy to use. I know that mascara are many gals’ first makeup product, and it was mine, too!
The purpose of mascara is to make your lashes look darker, thicker and therefore making your eyes look bigger and wider.
Some of my favorite drugstore mascaras are Maybelline Great Lash and L’Oreal Voluminous. These mascaras can compete with the high end, designer mascaras anyday. I know a lot of pro makeup artists who love and use this mascara, too. I highly recommend either one for a beginner to makeup.
To use mascara, simply start at the base (the “roots”) of your eye lashes and comb through to the tips. You can wiggle the wand slightly as you comb through your lashes, which will help deposit more mascara onto the lashes, making them look extra thick!
For the first few tries, only apply it to your upper lashes only. Applying mascara to the lower lashes can be a little tricky and may smudge when you’re not used to it. (I remember when I first started with mascara I had so much trouble with smudging because I wasn’t used to applying mascara on my lower lashes.)
Foundation comes in various forms, from pressed powders, liquid formulas, stick formulas, you name it.
My recommendation for a makeup beginner, though, is to use liquid foundation as it’s the easiest to use. My favorite foundations if you’re on a budget include Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation.
To use, just apply your foundation to only areas on your face that really need it (for example, just apply it to your T-zone, and cheeks, where there is redness or discoloration.) This gives a more natural look and can cover a multitude of beginner foundation mistakes.
The trick with foundation is simple: make sure to blend, blend, blend until there is no foundation mark on your skin.
Eyebrows create the whole structure to your face and frame your eyes, so they are very important. If you’ve been blessed with thick eyebrows already, then I say skip this step! You don’t need to buy any eyebrow product.
If however your brows are a bit sparse and need some filling in, the best brow product for beginners is an eyebrow pencil. My favorite picks are from Catrice (this one is super cheap and is as good as any from the department store) as well as K-Palette. The one by K-Palette is actually more of a felt-tip pen, but it’s virtually mistake proof – and goes on super light, so you can build it up.
For brows, simply swipe the pencil over your brows in light strokes. For beginners I’d recommend to simply fill in sparse areas first, and then as you go on, you can slowly re-draw the shape if needed. This one takes a lot of practice, and my overall tips are: keep a light hand. This will ensure it will never look overdone.
I was never personally a big fan of blush when I first started out, but soon realized just how important it is – it brightens up your face and gives you a more fresh, happy glow.
My recommended blushes for makeup beginners on a budget is to go to Bourjois, NYX and H&M. They have great, affordable makeup for anyone on a budget, and blush is fairly simple – just get a powder blush in a light peachy-pink color, which suits all skin tones. This is a great pick for makeup beginners before trying out other shades and formulas.
To apply, simply swipe a blush brush over the blusher once – yes, just once.
When you’re a makeup beginner, the thing that can mess up most is over doing it. It’s better in this case to wear too little than too much, until you get more practice. Swipe just one layer of color on your brush and then smile – see that “fleshy” bit sticking out? Do one swipe of blush on each cheek.
For lips, I think it’s pretty straightforward. That’s why I don’t really have any specific recommendation – I know I can’t be the only one who used to play with my mom’s lipsticks as a young child!
When you’re new to lip products it doesn’t really matter about colors too much, I think. Just go for the color, brand and make you are most attracted to.
And what do I recommend to do? It’s quite simple, really: have fun with lips! This is where you can try out lip products (a lot of them are very inexpensive) and experiment and see what kinda colors and textures you like – whether it’s a lipstick, a lipgloss, a lip crayon, a lip stain.
My biggest tips for makeup beginners would be to honestly, have fun with it and don’t stress too much!
It’s mostly about picking the right products for you, and while I suggest great products above, it will take some trial and error to get used to it. Don’t give up, and enjoy the process!
For more in-depth information, easy to understand guides of techniques and other tips, check out my e-book, Makeup for Beginners: A Personalized Guide to All Things Makeup, Saving You Time, Money and Potential Beauty Disasters!