This post of makeup for beginners essentials is a bite size of my e-book, Makeup For Beginners, where you can find more personalized tips, application techniques and product recommendations.
If you’re new to makeup, you’ll know that it can be pretty overwhelming, with so many products, brands, and tips floating around. Where do you even begin?!
So today I thought I’d write a makeup for beginners essentials guides.
This is the order I personally started wearing makeup in (and perhaps can be a guideline for you too) as well as some of my favorite products to start with, so you hopefully won’t have as many “trial and errors” as I did.
Mascara is a great first-makeup product to try as they make such a big difference in your eyes, and are easy to use. They were made to make your lashes look darker, thicker and therefore make your eyes look bigger and wider.
And while I think that eyebrows are the most important “eye” makeup today, (check out eyebrow makeup for beginners); for makeup as a whole, I personally started with eye makeup as a teen because that seemed to be the most exciting! And now that I’m a makeup artist, I know that mascara probably makes the most difference – mascara is the one thing that can really change your look in a subtle way, yet totally game changing.
My favorites are Benefit They’re Real! mascara, the best new mascara release in the recent years, and any mascara by Lancome – you can never go wrong with Lancome mascaras and I believe it’s industry knowledge that they make the best mascaras. Other options that are just as great are my two all-time drugstore favorites, Maybelline Great Lash and L’Oreal Voluminous. These mascara can compete with the high end, designer mascaras. I know a lot of pro makeup artists who love and use this mascara, too. The best part? It’s so cheap!
What to do:
Buy your very first mascara and then test it at home first. To use mascara, simple 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!
Get used to working with a mascara wand and when applying, try not to blink. If you’re hoping to wear mascara as soon as possible, then 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. I write more about my best recommends at Best Foundations for Makeup Beginners.
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 is to make sure to blend, blend, blend until there is no foundation mark on your skin.
What to do:
This should be fairly easy for beginners – 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.) This gives a more natural look and can cover a multitude of beginner foundation mistakes. Also when applying, start from the center of your face and work outward – and remember to blend, blend, blend.
A quick short note to teens:
If you’re young and have good skin, I wouldn’t recommend wearing foundation. I find young girls these days are wearing foundation and they don’t really need it, and this tends to age skin. If you have good skin, definitely take a miss on foundation, or if you really want to use something on the face, just get a great tinted moisturizer (this one is my favorite) or a tinted sunscreen. If you have good skin but still get zits, then I’d recommend skipping foundation and getting a stick concealer, and then just covering the small blemishes you have, leaving the rest of your skin best.
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 favorite blushes include Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush, which really does last for 12 hours, & Other Stories Cheek & Lip Tint – full review here – and NARS Blush in Orgasm. (I’ll let you in on a little secret – it’s a well known industry secret that NARS makes the best blushes in the biz. Many people from many other cosmetic companies admit it too!)
What to do:
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.
Check out How To Find Your Perfect Blush Color For Your Skintone so you have a good idea of what color will look the most natural, and best for you.
For lips, I think it’s pretty straightforward. 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.
What to do:
Have fun with lips! This is where you can try out lip products (a lot of them are very inexpensive) and just experiment and see what kinda colors and textures you like.
For more in-depth information, easy to understand guides of techniques and other tips, check out my e-book, Makeup for Beginners.
It also includes a HUGE chapter where I answer all beginner makeup questions, as submitted by you!