This post is a short version of my tips for makeup beginners – check out my e-book, Makeup For Beginners for more.
If you’re new to makeup, you’ll know that it can be pretty overwhelming, with so many products, brands, and tips floating around. So here is my guide for makeup shopping for beginners!
This is how I personally started (and perhaps can be a guideline for you too) as well as some of my personal product recommendations, 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. My favorites are Benefit They’re Real! mascara, the best new mascara release in the recent years, and may just one of the best mascaras ever, and L’Oreal Voluminous. This 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!
Foundation comes in various forms, from pressed powders, liquid formulas, stick formulas, you name it. For a makeup beginner though, I would recommend starting with a tinted moisturizer or a BB Cream to get you used to the feeling (and application). They are also much more natural looking. 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.) This gives a more natural look and can cover a multitude of beginner foundation mistakes.
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! 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 you are most attracted to. And honestly, I only have one to recommend as a beginner: Clinique Chubby Sticks. One of the best makeup products made recently. So easy to use and so ridiculously moisturizing. Gives a very nice, natural color.
While I didn’t do anything on my eyebrows for a few years when I was a makeup beginner, it’s something I wish I did! I think that eyebrows are the most important “eye” makeup today – they really define and frame your face. Check out eyebrow makeup for beginners for more.
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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!