New to You: A Makeup Product Guide for Beginners

So, as you all may know, me and makeup are like peanut butter and jelly, we just go together! Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on products I use or recommendations I may have for someone who’s just getting into makeup. Well, have no fear, because your guide is finally here! Below, I will list products and brands that are great for beginners, or even someone wanting to try new products!

Before you dive into makeup, PLEASE make sure you’re aware of your skin type. If you’re more dry, use products with dewy finishes. If you’re more oily, use products with matte finishes. 

  1. Brows: if you’ve never filled in your brows before, I’d suggest starting with a pencil. Honestly, my first pencil was from the Beauty supply store and it was maybe $1. When using a pencil, or any eyebrow product, use light strokes because you don’t want your brows to look too dark or harsh. 
  2. Eyeshadow: Now, I understand eyeshadow can be a little intimidating, but it’s so fun! I’d suggest getting a palette that has an equal amount of neutral colors and fun colors. My go to palette is the bh cosmetics 2nd edition 120 color palette. Bh is a super affordable brand that can be bought online or even found in TJ Maxx!
  3. Mascara: so if you’re like me, lashes just aren’t your thing which is perfectly fine because if you put on enough mascara, people will ask you if your lashes are real. My top 2 faves are Too Faced “Better than Sex” mascara and Benefit’s “They’re real!” mascara. I usually get waterproof mascara because I’m super teary and my eyes water very easily.  
  4. Primer: Primer is the single handed most important step in the makeup process. Primer is what makes your beat last and depending on your type of skin, it’ll reduce pores, reduce shine, or give a healthy glow. I’ve been using Benefit Cosmetics porefessional primer. It reduces the sight of pores and also cancels out any oiliness. I also love the smash box photo finish primer and nyx primer. Both primers have about 4 different types so it’s easier for myltiplexskin types.
  5. Foundation: I stan Rihanna and I am not ashamed ok! The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r soft matte foundation is my jam like I am obsessed! It’s more of a medium coverage foundation and it’s definitely buildable so if you like more full coverage this is an option as well. It is a matte finish so if the skin gets more dry than oily, I wouldn’t recommend. Maybelline’s true match foundation is a great affordable foundation that not only comes in a matte finish, but also dewy. You can find this at your local Walgreens, cvs, or even ulta. If you’re not into liquid and would rather have a cream foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills has an amazing stick foundation. It’s around $25 which is a great price for a brand that is sold in department stores. It is a matte finish as well so if you’re dryer, but still want to try it, make sure your primer and setting spray are dewy.
  6. Concealer: Ok so concealer is important because it... well conceals lol. I’d say it’s crucial to have 3 shades of concealers: one your skin tone, one that is 1-2 shades lighter for highlighting your t-zone and brows, and one 1-2 shades darker for contouring. I highly recommend Colourpop Cosmetics’ no filter concealer. They’re super creamy and I’ve never had a problem with creasing. Although the brand has recently expanded into being offered at Sephora, the concealers can be found on Colourpop’s website. 
  7. Face Powder/ Baking Powder: setting your face helps with making sure your makeup stays in place, as well as decreasing the appearance of oil. Also, some people prefer powder foundation over liquid foundation. Ive been using my handy dandy Mac Studio Fix Powder in the shade NW 43 for yearssssss! Honestly this was my go to I just started using liquid foundation about 4 years ago. For setting my highlight, I’ve been using the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder and chile it is BOMB. It’s a little pricy, but it’s work it not even gonna lie. Before that, I used the infamous Ben Nye banana powder which is also amazing and more affordable. It also lasts a really long time so you won’t have to worry about constantly purchasing. 
  8. Highlight: who doesn’t want to glow?! Colourpop’s highlighters are A1 and super affordable. My favorite shades are “Electric slide,” “wisp,” and “churro.” But, the highligher that currently has my heart would have to be Maybelline’s master chrome metallic highlighter. When I tell you the glow is REAL. Another thing I do to get a good glow is apply an illuminator to my t-zone pre-foundation. My favorites have been Fenty Beauty’s match stick in the shade “Rum,” and Nyx’s born to glow liquid illuminator in the shades “sun goddess” and “pure gold.” Sometimes, when I don’t feel like wearing makeup, I just use illuminator, mascara, and gloss for a healthy glow. 
  9. Setting Spray:  This is the key to locking Inc that beat you just worked so hard for. This is the key to making sure you look like how you left honestly. I’ve been using Nyx’s matte finish setting spray for YEARS and I have never had an issue. There’s also a dewy finish spray so if you like the dewy look over the matte look, the have you covered.
  10. Lips: When starting out up lipsticks, it’s impkrtant to start with brands that have a variety of shades and finishes social you can’t try multiple things. I highly recommend Nyx and colourpop. Not only are both brands super affordable, but they have glosses, satins, matte’s, and a rainbow of colors Tovonnia choose from.

Well, there you have it. I’ve personally used all of the products listed and I can’t honestly say I have no complaints. I pray this guide helps someone start there makeup journey or get back into a journey that might’ve ended suddenly. Always remember, makeup is supposed to be fun and expressive, so don’t be afraid to try new techniques and wear COLOR!


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