I need some type of starter kit list of makeup (preferably cheap because I am a college student with very little money). I've never bought any type of makeup other than lip gloss. I tried going to the cosmetic section at the drug store and just pick out whatever I thought was pretty but I felt lost and ended up not getting anything.
I'm really interested in wearing makeup because I would like to look prettier and more like my age. I also have dark eye circles which I really hate and want to conceal. Do I need to get those makeup brushes too?
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Hey, I'm a college student who doesn't have heaps of money to spend on cosmetics either. That stuff is EXPENSIVE!
The absolute best time of year to buy makeup is black friday. You can go to those little drugstores (CVS etc.) and they are usually virtually empty, unlike the mall. They also have great sales (example: buy one get one free all revlon products). So that saves you half the cost, which can really add up. If you don't want to wait that long, get a few cheaper staples to tide you over.
As for WHAT you should buy, here's what most people wear:
1. Foundation (definitely the most important one if you want your skin to look better!)
2. undereye concealer (for dark circles)
1. A decent mascara (look at the applicator before you buy it--make sure the bristles are fine and close together, like you would want your lashes to look.)
2. Eye shadow (more on colors later, you may also want to buy a base to make it stay on better and last longer)
3. eyeliner (avoid liquid eyeliners, go for crayons or good quality pencils).
1. Lip gloss (be wary of cheap lip gloss; it will run down your chin and give you the "drooling" look--not attractive!)
2. Lipstick (tends to look more mature, but be careful about the colors).
possibly the most important one!
1. Choose a foundation that is if anything slightly lighter than your skin tone. I have a very difficult time buying the palest foundation in the store because of my coloring lol! If it's darker, it will look like you're wearing a mask.
2. If your skin has blue undertones (usually only caucasian women) then you will want to wear pink-ish blush tones. If it has yellow undertones (other ethnicities and some caucasian women) then you'll need brown-ish tones. Don't go too much darker than your skin tone, either way.
3. Eye makeup...keep in mind the rest of your coloring. if you have blonde hair and blue eyes, jet black mascara and eyeliner probably won't look that great on you. Generally speaking, only go one or two shades darker than the "average" of your hair and eyes.
for brown eyes: browns, golds, greens, beiges, purples, and greys
for green or hazel eyes: greens, golds, beiges, khaki
for blue or grey eyes: blues, silvers, cream, pinks, greys
As far as lipstick goes, look honestly at the natural color of your lips. You can go one shade darker or one shade lighter, but be very careful when going outside that. (bright red lipstick looks good on SOME people, but not others. Also keep in mind the color of your eyeshadow and blush and choosoe something that is harmonious with it.
Yes, I know wayyyy more about makeup than I should. My aunt is a makeup artist/saleswoman. I know that sounds like a lot of different stuff, but keep in mind that less IS more. tasteful, lightly applied makeup is much better than just globbing it on. You want to look like the same person with your makeup on as without lol.1