Makeup for Beginners: 10 Essential Products

For those interested in makeup, and are either too afraid to try, or are concerned about how their makeup looks, then this Take is for you! (And anyone else interested for whatever reason lol)

I'm planning on doing a few makeup Takes soon so I can break everything down more concisely, so keep an eye out for them! This Take is focusing on the basic makeup products you need!

Makeup for Beginners: 10 Essential Products

1. Primer

Primer preps your skin for makeup application and long-lasting wear. Also makes the makeup application easier.

Comes in liquid/cream form.

2. Concealer

Concealer hides blemishes, brightens under eye areas and evens out skin tone.

Comes in crayon, liquid/cream or stick form.

3. Foundation

Foundation provides maximum coverage for an uneven skin tone to give a smoother and cleaner appearance. If you don’t need as much coverage as foundation provides, consider a tinted moisturizer instead. And MAKE SURE YOU'RE PROPERLY MATCHED TO THE RIGHT SHADE!

Comes in liquid/cream or pressed powder form.

4. Translucent powder

A quick, light dusting of powder sets makeup and controls shine.

Comes in powder form (duh).

5. Bronzer

Bronzer is used to give your face a natural and clean "glow", without having to have a real tan.

Be sure to buy a bronzer too dark away from your natural shade; just a tad darker in colour so it gives you that glow. You can also use this to contour your face, or alternatively you can buy a contouring kit.

Both come in powder or liquid form.

6. Blush

Look for a warm tone to add a pop of colour to the apples of your cheeks.

Comes in powder form.

7. Mascara

There’s no better way to define your eyes than by enhancing your lashes. Stick with basic black (or dark brown if you have light hair and lashes).

Comes in liquid form in a tube with a wand/brush.

8. Eyeliner

Most commonly used in black, however it does come in a variety of other colours. Eyeliner is used to define and enhance your eyes, and make them look a little bigger and pop.

Comes in pencil or liquid form.

9. Eyeshadow

Used to enhance the eyes as well. A base rule is to use three complimenting colours: one light shade, one medium shade, and one dark shade. It’s important for the product to have good pigment (meaning the brush can pick it up and the colour comes out well on your lids) so don’t buy the really cheap, crappy stuff.

Comes in powder form, either matte or shimmer.

10. Lipstick

Comes in a crazy amount of shades, and be sure to use a long-lasting lipstick.

If you want a more casual look, try lip gloss or lip stain (and apply lip balm beforehand).

And that’s the basics done!

As for specific product recommendations, each product is going to work differently for everyone, and will vary by location, so my tips are:

a) Talk to the sales assistant if in store and ask those questions away. Get their advice, product recommendations and most of the time they'll help you match foundation to your skin tone too!

b) Read the reviews if online (and look out for actual product feedback like 'the pigment is really good' rather than 'it's a good size and the colours are pretty!').

c) Price isn't always everything, no need to go for top of the range (especially for a beginner) but don't go for the extremely cheap stuff either.

d) Brand isn't always everything either, most of them do the same thing or have the same product.

*I'd also just like to say I'm no expert in makeup, however I have done two makeup courses, borrowed and cross referenced several books from the library, and do use makeup day-to-day, so this is where most of my knowledge comes from, but if I get something wrong, I apologize!*

Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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  • I DON'T HAVE A PRIMER OR a bronzer! Soo... lol! hahah!

  • i love how you broke down the products easily and kept it concise. good one =]

  • I hardly ever wear makeup and I found this really helpful 😊

    • I'm glad you found it helpful! Breaking it down makes it a lot easier :)

  • I have NEVER used #1, 3, 4, or 5. Rarely use #6. #2 I wear almost daily and the others once in a while.

    There are 20 women in my family (cousins, aunts, etc) and we're all the same in terms of makeup and we all look much younger than our actual age.

    I recommend using very little makeup cause it takes a huge toll on the skin and the older you get the more is needed and the older it makes people look.

    • Fair enough, each to their own, but as to the damage it does to your skin, it really depends on the products you use and how you prepare/care for your skin when you're not wearing it.