Basic Makeup Essentials for beginners

Makeup is a really fun topic to discuss with just about anyone interested.  Today’s post is all about how to create your own makeup bag including all the basic essentials.  This is perfect for beginners!  I can remember a long time ago, I was at Wal-Mart (because I didn’t have a Sephora budget), trying to figure out what I needed just to start out.  Literally, my budget was anywhere from $25-$30.  I learned very quickly, I had to make a plan if I wanted to achieve the makeup looks I had in mind.  It wasn’t easy at first.  But over time I learned to save my earnings and keep one eye open at ALL times for sales.  If you do your research you can also find tons of coupons on amazing makeup brands.  Here is a simple outline of makeup basics:

  • Face: primer, foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush
  • Eyes & Eyebrows: lash curler, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, brow mascara/gel, tweezers
  • Lips: balm, lipstick, lip liner (not pictured & optional)

*Pictured below are my recommendations based on products that I have tried myself and work for all skin types.

top face primers

Neutrogena Shine Control Primer – $10

NYX Pore Filler – $14

best makeup foundations

Revlon Colorstay Foundation – $10

Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation – $27

Real Techniques Sponge – $6

best face powders

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – $5

best blush brands

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush – $8

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Garnier Skin Renew Dark Circle Roller (great for concealer & eye treatment) – $11

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Brunette – $7

Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Waterproof mascara (helps keep your lashes curled) – $8

NYC Liquid Eyeliner – $3

Rimmel 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter – $6

makeup tools

EOS Lip Balm – $3.50

Trim Slant-Tip Tweezers – $1

Maybelline Eyelash Curler – $5

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In order from left to right:

L’oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour in Peach Fuzz – $8

Revlon Lip Lacquer Balm in Demure – $9.50

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Devotion – $9

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Rose – $9

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NYX Wicked Dreams Eyeshadow Palette – $15

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Always remember that these are products I thought would be a great start to a beginner’s makeup bag.  Keep in mind that you are never limited to just these few items.  You can build up your makeup collection one or two pieces at a time.  There isn’t any rush really – just have fun with the journey.  You’ll be an expert in no time.  Thanks for stopping by!

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