I know how confusing it is when starting out with makeup but we all have to start somewhere and I’m here to hopefully make it a little easier. I’ve curated a list of the basics you need in your makeup bag, as well as some recommendations for each type of product.
- Primer/Setting Spray
Before there were any primers and setting sprays, my makeup used to look awful and it would crease and do all things it shouldn’t. It wasn’t until later on until I realized the importance of a primer and setting spray!
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray
It’s convenient and takes up less space in your makeup bag to have a primer & setting spray in one! It’s so refreshing when you spritz this baby on your face in the morning.
Whether you’re a teenager who’s starting to explore the wonders of makeup, or a 25 year old, we all have problem areas on our face that we’d like to cover up, whether that be pimples or dark circles.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Simple, lightweight, and pigmented: the three things beginners need when taking the first step in the journey that is makeup! You can use this as an eyeshadow base if you’d like. I love how this concealer has a doe foot applicator that makes it easy to target specific problem areas.
3. Foundation or Tinted Moisturizer
When it comes to foundation you have two options to choose from. If you’re looking for just a little bit of coverage, then it’s best to start out with a tinted moisturizer. If you’re looking for extra coverage then go with the foundation.
•Vanessa Recommends (foundation):
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Matte + Poreless/Dewy + Smooth
I really like this line for foundations because it provides a breathable, natural looking second skin.
•Vanessa Recommends (tinted moisturizer):
e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
This is a great tinted moisturizer that provides subtle coverage while working on hydrating the skin. It also has SPF in it to keep your skin young and healthy.
This is a step that you can skip if you want to, but contouring really pulls together your makeup look, and makes your face not look like a potato.
•Vanessa Recommends (contour):Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette
I’ve been using this for 4 years already and I’ve only purchased two palettes in those years. This is my go-to contour palette & it’s so easy to use for beginners because it blends so easily! It even includes a how-to card inside.
•Vanessa Recommends (highlight):
Colourpop Lusted Dust Highlighter (shown: Sugar Trap)
I’m a Colourpop lover and I want to bathe in this highlighter. I chose this because it’s really easy to apply and it looks so pretty!
Just a little bit of eyeshadow on the lid can go a long way. Even popping one of the shade colors from the Kat Von D palette on your eyelid can completely change your appearance!
Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette
I’ve had this palette for 1 1/2 years now and I’ve only hit the pan on three shades. It lasts a long time and it features the perfect shades for beginners! You can create a whole bunch of easy looks with this palette.
Even if you have nice, thick eyebrows, you could still add some eyebrow products to them to neaten them up and pull together your makeup look.
This was my first-ever eyebrow pencil & it was perfect to start with. It’s convenient with a spooly on the other end so you don’t take up too much room in your makeup bag!
For an eyebrow gel, e.l.f. has a great one for just $2 to keep your eyebrows in place!
It may be hard for some to create the perfect winged liner, but until you learn to do it, you should just start off easy. Just a thin line along your lash line can make your eyes pop and make your eyelashes look darker and longer.
L’Oreal Paris Super Slim Eyeliner (Perfect Slim)
I actually suggested this to my friend who wanted to learn how I do my winged eyeliner. Through trial and error, she eventually learned how to do it! This is a great eyeliner for beginners because it’s very slim, and easy to handle.
Even if you’re blessed with long, voluminous lashes, you still need mascara to complete your makeup look. Mascara amplifies your lashes and defines your eyes.
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
This is a really good mascara! Its wand reminds me of the Marc Jacobs mascara that I absolutely love. It really emphasizes on the volume and thickness of your lashes.
9. Lip Liner
Before applying lipstick, you should first line your lips. This step is important because it makes your lipstick lines seamless and it neatens it up.
NYX Slim Lip Pencil
NYX undeniably has some of the best lip liners. They’re easy to apply and there are a lot of colors to choose from! It’s perfect for beginners.
Since Kiley has gotten lip injections, the world has crazed over using lipstick to amplify the lips and to make them look plump. Lipstick really does work wonders and can transform an entire makeup look.
Mac Lipstick (shown: Viva Glam 2)
The very first lipsticks I could actually call my own were from Mac. I remember I bought Velvet Teddy, and Viva Glam 2 because one was good for a shade darker for the fall and the other was a good nude shade! Macs formulas are perfect for beginners.