Knowing where to start when it comes to building your makeup collection can be difficult, so we have put together a guide of 5 essentials so you know how to get started! Once you have these basics, you can begin to find what works well for you and add to your makeup kit. So, it’s time to sit back, relax and start your makeup journey!
A Good Makeup Brush Set
The first thing you need in your makeup kit is a good quality makeup brushes set. You’d be surprised at how differently your makeup turns out when using quality brushes, as your liquid products will be applied more evenly, it will be easier to blend your eyeshadows, everything will look smoother and generally the entire look will be better!
Start with a collection of a few different eyeshadow brushes (some smaller precision ones and some larger fluffy ones) and then a few face brushes, including one designed for foundation and a couple of others for your face powders. You will have so much more confidence in your ability when you have the right tools to help you succeed!
A Brow Product
Next up, you will need a brow product. You might be really pleased with your natural brows which is great, but for people who aren’t, having the right brow product could transform the whole makeup look. Having strong, tamed brows can really help to frame the face, so finding the right product is key!
If you are pleased with the shape of the brows, but they need taming slightly, go for a brow gel. For those of you who want to add slightly more shape to your natural brows, go in with a brow pencil and then a brow gel to set everything in place. If you want to achieve the laminated brow look, go in with a brow balm to create a soap brow look. The best place to start would be with a brow gel if you are unsure, as you can maintain a natural look whilst you decide exactly how you want your brows!
The Right Foundation
Finding the right foundation can be a daunting task, so the best place to start is by considering what skin type you have. You could have naturally oily skin, dry skin or a combination of the two, and there are different foundations out there to suit all of these skin types. So, once you have an idea of your skin type, do some research to find the right products.
Once you have a few different ones in mind, head down to your local drugstore or department store and ask for some assistance to find the right shade for you. If you don’t feel confident asking, apply a small amount of the tester to just above the jawline. Rub it in and see how the colour looks against the skin. This should help you to find the right shade, but please don’t be embarrassed to ask for some assistance, as they will be more than happy to help you!
Once you have found the right foundation, you will feel like you can take on the world with your new found confidence and makeover.
An Eyeshadow Palette
Now it’s time to get creative with an eyeshadow palette! Choosing a palette rather than a few individual eyeshadows will help you to learn which colours work well together and it will give you the chance to experiment with lots of different looks.
Knowing which palette to choose can be a challenge, so here are a few things that you can focus on to help you decide. Firstly, you could use your eye colour as inspiration. Look up which colours work well with your eye colour and choose a palette accordingly, helping your makeup to really pop. You could also decide based on the colour clothing you wear most, as this will help to make sure that your makeup and outfit are always in sync.
The best place to start for beginners would be a nude eyeshadow palette, as you can create simple yet beautiful looks that are less daring than when using brighter colours. You can gradually move towards other colours once you feel confident!
A Setting Product
Last but not least, we have a setting product. This will help to make sure that your makeup stays in place all day long, especially your liquid products like foundation and concealer. Setting products come in lots of different forms, most famously setting powder or setting spray. Setting powder helps to absorb oil from across the face with a more matte finish, whereas setting spray gives a softer finish.
Many people choose to use both the setting powder and spray, to make sure that the product is completely set in place with the powder and then creating a dewy, stay all day look with the setting spray. If you’re heading out for the whole day, or to a big event, then using both is probably a good idea! Try both out and see what works for you.
So, there you have it! 5 different essentials to have in your makeup kit. As you get more confident when it comes to your makeup, you will find it easier to know what your collection is missing, as well as starting to find out how you like to organise your makeup! There is so much guidance out there for every product, so take your time to find out what is right for you.