Have you ever watched a makeup Youtube video and after it was done (most likely before it was done) you thought to yourself, "what!? I need to use all those products?! I don't even know what they do or why I need them. Never mind. I give up"? Well, if that's you, I know EXACTLY how you feel! I've been there too but with practice I've learned a thing or two. Don't get me wrong though, I by no means have it all together and am definitely NOT a pro or even close to being one!
So, for all of you beginners out there, it doesn't take all those products to give you a simple, fresh face. All you need to get started is 5 products. These 5 products should be a staple in any makeup bag. So, what are they!? Well, I'm glad you asked! Let's take a look. Here's what you need and the products I currently use:
-The foundation is just that, the foundation/base of your entire makeup look. It evens out your complexion and gives you an overall smooth finish. You can have a bomb.com eye shadow look, lips poppin', eyebrows on point, etc. but if you do not put on foundation and your skin looks uneven in color or those annoying blemishes from acne are showing, the rest of your makeup will not look as on point as it should.
I think many women shy away from foundation because they think it'll make them look fake or too "done up" and in some instances it can but it doesn't have to be that way. There are varying levels of coverage with foundation ranging from light coverage to full coverage. I would suggest trying out a light coverage if you are new to wearing foundation.
One other thing to consider when looking for foundation is the type of foundation, liquid or powder, etc. I personally use both liquid and powder. In my opinion, powder foundations are lighter and provide a lighter coverage while my liquid foundation gives me more coverage.
One last thing about foundation, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure your foundation MATCHES your skin tone! The last thing you want to do is get a foundation that's too light or too dark. I don't want you looking ashy/pale like you just hopped out of a coffin! Try to match your foundation to your neck so that when it's applied, your face and your neck match seamlessly. You may have to buy a few foundations and try them out before you get the perfect match. Most places that sell makeup understand that so they will take it back if it does not work out for you. You also may have to mix more than one foundation to get your perfect shade. Don't be afraid to ask for help with matching your foundation at the makeup counters. Also, take someone with you that can give you a second opinion. Be sure to pay attention to how the color looks on you in natural sunlight. Sometimes a color will look one way in the store and another way outside.
-Many people leave out this very important product but it can do so much for your makeup look. Trust me! Concealer, does just what it says, conceals. It can also give you that awake/ glow look. You can use concealer under your eyes to remove dark circles and also to smooth puffiness. It can be used to cover any blemishes your foundation didn't quite cover enough or to clean up your brows and make them "pop".
Just like with foundation, please be sure to have the right color for your skin tone. However, concealer works a bit differently. When covering blemishes, use a concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly. You want the concealer to blend right into your foundation. When using concealer under your eyes and as a highlight, choose a concealer that is one to two shades LIGHTER than your skin tone. Using a lighter color will give you that awake/ glow-like look but if you go too light, you'll look ashy.
-Every beginner needs an eyeliner. I would recommend if nothing else having a black eyeliner. Eyeliner is applied to your lash line (upper, lower, or both). It makes your eyes and your lashes stand out. If you're feeling "fancy" and want a winged line, go for a liquid eyeliner, otherwise, the regular pencil will do just fine.
-What are your lashes without mascara!? Nothing! lol! That's why it's a must that you have mascara in your beginner kit. These days, mascara comes in all different styles, for instance, lengthening, volumizing, curling, waterproof, non-waterproof, etc. I personally like non-waterproof mascara and one that lengthens and volumizes my lashes. I can't stand when it's time to actually remove the makeup and you can't get it off! I usually never have any problems with smudging or running mascara throughout the day, so, I choose non-waterproof. It works just fine for me. If you don't like not being able to get the mascara off but you are worried about smudging or running mascara throughout the day, try putting a coat or two of non-waterproof mascara on your lashes first and then adding a coat of waterproof mascara on top. That should prevent or at least help with any smudging yet still be able to be easily removed.
5.) Lipstick/ Lip gloss
-So, you can't have the rest of your face flawless and smooth, glowing and beautiful, and your lips are dry and crusty! With that said, find a lipstick or lip gloss to put on your lips. Now, if you are just starting out and don't know what colors of lipstick you like or what looks best on you or if you just aren't used to seeing yourself with lipstick on, try a nude lipstick or gloss. Find a nude color that best matches your complexion. It may take some trial and error to find one that works for you but sticking with a nude will help to ease you into this lipstick wearing thing. However, if you are ready to dive right in and go for some color, try out lipsticks like Milani or NYX Liquid Suede. Those are two of my current fave drugstore lipstick brands. They also have great neutral colors as well.
Tip: Make sure to exfoliate your lips before applying lipstick especially if you are wearing a matte lipstick.
If you are just starting out with wearing makeup and don't know where to begin, have these 5 basics in your makeup bag. Be sure to practice applying your makeup. That's the only way you'll get better. Like I said, I am no pro but I do recommend these products for the basis of any makeup look and a good foundation to build upon. Also, if you are just starting out or are like me and only wear makeup one day a week, buy drugstore makeup. Drugstore makeup has come a long way! Don't waste tons of money on makeup you will hardly wear or that you are practicing or experimenting with. Hope this helps!
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