For a makeup novice, choosing what to buy and getting started can be really difficult and leaves a bit of room for experimentation. Especially now you need to look your best every day, every time.

Gone are the days when a simple lip gloss and some kohl was enough to get you through the day. Cleopatra is said to have bathed in goat’s milk and honey to look her best. We are all aware of the ancient connection between women and beauty. No wonder the cosmetics and beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar company! Now you need to look your best every day, at all times. The range of hair products, skin lotions, and cosmetics available today is mind-boggling. Buying, maintaining and restocking beauty products is an expensive affair. After all, vanity has a price. And all the available options can be overwhelming for a total beginner.

If you walk into a store like Sephora or Ulta and feel overwhelmed, it’s probably safe to say that you’re pretty new to the world of makeup. For a beginner, makeup can be quite intimidating. Today there is a huge selection of products available that often makes newcomers quite confused. “What does that do?” “What do I need this for?” The choice seems endless. And more often than not, you end up buying something that doesn’t work for you. Don’t worry. Makeup, like many things, involves trial and error and a lot of practice, but a little help never hurts. We’ve compiled a “Makeup Starter Kit” with affordable basics every newbie needs to fully immerse himself in the world of makeup.


A primer, while not always essential, will help your makeup apply smoothly and increase its longevity. When choosing a primer, it’s important to consider your skin type. If you have dry skin, you’ll want something hydrating and brightening. If you have oily skin with larger pores, you’ll want something that mattifies and blurs.

BB cream/foundation

If you’re new to makeup, try a BB cream before jumping into the foundation realm. BB creams, or “beauty balms,” provide light coverage and don’t feel heavy like some foundations. In general, they are a good way to allow your skin to get used to the feel of wearing makeup. Just like primers, knowing your skin type is important when choosing a BB cream.


Even if you’re hesitant about wearing face makeup for the first time, a concealer is a must. Concealers contain more pigment than foundation and allow you to cover things like dark circles or any unwanted blemishes.


Powder is essential to set makeup and make sure it doesn’t slip or slide throughout the day. If you have drier skin, you can usually do without it, but if you have combination/oily skin, it’s a must. The most important part of your face to target is the T-zone, forehead, nose, and chin, as this is the area that produces the most fat.


Bronzer lets you simulate that bronzed glow all year long. It is best to apply a warm shade in a “3” shape along the sides of the face, hitting the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline.


Blush, when applied correctly, brings life to your face. A good way to choose a perfect blush is to select a color that mimics your natural flush. Peachier tones tend to look better on people with warm skin, while rosy tones flatter those with cool skin.

Highlighter pen

It’s not a necessary step, but if you want to achieve that beautiful, lit-from-within glow, you’ll need a highlighter. Highlighters are shimmery light champagne or gold-toned powders or liquids.

Eyebrow pencil

Your eyebrows frame your face and can seriously change your entire appearance. That is why it is important that they look neat and tidy.

eyeshadow primer

An eye primer is absolutely essential if you want your eyeshadows to look amazing all day. Eye primers prevent eyeshadow from creasing, make it look more vibrant, and help it blend smoothly and blend easily.

Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

Neutral eyeshadows are the most basic and essential that a makeup beginner needs in their kit. In general, light shades should be applied to the lid, inner corner and brow bone, medium shades to the crease, and dark shades to the outer corner and lower lash line.

eyeliner pencil

Eyeliner pencils can intensify any look and really make your eyes pop. Black can be used to add a sultry, smoky effect to your look, brown is perfect for everyday definition, and nude can be worn on the waterline to really open your eyes.

Liquid or gel eyeliner

A liquid or gel liner will add drama and is the perfect product to take your look from day to night. Which formula you choose is your preference, however both require some practice.


If you could only buy one product from this entire list, it would have to be a mask. It’s amazing how long bushy lashes can do for your face. Applying a few generous coats of mascara to both your upper and lower lashes will open up your eyes, brighten up your face, and make you look more awake.


Lip liner is a great way to define your lips and increase the longevity of your lipstick.


For a makeup beginner, lipstick is probably the easiest way to play around with different colors and looks. There are a variety of finishes and shades to choose from, and it really is all about experimenting!


Lip Gloss is a great way to add color and shine to your lips without having to deal with the maintenance of a lipstick.

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