Sunday, 7 April 2013

Beginner Series : Drugstore Starter Makeup Kit

Hey everyone! Today I'm introducing a brand new series here on my blog : a beginner series. I will be posting tutorials on makeup basics for anyone starting out ! I'll include also include  a few easy everyday makeup tutorials.

First, this post is a drugstore starter makeup kit. I'll take you through all the basic makeup items you may need in your makeup collection when you start out with makeup. These are the items that will be used in future tutorials to create everyday looks.

These are all the products I am recommending today. Of course, you can add or substract products from this list according to your needs and preferences.


Face Makeup

1) Moisturizer : First you will need a good moisturizer that is well suited to your skin type. I use Garnier Ultra-Lift day cream. It's quite hydrating so it might not be the most suited for oily complexions.

2) Oil-Absorbing Sheets : If you get oily during the day, oil absorbing sheets such as these from Clean & Clear are the best to keep your skin from getting shiny without smudging the makeup underneath. 

3) Foundation : Liquid foundation helps even out the skin. You can also mix it with moisturizer for a natural look. My favorites are : Revlon ColorStay : Flawless look, high coverage, matte finish and Maybelline Instant Rewind : Natural, light coverage, dewy finish.

4) Finishing Powder : Powder will help the foundation set and stay on all day. This Stay Matte Powder from Rimmel is great and doesn't look powdery.

5) Blush : blush livens up your complexion and make you look healthy and glowing. Wet n Wild have incredibly pigmented and super affordable blushes. One of my favorites is the color Heather Silk.

6) Bronzer : Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be tanned to pull off bronzer. The key is to find a shade that suits your skin tone and that isn't too dark or orange. I like the N.Y.C Sunny Bronzer for my skin. 

7) Concealer : Concealer hides blemishes and discoloration on the skin.  To choose a concealer you must consider where you want to apply it. Blemishes require a thicker consistency while the under eye area needs the opposite. My favorite is Maybelline Mineral Power.

8) Face brushes :  For foundation, you can either use a brush for an airbrushed effect, or your hands for a more natural look. I like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush because it's soft and it buffs the foundation in really well. For powders, I recommend the multipurpose Eco Tools Blush Brush.


Eye Makeup

1) Eyelash curlers : Not everyone like eyelash curlers, but if you have straight lashes like me, it really does make a difference and helps make your eyes look bigger. This is a Revlon Eyelash curler.

2) Eye shadow : Neutrals are the easiest pull off so I recommend starting out with those. I recommend Wet n Wild shadows. They are  affordable, easy to apply and the most pigmented drugstore shadows I have ever come across. My favorites : Silent Treatment, Comfort Zone and Walking on Eggshells.

3) Mascara : No eye look is complete without mascara, but everyone's preferences for mascara differ so it's impossible to recommend one that everyone will love. Finding what you like is often a trial an error process and you may need to try a few before your find one your like. My current favorite is the Clump Crusher mascara. It's separating and volumizing.

4) Liner : For beginners, I recommend a pencil liner for the waterline and liquid liner for the upper lashline (in black or brown). My favorite pencil, Milani's Liquif'Eye Liner, has great staying power and is very dark. For liquid liner, here I have a good one by N.Y.C., but  my fave is L'OrĂ©al Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liner.

5) Eye Brushes : Brushes are the key to a successful eye makeup look.The three brushes I'm recommending are all Eco Tools. I recommend a fluffy blending brush for blending out eye shadow, an angled liner brush for brows or lining the eyes and a small flat shading brush for patting on eye shadow.



1) Lipstick : You need a color that is wearable and that isn't too different from your natural lip color. That way you are sure that it will compliment your skin tone. It's also easier to apply when you're not used to applying lipstick.

For me, the color I chose is B52 by NYX. Their lipsticks glide on the lips and are very moisturizing.

2) Lipbalm : Everyone needs a good lipbalm, right? This babylips lipbalm has SPF 25, is super smooth and leaves the lips silky feeling.

3) Gloss :  This is optional  but if you like a glossy pout, you'll need at least one lip gloss in your collection.  Here, I'm presenting two different ones, a sheer shimmery one (Forever 21) and pinky more opaque one (BonneBell).These two lip glosses would suit most everyday looks.


That's all I'm recommending for a beginner starter makeup kit! Everything is very affordable and will help you achieve a full face of makeup without breaking the bank! These are some of my favorite products because of the quality and value for the money. I hope this post has helped! Let me know in the comments if this was any help to you!

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