I’ve helped a few of my friends with picking out beginners items for them to use. Mostly these products were basic things that my friends who don’t use a lot of makeup/no makeup at all could use easily. They were simple products that should be in everyones arsenal to create a nice look.
If you’re someone who doesn’t like to wear a lot of makeup and only want some basic items here’s what I recommend:
A creamy pencil eyeliner: Eyeliner helps create different shapes for you eyes so you can play it up any which way you want. You can add eyeliner on your lashline or on your waterline, just as long as you don’t create a racoon ring around your eyes. Start off small thin lines and build up from there.
Mascara: If you don’t like the look of deep black mascara you can try using clear mascara. This will help with a natural look while separating your eyelashes and making them look nice and long. If not you can find a basic black mascara. The only difficult thing is determining which mascara works for you. There are a lot such as, lengthening, strengthening, thickening, mascara with vibrating wands and all this other crap that isn’t really necessary. Try and find a mascara that doesn’t have any extra bells and whistles, perhaps maybe something that nourishes only. A basic black is the way to go.
Concealer: Concealer is great especially for covering up dark circles. My sister doesn’t really use makeup, like at all and one day I put some of my concealer on her and she was like “HOLY CRAP I LOOK ALIVE!” and I said “that’s the power of makeup!” Even if you don’t like using foundation you should at least use some concealer to coverup some imperfections as well as help you look more awake and alive.
Now some more “advanced” products for beginners:
Foundation: You can use powder, mineral, liquid, bb cream, there’s a lot. In fact I made a post about it here. Hopefully this will help you decide what kind you’d like to try and use. I suggest powdered foundations for beginners because it has very light coverage and is easy to apply. You won’t even feel it on your face. I like to use powdered foundation and tinted moisturizer for everyday use and liquid foundation for long wear, special occasions, and or when I go clubbing or things like that.
Bronzer: Bronzer can be a bit tricky for beginners. It’s sometimes hard to figure out where to place it on your face to get the most natural look. I apply it to the hollows of my cheeks, under the cheek bone, across the jawline, and the temples. In my Quick Foundation Routine I explain how I contour in more detail. Also for bronzer you want to choose one that is one shade darker then the rest of your skin. If you go too dark you’ll like orange-y or like you’ve just had a bad fake tan. Choose a color that is most natural.
Blush: Blush can be fun to play around with. For beginners though I would suggest choosing something that is a bit more natural. A blush that looks like a natural flush to the cheeks, usually a light pink or rosy color. You want to apply this to the apple of your cheeks, which when you smile they’re the areas that protrude the most. Apply the blush in a soft sweeping motion, not so much circular or else you’ll look like a clown.
Brow Gel/Pencil/Powder: Though I think everyone should add a little oomph to their brows and make them perfect shapes, not everyone needs it. With good grooming you can create a nice shape naturally without adding anything extra. But for those who want to go the extra mile starting with a pencil is a good place. It will help define the shape of your eyebrows and using short strokes will help fill in any gaps. As long as you don’t add too much product it won’t look like you sharpied on your brows.
If you want to go the extra mile you can start with a basic nude palette. Nude eyeshadows are those those that are neutral peaches, ivories, browns, greys, and black. These colors are easy to blend into the eyelid and can create a soft look. You can even do what is called the “no makeup” makeup look (here)
Combined with eyeliner, mascara and foundation you can create your first simple makeup look. Most of these products come with brushes that you can apply the products with but you can also purchase different brushes. You can also put eyeshadow with your fingers as well. I personally don’t like doing this but as long as you start with clean fingers you should be ok!
These are good beginner products to have in your kit to make some nice soft looks and make things look natural. You can also practice as much as you want to and create different eyeshadow looks. Try different products at you local drugstores, Targets, and Wal-Marts. You can find good beginner products for cheap until you get the hang of things. Wet N Wild, NYC, e.l.f, Black Radiance, and even some things you can find at the dollar store would be good brands to try as well, thought I have used Black Radiance yet. Black Radiance is geared towards darker skin tones and have eyeshadows and other products that would work well with that tone. I was going to get a palette with some nice greens in them but I found Wet N Wild had something similar for cheaper. Anyway give these a try and see which ones you like best before going to longer lasting and better products.