While keeping a bare natural face is refreshing, there’s no denying that makeup accentuates our features even more. At its most basic, makeup makes us look better. For those who like experimenting, makeup becomes an artistic way to express one’s self.
But for beginners like you, it’s best to start at the newbie level with a makeup starter kit. When you drop by a department store to do your shopping, the choices are endless. Have this list in hand so you know what to look for.
Consider the BB Cream one of the greatest inventions in the beauty industry. Besides providing a very light coverage, giving you the feeling of wearing makeup foundation, it also functions as a moisturizer, primer and concealer all in one.
A lot of brands are offering different kinds of BB creams. You can choose according to what type of skin you have. If you have dry skin, choose something that has moisturizer in it. For oily skin, opt for a matte finish BB cream. I recommend L’Oreal’s True Match BB cream, which gives a light smooth coverage, blends with your skin tone very well using a sponge or a brush, and moisturizes it too.
You will need something to set your make up. Choose a shade that matches your skin tone. Try L’Oreal BB Magique. It provides a light silky smooth and matte finish, perfect for a beginner. Another option would be Cover Girl’s setting powder so your makeup will last longer.
For a livelier skin, choose a blush that would suit your skin best. How to know the right blush for you? Find out the color of your cheeks are after exercising. Is it peach or pink? Choose a color that would depict the natural blush in your cheeks. For a youthful look, apply the brush on the apples of your cheeks. There are two options: blush cream or powder. Cream is good for dry skin, powder for oily skin.
Make your eyes pop by applying eyeliner. There are various selections when it comes to eyeliner. You have gel liners, pencil and liquid. You can start practicing using an eyeliner pencil. If you are a fast learner, then you can shift to liquid eyeliners because it’s long lasting and not as smudgy as gel liners. Winged tips are best achieved using Rimmel Scandaleyes for the liquid liner and Maybelline Pencil eyeliner.
A well-defined eye sums up a good make up. Neutral shades would be a good start for you. You can fill your lids with lighter colors and darker shades to the crease area. Almost all brands offer neutral shades of eyeshadows that would fit in your kit. Choose the set that would flaunt your peepers.
Bold and defined brows gives a big impact on your look whether you want a laidback or chic glam look. Keep in mind that you will need to learn how to fill in your brows neatly, but before anything else, make sure that it is groomed (plucked or shaved). Practice makes perfect, so before going out to show off your new look, familiarize yourself with the makeup first. Do several tries and take photos until you perfect it. Remember: brows are the make or break part of any makeup.
This is probably the first makeup you ever had as a teenager. Its sole purpose is to moisturize your lips before you apply lipstick. Try the NIVEA Lip Balm, especially the fruity variant.
One of the most important aspects in applying make up is choosing your lip color because it flatters your over-all look. For starters, get something neutral and bold.
The right tools
According to Diana Mazzone of Teen Vogue, using the right tools make a big difference in your look, so add these in your shopping list.
- Foundation Brush / Stippling brush – Application of BB cream or liquid foundation. It gives you a well-blended finish.
- Blush Brush – Applicator of blush
If you’re on a tight budget, you can try ELF Cosmetics for these tools. If you have a big budget, by all means, invest on Real Techniques brushes by Sam Chapman.
Adding makeup in your repertoire will definitely require you to devote at least 15 to 20 minutes of your time every morning. This doesn’t include retouches of course. But I promise you, once you start wearing makeup, there’s no going back. Most girls swear by the powerful benefits of being all made-up. Soon, you’d find yourself with a larger makeup kit.
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