I’ve had a few people reach out to me and ask what should a newbie in the world of makeup get when starting out on this beautiful journey. As you know, I absolutely love makeup so I was all-too-willing to give my recommendations. I’ve created a list of just about everything new makeup users should have in their makeup bags to help enhance their natural beauty.
SPECIAL NOTE: I wanted my recommendations to be very affordable. Most of the products have a regular price listed next to them but they are usually on sale. Be sure to click the link to take you directly to the product page to see if the price has changed.
FIRST RULE: GREAT MAKEUP BEGINS WITH GREAT SKIN. NEVER SKIP YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE.
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1. MOISTURIZER AND PRIMER
Prime – always prime your face. It helps create a barrier between your makeup and skin. The primer will help reduce shine, give foundation a longer lasting effect and may even help reduce blemishes and imperfections.
MagiX Face Perfector, $12 regular price; avon.com.
2. CONCEALER AND FOUNDATION
You can avoid a caked on makeup look when you pair these two items together. The True Color Ideal Nude Cream Concealer is full coverage but super blend-able. You can use it to cover dark under eye circles and even use as a pre-highlighter or highlighter! The Flawless Liquid Foundation is an oil-free full coverage foundation that’s lightweight and easy to build if you need more.
3. EYEBROW POMADE AND SPOOLIE BRUSH
They say eyes are the windows to the soul, well eyebrows are the window frames. Eyebrows frame your face. Use the dual-sided tool to brush and sculpt perfect arches.
4. EYELINER AND MASCARA
You don’t absolutely need to wear false lashes but if you’d like your lashes to be fuller and longer, you want this Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara. It does both. Paired with the SuperShock Gel Eye Liner Pencil and you’ve got a winner. The gel eye liner glides on smooth and is packed with tons of color.
5. NUDE AND RED LIPSTICK
You need a go-to lip color. Nude and red lipsticks are perfect for any occasion. Be sure to keep both in your purse. You can start the day in nude and finish the night in red 🙂
6. BRUSHES AND TOOLS
In order to apply makeup and easily blend, you’ll need the right tools. The Pro Flawless Makeup Applicator helps blend foundations, blush, concealer and highlighter. Though it’s not as soft as a Beautyblender, it’s a great substitute. The problem with makeup sponges is it’s hard to clean the inside. Because they’re inexpensive, you can easily toss when they become dirty. Also, search online for the right makeup brushes to help blend eyeshadow (if worn.)
Pro Flawless Makeup Applicator, $2.99; avon.com.
7. BLUSH AND HIGHLIGHTER
Blush helps add a healthy flush of color and highlighter gives a nice subtle glow. Pair these two in the summer and you have this beautiful sun-kissed glow! Cheek Magnets are available in both matte and shimmer so serve as dual-purpose blush and highlighter. The Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes are available in Pearly Glow and Coral Glow. They help transition any look for everyday to glam.
8. EYESHADOW PALETTE
These eyeshadow palettes are very beginner friendly. They have numbers etched into each color to help you learn how to create a polished look. They come in both matte and shimmer finishes with a variety of colors so they’re perfect for achieving any desired look. The matte quads are SUPER pigmented and can be a little intimidating so I just the multi-finish quads for a more versatile look. You can build the color and get to try both shimmer and matte finishes in one!
True Color Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Quad, $8 regular price; avon.com.
9. MAKEUP WIPES AND MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY
This is the ABSOLUTE makeup must have. EVERYONE makes mistakes. Clean up with these makeup remover wipes or makeup removing lotion to get your look as perfect as possible. Once you get it perfect, you want to make it last longer!
MUST HAVE BUNDLE!!!
On and Off Eye Makeup 4 Piece Set includes 3 of the items recommended above for the price of $20. Save about $10 when you purchase the bundle with all of your makeup must-haves.
This palette is absolutely amazing. The colors are shimmer so they had for the perfect touch. You can use the palette dry or wet for a more intense look. Not only can you use it as eyeshadow but you can also use as a highlighter. The palette is usually sold around the holidays but it’s still on the market for a little while. Normally priced at $40 but currently marked down to $18.99 until they’re all gone.
mark. Eye Daydream of Glam Eyeshadow Palette, $18.99; avon.com.