So you want to start a makeup kit but you have no idea where to begin. With literally thousands of beauty products out there all claiming to do amazing things, it's easy to feel intimidated. Instead of forking out your hard earned cash on hundreds of products, follow this list of seven must-have items for the beauty novice.
Primer helps your makeup stay put by acting as a barrier between the skin and foundation. After applying your daily moisturiser, apply primer to create a flawless canvas for your foundation.
There are all different kinds of primers out there - ones that promise to colour correct and even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of pores, brighten skin or make your skin look matte or dewy. Whichever one you choose, the most important thing about primer is that it keeps your makeup in place all day and stops foundation seeping into your pores.
My mum calls it liquid gold and with good reason - this god-sent product evens out your skin tone and can conceal anything you want. It all comes down to personal preference - whether you like full or sheer coverage or are after a dewy or matte finish, there's so many to choose from! If you're a newbie it's a good idea to get your foundation matched by a professional at a makeup counter - no one likes an orange face!
After you apply your foundation, your face can look a bit plain. That's where blush, bronzers and highlighters come to the rescue! If you love the bronzed goddess look, apply bronzer to the hollows of your cheekbones, on your temples and jaw line and through the crease of your eye.
If you prefer a slight touch of colour, use a soft touch of blush in a colour that complements your complexion on the apples of your cheeks. If it's a fresh, dewy complexion you're after, apply highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and underneath your brow bone and on your cupid's bow.
Brows transform your entire face, so it's important you don't neglect these beauties. Experiment with gels, crayons, powder and pencils but no matter which product you find easier to use, never use a colour that's too dark as it will only look harsh and heavy.
Your eyes are the windows to your soul, so make sure you don't forget about those lashes.
Start by curling your lashes before you apply mascara to help them open up. Remove the wand from the mascara tube and brush off any excess mascara. Never pump the wand up and down as this will only cause the mascara to clump and dry out faster. Instead, gently twist the wand in the tube to get more product. Apply mascara to the base of the lashes, wiggling the brush outwards.
Every makeup kit needs a good lippie. If you aren't daring enough to try a bold red lipstick, opt for a nude shade or one that is similar to your lips natural colour. If you wake up late for work or just can't be bothered to put on a full face of makeup, a dash of lippie will brighten up your entire look.
Investing in a good quality set of brushes is the best decision you could make. Begin with the essential brushes like a foundation brush (or sponge), powder brush, brow brush, spoolie comb and eyeshadow brush.
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