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Planning to dive into the world of makeup, but can't decide how and where to start? Embarking on this creative journey can be both thrilling and slightly overwhelming, especially for beginners. With so many various shades, textures, and brands to choose from, knowing what you need for your makeup kits can be quite a task! In this comprehensive guide, we are going to explore the top 10 must-have makeup essentials, provide a few tips on how to assemble a basic makeup kit, and help you make an informed choice. Are you ready to begin?

How to Build a Basic Makeup Kit

Before diving into the specific products, let's discuss how to build a basic makeup kit that aligns with your individual preferences. The key to a functional makeup collection lies in its versatility and usefulness. So, before picking any new makeup products for your beginner's makeup kit, try evaluating your necessities following this simple guide:

  • Identify your goals...

Determine your makeup objectives. Are you aiming for a natural, everyday look, or do you want to experiment with bold, artistic creations? Understanding your goals will help you choose the right products.

  • Know and understand your skin type...

Your skin type should influence your product selection. For example, if you have oily skin, you'll want matte foundation and oil-free products, while dry skin may require hydrating formulas.

  • Consider your makeup budget...

Makeup and beauty products vary in price and quality. Decide on a budget that you're comfortable with to avoid overspending on items you might not use frequently. Remember that makeup and beauty products don't have to be high-end to look good and be effective. You can save money on makeup and still look flawless.

  • Start with the basics...

Begin with fundamental products, like foundation, concealer, mascara, and lipstick. These are the building blocks of any makeup look. Later, you'll add other products to your beginner's makeup kit.

  • Invest in quality brushes and tools...

Good-quality makeup brushes and tools can make a significant difference in application. Start with a few versatile brushes for foundation, eyeshadow, and blush. Again, this doesn't automatically mean they have to be expensive.

  • Seek recommendations from experts:

Don't hesitate to ask for recommendations from friends, who love and wear makeup or makeup artists. They can provide valuable insights into products that work well for makeup beginners.

  • Experiment and learn:

Building your makeup kit is a lasting, neverending process. Don't be afraid to try new products, substitute makeup products that didn't work for you, and integrate new techniques. Makeup is an art form, practicing it will perfect your look.

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10 Essential Makeup Products for Beginners

Now, let's delve into the essential makeup products every beginner should consider for their kit:

‣ Lightweight Moisturizer: This sounds like a skincare product, right? But it is truly essential for a smooth and flawless makeup foundation. Pick a fast-absorbing, light formula that won't make your skin feel greasy. Throw additional SPF to provide additional sun protection to your face and neck.

‣ Foundation: This is literally the foundation of your makeup look. A good foundation evens out your skin tone and creates a smooth canvas for other makeup. Choose the one that closely matches your skin tone and skin type. Makeup artist and expert Katie Jane Hughes states: "The right foundation can make all the difference in your makeup look. It should be lightweight and buildable, so you can get the coverage you need without feeling heavy or cakey."

‣ Concealer: Concealers are excellent for covering blemishes, dark circles, and imperfections. Opt for a shade slightly lighter than your foundation if you plan to use it under your eyes for brightening. If you picked an opaque foundation, or feel like your skin doesn't need any extra 'concealing', skip adding concealer to your kit.

‣ Powder: In most essential makeup products lists powder is absent. Depending on your skin type and foundation choice, you may skip adding powder to your beginner makeup kit. But, I would still recommend adding a lightweight translucent or pressed powder that doesn't add texture to your skin. You can use it to set your foundation and remove oily shine from the look.

‣ Mascara: Mascara adds volume and length to your lashes, making your eyes pop. Black or brown are versatile options. A famous makeup artist Pat McGrath says that when you wear mascara, it makes you look more awake, making all the difference!

‣ Eyeliner: Whether in pencil or liquid form, eyeliner defines your eyes and can create various looks, from subtle to dramatic. Don't stop your choice of classic black eyeliner, especially if you are a makeup beginner. Go for a grayish or brown pencil eyeliner for a more natural look.

‣ Natural Eyeshadow Palette: Start with a neutral eyeshadow palette containing shades like beige, brown, taupe, and a few different finishes: matte and shimmer. These colors are beginner-friendly and can be used for both day and night looks, adding an appealing 'spark' to your eyes and face. You can use matter brown and nude shades to add contouring to your face.

‣ Blush: Blush adds a healthy flush of color to your cheeks, making you look radiant. Choose a shade that complements your skin tone, leaving your complexion fresh and bright. If you happen to stumble upon an eyeshadow palette, that includes a fitting color for a blush, you can skip buying a blusher for your beginner's makeup kit.

‣ Lipstick: Lipstick adds the finishing touch to your makeup. Start with a neutral shade for everyday wear and experiment with bolder colors as you become more confident. Beauty Influencer and entrepreneur Michelle Phan (do you remember the time, when she was a beauty guru?) thinks that lipstick is more than color, they are really magical! Well, I can't argue with that.

‣ Makeup Remover: It is time to finish up the list with a bottle of makeup remover. It is an essential product that gently removes makeup and cleanses the skin. There are many different types of makeup removers available, so choose one that is right for your skin type. Some popular options include micellar water, makeup wipes, and cleansing balms.

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What Makeup Bag to Choose for Your Essentials?

Choosing the right makeup bag is an important decision, especially when you've gathered your essential makeup products for beginners. The ideal makeup bag should not only keep your makeup organized but also be portable, durable, and suited to your personal style. 

Firstly, consider the size of the makeup bag. If you have a substantial collection of makeup or plan to expand your collection over time, a larger bag with multiple compartments or dividers might be a wise choice. On the other hand, if you prefer a more streamlined selection of essentials, a smaller, compact bag will suffice.

Durability is another crucial aspect. Look for a makeup bag made from sturdy materials that can withstand the wear and tear of everyday use, as well as any spills or accidents that might occur. Makeup bags often come in materials like nylon, leather, or vinyl, which are easy to clean and maintain.

Wrapping Up...

Building a makeup kit as a beginner is an exciting journey that allows you to discover your unique style and preferences. By starting with the must-have makeup essentials discussed in this guide and tailoring your kit to your needs, you'll be well on your way to creating stunning makeup looks that enhance your natural beauty. 

Remember that makeup is an art, and like any art form, it takes practice and experimentation. So, don't be afraid to try new products and techniques as you continue to develop your makeup skills and express your creativity. Enjoy your makeup journey, and may your kit always be filled with the essentials that make you feel confident and beautiful.

Lots of love,