When you’re not very familiar with makeup, walking into places like Superdrug or Boots can be overwhelming. It’s easy to completely dismiss makeup or shy away from it when you have no idea what does what and you’re unsure about which products to buy. We live in a time where there are endless options when it comes to makeup. With thousands of products to choose from, it can be discouraging.
Makeup can be something you learn to love once you’ve experimented a little. Sure, you will have days where mistakes will be made, but we all know that practice makes perfect and it’s all about finding what works for you. I’ve been obsessed with makeup ever since I can remember and I consider myself extremely knowledgeable when it comes to all things beauty. I’m going to write up a simple beginners guide of what products are essential for a beauty newbie and I hope it inspires you to try some new products out when you next hit the shops!
The first thing to start with is your base. It’s important to think about your skin before you pick out something. If you have clear skin then choose a product like a BB or CC cream; both of these products give lightweight coverage that aim to even out your skin leaving you with a natural finish. For those with problematic skin, concealers and foundations are your best friend. They give a higher coverage finish and are wonderful at covering imperfections.
A primer is a great option if you want to get the most out of your base makeup. The primer will keep your makeup in place longer. A powder is a great product for keeping shine at bay.
Since we are keeping it simple here, mascara is a wonder product that you need. It creates volume, adds length and completely opens up your eyes and leaves you looking as fresh as a daisy. The mascara wand can be scary to use when you’ve never used one before. My top tip would be making sure you are looking into a mirror, place the wand under your lashes as close to the base as possible and then gently and slowly wiggle the wand upwards. Repeat if you’d like a more intense look. I find two to three coats is the perfect amount.
Brows are important and when done right they can completely change your face and set everything off beautifully. Using an eyebrow pencil is a great way to fill in any sparse areas. You can even use an eyebrow pencil to carve out the shape of your natural brow if you’d like them to really stand out. Make sure you follow your natural shape and use short strokes. If you have any harsh lines, blend them out using an eyebrow spooly. If you can’t be bothered with the hassle of filling and carving then an eyebrow gel is something you should try. It’s a quick way to neaten up your brows and add some definition.
A blusher is a great way to brighten up your face. The most common way to apply blusher is by smiling and gently swirling a light amount onto the apples of our cheeks using a fluffy round face brush. It leaves you looking healthy and playful! You could also try out a bronzer if you want a sunkissed glow. Using a bronzer along your cheekbones can make your face appear slimmer too! Win win!
When it comes to lip colour, I do believe it’s all about experimenting to find the shades that work for you. In any makeup collection, lipstick is an essential. If you’re unsure of what shade to go for then head to the beauty stands and hold up the lipstick samples against your lips until you find a colour that is similar. Purchasing a lipstick that is alike in colour to your lips is a great way to introduce yourself because it’s basically your lips but better and gets you used to the idea of wearing lipstick. Slowly work your way through the darker and lighter shades until you find ones that flatter your skin tone. You can also try out a lipgloss. It’s an easy transition from lip balm and only takes seconds to apply.
I hope you enjoyed reading through my very basic makeup guide! I think it’s important to remember that makeup is fun and if you want to wear it then go for it! Natural beauty is a glorious thing, but there is nothing wrong with trying something new and feeling good with a face full of makeup.