Starting up a makeup kit can be a little overwhelming in the beginning. I remember 10 years ago when I had to scavenge all makeup stores to find exactly what I needed. Back then, as someone who had very little knowledge about cosmetics, I had my fair share of mistakes, which I don’t want anyone to go through.
” I had my fair share of mistakes, which I don’t want anyone to go through. “
Whenever you visit a cosmetic store, it’s quite easy to splurge hundreds of dollars, especially when you don’t know what you need. Don’t feel the need to buy right away. Just because the salesperson is so smooth in her words and has mastered her sales pitch, doesn’t mean you can exchange your money for a product. So take your time, but be cautious when shopping, so you don’t fall in the trap of overspending.
” Don’t feel the need to buy right away. “
What do you need to know before buying makeups?
Before buying any makeup to start up your kit, try visiting multiple stores first. The best thing about doing this is you get a firsthand experience about the product and the brand. At this point, you don’t have to buy anything yet. You’re there for an experience, so you can narrow down which products work for you and your budget.
” You’re there for an experience “
While in the shop, ask if there’s anyone who can help you with giving product information and makeup trial. By doing this, you’ll be able to establish a connection and trust in the brand. Here’s what you need to keep in mind before buying any makeup:
” ask if there’s anyone who can help you with giving product information and makeup trial. “
What is your skin type?
There are four basic skin types: normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. It important to know which skin type you have, so you can focus looking for products that cater to your needs. You have to understand those makeup products are made for specific purposes and skin. Those with normal skin resemble no visible pores and blemishes. Their skin is soft and smooth. Dry skin, on the other hand, shows a sign of redness and sensitivity. The skin is flaky and looks tight. Next is oily skin, which is very easy to spot on. It characterizes large and visible pores. The skin looks shiny and may have pimples. Lastly, we have a combination of skin. The skin type varies on the cheeks and T-zone. Most of the time, the T-zone can get oily. While the rest of the face can be dry to normal skin.
” makeup products are made for specific purposes and skin “
What is makeup made of?
The truth is many cosmetic products are made from harmful ingredients. If you’re someone who is keen on ingredients, stay being so. With so many makeup products on sale in the market, it’s so much easier to tap into them without knowing if it’s good or bad. Generally, makeups are made of silicons, vitamins, emulsifiers, waxes, sunscreens, and water. However, if you see on the label any ingredients like parabens, Polyethylene/PEG, retinol, petroleum, and hydroquinone, think twice as they may impose harm to your health with long-term use. Pregnant women should avoid getting in contact with these substances.
” many cosmetic products are made from harmful ingredients “
How much is your budget?
Finally, you’ll have to know how much you’re willing to spend. To be honest, if you’re just starting up to build your personal makeup kit, you don’t need the most expensive brands. You don’t want to spend either with cheap ones, as most likely you get the least amount of quality of what you’re paying for. Once you find out your skin type, knowing that you’ll only settle for quality makeups. Head over to your budget and scout makeups from low to mid-range brands. Low range makeup from L’Oreal, Maybelline, Max Factor, Bourgois, Covergirl, Rimmel, Garnier, Revlon, and Elf are great drugstore brands to try out without breaking your bank. While, mid-range brands like Artistry, Body Shop, MAC, NARS, BECCA, Benefit, Urban Decay, Kiehls, and Kat Von D are good ones to start for personal and professional makeup.
” know how much you’re willing to spend “
What makeup products should you start buying?
Now that you know which type of skin you have, the ingredients to watch out for, and your shopping budget. Let’s check out which product must-have you need in your makeup kit.
It all starts with the base. Never ever skip applying moisturizer, when doing your makeup. You want your face smooth and clear so that it’s easy to apply any liquid or cream products like foundation.
Any foundation in the form of a stick, cream, gel, or liquid that suits your skin is a staple. With a great foundation, you can cover any imperfections in an instant.
A compact powder is definitely a must-have in your kit. Not only it sets the base products on your face. It’s your best friend when you need to do a quick touch up to get off that oiliness.
Nobody wants to look pale. That’s what the blushers are for. Blushers come in stick, powder, or cream form. When buying a blusher, it’s best to have the actual product for a test.
5. Eyebrow Pencil
Eyebrow pencils are a great way to start learning how to groom your brows. That’s because pencils are a lot easier to use than powders. Besides, it also resembles the natural look of hair.
6. Eyelash Curler
Another essential tool for your makeup kit is an eyelash curler. Whether you put a mascara on or not, always have a habit to curl your lashes. It makes your eyes a lot prettier and awake.
What best way to enhance your eyes on the next level than applying a mascara? Mascara is a great way to make your eyes pop up from a natural to a dramatic look.
8. Lip Balm
How do you nourish your lips? It’s by moisturizing them with a natural or even better an organic lip balm. Why does it have to be so? Because you’re applying it close to your mouth which will eventually end up in your tummy.
9. Lip Color
Sparkle your lips with a bit of shade from sweet to bold colors. Many brands from drugstore to the mid range have vast colors to choose from. Get yourself to the store and try them on.
10. Eye shadow Color
This is the makeup product that most of us are afraid to try doing. That’s totally expected to a beginner. So when choosing an eye shadow palette, go for natural shades like beige and brown.
11. Facial Wipes
Facial wipes are your go-to when you need to clean your face before applying makeup. It’s a great alternative when you’re on the go. Plus, you’ll also need wipes after makeup.
What about you, what’s in you makeup kit?
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