Monday, December 3, 2012

Starter Makeup Kit


I wish I'd researched more before starting out with makeup because I've wasted so much money on useless, poor-quality things that I didn't need. Regardless, this post is on advice about what to look for when starting out in makeup, and I've suggested some of my favourite products. If you're not new to my blog, you'll probably be sick of seeing these products but hey, if you're not new to my blog, you probably don't need advice on starting out in makeup. :p


The Basics
When you're just starting out you really don't need that much coverage in your base products. I'd say go for something without SPF if possible, so that you can wear it to night events and not worry about a white cast. Use separate SPF in the day so that it's an adequate level, not something as low as SPF 15 which is common in foundations, and so you can choose to use it in the day. Having said that, most foundations, tinted moisturisers and BB creams will come with some SPF, because it's 'handy'. I use the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation for light-medium coverage. Something with lighter coverage would be a Skin79 BB Cream or the Garnier Oil Free BB Cream for Combination-Oily Skin if either of the shades suit you. I don't think you'd need anything more than medium coverage on a day to day basis.

For spots, hyperpigmentation and dark circles, use concealer. Some people like to use their foundation as concealer, but unless it's a cream foundation, the consistency is not ideal. I like the Laura Mercier Undercover because it comes with a drier concealer for blemishes and spots, and a more melty emollient pink-toned concealer for under the eyes. More budget-friendly options are the Maybelline Fit Me concealer or the Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer.

I always set my foundation and/or concealer with powder. The times that I haven't used powder have proved to be moments of bad judgement. I use the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, which is available in most countries and isn't too expensive. I have the shade 05 Beige.

I love blush. I pack it on dreadfully sometimes if I don't face the window when I'm putting it on but when applied with a light hand (the barely there, proper way) it looks really flattering and healthy. I like the Bourjois pot blushes in Rose D'Or and Rose Coup de Foudre and the Essence Silky Touch blush in Babydoll. The Bourjois blushes are comparatively expensive at full price, so wait for a sale, and don't buy like 5, because you'll regret it when your collection's so full of Bourjois that you can't justify buying different ones later on. When starting out in makeup, buy things in moderation, because you want to save space and money for later, when new and exciting products come your way and you can justify the purchases.

For eye makeup, I really like cream eyeshadows like the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. It's a metallic taupe-bronze and it doesn't fade or crease, and it's SO easy to apply, either with your finger or a brush. You can wear it on its own or with powder eyeshadow but I would just get this if I was starting out with makeup. 
I'm not a huge eyeliner-wearer, but I like the CoverGirl Liquiline Blast pencil liners because they're an alternative to the smudgy, liquid-style pencil liners that set and stay all day, like the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils and the Milani Liquif'EYE Metallic Eye Pencils, both of which aren't available in Australia. 
I love the Shiseido eyelash curler for my lashes, and my favourite mascara is Maybelline Full n Soft. It makes your lashes look a little longer and a little thicker but doesn't feel brittle. I use the waterproof version because it holds curl better and doesn't smudge as easily. Revlon Grow Luscious and CoverGirl Lash Exact waterproof are good too.

I used to underrate lip products but my opinion's changed since. I'm not brave enough to do brights and I don't wear nude lipstick so I stick to classic neutral pinks, or lip balm. I think a good lip balm is essential in any purse, so Carmex and Maybelline Baby Lips are my picks for lip balm. A step up would be tinted balms, and my favourite is Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate, which adds colour but still looks natural. Something novel which I've been loving is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, and I love the shade Charm, which is a peach that leaves a coral stain after an hour or two when the peach has worn off. 


A little more
I personally don't wear eye makeup everyday, but if you're looking for eyeshadows, I suggest you try any (or all :p) of the three palettes. If you're ever in the UK, or if you're open to online shopping, Sleek's Storm palette is beautiful. 12 different shades, with a good mix of neutral and coloured shadows and the inclusion of three mattes. The Australis Paparazzi Perfect High Definition eyeshadow palette in Snap Attack is a good beginner's palette for girls in Australia. The satin finish of the five shades is very pretty, and the shadows are pigmented and apply smoothly. And lastly, the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette is the best beginner's palette for those in the US or open to ordering online. It's affordable and amazing quality. 
Of course, with eyeshadow comes primer, so I'd recommend Revlon creme shadow palettes or the Australis eyeshadow primer. 

If you're up for more 'proper' lipstick, my picks for a proper lipstick are MAC Viva Glam V and the Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie, which is a slightly berry-toned neutral pink with shimmer.


Bronzer and highlighter are a little more advanced than blush, and honestly they're often not necessary. Bronzer can add a lovely warmth to the face (and dimension if you're into contouring), and my bronzer of choice is Bourjois Delice de Poudre, but that's since been discontinued and replaced by Delice de Soleil. I've swatched them and they're pretty much the same powder. They're not overly pigmented, which makes it easier to use. Highlighter can add a lovely glow to dull skin. I like MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, which is a permanent item so you shouldn't have any problems getting it.

When you wear makeup, you need to be able to remove it properly. I like and use the Face of Australia Gentle Makeup Remover and the Dove Foaming Make Up Remover and both are great. I use the FOA dual-phase remover for eye makeup and waterproof mascara and the Dove for face makeup. I use a washcloth with my cleanser on alternating nights so it exfoliates and removes all traces of foundation.


My go-to brands for brushes are Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman and EcoTools. I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush for foundation, the Contour Brush for highlighter, the Blush brush for more pigmented cheek powder products and the Stippling brush for powder blush and cream blush. I use Ecotools for eye brushes, blush and powder. Between the two, almost all my brush needs are covered. :)

Hopefully this helps if you're looking to start out in makeup! I certainly wish I could give myself this advice and start over! I'd definitely make some wiser purchases. I'll be giving this advice to my younger sister when she wants to start out in makeup in a couple of years time! :)

13 comments:

  1. I love this post! A great selection of products you have there. I have one of the Bourjois blushes and I love it, especially because I got it on sale for $5! xxx

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    1. Thank you! And I bought most of my Bourjois blushes in that sale! I went a bit crazy and bought 4. Oops. :S xx

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  2. Oh wow... we must have the same makeup drawers! I love my Bourjois healthy mix, Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter and Revlon Balm Stains. I've been dying to get the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette but it's overpriced on eBay.

    How do you get over the granny/rose scent of the Bourjois blushes? I have 2 and I hate the smell so much! It's such a shame as the blushes are really pretty.

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    1. Wow! They're good products, I guess! I bought my Comfort Zone palette from Beautyjoint.com and it wasn't expensive. I actually like the scent of the Bourjois blushes! But the baked formula is starting to be a bit tiresome and I'm moving towards non-baked blushes now. The shades are really pretty though. :) xx

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  3. The Wet n Wild comfort zone palette is amazing!
    I agree with going for foundations without SPF. Buying multiple foundations (one with and one without SPF) means spending a lot of money. I usually go for foundations without SPF because they photograph amazingly. If I want sun protection I'll just use a moisturizer with SPF underneath. xxx

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    1. Yes it is! Hehe. I've been trying to use a separate sunscreen but when I'm just at home all day I'll rely on my moisturiser's SPF. :) xx

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  4. Great post :)
    I agree with a lot of what you said! When I started out, I didn't know anything and nearly killed my skin by caking on so much when I didn't need it.

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    1. Thank you! Aww.. when I started out I just threw my money at anything and I want to shake my past self for not saving instead. I'm all for 'investment' splurges now. :)

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  5. great picks for starters!! totally agree ^_~

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  6. I like how this is a neat summation of your adventures and experiences with makeup so far! :) I have to agree with lots of your picks, especially the Bourjois foundation, Maybelline Color Tattoo, Comfort Zone and Korres. The only thing I don't use in my usual routine is concealer. I am contemplating MAC Moisturecover, though I've heard really good reviews about Bobbi Brown and the Bourjois Healthy Mix one.

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    1. Pretty much! Hehe more often than not, it's your posts that sway me to buying a product! I've been neglecting concealer a lot for the past month but sometimes I need the stuff! The Bobbi Brown's is really tempting, though I know for sure I won't get much use out of it. LM will do for now haha. Thankfully my glasses often enable me to skip undereye concealer! :)

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  7. Wow this is a great post! Love your recommendations :) I've heard the Bad to the Bronze being raved so much I will definitely want to pick it up next time there is a sale. Love Korres lip butters too, they moisturise while give a nice tint to the lips. Berry Smoothie for the Revlon lip butters is my favourite shade too!

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