So You Want to Get Into Makeup

so you want to get into makeup

So you want to get into makeup? Where do you actually begin? With drugstores filled with a bevy of budget beauties, beauty halls bursting with luxury items and don’t even get me started on the niche brand you can find online, makeup is everywhere! Don’t get me wrong, this makes me very very happy, but when you are just starting out – where do you actually begin?

Thinking back to my teenage self who used to slap on thick orange foundations, I defiantly know where not to start ;) When you skin is young, let it breathe. It can be easy to think you need to apply everything in sight but, speaking from experience, this only makes your skin worse. Instead pick yourself up a couple of key items that you can mix and match to create a wearable yet natural look.

For base a great starter foundation is the L’Oreal True Match Foundation. Giving a buildable finish that can range from light to full depending on what you need, this is one of the most foolproof foundations I’ve used and lasts all day once applied. If you need to amp up the coverage try out the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s creamy finish doesn’t stick to any dry patches and although it’s slightly higher up the price bracket, you only need a tiny amount to cover blemishes and imperfections. Blend that all out with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and you will be left with one flawless base.

To bronze and/or contour it has to be the Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder. The most versatile bronzer I’ve used this gives a super natural colour that can be concentrated into the hollow of your cheeks for that illusive Kim K look. Teamed with the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 15 Seductive Pink* you get that Hourglass glow but for a fraction of the price. When it comes to eyes I think one of the best starter palettes is still the Urban Decay Naked Palette. An utter classic you get a mixture of shimmers, mattes, bronzed hues and darker smokey colours that means you can mix and match for a daytime look or vamp it up for an evening smokey eye. When you pop the Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara after, say hello to super long and voluminous lashes.

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  • I think buying the Naked palette is what got me so much into make up in the first place. Since then my love only grew and grew!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

  • Trudy Johanna

    I love lash sensational! x

  • Amy Beachill

    I’d always suggest L’Oreal True Match as a beginner foundation too – it just has such a lovely satin finish that works for so many skin types. And you can’t go wrong with the Naked palette :)

    Amy | Lilac Lemon

  • L’Oreal seems to be the only drugstore brand you can actually find a foundation match because they have so many options clearly labeled. Definitely the best place to start.


    • Really is! Can be a tad overwhelming with the colour choice but would rather that then not enough!xx

  • I would always recommend the RT brushes to anybody starting out in make up x

  • One of my biggest tips would be to get the right tools first! I love MAC and Sigma brushes for the eyes and Zoeva for the face.

  • Great post for getting all the essentials – I can imagine it would be so useful if you were just delving into the world that is beauty!

    Josie XOXO

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  • Kora Miller

    Do somebody know some products that make face shining on the chick bones? Sorry that I am not using a special terms :) Can Buffing Brush help me?
    Thank you for your feedback :)

    Private Diamond Club

  • These are great picks! I think an awesome and affordable mascara and concealer are perfect to start you off.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    • The Maybelline Age Rewind is a perfect drugstore concealer – I’ve almost used my first one up!xx

  • Lauren B

    I love the Naked palette! Great advice :)

  • Yes to all of this! Lash Sensational is my top drugstore mascara, the Naked palette is just a classic, True match is great, Seductive Pink is my go-to blusher and the Nars is my HG concealer :) I love the Buffing Brush too but mine is unfortunately destroyed. Seems like I need to try Solar Powder as everything else here is spot on in my opinion xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • If you want a pallet you can do anything with is the Naked pallet so well done. Cover Girl also has some great foundations and mascaras they have some new products as well. You can always find some great drug store products, just do your research. Also you can combined drug store with high end, that’s what I’ve done !

    • I love combining the too – things it gives the best look and sometimes drugstore just does it better!xx

  • great ! love it.. picture is captivating ! :D

  • I am desperate to give that Nars concealer a go!! I get quite a few dry patches so very keen to try it.xo

  • The True Match Foundation was the first liquid foundation I used, I agree that it’s great for people starting out with makeup!

    Kate xo //