Beauty · Makeup

The Beginner’s Makeup Kit

So you’re ready to take the plunge into the world of makeup? Well, you have come to the right place. One year ago, I was in your position.

I was nervous. Scared. What if I’m really bad at it and embarrass myself? Would my friends judge me? Would my family judge me?

I decided to just do it, and I am so glad I did. That day, I walked into Priceline and bought my first makeup products, although I had absolutely no idea what to get. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a list of basic things to start with, this is what I would’ve given her. This is the Beginner’s Makeup Kit of absolute basics.

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1.) BB Cream

A BB Cream is usually more lightweight than a foundation and is meant to function as an all-in-one. It is also a lot more forgiving than foundation as most BB Creams adjust to suit your skin tone.

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I enjoy Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream and Garnier’s BB Cream.

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2.) Concealer

Concealer is a must for people with dark under eye circles or if you have any blemishes you want to cover. If your main concern is dark under eyes, then a yellow toned concealer will be your best option as it will combat the blue under eye circles.

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I recommend Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer and Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer.

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3.) Tinted Lip Balm

You would probably want to enhance the colour of your lips (while keeping them soft and moisturised), but might be scared to try lipstick at first. The solution is a tinted lip balm. They soothe damaged lips and are also very forgiving, the subtle colour makes it harder to screw up when applying and you don’t have to be careful like you would with a lipstick.

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Maybelline’s Baby Lips is a favourite.

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4.) Powder

This is a staple, but is especially important if you have oily skin. Use powder to control oily areas (such as the T-Zone; forehead, nose, and chin) and to set the rest of your makeup, especially concealer to help prevent creasing.

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I recommend Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder or Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder.

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5.) Mascara

Give your lashes some length and volume with a good mascara. When deciding, if it is possible, look at the shape of the wand. If the bristles are thick, then it will give you thick, huge lashes but it might get clumpier than a smaller wand. I find wands with shorter, spaced out bristles to be easier to apply and manage than thicker brushes.

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My favourites are Rimmel’s Super Curler, Scandaleyes Lycra Flex, and their Wonder’full Mascara with Argan Oil. Maybelline also has an amazing range.

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6.) Brow Pencil or Powder

Brow pomades are quite popular, however I would recommend starting out with a pencil or powder. Pencils and powders are easier to control than pomades, and give you a more natural look – which is what most people want when starting out.

Make sure you don’t go for a shade that is too warm (unless you’re a ranga), instead opt for more neutral tones. Instead of a warm reddish-brown, go for an ashy brown. It might be difficult to pick out the right colour at first, but as you experiment with different shades you’ll eventually find the right one to suit your skin tone and hair.

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I started with Rimmel’s Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown, but my friend loves her Australis powder kit.

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7.) Brush Set

I did not get myself a brush set until a few months after I started wearing makeup (yes, I had been using my fingers the entire time – oh the horror!), and that was quite a big mistake. A brush set is absolutely essential for perfect, easy application of makeup. For mineral or powder makeup, opt for natural brushes. For liquid or cream makeup (foundations, concealers etc.), go for synthetic bristled brushes as they won’t trap the product like natural brushes.


I started with the Nude by Nature Limited Edition Brushed Up Pro Set (their very similar Professional Brush Set is shown above), but you can get a lot of other brush sets that are both amazing and cheap.

I was unable to find an Amazon link to a Nude by Nature brush set, but you can purchase one directly from the Nude by Nature website here:

Remember, this is merely a guide developed from my personal experiences with makeup. If you don’t want to buy something on this list or don’t have the funds to just yet, it is perfectly fine to leave it out until later. If there is something I didn’t include on this list that you think is necessary, go for it! All I’m hoping is that I managed to help someone out in their venture into the wonderful world of makeup.



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