makeup starter kit

If you are either just starting to wear makeup or are a minimalist when it comes to your beauty routine, this post is for you. It’s all the bare necessities when it comes to creating a beginner or simple makeup look. When I was in junior high, I wish someone had come to me with this list so I wasn’t sporting the occasional turquoise blue glitter eyeliner…oh boy – those were the days. I have tested each of the items I chose below and have been going back to them for years. Additionally, each of these products can be used completely on their own so this makeup kit is completely customizable depending on what products you need or prefer.

mac concealer

Mac Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer: This should be everyone’s first concealer. It is multi-functional since it can be used under the eyes, as well as on the face over blemishes. It holds up all day and can be applied with your finger or a brush. This little jar will last you quite some time because a little bit goes a long way and you won’t waste any product since it’s in a pot rather than a tube.

bareminerals

bareMinerals Original Foundation: This is the most underrated foundation out there in my opinion. I’m not usually a fan of powder foundations {I love stick foundations}, but this stuff is amazing – I wear the color Golden Medium. It’s full coverage and looks dewy all day! I dislike the matte version of this, so make sure you grab the original one. It will even out your skintone and leave you looking healthy. The best part is you can wear as little or as much as you like – keep adding additional powder for more coverage. A lot of the time I leave the house just wearing this and mascara.

rosesilk

Cover Girl Classic Color Blush in Rose Silk: A little flush of the cheeks is always a good look as long as it’s not overdone. It’s an easy way to get a warm, sun-kissed look if you pick the right blush. This particular blush is the prettiest rosy color and it has a touch of shimmer so it doubles as a highlighter. I’ve used this blush on tons of people and it flatters everyone!

telesctopic

L’oread Paris Telescopic Mascara, Carbon Black: Absolute. Necessity. Mascara is everything. It’s one product that completely makes you look awake and put together instantly. I always say skip the top eyeliner, and just layer on the mascara. If you put some mascara on the bottom lash line, it will double as eyeliner if you gently press the brush against the roots of your lashes.

kiehls

Kiel’s Lip Balm #1: This stuff is always with me. It moisturizes the lips yet looks like you are wearing gloss – you will fool everyone.

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