You know the saying “everyone has to start somewhere” well this is also true when it comes to makeup – whether you’re looking to expand your collection, a beginner or wanting to by a gift for your (grand)daughter/(grand)son/niece/nephew (delete as appropriate) it’s good to have a few ideas including products that are easy to use and really boost your collection! This will be quite an in-depth discussion of some of my favourite products and don’t worry I’ll be sure to include high end and more affordable options!
I really do believe that primers work, one of my favourite primers is the Benefit POREfessional, this can be quite pricey – especially if your only starting out so a great alternative is the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. I also love to use illuminators like primers, my favourite ones are the Tanya Burr Face Illuminator and the Freedom Pro Studio Strobe Cream (this is a total dupe for MAC Strobe Cream but smells even better!). If you struggle with a lot of redness then a green/colour correcting primer will really help, I like the Smashbox Colour Correcting Primers!
There are so many great foundations in the ‘drugstore’ my personal favourite is the Maybelline Matte and Poreless but L’Oreal True Match and Revlon Colourstay are great options and both have a good shade range! As for high-end foundations my personal favourites are NARS Sheer Glow and Too Faced Born This Way! I really recommend getting colour matched before you buy any foundations and always ask for a sample so you can try it out before investing!
When it comes to concealers I’m not a fan of too many from the drugstore, but the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define is one of the best I’ve tried! Another great option is the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer but I’ve heard this is being discontinued (NOOOOOO!!!). When it comes to high-end I love Tarte Shape Tape it’s very full coverage though so keep that in mind, especially if you prefer a lighter coverage foundation!
When it comes to loose powders I love the MUA Loose powder, it’s super affordable and sets your foundation very well, for a pressed powder I love the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder! When it comes to high-end powders I love the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural and for a loose powder, I use the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder! When looking for a powder I recommend trying to find one without SPF so you can use it all the time without flashback!
Honestly, I prefer high-end products in these categories, mainly because they have better undertones and aren’t too pigmented (which is a good thing in this case). I would really recommend finding a little kit for this – my absolute favourite is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette, this has a highlighter, contour powder and bronzer in it, so it’s really worth the money in my opinion! I know that Maybelline has released some fab highlighters at the minute but I’ve not been able to get my hands on them! For blush, I love the MAC blushes and the Tarte ones are fab!
I find this to be a vital step in my makeup routine, a spray helps remove any excess powder and will lock your makeup in for longer! I love MAC Fix+ as it’s a great all-rounder spray, the Primark Primer Water is a good one too and can be used for a lot of the same ways like to intensify eyeshadows and prep the skin. I love the Urban Decay setting sprays for finishing my makeup and the Makeup Revolution Setting sprays are a great cheaper alternative! Just be careful if you are using a spray with a lot of alcohol in it as this can dry your skin out!
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