Beginner’s guide to beauty

Starting off with makeup is exciting, but can be daunting too, particularly because of the wide range of fantastic drugstore products available today.
My biggest tip is this: DON’T GO OVERBOARD!
It’s so easy to pile on the products, because you’re not too sure when to stop – and with experienced makeup artists making full face makeup tutorials all over the internet, knowing what’s enough is even harder.

I’ve come up with a starter kit for beginners, including all of the products I would most recommend if you’re just starting off – and they’re all drugstore, so you won’t be needing to spend too much cash.


Unless you suffer with severe acne or redness with your skin, I wouldn’t suggest liquid foundation at all – it’s too easy to put too much on, and besides, good foundations are expensive, even in the drugstore. However, if you still want some coverage, why not try a BB cream? It’s lighter than a foundation but allows you to blur out any impurities without looking cakey. Here are some of my favourites:

Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB cream – This is my all-time favourite BB cream. It’s got quite a thick texture, so you can obtain some great coverage but still look natural.
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream – This BB cream is more like a tinted moisturiser, as it has a water-based texture and is pretty light. It’s great for the summer months because it’s really natural and contains an SPF 30.


During the teenage years your skin’s usually at it’s worst, so concealer is a must have. My top two are below:

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch concealer – This works wonders under the eyes. I wouldn’t recommend it on spots, though – it just draws unwanted attention to them.
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer – I don’t know a beauty guru out there who doesn’t love this concealer, and rightly so – its INCREDIBLE! Amazing pigmentation covers dark circles and spots perfectly. I couldn’t live without this.

If you’ve got dry skin, powder can just be used to set your BB cream and concealer, but if you’ve got oily skin the powder step is essential in order to keep your makeup on all day and tone down any unwanted oiliness.

Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder – Because I only really use powder to set my base makeup and tone down my shiny nose (yep, I’ve got a shiny nose – weird but true!), this powder is the only one I’ve really tried, but I love it – it keeps my powder on all day long, and gives a matte finish without dulling the skin.

So many beginners struggle with this step, and end up with giant pink spots on each cheek, which is never a good look. But, when applied properly, blusher adds a beautiful and healthy glow to the skin.

MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher – Good pigmentation, but can be difficult to apply with a brush. For a natural finish, use your fingers to blend. The end result? Natural rosy cheeks that stay there all day.
MUA Blusher – Just the powder version of the cream blushers. Excellent pigmentation, and a gorgeous range of colours to suit all skin types.

(Some of you might be wondering why I haven’t included bronzer or highlighter – I honestly don’t think that these products are necessary when you’re young. Most middle aged people still haven’t mastered contouring, or where highlighter looks best, so when you’re young don’t waste the money!)

Most drugstore brands have eye shadows, but it is often tricky to find good quality. These two options offer great quality at small prices, so if you are starting off try these:

Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo Gel-Cream Eyeshadow – These little pots of eyeshadow are my favourite products I’ve ever used on my eyes. They can be used as bases, but I really like just applying them on their own and smudging them out a bit. They come in a massive range of colours, but my favourite is Pink Gold.
MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette – A total dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but for £4 instead of £37! There are 12 gorgeous eyeshadows included, with mattes, shimmers and metallics.

I feel like eyes look naked without mascara, so it’s definitely an essential for me! I’ve included a waterproof and regular option, so there’s something for everyone.

The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara – This is actually the only drugstore mascara that I own (shock-horror!), as I’m mostly more of a high end mascara fan. However, I love this Body Shop Mascara for both volume and length, and it’s cheap price makes me love it even more.
Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara – To be honest, you can’t go wrong with a Max Factor mascara. Amazing quality and lots of options so there’ll always be one that you like. This waterproof mascara lasts all day, but is easy to remove too, which is why I love it so much.

Although most of my previous tips are things like ‘keep it natural’ and ‘don’t go crazy’, when it comes to lips, if you don’t go wild when you’re young you never will. Now’s the time to go mad, experimenting with bright colours and seeing what looks good and what doesn’t. My best options are below, but my biggest tip here is this – GO WILD!

Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipsticks – These lipsticks are definitely the best drugstore lip products I’ve found, EVER. They have amazing pigmentation, and I love their matte finish. My favourite colour is 110 – a bright, cherry red that’s perfect for the summer months. I also love their fruity scent – it’s going to be on your lips all day, so it’s got to smell good, right?
Bourjois Colour Boost Glossy Finish Lipsticks – These are basically lip crayons – a cross between a lipstick and a lipgloss. I love the glossy sheen to them, and they last for ages. My favourite colour is 04 – Peach on the Beach, and is a gorgeous coral-peach, with a hint of pink too.
Collection Lock’n’Hold Lipglosses – These lipglosses come in a few different shades, but my favourite is Body Pop 1, which is a bright pastel pink that goes with just about anything. They are slightly sticky, but I can cope with that for the amazing pigmentation.

If you’re scared of the bright colours, don’t feel bad! It can take a while to get confident with them, and if you feel anxious about wearing the bold ones, you can always go for lip balms. My favourites are below:
Maybelline Baby Lips – These balms are always winners. They come in lots of colours, and are super hydrating to the lips. They give a sheer tint but aren’t too bold. My favourite is Pink Punch – Barbie pink.
Vaseline – It may seem odd, but with lips, sometimes it’s best to go back to the basics, and Vaseline have brought out some lovely scents and colours. My two favourites are Pink Bubbly (clear with a slight hint of pink) and Paint the Town (bright red with a delicious scent!).

So those are my makeup beginners essentials. I hope I gave you some tips as too how to start of your kit, or just gave you some ideas for new products.


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