Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Starter's Makeup Kit

A few weeks ago, I was in line at Ulta to checkout, and stood behind these two young girls.  They looked to be about 13 or 14, and they had a basket filled with goodies between them.  My first thought was "Aw!  I remember being that age and loading up on Lip Smackers and pink blush with my allowance!"  So I peeked into their basket to see what flavor lip gloss they were getting, and my jaw hit the floor.  I saw an Urban Decay Naked palette, Anastasia brow products, Benefit Mascaras, and Stila lip glosses...products that not only were triple the cost of what I was purchasing, but also terribly inappropriate for their age.  Magenta lip gloss?!  Dark eye shadow?!  They couldn't have been over 14!  So that got me thinking about my younger readers, or readers that may be just entering the makeup world. What should they really be buying?

The Starter's Makeup Kit

First of all, no matter what your age, if you have no previous experience with applying makeup, DO NOT go out buying expensive, high-end makeup!  Get some good basics from the makeup aisles at Target or Walmart.  Learn how to use them, and spend time getting to know your face.  Once you get the hang of things, then you will learn what you like and what works for you, and then you can do some research and pick out department store brand products (budget permitting!). 

So just what makes for a good beginner's makeup bag?  Here are my suggestions:

→ It all starts with a good moisturizer, formulated for your skin type.  Apply a layer, let it soak into your skin, and you're ready to roll.  (Simple Gel Moisturizer)
→ Especially if you're a teen, all you need for coverage is a few dabs of concealer on any blemishes or redness and around your eyes.  (Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal)
→ A dusting of powder will set your concealer, and help absorb oil throughout the day.  (Rimmel Stay Matte Powder)
→ A few swipes of bronzer where the sun naturally tans you...across the bridge of your nose, your cheek bones, your chin, and your forehead.  Keep it light and blend it in with a powder brush!  (NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder)
→ A bit of light pink blush on the apples of your cheeks adds a healthy, natural glow.  And, again, blend!  (elf cosmetics blush)
→ Neutral toned eye shadows add just a bit of shimmer, and bring out your eyes.  And did I mention the importance of blending??  Yeah, that applies here too.  (Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio)
→ Groom your eyebrows into place with a bit of brow gel.  (Rimmel Brown This Way)
→ Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler. (H&M Eyelash Curler)
→ A chocolate brown liner adds a soft, natural definition to your eyes. (Max Factor Kohl Pencil)
→ Apply a few swipes of mascara.  When you're first learning to use makeup, I can't recommend a mascara with a small brush enough!  A larger brush can be very intimidating and hard to use at first.  (Maybelline Lash Discovery)
→ Swipe on a good coat of lip balm.  (eos lip balm)
→ Give your lips a natural glow with a nude-pink lipstick (NYX Matte Lipstick) or lip gloss (NYX Butter Gloss)
→ A few good brushes will make all the difference in learning to apply makeup.  Try a set by elf...they're good quality, for a great price!  (elf Brush Set)
→ Keep all of your goodies organized and protected in a cute makeup bag.  My favorite place to go for these is Forever 21!  (Forever 21 makeup bags)

So do you need all of these things?  Absolutely not!  If you just want to dab on some concealer and lip gloss and call it done, that's perfectly fine!  It's all a matter of what works for you.  But stay smart, and use products that are appropriate for you.

And most of all, have fun!  :)