When I was still learning how to wear makeup, I had absolutely no method to my madness. My pink, plastic makeup case was full of cheap, glittery, sticky products that I probably still have tucked away in my childhood bedroom. I didn’t own concealer, so I assumed that I could successfully cover my blemishes with matte eyeshadow, or — on one occasion — sparkly shadow. Thinking back to this time in my life actually makes me cringe — and thinking about being called out about my sparkly pimple makes me cringe even harder.
With this embarrassing story in mind, I feel I have a personal obligation to inform makeup beginners about all of the makeup products you need in your makeup bag to pull of a look that’s 150 times better than my that of my beginning-of-high-school days. See below for a list of steps for applying your makeup, as well as product recs — glittery eyeshadow-as-concealer not included.
Primer is the first step in your makeup routine and it will help fill in lines and smooth out your skin’s texture prior to applying your foundation. We personally recommend Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime for beginners, as it’s ideal for all skin types and everyday use. For more tips about how to apply primer, check out our how-to guide.
To make life easier, invest in a makeup brush kit so that you have all of the tools you need. A personal favorite is the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves Set, but if you’d like more brushes for a lower price, check out the large array of brush sets from BH Cosmetics.
Bronze, Blush and Highlight
To make application easier, find a palette that contains everything you need like the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette. Start by applying bronzer as your base, followed by blush and lastly, highlighter on the high points of your face.
It’s important to do your eyebrows before taking on your eye makeup — once your brows are done it will guide the rest of your makeup look. For a kit that includes everything you need to fill and shape your brows, look into the Urban Decay Brow Box.
Your eyeshadow preferences may differ on your eye color or eye shape. Consider picking up a palette with a bunch of different color options for day and night like the Urban Decay NAKED eyeshadow palettes.
About the Author:Marisa is an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com where she's responsible for creating content that inspires, informs and influences readers. She's obsessed with trying new beauty products, hoards a crazy amount of lipstick and her second love (besides makeup) is food. Her work has also appeared in Domino Magazine, StyleCaster, Guest of a Guest and Jeannine Morris Media.