How to Start a Makeup Kit: 7 Must-Have Items for the Beginner

How to Start a Makeup Kit: 7 Must-Have Items for the Beginner

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By Kiri Johnston | 21st September 2016

So you want to start a makeup kit, but you’re overwhelmed and have no clue where to begin. Instead of going out and buying hundreds of products, follow this list of seven must-have items for the beginner! And since you might even have some of them already, here are a few tips to put them to good use.

1. Primer

After applying your daily facial moisturiser, apply a primer to create a flawless canvas for your foundation. Primers are usually clear but they can sometimes be coloured if they’re used to combat specific problems.

You might find one that’s great for colour correcting or evening out skin tone, or that promises to make your skin look dewy or matte. Whichever one you choose, the most important thing about primer is that it helps your foundation stay on the skin all day long and stops makeup from seeping into your pores.

2. Foundation

This god-sent product can help conceal everything you want. It all comes down to personal preference: sheer, full, matte, dewy – there are so many to choose from! Get your foundation matched up by a professional at a makeup counter or store; there’s nothing worse than having a darker face than your chest or vice versa.

If you don’t like liquids, you can use a stick foundation or powder instead. Apply your foundation from the centre of your face and blend outwards. It’s best to apply this way because the outer part of your face doesn’t need as much foundation and getting product in your hairline is never fun.

3. Brows

Brows can change your entire face shape and complete a look. Experiment with gels, crayons, pencils and powders to decide what you like the most. No matter what product you find easiest to use, never use a colour too dark, as it will look too harsh and heavy.

To shape your brows, you want to brush them out with a spoolie or an old (clean!) mascara wand to find the shape you like. Then softly feather your brow product through them, filling in gaps or uneven shaping. Make sure you don’t overdo it! If you do go too far, you can just use your spooly to soften them.

If your brows are more rounded, try to fill them in with straighter lines. Rounded eyebrows can make your face look rounded and even (weirdly enough) make your under-eye circles more noticeable.

4. Cheeks

After you apply your foundation, your face can look a bit like a flat pancake. Highlighters, bronzers or blushes are here to save the day! If you love a fresh, bright, dewy complexion, use a highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, under your brow bone and on your Cupid’s bow.

If you like to look like a bronzed goddess, use a bronzer on the hollows of your cheekbones, through the crease of your eye, and on your temples and jawline. If you prefer a soft touch of colour, use a soft pink-toned blush on the apples of your cheeks. Using one of these products will add some dimension to your face; however, if you like a more defined look, you can use all three products together.

5. Mascara

They say eyes are the window to the soul, so make sure you don’t forget about those lashes. Even if you like to go bare-faced every now and then, adding a touch of mascara can liven up your whole face.

Gently remove the wand from the mascara tube and wipe the brush off. Don’t press up and down, as this will cause the product to clump up and dry out faster. Apply the mascara in the middle of the brow and then work on the inner and outer corners. Focusing on the outer corner will open up the eyes more and will make the lashes look fluttery.

Wiggle the wand through the brows to prevent clumping. Replace your mascara every three to six months to avoid irritation around your eyes.

6. Lipstick

Step out of your comfort zone and try something new on your lips. Whether it’s a bright red, deep plum or a neutral tone, find something that suits you that you can wear regularly. If you wake up late for work and don’t have time to apply all of your makeup, popping on a bright lipstick can brighten up your face immediately.

Every makeup kit needs a lipstick. If you aren’t as daring, go for a neutral colour that is similar to your lip colour. This will still look natural but will make your lips look smooth, plump and kissable!

7. Brush Set

Investing in a good brush set is one of the best decisions you could make. If you use good brushes, they will do the job for you and applying makeup will require minimal effort.

Start off with the essential brushes, i.e. foundation brush, powder brush, angled brush, angled brow brush, spoolie comb and eyeshadow blending brush. Once you start to learn more makeup skills, you can add more brushes to your collection. Make sure you wash them everyone week or two to avoid product build-up, which can clog your pores. Use baby shampoo to wash them thoroughly or brush cleaner between each use.

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Article by Kiri Johnston

With a passion for animals of all kinds, the self-confessed crazy animal lady has a dream of opening her own animal sanctuary one day. She’s always down for a good time, doesn’t mind a bev or two and loves to embrace nature. You’ll find her on the hunt for new delicious plant-based cafes, buying a new outfit from Aussie designers, planning her next overseas adventure or just hanging out with her friends, fam and fur babies (preferably at the beach!)


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