When you are a new to makeup, walking into Sephora for the first time can be overwhelming. There are brand placements from one end of the store to the other, and you do not even know where to start. Trust me, I have been there. Even as my knowledge of beauty products grows, there is always a new product being developed.
Luckily for you, I am fully prepared to break down every product you may (or not) need for a full-face. The Ultimate Guide to Makeup for Beginners starts with skin prep:
Moisturizer: Do you apply moisturizer after washing and toning your face? Well, you should.
Moisturizer is an important part of your skincare regime that should never be skipped, regardless of skin type. Without a doubt, a good moisturizer can leave your skin soft to the touch and prepared for makeup application.
Primer: Just because you do not think you need primer does not mean you should go without it. At first, I was skeptical of face primer. I thought it was only a cash grab for beauty brands. However, I have learned not to underestimate its importance.
A good primer can make your makeup flawless and long-lasting. The primer that you choose will largely depend on your skin type and the look you are going for. For example, if your skin is dry you will want to go for a primer that is moisturizing, even luminous.
And do not forget that moisturizer can sometimes double as a primer, but it depends on the product’s intended purpose.
Favorite Primer for Summer 2019: NYX Cosmetic’s Pore Filler
Foundation: This is your base. The foundation you use will determine if your look will be a “lewk”. Foundations can range from sheer to medium to full coverage with a matte, dewy, sheer, or satin finish. They also comes in different consistencies like powder, liquid, stick, bb creams, cc creams, and tinted moisturizers.
Are you going for an every day or night out look? Are you trying to get a boo or break up with your boo? These are all important questions to ask yourself when looking for the perfect coverage, finish, and consistency.
No, but seriously, the foundation you use can be dependent on the event. Whether you want something more long-lasting or hydrating there is a foundation on the shelves for you!
Favorite Foundation for Summer 2019: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation
Concealer: Concealer is used to spot correct, hide dark circles, and highlight the center of your face. Keep in mind that highlighting, like contouring, greatly depends on your face shape. When highlighting try to use a shade that is 2 shades lighter than your skin. Moreover, it is a great way to add depth to the face, especially since wearing soley foundation can cause your face to look one dimensional.
Favorite Concealer for Summer 2019: L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer
Contour: A well-executed contour can leave you S N A T C H E D. This technique is used to sculpt and enhance the structure of the face. Contouring can be done using a cream or powder a few shades darker than, but with the same undertone as, your skin.
Avoid using a contour color that is too orange or grey. It should be noted that the way you contour will depend on your face shape.
Bronzer: Would you like to look like the sun follows you everywhere you go? Use bronzer for a sun-kissed glow. Bronzer can be used in place of or on top of your contour.
Blush: Blush is seriously underrated. Back in the day, I despised blush. I thought it made me look like a clown. Good thing for me I grew out of that blush hating stage.
To add some color back into your face, apply some blush. Also, I think dark pinks, peaches, and oranges compliment my skin tone. Do not be afraid to experiment with different shades!
Favorite Blush for Summer 2019: Juvia’s Place The Sharan Vol. II Blush Palette
Setting Powder: You do not always need to use a setting powder, especially if you have dry or normal skin. However, it is useful if you want to set your liquid or cream products in place. It is best not to overuse powder as it can cause your makeup to become cakey. Therefore, I suggest you avoid over-baking. All you need is a little *dab dab dab* of powder. I find it best to pat setting powder into the skin rather than allowing it to stick.
Primer: Eye primer can take your eyeshadow game to the next level. Eye primer does not necessarily need to be marketed as an eye primer. You can easily prime your eyes with concealer, a paint pot, or eyeliner.
Favorite Eye “Primer” for Summer 2019: NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Eyeshadow: Eyeshadow is used to enhance your eyes. Whether you are into vibrant colors, neutrals, warm or cool tones, there is a shadow palette out there for you!
The fun thing about eyeshadows is that they come in several forms—liquid, shimmer, matte, iridescent, or metallic! It all depends on what look you are going for! The easiest to use for beginners are mattes and shimmers. You cannot go wrong with a matte shimmer eye combo. For beginners, I suggest starting off with neutral shadows as these are the easiest to match and great for learning how to blend properly.
Eyeliner: I know we all love a sharp cat-eye, but you can use eyeliner on any part of the eye. For example, I use NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil on my lid as a base.
Keep in mind the way you line your eyes will greatly depend on your eye shape.
Lashes: No look is complete without lashes. Lashes make your eyes pop! There are tons of lash styles, so try out as many as you can to find your signature lash. Since you are a makeup beginner, it is perfectly okay to skip the lashes if you do not feel comfortable applying them.
Lashes can come in the form of a strip or individuals.
Mascara: Want longer lashes? Try mascara! Even on my “no makeup” days I like to throw on a little mascara to make my lashes more defined, bold, and lengthy.
Tip: Apply your lashes and then mascara. This, of course, may cause wear on your faux lashes but it helps your natural lashes blend into the false lash.
Brow Gel: Not a hair out of place! Brow gel is used to keep your brow hairs tamed and set them in place after application. Some brow gels have a tint to match your brow color, while others are clear, and are perfect for those with thicker brows.
Brow Pencil: Used for defining and adding color to sparse areas, the brow pencil adds a soft structure to the brows. Be forewarned, depending on how much pressure applied your brows can come out extremely bold.
Brow Pomade: Brow Pomade can be used if you are trying to imitate super-defined and precise brow hairs. If you do not want an ultra-defined brow, try to use brow pomade with a light hand.
Liquid Lipstick: Long-lasting, bold, but sometimes drying, the liquid lipstick is perfect for those long days where you do not have the opportunity to touch up.
Bullet Lipstick: The classic lipstick. Bullet lipstick is making a comeback in the makeup world following the rise in popularity of the liquid lipstick. You can never go wrong with a classic but do expect to have to reapply throughout the day.
Lip Gloss: Sometimes you want to skip a bold lip and go for something softer. Lip gloss is the perfect replacement! Make any lip glossy by using lip gloss over a liquid or classic lip color.
Lip Liner: Overline or outline your lips with a lip liner. In addition, lip liner helps with keeping your lipstick intact, avoiding bleeding, defining the lips, and preventing color feathering.