Starter Makeup Kit

If you’ve never worn makeup and are not sure where to start – read on. Learning about makeup can be intimidating, especially when you’re not used to seeing it around, or if the women in your immediate family prefer to go au naturale. Even though I am a self-proclaimed makeup junkie, I can understand how walking through the beauty aisles of a drugstore can make it seem like learning how to apply eye shadow or finding out what colors work best with your complexion can be large hurdles to overcome. I can just imagine the type of questions you may have: what does this brush do? How in the world do I apply an eyeliner? Lip stain, gloss, lipstick – what’s the difference? To get you started, I’ve come up with a list of key products to begin your makeup kit.
• Foundation: if you’re not used to wearing makeup, start with a light base like a Cream or Tinted Moisturizer. Either of these products will help to moisturize, as well as even out your skin tone. When applying, concentrate the product on the center of your face (cheeks, nose, forehead, chin), and then blend outwards with fingertips.
• Blush: blush is a product I rarely leave the house without – and with good reason. It is an easy way to add life to and brighten the face. Choose a neutral pink cream blush (tip: many cream blushes can also be used on lips to create a pretty stain), and to apply, get a tiny amount of product on your middle finger, and tap onto the apples of cheeks using circular motions. It is important to start out with a very small amount of product because it is much easier to build the product up than take it away.
• Eyelash Curler: eyelash curlers can really change the way your eyes look. A good curl opens up the eye area to make eyes appear larger for a pretty, wide-awake effect. Hold the eyelash curler at the base of lashes and squeeze a few times, pulling up slightly.
• Mascara: I think that a good black mascara is an essential piece in anyone’s makeup kit. If you want a more natural lash effect, choose a separating, lengthening mascara. If you want to achieve voluminous, full lashes, opt for a volumizing mascara.
• Eyeliner: this product is optional for beginners, but I think that a creamy dark brown eyeliner adds gorgeous definition to the eyes. Try to find an eyeliner that has a smudger at the other end of the pencil (or, you can use a cotton bud to soften and smudge the line). Apply the pencil as close as you can to your upper lash line, and then smudge slightly for a more natural effect.
• Tinted Lip Balm: tinted lip balms are such a wonderful product because they pack lots of moisture with a bit of color, perfect for achieving a pretty, healthy pout. If you’re new to lip colors try to choose a neutral pink shade that is close to your natural lip color.

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