The Beginner's Makeup Kit: What Every Girl Should Have in Her Makeup Bag by Becky

Monday, August 19, 2013
Makeup is the most confusing thing when you're a beginner. It's fun but it can be overwhelming when there's a gazillion makeup products to choose from. I remember the first time I got into makeup back in college. I was so clueless. I wasted money on random makeup I didn't know how to use. I wish I had that "cool" big sister or friend that was into makeup to help me. So today, let me be your big (or little) sister, and I will show you what you need to start with makeup. I hope you find it helpful!

Everything you need should fit in this medium makeup bag.

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a.  LIQUID FOUNDATION - Use it to even out the skin tone. I recommend liquid because you can build up the coverage. You can go from sheer to medium. I love The Body Shop's Extra Virgin Minerals liquid foundation.
b.  FOUNDATION BRUSH - It applies liquid foundation. You can also use your fingers, but using a brush will give you a better finish.
c.  CONCEALER - Cover up dark circles, blemishes, and discoloration on the face. I recommend getting a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone. Right now my favorite is Revlon's Colorstay concealer.
d.  CONCEALER BRUSH - For applying and blending concealer. You can use your finger too, but a brush will give a precise application.
e.  FOUNDATION POWDER - It sets the makeup so it will stay on longer. It also prevents shine. You can also use it on it's own if you want sheer coverage.
f.  POWDER BRUSH - Use for applying powder. I like the studio mineral powder brush by EyesLipsFace. Use it as a powder, blush, and bronzer brush.
g.  BROW PENCILS - It helps fill in the gaps and define the eye brows. You can find inexpensive ones at the drugstore. My favorites are Wet n Wild brow pencils in Taupe and Mink.
h.  SPOOLY - It helps blend the eye brow color.


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a.  EYE PRIMER - It prevents eye shadows from creasing. My favorite is the eye lid primer by EyesLipsFace.
b.  EYE SHADOW BRUSH - It helps apply the eye shadows on the lids.
c.  EYE SHADOW PALETTE - Start with an eye shadow palette. Look for neutral eye shadows like browns, taupe, beige, gold, gray, and black. I recommend the NYX Nude on Nude makeup palette. It has 20 eye shadows and 10 lip colors/gloss.
d.  CREASE BRUSH - It helps apply eye shadows on the crease.
e.  EYE LINER PENCIL - For defining the eyes. I recommend a pencil because it's easier to use. Choose a dark brown or black.
f.  MASCARA - It defines and darkens the lashes. Drugstores carry inexpensive and awesome mascaras. My fave is L'Oreal Voluminous false lashes waterproof mascara.
g.  SPOOLY (optional) - It'll help comb out clumps.
h.  BLENDING BRUSH (not in photo) - I almost forgot this important brush! It helps blends the eye shadows.


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a.  BLUSH - It gives the face a nice flush. I recommend a matte medium pink blush. It compliments any skin tone.
b.  BRONZER - To give the face a healthy glow.


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a.  LIP LINER - It prevents the lipstick from bleeding.
b.  NUDE LIPSTICK - Pick a lip color close to your skin tone for a natural look. My favorite is Wet n Wild Fergie Perfect Pout lip color.
c.  LIP CRAYON (optional) - I think everyone should try it. It's so much easier to apply than lipstick. I like to use Sonia Kashuk's lip crayon.
d.  LIP STAIN - They are like markers for your lips. The color stays on all day. My favorites are the lip stains from New York Color cosmetics.

other TOOLS

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a.  EYE LASH CURLER - For curling those lashes. The ones from the drugstore are inexpensive and effective.
b.  FACIAL RAZOR - I guess this is optional, but I use it to shave the tiny hairs on my upper lip AKA mustache... O_o
c.  TWEEZER - Pulls unwanted eye brow hairs.
d.  SHARPENER - Sharpens eye liner pencils, lip liner and brow pencils.


  1. This is a really nice blog post you wrote! Thank you for sharing! I was relieved to learn that I have almost all listed essentials in my make up bag. Minues the foundation and concealer brushes. I guess, I like my fingers better. :)

    1. You're welcome! I like to use my fingers when I'm a hurry :)

  2. That is a really nice bag! I think it goes beyond essentials, too, which is also good because it allows you to experiment and have fun a little bit as you learn. :)

    Ana Paula
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  3. That's an informative post, Becky!
    I like to wear a little make-up daily and I think your list covers all the products for a beginner.



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  4. that was really informative..thanks