Drugstore Makeup Basics/Starter Kit

It’s hard to decide what to choose when you are first buying make up, with things like contour palettes, brow stylists and about 100 different types of face powders to choose from it can be really confusing so I have picked out some products that are a good place to start and hopefully make picking some products an easier task for makeup newbies.

Face

Personally when starting out in makeup I don’t think you need foundation but that is a personal choice. However if you have good skin with the odd spot or two you can get away with just concealer to cover them and under the eyes. Something I found that definitely helped my skin when I was younger, was not to wear lots of foundation or to wear foundation at all because it can clog your pores which is something spot prone skin doesn’t need. This is why I haven’t included at foundation in this list.
Concealer
Rimmel match perfection £5.99, this is great because it’s a concealer and highlighter 2-in-1 combo so is perfect for under the eyes but also have good coverage for spots.
Maybelline age rewind eraser eye £7.99, I know you are thinking why do I need anti age but you don’t, it’s just a good concealer so I thought I’d include it. It’s creamy so blends well and the coverage is good.
Collection lasting perfection £4.19, really good coverage without looking cakey so is great for spots aswell as under eyes.
Powder
Maybelline fit me powder £6.99, this is great for adding a little more coverage and feels very soft and creamy to touch, even though it’s a powder.
Rimmel clear complexion translucent powder £3.99, great affordable option that adds no more coverage or colour just helps to set cream powders in place and keep shine at bay.
Bronzer, blusher & highlighter Trio
Makeup revolution contour and sculpt kit £3.50, okay so this sounds abit full on but it’s just a bronzer, glowy pinky coral blush and gorgeous pearl highlight. This isn’t an essential but if you want to add some extra colour to the skin this is a great product because it has all 3 in one and is a great price. Urban decay do something very similar but with a much higher price tag.
Eyes
Eyeshadow
Collection eyes uncovered palette £3.99, a palette containing 6 eyeshadow and there is 3 different versions, all neutral but one with warmer tones, one more grey toned and then a neutral one which is probably the one I would recommend the most. It’s also good because it includes a range of matte and shimmery shades and also from light to dark. It is a good dupe for the urban decay naked basic palettes.
Maybelline 24hr colour tattoo £4.99, these cream eyeshadows that can be applied all over the lid and look lovely alone. There is a range of colour but my top recommendations would be on&on bronze (bad to the bronze). It’s the perfect mid brown with a nice shimmary metallic finish.
Mascara
Maybelline lash sensational mascara £7.99, great mascara that adds length, volume and curl to the lashes and is a great affordable option. Also a dupe for benefit roller lash.
Eyebrows
Rimmel brow this way £2.99, clear brow gel is a good place to start when it comes to brows because it helps to keep them in shape and you can’t really mess it up
Lips
Maybelline baby lips £2.99, these are great because they add a wash of colour to the lips and moisturise at the same time, with a wide range of colours and affordable price tag they are a great choice for starting your collection.
Essence long lasting Lipstick, natural beauty, £2.30, this is a great option if you want to pick a lipstick but you don’t want anything to bold and something affordable that actually works and lasts a long time.
Brushes
The main brush you need is for powder as this means the you get a nice light application, any fairly large fluffy brush will do and there are lots of affordable options at the drugstore, the best being the real techniques brushes. Additionally you could have another brush for both bronzer and blusher, then a highlighter. Finally you can either use your finger, the sponge applicator provided or a brush for eyeshadow.
Look forward to seeing you next time with part 2 of my Christmas gift guide series
Please feel free to leave comments of other products you think are essentials for starter kits.
Lucy x

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