After the success of Budget Beauty Week late last year I thought it was worth writing up a post for the make-up beginners. It can be tricky for those who are just starting out with beauty to know the hits and misses out there so this post rounds up the best products (well, in my opinion) to start off with, experiment with and hopefully fall in love with while getting a bit of an idea about what works for you.
Primer – Face of Australia Face Base Primer
It’s always a good idea to prep the skin, you’ll be amazed what difference it can make to how the makeup applies and also how long it lasts. I don’t actually have one of these primers on hand (it featured in my latest Empties) but when it comes to a no-fuss, works for everyone primer that’s a little bit moisturising, a little bit soothing and does an awesome job of improving the wear of your base, this is a good one to check out.
I’m sure it’s no surprise that this is the drugstore foundation that I recommend above any other. I honestly think that most skin types would enjoy this one – it’s a lovely natural finish, mixing and matching with primers can make it a little more dewy or more matte, depending on how you like it. The coverage is light to medium, definitely enough for every day but it’s super buildable if you are after something a little heavier which is why I think it could work well for anyone.
Concealer – Maybelline FIT Me Concealer
This unassuming little tube holds a truly awesome product, it works well for both under the eyes and on blemishes, which is why I’ve picked it here. I like to work in light layers to build up the coverage, which ensures it never goes cakey.
Powder – Savvy by DB CC Powders
Powder is a little bit of a tricky one, I’ve gone for the Savvy by DB CC Powders because the two that I own are the perfect all-rounder – they manage to mattify, set everything in place and also colour correct (depending on which shade you pick up). Considering how cheap these are, I’m super impressed with how soft and blendable the powder is.
Blush – Essence Silky Touch Blushes
When it comes to cheap but actually good quality makeup, Essence is where it’s at. I have quite the collection of the Silky Touch Blushes because the shade range is beautiful and the formula is even more impressive – soft, silky (as the name would suggest) and pigmented enough to easily work with while not being too intimidating.
Bronzer – The Body Shop Honey Bronzer
Okay so maybe I’m cheating but as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really own a lot of bronzer, let alone ones from the drugstore. The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer is still cheap-ish and is one of the best bronzers that I’ve come across – the lightest shade is bronzey but not orange-y, it just imparts a bit of warmth to my skin.
Highlighter – Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls
Again, I don’t own many highlighters from the drugstore but this recent purchase has been a pleasant surprise. Although highlighter definitely isn’t a necessary step to the makeup process, especially for someone just starting out, this is a good place to start because it’s not too intense and it’s super easy to work with – perfect for beginners that just want a bit of a subtle glow. The pearlescent shade would look gorgeous on all skin tones, too. If you want to see swatches, make sure to check out this post about the whole highlighter collection.
Eyeshadow – L’Oreal La Palette Nude in Beige*
A post will be up next week with a lot more info (and pretty swatches) on this palette but I’ll tell you now – get excited for these to launch in the next month or so. The shade selection is gorgeous (same with the Rose palette) and the formula is pretty amazing, particularly on the shimmery shades. A compact little palette like this definitely has enough for anyone to work with.
Eyebrows – L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit* or Nude by Nature Mineral Brow Liner*
Depending on whether you’re more comfortable with a pencil or with a powder, I’ve given you two options to choose from. The L’Oreal brow kit is basically foolproof, wax for shaping, powder for filling in and a handy little spoolie to make sure everything looks seamless. The Nude by Nature pencil has been such a solid product in my collection for a while now, it’s super easy to use and the product doesn’t fade after a few hours like some others I’ve tried.
If it’s natural looking, long lashes with a little bit of volume that you’re after then look no further. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve raved about this mascara but I’m not done quite yet. It holds a curl and wears well throughout the day. The wand is also super easy to work with, no intimidating plastic spikes, just a nice and simple wand to separate and really coat every lash.
I couldn’t pick just one formula for this category because there are just too many options – it all depends on whether you want matte or creamy, sheer or intense so I’ve gone for a brand, instead, which always delivers. I really love all of the Rimmel lip products that I’ve tried with my two favourite formulas being the Moisture Renew lipsticks and the Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipsticks. Rimmel has a bunch of different formulas and just about any shade you could want, so if you’re after a new lip colour – head to the Rimmel stand and get swatching.
Lip Gloss – Maybelline Colour Elixir Gloss
I have a few favourites in the drugstore lip gloss category but if I had to pick just one to recommend it would be the Colour Elixirs by Maybelline – the shade range has a bunch of beautiful nude shades ranging to brights and when it comes to the glossy but not sticky gloss, these are an awesome budget option.
I truly hope this has been helpful for those who start feeling a little overwhelmed when they’re checking out the makeup aisles or even just those who want to try out a few new budget products. There really are so many quality products that can be found if you have a look.
What are your favourite budget products?
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!
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