I'm a huge believer in the fact that beauty is a very individual thing. Some people (me) love makeup and everything about it but I appreciate that some people don't. This isn't mean to be a "buy these products or you'll look like the troll from Harry Potter" post, more like a "if you're going to use makeup, these are the type of products that are good to start with" post. So....
I could talk about makeup brushes for years! There are so many on the market, and you don't necessarily need to spend a tonne of money for good quality brushes. The Jessup sets that you can find on eBay (which I own) are excellent starter kits and start from around $10. The one pictured here is the Real Techniques buffing brush, which is a favourite of mine. The Real Techniques brushes are awesome quality and are also fairly affordable. They're a great starting point for beginners and are fairly easy to find at either Priceline or online through iHerb.
2. A decent, versatile base
My go-to base is usually a BB Cream. They're easy to use and a decent one, like the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream, will also give you good coverage. They can be used alone, under foundations or under powders so you can tailor them to suit your needs.
3. A kick-ass concealer
The Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is THE BEST under eye concealer. It's lightweight yet still manages to brighten and cover even the darkest of under eye bags. You might prefer a creamier under eye concealer, or one with a different applicator but do yourself a favour and check this one out first.
4. A good powder
A good powder can be used alone as a fondation or on top of a BB Cream or liquid foundation for added coverage and shine control. The one picture here is the Nude by Nature Loose Mineral Powder. It's perfect for people with sensitive skin, as it's mineral based. Some powders can give medium to full coverage so you don't need to wear else under them. A good powder is a must for any makeup kit.
5. An easy, peasy liquid eyeliner
Winged eyeliner can pull together anything from a super-simple look to an uber glam smokey eye. It does take practice but an easy-to-apply product like the Maybelline Master Precise will definitely help. This is my personal favourite liquid eyeliner. It gives a nice, solid black winged liner look that lasts all day.
6. A red lipstick
Finding the perfect red lipstick for you is a process but once you've found it, it can complete any look. A good red lipstick can make you look polished, poised and put together. I like to go for a matte, long-wearing formula like the Rimmel + Kate Moss Lasting Finish collection. Kiss of Life (Shade 111) is my perfect red.
7. A killer mascara
A killer mascara is a mut-have, no negotiations! Everyone has their own prefecerence when it comes to brushes, formulas and application techniques so tracking down the perfect mascara for you can be a mission. One of my current favourite is the Scout Cosmetics Mineral Mascara with Fibres. The fibres stick onto your lashes giving you lashes for days! You can also layer this mascara alone or with another mascara for tonnes of volume.
What are your makeup must-haves?
Products in this post were provided as PR samples but as always, my opinion is my own.