Makeup for Beginners 101

Are you a makeup novice and don’t know where to begin? You’ve found the right place! We believe that makeup for beginners should start with a natural, simple look. Think smooth, even skin, blushed cheeks, sheer lips, and defined eyes. We’ve put together a list of easy-to-use products that are perfect for beginners.

Tinted moisturizer

Easy-to-use concealer

Translucent Setting Powder

Powder-based blush

Sheer lip tint

Eyelash curler

Volumizing mascara

Begin with a tinted moisturizer

You’ll need to start your makeup routine for beginners by creating a skin tone that is even and smooth. If you are not ready to use a full-on foundation, a tinted moisturizer is a great way to get started.

Dermablend CC Cream Foundation is a favorite. A lightweight tinted moisturizer that contains four skin antioxidants comes in a variety of shades to match any skin tone. The SPF 50 sunscreen is built-in to provide your skin with daily protection from harmful UV rays. It provides long-lasting coverage.

Pro-tip for performers: Do you have to apply makeup for the very first time? Dr. Joel Schlessinger, CEO of LovelySkin and board-certified dermatologist, recommends oxygenetix oxygenating foundation. This ultra-breathable foundation is perfect for prolonged periods spent under stage lighting. This foundation is designed to heal the skin and provide full coverage. Choose Oxygenetix acne control foundation if you are prone to breakouts. It contains 2% salicylic to clear and prevent acne.

Concealer with a Layer of Concealer

Concealer is the answer if you see dark circles under your eyes or red areas after applying base. It’s perfect for beginners looking for makeup because the newly released Jane Iredale Under-Eye Cover-Up comes with a stainless steel tip built in that is curved to fit under your eye area.

The product also contains quinoa seed and Persian silk tree extracts to reduce puffiness under the eyes. You can apply concealer to the applicator with a little bit of concealer and then smooth it under your eyelids for a natural look.

Dust on Setting Powder

Powder is the next step if you want a matte finish. Powder is a great way to reduce shine and give your makeup the staying power it needs throughout the day.

We love the translucent formula of Mineral Veil and its flawless finish. Use a Powder Brush for best results. Dust the powder lightly across your forehead and eyelids. You can skip this step if you prefer a more dewy look.

Blush Brush

Blush is the perfect way to give your skin a healthy glow. Although blush is available in many forms, from gels to creams and sticks, we recommend that beginners begin with powder blush because it’s easy to use.

Laura Geller’s Baked Blush n’Brighten contains liquid pigments, which are then swirled and baked into a powder. The range includes a variety of universally flattering shades, including Sunlit Rose (a cool pink with a gold pearl finish), Pink Buttercream (a combination of raspberry and bronze with a natural finish), and more.

Use a Blush Brush for best results. Apply it with your fingers to your cheeks’ apples and blend as necessary.

Apply a sheer lip tint.

The next step is to add lip color. A sheer lip tint can be a good place to begin if you are intimidated by the bold colors and precision needed to apply them.

It’s easy to apply a tinted daily lip balm like RMS Beauty. Twist the tube up to reveal the angled end and swipe the lip balm on your lips.

You can choose from a range of colors depending on what you want. We recommend Passion Lane as a pale pink for beginners. Penny Lane is a neutral shade of caramel, and Twilight Lane is a deep berry.

Curl your Eyelashes

It may look like a difficult makeup technique, but it isn’t as complicated as you think! Plus, it’s a great basic step to incorporate into your makeup routine from the start because it will make the next product–mascara–look even better!

The Classic Lash Curler will help make your eyelashes look longer and fuller. This is because most people have relatively straight eyelashes. Place your eyelashes in the clamps at the base of the lashes. Then, gently squeeze the handles and release them. Voila! Mascara-ready lashes.


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