Hello! Welcome back to Blogmas. Today’s post is going to be on how to start your makeup kit. So if you are new to makeup and would like to get into it, these would be my top recommendations for what you would need to get started. I will also give specific cruelty free product recommendations.
Base: either a foundation or tinted moisturiser. For those beginning who have never really used foundation before I would err on the side of a tinted moisturiser. It can provide light to medium coverage in a much more natural and hydrating way than most foundations. However, another tip would be to buy a foundation, but then for when you don’t want or need that much coverage, to mix some with your normal moisturiser and create your own tinted moisturiser. I really like the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream as a light to medium coverage tinted moisturiser. It also has SPF30. Another option would be to go for a powder foundation. My recommendation would be the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation which as the name suggests can be built up to a fairly full coverage, but can also be used lightly for a natural even complexion.
Concealer: a good all round concealer for both under the eyes and any spots. This can be really hard to find, but I would recommend sticking to liquids as they are easier to apply and blend under the eyes rather than a stick form. I would buy a shade a bit lighter than your normal skin tone which will help brighten under the eyes, but not too light that when you use it on spots it’s like a spotlight. My recommendation is the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer. It is really creamy and blends really well both under the eye and over spots.
Blush: I would personally recommend a blush over a bronzer at this point. There are so many shades and tones to choose from for blush that will instantly liven up your face. Blush is a must have for me to make me look alive. There are so many great blushes out there. I highly recommend the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour Blushes. They are absolutely beautiful and pigmented and last a really long time on the face. Pictured here is the shade Exposed. Another recommendation are The Balm blushes. They are also really pigmented, so you don’t need a lot. I really like Frat Boy which is a perfect peachy pink.
Mascara: although I do not use mascara all the time, it definitely makes a difference when I do. It darkens my lashes, curls and defines them. It really opens up the eyes. I would recommend getting a waterproof formula so it can be worn to fancy occasions without any worry of smudging. The one pictured is from Australis and although it’s called Voluptlash, it is brilliant at separating my lashes.
Lipstick: at this point I think either a lipstick or tinted lip balm would be perfect. Adding some colour to the lips is such an easy step and really enhances your face. I would recommend going for more neutral colours at this point. They are easier to maintain and look more natural. I have a few recommendations for this category: Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in 315 (gorgeous peach); Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer Liar (my perfect nude); Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Date (nice nude); Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose (subtle mauve).
I hope you found this helpful if you are just starting out in makeup. These were the kinds of products I started out with and I found they suited every occasion and were easy to work with. Let me know in the comments below the first item you would put into your makeup starter kit. Be sure to subscribe because in a few days I will be building upon this starter kit.
Thanks for reading, Christina xo