Friday, June 21, 2013

Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit

So you want to start wearing makeup, huh?

You've read about it, talked about it, seen other girls wearing it. The time has come and you're ready to get some of your own. Because after all, if everyone else is doing it, it shouldn't be too hard, right?

But if you've walked into a drugstore and gone to the Cosmetics section, you've probably already discovered that for someone new to makeup, it IS hard. There are a lot of different products. Which brand should you use? What works and what doesn't? What the heck is foundation or blush, and where do you put it? Those questions and more are going to be answered here.

This is my drugstore makeup starter kit -- a group of affordable products you can use to start your makeup collection and learn the basics of application. Ready? Let's begin!

The first step in makeup application, and the most misunderstood, is foundation. Foundation is a colored liquid, which you should buy to match your skin tone, that is made to cover imperfections like dark marks, acne, redness, and dark under eye circles. It can come in liquid, powder, or cream form. For your starter kit, you can begin with a liquid foundation and put a little powder on top to set your makeup and make sure it doesn't run or get cakey throughout the day.

As for brands, I highly recommend Revlon. They have great shade selection and high quality products for affordable prices. Their Colorstay Whipped Creme makeup (the one in the glass jar above) is great because it can be applied with your fingers, might not need to be set with powder if you don't have oily skin, and lasts all day. If you'd like to see a more in depth review of it, click HERE. Also pictured above and also recommended by me are the Revlon Colorstay Foundation (great for oily skin!) and Revlon Nearly Naked foundation and setting powder. 

If your dark circles are really dark or you have a lot of acne, you can also use concealer either before or after you apply your foundation to give you more coverage. I've reviewed two drugstore favorites from Milani and Cover Girl HERE

Another makeup basic you'll need in your starter kit is blush. It's applied with a blush brush (try Essence of Beauty, available at CVS) to the apples of your cheeks, or the part of your cheek that gets chubby when you smile. :) There are a bunch of these in the drugstore, but some of my favorites come from Milani, Maybelline, and L'Oreal. Pick a nice pink that matches the way your skin naturally looks when you blush, as this will give the most natural looking effect. We can talk about getting fancy with blush colors in another post.

Eye products are overwhelmingly confusing for most beginners. Start off with a quad like the one pictured above from Cover Girl, preferably with neutral colors -- browns and taupes. Maybelline quads have little labels embedded into the shadow showing you where each color should go on your eye, and a diagram in the back to provide a visual aid. They were wonderful for me when I started and helped me learn basic eyeshadow techniques. 

After that, pick up some eyeliner. I recommend pencil for beginners as opposed to cream or liquid because it's the easiest to apply. Revlon Colorstay makes an excellent liner for about $8, and if you want to go even cheaper, NYX has a pencil as well for even less.

Last for the eyes, don't forget to pick up a mascara. If your lashes are naturally short, go for one that says it provides length. If your lashes are sparse, go for one that says it offers volume. If you're lacking in both departments, or just want really dramatic lashes, buy a mascara that offers both, such as Cover Girl Lash Blast. My personal favorite is Maybelline the Falsies Flared, which gives volume and a little length for a semi-dramatic look. 

And the last thing that should be in your stater kit, seen in the very first pic at the top, is a lip product. This can be a gloss, a lipstick, or a balm depending on your preference. Pictured at the top are my Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick, Revlon Colorburst lip gloss, and L'Oreal Infallible lip gloss. All of them are wonderful and highly recommended.

So there you have it, my makeup starter kit! As always, if you want reviews on any of the products listed, let me know in the comments. If this was helpful to you or you think it might be helpful to a friend, tweet the link or share it on Facebook. Have a great day, and I'll see you soon! 


  1. This is a great post, very educational for those who might not be in the know. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, Danielle! I do so many posts for people who are already experienced in makeup, I wanted to start doing a few dedicated to beginners who are still learning. :)

  2. I agree with Danielle great post. When I go out I am always asked about products and what I use and I don't want to make it too complicated for those who don't really know how to use makeup or what to use. So great starter items in this post.

    I actually apply my eye makeup first. I do this so that I don't get any fall-out mess on my foundation from loose shadows or other things that can kind of scatter on the face. I have always done it this way and for me it is the most efficient way.

    1. Aww, thank you Erica!! I get asked that question by makeup beginners a lot too, and I thought the blog would be a perfect way to answer it.

      If I'm using loose pigments or something that I know has a lot of fallout, I do put the eye makeup on first and then foundation. But generally with pressed eyeshadows, I've found I don't need to apply it first because there isn't much fallout, so I started doing my foundation first and now I'm so used to it I rarely do it any other way, lol.

  3. I was going to do this but on my YT channel. You did a really great job explaining everything - perfect for beginners. :)

    1. Thanks, Ash! I'd love to see you do a YT video on it, everyone has different products they would use for this and it'd be cool to see what you would pick.


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