From brushes, blenders, and Q-tips to the correct shade of foundation, every makeup connoisseur needs a few essential products in her beauty kit. And, with a dozen or more options available in the market, curating the perfect arsenal can become a mammoth task. If you’re a beginner in the beauty biz and need all the intel on what you should stock up on, we’re here to help. Read on, for we give you a lowdown on the many makeup staples that deserve a stop in your beauty bag.
- Prep-Your-Skin Products
A makeup kit and sets regimen requires investment in the right kind of skincare products. Begin by employing a suitable cleanser based on your skin type and concerns. Follow this up with a toner to balance your skin’s pH levels and refresh your epidermis and a lightweight moisturizer to lend your skin a healthy dose of hydration. If required, you could also incorporate an appropriate serum into your routine. Lastly, slather on a generous layer of sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Once your skin is all prepped, you’re ready for the makeup kit application.
- Foundation and Concealer
Now, you must turn to your base products that’ll help create a clear canvas on your skin. When shopping for a foundation, ensure you buy a shade based on your undertone—which can be determined by examining the color of the veins on your wrist. If your veins are blue or purple, you likely possess a cool undertone, whereas if they are green, you have a warm undertone. Feel free to mix two or more shades to get your closest match! You must also purchase a concealer that is a shade lighter than your foundation to conceal away blemishes, sun spots, and dark circles.
- Brow Pencil, Powder and Gel
To get the brows of your dreams, you must invest in a brow pencil, powder, and gel to shape and fill them in. While many tend to skip sculpting their brows, we insist that you indulge in this practice since well-kept eyebrows add dimension to your face and accentuate your eyes.
- Eyeliner and Mascara
If you’re a beginner, skip the false lashes and look to let your eyes do the talking with the perfect duo—eyeliner and mascara. Pick between a cream eyeliner, a gel eyeliner, a pen eyeliner, or a liquid eyeliner. Mascaras are available in several types, too, such as curling mascaras, volumizing mascaras, lengthening mascaras, waterproof mascaras, tubing mascaras, and more. Add some fun to your look by playing with coloured eyeliners and mascaras!
- Lipstick, Lip Tint, and Lip Gloss
It’s time for your lips to shine. Invest in an assortment of hues—bright pinks, striking reds, understated nudes, and bold browns—to make heads turn. A cream lipstick or a matte liquid formula? The choice is yours. Top up your pucker with a non-sticky lip gloss for a flattering sheen, and if you’re looking for a long-lasting solution, consider putting your money where your mouth is (pun intended) with a lip tint or stain.
- Makeup Brush, Beauty Blender, and Q-Tip
For those who don’t wish to apply products with their fingertips, you’ll need to rely on brushes, blenders, and Q-tips to get the best results. Beauty blenders and brushes help blend in your base and eye makeup. For more precision work, turn to the best tool of all time—the humble Q-tip.
- Blush, Contour, and Highlighter
These essentials are perfect for a dewy, flawlessly flushed look. While a blush helps add a dash of rosy to your cheeks, your highlighter will promise a lit-from-within glow. A contour stick is your best bet if you’re looking to sculpt your face and add some dimension. For added warmth and glow to your skin, invest in a bronzer.
- Eyeshadow Palette
Create dazzling looks with a range of hues with an eyeshadow palette. Consider buying a daytime palette with neutral, subdued colors for a casual day look. While for your night glam, purchase a palette that houses glitter options and darker shades.
- Makeup Setting Products
Once your look is in place, it’s time to set it in place with a makeup setting spray or powder. Such products ensure that your makeup doesn’t slide, budge, smudge, fade, or crease that easily. A setting spray is a savior during hotter, humid months when there is a real risk of your makeup melting.
- Makeup Remover
Remember to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin before heading to bed. You could use makeup cleansing wipes, a few dabs of makeup remover on a cotton pad, or micellar water to remove your makeup and the day’s dirt and grime. Your makeup kit must have makeup remover.
Be sure to cleanse away even the last traces of makeup before you head to bed. Keeping your makeup on overnight can clog your pores, leading to breakouts, whiteheads, and blackheads.