I only got into buying makeup recently and even now, there are so many things I`m clueless about. In high school I was obsessed with “panda eyes“, so I never really ventured into more than eyeliners and lipsticks. I experimented more with makeup in my Uni days and when I moved to London and was surrounded by so many options we did not have in Romania, let’s just say I went a bit overboard. Now, I love testing new products, but I know a lot of people can`t afford or don`t want to spend a lot on makeup, they want only essentials. Also, many concepts can be too much for a newbie, so I selected products that are easy to use. And while I love my MUA or Makeup Revolution products, I know they are not that easy to find, so I included only brands that are available everywhere. And last, but not least, these are based on my own preferences. I`m not saying they might work for everyone or that there aren`t other options, it`s just that I prefer these products.
Now, the first and, in my opinion, the most important item is the foundation. While you don`t want to transform your face so much that your own parents won`t recognize you, you want to hide any redness or minor imperfections. Nowadays there are so many drugstore options, it can get overwhelming. If you are new to this, then I strongly recommend something with a light to medium coverage. Picking the foundation was the hardest, but in the end, I chose the CC Cream from Bourjois. This will provide more coverage than a BB cream while being more hydrating and lighter than your typical foundation. It has an excellent coverage and it`s really easy to blend, so it`s perfect for beginners. For concealer, I went with a light coverage again and I picked the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. This is perfect for brightening you under eye area, because of the light reflecting particles. It has a doe-foot applicator, so it`s easy to apply and blend while also controlling the amount you use. This also works well as a highlighter, so applying it under your eyes will make it look like you had a good night sleep.
I wasn`t sure whether to include a powder or not, because if you are young you probably don`t need it that much. But the heat outside made me change my mind because you definitely need something to set your makeup and control your shine. Like many bloggers out there, I went with Rimmel`s Stay Matte Powder. This feels so lightweight and looks so natural like you have no powder at all. Makes my makeup last longer and keeps the shine at bay for at least 5 hours. Blushers are another tricky thing for beginners because applying too much can make you look like a clown. That`s why I picked the Rimmel Soft Colour Blush in Santa Rose, which is a subtle peach, but still adds definition and colour to your cheekbones.
For the eyes, I`m trying to keep it simple as well. The easiest eye shadows to use are the cream ones and nothing beats Maybelline`s Collor Tattoo ones. You can just use your finger and blend the colour for a more dramatic or subtle look, based on your preferences. These, like the name, would suggest, are very creamy and last for a long time, without any fall outs. I really wanted to include some eye shadow palettes, but if you are new, mixing 3 or 4 colours can be a bit tricky. My advice is to use single eye shadows for the moment and then get more adventurous. Brows are really having a moment right now and you can choose from pencils, powders or fibre gels, a lot of options to give you fuller looking brows. Brow Satin from Maybelline is a duo that includes a pencil and a filling powder, both very easy to use.
In terms of mascara, nothing can beat the drugstore ones. I`m sorry, but I never tried a high-end mascara that was better than the drugstore ones. In fact, some from Clinique and Smashbox caused me severe reactions, so I`m sticking with my budget alternatives. At the moment, I love the 1 Seconde Mascara from Bourjois. This gives me lots of volume and definition, without getting clumpy. The wand looks like one of those rolls you use for your hair, so it also separates and coats every lash.
And my last pick, lipstick and lipgloss. There are so many drugstore options, it`s crazy. In terms of formula, though, my favourite are the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks, which are very smooth and pigmented, with an incredible staying power. I am not a big fan of lipgloss, but this one from Max Factor has a lovely fuchsia colour, it`s not sticky and feels very comfortable once applied.
I decided to skip on some things, like primer, bronzer or eyeliner. I just think that if you are a beginner, you want to keep it simple and invest only after you get better at it. Sorry if this was a very long post, got a bit carried away. Anyway, have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts on them? Which are your drugstore staples?