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7 Makeup ESSENTIALS for Beginners: How to Build a Basic Makeup Kit

As a professional makeup artist, I understand how overwhelming it can be to get started with makeup if you're a beginner. With so many products and techniques out there, it can be tough to know what you need in your makeup kit. That's why I've put together this list of 7 makeup essentials for beginners.

#1 – invest in a daily skincare routine

Before you begin applying makeup, it's vital to take great care of your skin. This includes cleansing, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen daily. A good skincare routine will help your makeup go on better as well as protect your beautiful skin underneath. Fenty Skin Mini Skin Must-Haves 5-Piece Face + Body Set is a great option to get you started.

#2- Invest in a high-quality foundation

Women wearing 3 different foundation shades
NARS- Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation $49.00

Foundation is the base of your makeup look and it's important to find one that matches your skin tone as well as provide the coverage you want. My favorite foundation for a lightweight, natural finish is NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

"It's important to find a foundation that matches your skin tone and provides the coverage you want"

#3 - Grab a concealer that works for you

Concealer is a must-have for covering up any skin imperfections. Choose a shade that matches your skin tone for a natural look or go with two shades lighter than your skin tone to bring light to your face. I like to use a creamy formula that blends easily and a great one is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

#4 – Fill in your brows

Brows frame the face and make a difference in your overall makeup look. Use a brow pencil or powder to fill in any sparse areas and shape your brows. For a long wear option try Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Waterproof Eyebrow Definer

#5- Invest in a quality mascara

Mascara is one of the easiest ways to make your eyes stand out. Look for a mascara that lengthens and volumizes without clumping. One of my favorite formulas is Tarte tartelette™ tubing mascara.

#6- Bronzer for the win

black woman wearing natural makeup
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna- Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer $34.00

Bronzer is great for adding color to your face while defining your facial features. Use a bronzer powder or cream like Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer to add depth and dimension to your face.

#7- Set your makeup with a setting spray

A quality setting spray helps lock your makeup in place and gives your makeup a skin-like finish. There are tons of formulas to choose from depending on your skin type. I like to spray it over my entire face after I've applied all my makeup and use a clean makeup brush to press it into my skin. A great one for all day stay is Charlotte Tilbury- Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray

Building a basic makeup kit doesn't have to be overwhelming and with the right products and techniques, you'll be well on your way to creating a variety of makeup looks that suit your style. Don't be afraid to experiment and try out new products because that’s the best part of wearing makeup! As a professional makeup artist, I'm always here to help you navigate the world of makeup and find what works best for you. Leave me a comment below if these tips helped you and let me know what are your essential makeup products.

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