Makeup Must-Haves for Beginners

Eager to start your beating your face for the gawds but don't know where to start? This list of 12 must-have goodies for makeup beginners just starting out will help in your journey to face beat realness!

1. A Beauty Sponge

You can complete so much of your face with this one little sponge. Apply concealer, foundation, blend a cream contour, apply your setting powder, cream blush and so much more. You can save money on buying brushes that you haven't quite figured out yet. Just simply cleanse and allow to dry and it's ready again. Great choice for newbies!


2. Pigmented Highlighter 

What's that might you ask? A highlighter powder will be the love of your life after one use. Apply a small amount of this to the high point of your cheekbones, the very tip of your nose, and any other small area on your face you want to bring attention to. It'll give you a gorgeous glow in the light. Bronze highlighters leave a sun-kissed glow on  deeper skin tones. Opt for highlighter that's finely milled without heavy chunks of glitter like Taj Mahal by MFMG Cosmetics. 

3. Angled Brush

Talk about dual purpose. The precision of this brush will make it so easy for you to fill in your brows using shadow, brow powder, or any cream based brow product. It will also help you create that perfect winged liner. Due to the slanted shape of this brush, you can learn to make clean sharp lines easily & cut down on the number of brushes you'll need. Start out with a cheap angled brush by ELF that you can pick up at your local target for $3 or less. Practice makes perfect.

4. Cheap Brushes

Elf brush

Building your brush collection can get pricey quick; and why spend so much money when you're still trying to figure out HOW to even use them. Word of advice... DON'T! Without proper care, you'll just ruin the brushes and will end up spending even MORE money. ELF is an inexpensive brand that is great for beginners. The most expensive brush I've ever seen from ELF was $8. Some are even just $1. Go to target and pick out some brushes to get you going. They'll last you more than a few months until you can get the hang of techniques and brush care. After that, slowly start building your collection of those more expensive brushes you've been dying for.


5. Smolder Eye Kohl (Liner)

Kohl Liner

At first, it's annoying to put the liner on your waterline. Especially when you're tearing up, and don't even think about trying the top! Smolder is a soft formula and it's a pencil. It makes lining eyes so easy. Barely have to use any hand pressure for color pay off and just blink your eyes hard a couple of times and it transfers easily to your top waterline. Add a little to your lash line on your lid and smudge out with a brush for a subtle smokey eye look.

6. Setting Spray

What's the point of all the makeup if its simply going to transfer all day and not show up after you get to your event? A rookie mistake is to skip setting spray. We highly recommend always setting your makeup. 

7. Warm Brown Shadow

One warm brown shadow is necessary for every girl, regardless of skin tone. Warm Brown tones work perfectly as a transition color for every eye look. Use it in the crease of your lid before building your color to help blend, or simply put it on in the crease area by itself to create dimension to your look without going dramatic.

8. Eye eyeshadow primer

Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer

Never wear eye makeup without a primer. Without a primer under your shadow, you will not be slaying all day. Eventually, your skins natural oils will start to break through the masterpiece you created and crease lines will ruin your day. You can pick up a colorless eyeshadow primer by Urban Decay for $10 or less. This little tube will last you FOREVER!


9. Voluminous Mascara

maybelline mascara

Big bold lashes are what's trending everywhere. Long lashes will take your look to a whole new level. Grab a mascara that will create a lot of volumes to make your eyes the prize. Maybelline has many to choose from that are cheap and quality. Pick them up at any drug store near you.

10. Eyeshadow Palette

MFMG Glitter Palette

Want to recreate the glam, glitter looks you see on Instagram but worried about getting fall out all over your face?  The gel consistency of the MFMG pressed palette makes it a must for beginners who want to achieve sparkly looks quickly. It can be used without a primer and applied with your fingers!

  11. Nude Lipstick

Every girl has needs a go-to nude shade to pair with more dramatic eye looks and for everyday wear. Flesh and Naked by MFMG Cosmetics are some great options for darker skin tones. 

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Keisha Wright-Harvin

Thank you very much for this article its been very helpful for a beginner like myself. I appreciate the diversity displayed

Charisse Evans


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