Monday, December 13th, 2010

What would be makeup essentials for a beauty newcomer? What should they start out with?

Temptalia's AnswerIf they’ve NEVER used makeup, I would give them some cheaper items and let them try and get a feel for what kinds of things they like (or don’t like). I would also consider a good eyeshadow palette in the $20-40 range.

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45 thoughts on “What would be makeup essentials for a beauty newcomer?

  1. Madison

    good face makeup- lm tinted moisturizer & concealer
    nars blush- madly or orgasm
    nars laguna bronzer
    UD naked palette
    lashblast mascara
    any neutral lipgloss

  2. Sarah

    I think that they need an eyelash curler and tips for how to use it :)

  3. Mikaela

    I would recommend using a blush, covering spots and curling eye lashes.. makes a big difference! :) I recommend starting slow and just experiment.

  4. Kelly C.

    I definitely like the idea of giving someone a little bit of everything- eyeshadow, foundation, lipgloss, etc- so they can decide what products they like and want to use, and which they can do without. For instance, I don’t use eyeshadow hardly ever (the reason I wanted to get into makeup for the first time this year!) but have really grown to love lipstick (never though I’d want to wear ever!)

    That, or perhaps a chaperoned trip to makeup counters- those always intimidated and confused the hell out of me when I first started going. So easy to be overwhelmed without guidance.

  5. Iliana

    If it’s someone still young, then maybe just a lipbalm, tinted gloss, some cheek color (a gel would be most natural looking, I guess) and a lash curler. For someone who is older, then a concealer/foundation or tinted moisturizer, powder, mascara and an mlbb shade of lipstick for everyday use. Maybe a neutral es palette and a shade to add to that to create a smoky eye.

  6. Maya C

    I remember when my dad finally allowed me to wear makeup he took me to Aveda to have a consultation. That was a really great way to start out, granted he paid for all of it and it was not cheap (so maybe not the best way for everyone to start out…). I learned lots of tips, and got a personalized palette with eyeshadows and blushes, mascara, eyeliner, and lip gloss. I’d definitely go into a store or to a counter just to learn some application tips and have them pick out good colors.
    Hah, wow. It’s been 5 years since then and my how my makeup skills and collection have grown.

  7. K

    Good brushes! Amazing how your skill level appears to increase tenfold with the right tools.

  8. Desiree

    I’d just give this person a drugstore or maybe Sephora/Ulta makeup kit that comes with an assortment of all the essentials like eyeshadow, blush, lip color, eyeliner, etc.. This would give them something to practice with before they venture into the luxury brands.

  9. Az

    I would go for colors. Lipstick, e/s palette, blush, of course in easy-to-pull-off colors. I think foundation/concealer/… is kinda risky, you don’t know if it suits their skin type/complexion or not. The same goes for mascara, it may work for me but not for them. Brushes are nice but I won’t pick them for beginners.

    • K.Jai

      I would have to disagree. Before I had makeup brushes I had ssssooooo much makeup and couldn’t find much use for it until I discover brushes and that allowed me to really fall in love with makeup and not struggle so much with application.

  10. judy

    a mascara that gives clean length and a neutral eyeshadow with a little shimmer….something like sin from urban decay, champagne from smashbox or glamazon by too faced. a little bit of attention to the eye area goes a long way.

  11. Kat

    I would say some concealer, powder, an eyelash curler, mascara, a very natural and sheer blush and then a tinted lipbalm. And lessons on how to use it all :)

  12. Heather

    Urban decay primer potion
    Coastal scents 88 pallette
    Coastal scents brushes

  13. Mirna

    Makeup essentials for a new comber would be to have a good set of tools, maybe something inexpensive like eco tools. Then suggest some good drugstore items like black eyeliner (liquid & pencil), a couple lipsticks from neutral to a light red, a soft pink/peach blush, an eye primer, and a few eyeshadow in an array of colors and neutrals.

    My nieces are 4 & 2 and they love playing with my makeup. Im giving them a leg up on this newbie process!

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ana Meg

    good concealer
    blush
    tinted mosturizer o a lightweight foundation
    CS 88 palette
    L’oreal or Covergirl Mascara
    Black Eyeliner
    Lipgloss

  15. tinted moisturiser, concealer, powder to set, eye liner and lip tint. I love the natural but polished look

  16. Kelsey

    Chances are, if they haven’t been wearing makeup, anything close to a “routine” will frighten them.

    I would suggest:
    -Aveda Tinted Moisturizer
    -NARS Orgasm Multiple
    -Aveda Innerlight Translucent Loose Powder
    -NARS Corfu creme eyeshadow
    -MAC Opulash Mascara
    -NARS concealer

    With dryer skin, they could even skip the loose powder… ;o)

  17. Erin

    A good eye shadow primer!! You can make almost any cheapy palette work w/a good primer!!

  18. Lissa

    concealer, an easy to use foundation or tinted moisturizer depending on skin issues, powder, lash curler, mascara, brushes, lipstick slightly darker than natural skin tone, sheer gloss, links to temptalia and youtube

    maybe a simple small palette of shadows and primer or just something like the buxom cream shadow that doesn’t need a primer

    brushes

    superminimum: concealer, mascara & curler, gloss

    if it was some like a family member I’d actually just do a few makeovers on them and let them experiment with my stuff to see what they liked. I’d probably give them a bunch of stuff I don’t use much (like shadows, extra powders, etc) and then gift them with something special of whatever things they liked most whether it was mascara, liner, lipstick, highlighter, etc.

    thebalm’s balmbini is a nice way to start since it has 2 blushes that double as shadows, a shadow/luminizer, 2 shadow/liners, a lipstick and a gloss in one. sephora has a $25 or $29 I <3 sephora brush set that covers all the basics or there's a nice set from ecotools. loreal is great for cheap mascara and powder. maybelline for concealer. both ok for foundation.

    the estee lauder blockbuster isn't bad either– give someone else the perfume and for $55 you've got a ton of makeup, plus a case and brushes which are really nice starting out. and a bunch of samples.

  19. Therese

    I’m pretty much a makeup newbie, just started a couple months ago so I can practice for my wedding. I would say a concealer, mascara, easy application eyeliner, blush and lip gloss is all you need to start. Foundation gets irritating for starters since your skin really isn’t used to it.

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily Emily

    some concealer, powder, a blush, neutral e/s palette, mascara and lipgloss

  21. flyavsted

    A really good foundation (love Helena Rubenstein in Color clone which is pigmented and has a think consistence and stays that way and Dior Forever which also is a thin consistence, but after a while it becomes thicker in the bottle if you don’t wear it everyday. It stays on forever and even on slightly oily skin) or Glominrals mineral powder. A good cheap mascara are all those of L’oreal. They are all good. However, if you need some more staying power and drama I prefer Lancome’s Hypnose in black. At the lips I would use a tinted lip balm (it doesn’t have to be full make up when you’re a newby) and for the cheeks perhaps well dressed from Mac which is quite fair and subtle.

  22. K.Jai

    For starters I believe a good mascara, lipgloss, Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, concealer, powder foundation, and a set of Sonia Kashuck(sp?) brushes…just for starters ; )

  23. UD Naked Palette, the now-sold out Smoke out Kit (because the instructions are perfect for a beginner! I even saved the instructions from the two kits I used up for my daughter, someday she might want to learn how to do the perfect smoky eye!!) – no drugstore makeup, but trial sizes of different foundation/powder combos so they can find the perfect fit, and A GOOD SET OF BRUSHES!! Without good brushes, they’ll struggle/get frustrated!!

  24. Ani_BEE

    For beginners:

    I really like the ELF Beauty Encyclopedia’s.
    They are good to learn with and in the past they came with a DVD tutorials as well as visual charts in the books and a hard jacket to hold the 3 editions.

    Coastal Scents 78 Piece Makeup Palette.
    You’ve got your shadows, blush and bronzer/highlight shades taken care of within it with some of the shadows as well. They even sell Lip Quads so that they can experiment with shades of the full Lip Color Palettes.

    The Coastal Scents Palettes are the more pigment of the 2 and I recommend it to everyone when they get into makeup for learning. Once you know what works for you, you can go on to buy higher quality products that match. (higher quality doesn’t mean higher price point however.)

  25. Tia

    Definately brushes, a good eyeshadow primer and NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil.

  26. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Christine nenebird

    good foundation and concealer and sponges and brushes – I recommend lancome teint miracle, or a maybelline if DS, LM sponges or Sonja Kashuk sponges. concealer? Lots out there…
    great mascara – Lancome Hypnose, Loreal telescoping
    lipstick, gloss – BB cream or metallics, Mac Lipglass or Maybelline color sensations…
    Cheeks – Nars, BB powder or DS Rimmel, Boots

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of T Violet Lee

    tinted moisturizer
    good everyday blush (something like NARS Orgasm)
    blush brush
    eyeshadow primer (so they don’t get frustrated with the eyeshadow not showing up)
    good quality eyeshadow palette (maybe a custom quad from MAC with a highlighter, matte neutral, couple of colors)
    eye shadow brushes (so much easier than sponges)
    good drugstore mascara
    tinted lipgloss

    if they want to try eyeliner, I’d recommend a gel eyeliner and an angled brush

  28. Dianna

    1. A really good eyelash curler
    2. 2-3 quality, multi-purpose eye brushes (239, 217, 266)
    3. Inexpensive eyeshadow palette
    4. Blush (something that suits his/her skin tone & can be worn daily)
    5. Concealer
    6. Black or brown eyeliner pencil

    I think that’s a pretty good start. You could throw in a lipstick or gloss but I didn’t put one on the list b/c I figured that the person would probably start there anyway (my first makeup-related purchase was a cheap drugstore lipgloss – NYC, I think). Of course, I’d definitely recommend giving them some guidelines or taking them to a makeup counter for a lesson first :)

  29. TheMiaomi

    a good base; tinted moisturizer.
    a versatile blush; peachy pink coral not too pigmented ones
    a nice neutral eyeshadow pallet
    Natural lengthening mascara
    semi opaque lip products

  30. Marcela

    colored eyeshadow bases! when i was MAC eyeshadow newbie, i was totally disappointed that i couldn’t get the same color payoff on my eyes as in the pan. then i learned the magic of using a base, especially a colored base to match and intensify the shadow’s base OR a different colored base from the shadow to create another color.

  31. Ru

    If they’ve not used makeup/don’t know how:
    -Tinted moisturizer
    -Undereye concealer (something foolproof & easy)
    -A tinted balm or gloss, similar to Korres Lip Butter
    -A small eye palette, from light to med-dark colors
    -Basic black and brown liner, easy application type like UD 24/7
    -Mascara, start with drugstore

  32. Jennifer S.

    1. A neutral Eyeshadow and Highlighter (UD Naked and MAC Brule for me)
    2. A neutral Lipstick she favors and gloss(my go to is Modesty by MAC and UnderAge)
    3. A sheer blush(my go to is BlushBaby my MAC)
    4. A Concealer that works with her skin type that covers her pimples/acne should she have any(I use Pro Longwear Concealer)
    5. Makeup wipes
    6. Powder Product should she be oily or need cover up

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Margot mkdallas

    You’ve got to learn the basics before you can move to more challenging looks/applications, so I’d start the newbie out with the following:
    concealer
    tinted moisturizer (Kiehl’s or Laura Mercier)
    cream blush (Stila Convertible Color)
    eyeliner pencil in bronze or grey (more forgiving than black)
    natural-look mascara, like Maybelline Full & Soft
    a great MLBB lipgloss, like NYX Natural or MAC Lust

  34. Definitely agree with a lot of what is being said below especially having a beauty regular go to a counter with you for a consultation. My mom wears makeup but still considers herself a beauty newbie so she didn’t want to take me to a counter out of fear. When I finally when to a counter by myself I was lucky that the girl there was nice enough to help me out with not only my first makeup essentials but also some good application techniques…

  35. slick

    I think for colors, drugstore products these days have you covered. NYX, L’Oreal HIP, Revlon, you can even find e.l.f. at the drugstore now! This will cover your eyes, lips, and cheeks for sure and it won’t break the bank.

    Foundation is a different story. I would definitely invest in a quality product off the bat. I would recommend going to a counter or Sephora for samples to find what works, and then stick around for some tips and lessons!

    For brushes, I would invest in one MAC 239 to start, lol. Everything else can come from Ecotools, Sonia Kashuk, and the e.l.f. Studio Line until you know what you want to invest in brush-wise :)

  36. Elsa

    tinted moisturizer
    mac skinfinish natural (works well as a foundation or as a setting powder)
    concealer (my favorite is the select cover one from mac)
    a matte or satin-y everyday blush (cubic!)
    a good neutral palette (UD naked! or perhaps a custom made one: i would select blanc type, kid, satin taupe, all that glitters, club, and maybe a few more :))
    a matte bronzer
    eyebrow powder (i use coquette e/s)
    a neutral lipgloss (don’t really recommend the mac ones, they are really sticky)
    mascara (i love the l’oreal telescopic)

    for brushes:
    mac 239, 217, 266, 224 (for eyes)
    sigma F80, mac 134
    i thing that *for a begginer* the sigma complete kit will get you through for a good while

  37. Ana

    A good concealer (I like inglot, but maybelline has goodd ones too)
    Eyelash curler and mascara (revlon curler, Loreal collagen mascara)
    Gel eyeliner & brush (maybeline one!)
    Neutral blush (Mac Melba, and ELF completion brush to go with it.
    NYC sunny bronzer
    NYX eyeshadow palette

  38. Ashley D.

    If they had to splurge for one thing, it should be base makeup (concealer, foundation, powder, etc).

    Base – Bobbi Brown (the absolute best IMO)

    Eyeliner – Revlon Colour Stay (Pencil)/Maybelline EyeStudio (Cream)/L’Oreal Lineur Intense (liquid)

    Mascara – Maybelline Full N’ Soft/Maybelline Falsies/CoverGirl Lash Blast/Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion/ L’Oreal Voluminous/ L’Oreal Lash Out

    Eye Shadow – e.l.f./Maybelline EyeStudio/L’Oreal HiP

    Blush or Bronzer – Jane

    Lips – Anything you want. (Not sure about lip glosses but most of the lipsticks I’ve tried in drugstore were pretty good)

    Brows – Wet N’ Wild Brow Pencil

    False Lashes – Ardell (For the glue I recommend the MAC Duo Adhesive)

    Make Up Brushes – EcoTools, Sonia Kashuk, e.l.f Studio

    Tools – Eyelash Curler (from Revlon to Shiseido – your choice)

  39. MARGO

    a good moisturizer plain or tinted , under eye concealor, brush applicator, neutral eyeshadow, brow shadow, blush,mascara, and lipstick.

  40. Natasha

    my sister and I both started with a powder foundation and lipgloss. I would probably do the same for any daughter of mine.

  41. Niki

    1. The best makeup essential is good skin care and drink pleanty of water.
    2. Have a desire to wear makeup (without letting it wear you).
    3. Buy some makeup and makeup brushes at whichever price that you can afford and play, practice and practice some more in your makeup.
    4. Watch beauty videos read beauty blogs and books.
    5. Never quit learning for your can always perfect your techniques and always remember to blend, blend, blend.
    6. Repeat steps 1-5.