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6 Products Every Beginner Needs in Their Makeup Bag

Makeup for beginners

The beauty industry is full of dynamic trends and best practices, which can make it hard to keep up with at times. Makeup can be intimidating for beginners especially since there are so many options to choose from. We decided to make your life a little easier by giving you a breakdown of the go-to beauty products that we think every beginner needs in their makeup bag!

Tinted moisturizer or BB cream with SPF

Must-have #1: A hard-working tinted moisturizer

We’re all about beauty products that save time, and tinted moisturizer is one of those. Reach for a moisturizer or bb cream that contains at least SPF 30. This will serve as protection for your skin and an even base for your makeup!

We recommend: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream 

Pro tip: Apply your tinted moisturizer with a beauty blending sponge for an even look!


Lip and Cheek Tint Cream Blush

Must-have #2: A versatile cream lip and cheek tint

Cream blush is great for beginners because it’s easy to apply and can be used in tons of different ways. Some cream blushes double as a lip color, which makes it easy to color coordinate your lips with your cheeks. We’ve even tried using lip and cheek tints as eyeliner and we absolutely love the look!

We recommend: The Subtl Beauty Lip and Cheek

Subtl Beauty Cream Concealer

Must-have #3: A blendable concealer

We recommend that beginners start with a lightweight and buildable concealer for undereye and spot coverage, rather than a heavy foundation. Concealer can be used as a highlight, contour, and so much more so it’s a staple for every beginner makeup bag. 

We recommend: The Subtl Beauty Cream Concealer

Pro tip: Check out Niara’s video on how she applies concealer 3 ways!

Brow pencil and brown eyeliner

Must-have #4: A reliable brow pencil

A defined brow can take your everyday look to a whole new level. Find a brow pencil that matches your natural brows. You can also use your brow pencil as an eyeliner because let’s face it, black eyeliner can be easy to mess up and overdue if you’re not careful. 

We recommend: NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Micro Brow Pencil

Waterproof mascara for beginners

Must-have #5: A lengthening waterproof mascara

To achieve those natural Bambi-like lashes, we recommend using a lengthening waterproof mascara that will last you all day with one application. 

We Recommend: Essence Lash Princess False Lash Waterproof Mascara

Pro tip: Since waterproof mascara can be tough to remove, make sure you invest in a good makeup remover such as micellar water!

 Subtl Beauty shine control powder and setting powder

Must-have #6: Pressed powder for touch-ups

Translucent powder is a must for every beginner because it puts the finishing touch on any makeup look. We suggest setting your concealer with a pressed powder as opposed to a loose powder because it’s easier to perfect and there’s no mess involved! It’s also a handy product to keep in your purse for mid-day touchups. 

We recommend: The Subtl Beauty Shine Control Powder

Pro tip: If you haven’t washed your hair in a while and don’t have dry shampoo, you can use a bit of setting powder at the roots to help absorb the excess oils. 

Getting started with makeup can be overwhelming, but having a solid starter kit can make it a whole lot easier. Once you have the essentials, head over to our YouTube Channel for easy tutorials and other helpful tips!

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