My Makeup Essentials : Products For Beginners

New makeup products surface the beauty industry every month and the need to keep up with it often becomes impossible but if you have the right essentials to create a flawless facebeat, girlthe rest won’t matter; until of course, you’ve mastered the art of perfecting a winged eyeliner. And once that happens I’ll write another post but for now I’m sharing my basic makeup products for beginners.

1. PrimerMakeup primers act as a base for your foundation, it allows for a smoother application and increases the longevity of your makeup. I alternate between the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser which is ideal for smoothing out fine lines and large pores, it retails for R94.95 at Dischem and Clicks. The Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Base Lumiere by MAC which is my favourite between the two, retails for R520.00. It not only assists with the longevity of my makeup but it leaves my skin feeling hydrated while controlling the oily areas of my face.

2. FoundationThis is one of the first foundations I used when I started doing makeup. It’s easy to apply, has buildable coverage and is long wearing, holy grail of note! The MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 retails for R450.00. It contains 30ml of product and it lasts surprisingly long. It has a matte finish so if your skin type is dry, I would suggest using a primer for dry skin or spritzing on some fix plus before applying the foundation. It has UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection, can this foundation get any better?

3. EyebrowsI recently purchased this brow pencil and I ain’t got no regrets! The pencil has a skinny tip which does an amazing job at creating natural-looking hair like strokes.  It’s retractable and has a spoolie at the opposite end to easily brush and blend the brow product. I use the colour blackest brown and it is available at Dischem for R85.00.

4. Eyeshadow
It’s always best to start with a neutral eyeshadow and lipstick, something that will work for any sort of makeup look. The Amber Times Nine eye shadow by MAC consists of nine shades to easily transform your makeup looks from day to night. It has a make up of matte, satin and frost textures and it retails for R590.

5.EyelinerI know what eyeliner means to most of you. Especially, when you’ve forgotten to apply it. It feels like you’ve left the house without your handbag. I am personally not fond of applying eyeliner to my waterline. I do however appreciate a defined winged eyeliner and the Loreal Paris Super Liner So Couture’s felt tip is so thin, it makes it exceptionally easy to create a flawless cat eye. This makes the eyeliner great for beginners and it retails for R149.99 at Dischem and Clicks.

6. MascaraEyeliner means to you what mascara means to me. I can walk the streets bare face but not without my mascara. Mascara, dependent on the type may darken, lengthen or volumise your eyelashes. The Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara adds just the right amount of volume and length to my eyelashes. It doesn’t cause any clumps and the bristles separates every lash. It is available at Dischem, Clicks and Foschini and the price ranges according to the store.

7. BlushThe Beauty Treats Matte Blush Contour Collection consists of six shades to create beautifully flushed cheek bones and to sculpt your face. This palette is available at Dischem for R69,99.

8.Lipstick & LiplinerOn most days, when I am wearing makeup my lips are coated in Velvet Teddy by MAC and it retails for R240. It has a matte finish so ensure that you exfoliate and moisturize your lips before applying this lipstick. It compliments any makeup look, it suits any skin tone and it looks different on everyone.

9. Face PowderI have a combination skin type so I need a powder to keep my t-zone matte. I use the Yardley Transculent Powder to set my foundation. It does a great job at setting my makeup but it tends to look cakey if I don’t use a finishing spray. It retails for R149,95. It is available at Dischem and Clicks.

10. Finishing SprayAnother noteworthy product that will last long in your makeup kit and on your skin. This spray is so useful to have in your kit because it’s a multipurpose product. It adds a boost of hydration to refresh and finish your makeup. The MAC Prep+Prime Fix contains 100ml of product and retails for R300. I like using it on my ‘no makeup days’ to keep my face looking and feeling refreshed.

*All MAC products are available at MAC retail stores, online stores and at selected Truworths stores.*