10 Fool-Proof Makeup Products for Beginners
All under P1,000!
(SPOT.ph) Makeup can be overwhelming, especially when you're a newbie to the beauty scene. There are so many makeup products available (who knew there could be so many kinds of foundations?) and so many critical steps to follow! But if you start with products that are simple and easy to work with, soon enough, you'll find yourself climbing that beauty ladder, knowing all kinds of makeup brushes and their uses by heart. Here are 10 fool-proof makeup products that are perfect for beginners.
True Match Blur Cream (P400) from L'Oreal
Primer might not be a must-have for makeup noobs, but it's actually the key to maximizing your beauty products and developing a strong makeup game. L'Oreal's blur cream hits two birds with one stone: It's a blur cream (y'know, the secret to a great #nofilter selfie) that doubles as a makeup primer. It minimizes pores and smoothens the skin, making it a great canvas for makeup. It allows foundation to glide on effortlessly and evenly, plus it gives the skin a fresh, matte finish that can last for hours.
Super BB Cream (P399) from Maybelline
They say that beginners should start with powder formula before exploring liquids and creams, but the power of BB cream is so amazing, it would be a shame to not give it a go right away. Maybelline's new Super BB Cream (yes, super) is great because it has a Mineral Guard Filter which protects the skin from UV rays, heat pollution, dust, and more. It also boasts full coverage so you most likely won't have to worry about concealing minor dark circles and red spots. It's a good everyday product because it has SPF50—which means maximum sun protection for your skin (that doesn't mean you can skip the sunscreen before applying makeup, though). Don't worry about your skin looking flat—BB cream is designed to match your skin tone the longer it's worn, giving you that natural glow.
Highlighting Palette (P875) from Sleek MakeUP
Don't want to look like a mannequin? Cop that dewy skin look with a highlighter. This palette contains three creamy highlighting formulas and a bronzer. All shades are packed with high intensity shimmer with a warm glowy base. It comes with a brush, but you can also use your fingers to apply highlighter to the high points of your face (the nose bridge, tops of cheeks, browbone, and on your cupids bow—the curve at the top center of your upper lip). Blend it well to get that luminous gleam—you'll be glowing in the right places for hours on end.
1Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eye Brow Liner (P795) from K-Palette
If there's one thing you should never forget to do before leaving the house, it's fixing your brows. Groomed arches are the most vital part of any makeup look but there's a fine line between bold brows and super fake arches—which is why K-Palette's brow liner is a great option for beginners. It's a pen-type liner that goes on very lightly on your brows so you have full control over how bold you want your arches to be. It features a fine tip which allows you to fill in sparse areas and draw on fake strands—this kikay kit essential makes natural-looking full brows achievable.
Color Palette 03 (P470) from IN2IT
Eyeshadow is not an everyday makeup essential, but it's the key if you want to brighten up the look of your eyes. It's best to start out with a small nude palette like this one because it won't confuse you with too many colors. It's best to start with just two colors: a neutral shade, and a darker one. First, apply the lighter color over your lids, from the lash line to the crease (right below your eye socket). Next, run your brush over the darker shade and tap to remove excess powder. Then, apply the darker shadow to your crease. Your peepers will look clearer and brighter than ever!
Liquiline Blast Eye Pencil (P450) from CoverGirl
Eyeliner is one of the trickiest makeup products to use, especially for beginners. It's best to start with the simplest tool to work with, and that would be the pencil-type liner, because it's easier to manage and an uneven line can quickly be corrected—or smudged to make it look less stark. CoverGirl's Liquiline Blast Eye Pencil promises to give you the intensity of a liquid eyeliner with the ease and blendability of an eyeliner pencil.
Waterproof Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara (P249.75) from E.L.F.
There's nothing like brightening up your beauty look with lush fringes—and all you need is a mascara wand to do it. For fluttery lashes, grab a mascara that offers length and definition. This wand from E.L.F. promises to give you thicker, longer, and fuller fringes that are clump-free and quick drying to minimize smudging and flaking (a.k.a. a beauty booboo you want to avoid at all costs). Just whip out the wand and apply on your lashes from root to tip. Don't forget to apply in zig-zag motions so you can fully coat each and every strand! You can even try putting translucent powder on your fringes prior to coating them with mascara—for extra fluttery lashes.
Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (P575/each) from Revlon
Lipstick is your best friend. A swipe of a bold lip color can really turn a bad day around! If you're too shy to flaunt a shockingly bright pout, start with natural-hued ones like nudes, pinks, and peaches, until you feel comfortable rocking a bold red lip—which is a classic you need to try at least once in your life. The best type of lip colors to start with are lip crayons because the tip makes it easy to outline and fill in your lips. Tip: To get the perfect cupid's bow, draw an X in the middle of your top lip, outline the rest of your lips, and fill it in.
Our Lil' Secret Concealer (P299) from Pink Sugar
Local beauty brand Pink Sugar took it upon themselves to formulate a concealer specially for the Filipina skin tone. The creamy concealer promises to hide blemishes like pimples, dark spots, and uneven skin tone while delivering long-lasting full coverage. It's infused with cucumber fruit and chamomile extracts which also help soothe inflamed skin, allowing you to conceal that pesky pimple flawlessly. Tip: Apply concealer after your foundation. This way, you'll use less product and the coverage will last longer.
Color Icon Blusher (P299/each) from Wet N Wild
Blusher instantly brightens up your face even when you're feeling like the undead on the inside. These blushers from Wet N Wild have a special blend of treated nylon powders which help provide long-lasting color and a silky smooth feel. Its formula helps beginners strike the perfect balance between a blendable transparent sheen and a radiant pop of color. To get a naturally flushed look, brush it over the apples of your cheeks!