Makeup beginners, don’t be confused by the thousands of products on the cosmetic shelves. From eyelash curlers to kabuki brushes, there are so many makeup tools on the market that it can be tough to figure out exactly what you need in your makeup kit.
If you’re ready to step your game up but don’t want to waste space (or money) on unnecessary items, we’ve got your back. We’ve rounded up the must-have items—nothing more, nothing less. Not only are they easy for newbies to use, they’ve been put to the test and have quickly become pro favourites, too. Discover exactly what you need to have on hand with our selects below.
1. MOISTURIZER AND PRIMER
Great makeup begins with great skincare. Prep your skin with a tandem slathering of moisturizer and primer. The duo will ensure a flawless base that keeps makeup in place all day.
2. CONCEALER AND FOUNDATION
Beginners can eliminate the risk of caked-on foundation by adding an opaque concealer to their kit. L.A. Girl’s creaseless formula camouflages imperfections, allowing you to use less foundation. When paired with Makeup Forever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation, no one will be able to tell where your skin ends and the makeup begins.
3. EYEBROW POMADE AND SPOOLIE BRUSH
Among the most important features on your face: the eyebrows. Use the dual-sided Anastasia Beverly Hills tool to brush and sculpt perfect arches. The brand’s Dipbrow Pomade is also a beginner favorite as it’s easy to apply and smudge proof.
4. EYELINER AND MASCARA
There’s really no need to fiddle around with applying false lashes. Tag-team Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, which gives the illusion of thicker fringe, with a few swipes of Benefit’s They Are Real Lengthening Volumizing Mascara to add dramatic length.
5. NUDE AND RED LIPSTICK
No kit is complete without go-to lip colors. These two hues are universally flattering and versatile enough to keep you covered from the office to the dance floor.
6. BRUSHES AND TOOLS
In order to put apply your makeup properly, you’ll need to use the right tools. The Beautyblender is perfect for effortlessly blending foundations, blush, and concealer. For precise eye makeup and dusting on powders reach for Sonia Kashuk’s se
Add healthy colour and a subtle glow to your skin with a classic blush and highlighter. Nars and Becca have both created cult favourites that are must-haves for every kit.
8. EYESHADOW PALETTE
If you’re experimenting with eyeshadows, this palette is perfect for you. It offers a range of everyday nudes, plus a hint of bright colours to play around with.
9. Q-TIPS AND MAKEUP WIPES
Even pros make mistakes—and dabbing a Q-tip into lotion is their secret for instantly erasing errors. For those nights when you’re too lazy to wash your face, makeup wipes will be your best friend.