What to Buy


I recently did a month-long series called What-To-Buy Wednesdays, giving my recommendations for what to start out with to people who are new to makeup and aren't sure what to buy. I decided to do a round-up of all the information from these posts to make things easier to find.

My recommendations for a basic kit are as follows:
  • Storage caddies/pencil cups - don't just toss everything in a makeup bag
  • A smaller stand-up mirror for up-close detail
  • Tissues and cotton swabs
  • Brush cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer
  • Makeup remover

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Blush, bronzer, highlighter (all in one palette would be best!)
  • Setting spray
  • Brushes for foundation, concealer, and powder (or, you could just buy a beauty sponge), as well as for blush, contouring, and highlighter

  • Eyeshadow primer
  • A neutral eyeshadow palette
  • Eyeliners, in black and brown
  • Mascara
  • Either a brow gel or brow pencil
  • An eyeshadow brush, crease brush, smudger brush, and slanted eyeliner brush (which you can also buy all in one kit)
  • A lash comb

  • A nude lipstick
  • A statement lipstick
  • Matching lip pencils
  • A lip brush

If you would like to read more, as well as check out specific product recommendations, please check out the links below: