Make-up Low-Down: Beauty for Beginners

Make-up for beginners

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of work on my blog and I’ve been trying to think of ways to make it more user friendly. This got me thinking about who exactly were these “users”? As a beauty blog, I expect the majority of you lovely followers out there, are beauty-junkies yourselves or of course just very loyal friends and family! ūüėČ But what I had forgotten about are those lovely followers out there who read my blog and are perhaps newbies to the beauty world, who have little or no knowledge of the products out there and perhaps who want to delve into this world but don’t know where to start (phew that was a long sentence!)

This blog post is dedicated for those followers in particular. Here, I’m going to attempt to introduce you to a few of what I consider to be the staple products to start off your beauty kit with! (Hope it helps…eeek)

Foundation: To me foundation is pretty much the most important part of the make-up routine. If you get this part right, chances are everything else will fall into place. First and foremost you need to make sure that you pick the right shade for your skin tone, there’s literally nothing worse than a mismatched face when it comes to make-up. If you are planning on spending a good amount of money on a luxury or high-brand foundation then foundation shade-matching will be done for you at any make-up counter. However, if you do plan on buying a drugstore brand, you’ll most likely need to do that matching for yourself. The best tip for getting the right shade is to test a shade along your jawline to make sure that you match both the skin on your face and your neck. If you are ever in doubt, ask for a sample of a few shades and test them back at home in the comfort of your own bathroom light. Once you’ve picked the right shade, now you need to pick the right foundation for your skin type ( dry, oily, combination) and how much coverage you would like. Here’s a mini guide of my picks of the best foundations for each type:

  • Oily skin: Revlon Colourstay foundation in oily/combination (high coverage) ¬†Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation (low coverage)
  • Dry skin: Rimmel Wake me up foundation(high coverage) Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation (low coverage)

{TIP} BB creams a new phenomenon which I’m sure everyone has heard of at this stage, are an alternative to foundation, great for those who aren’t to worried about coverage and just want to even up their skin tone while moisturising at the same time. Great BB cream brands include L’oreal, Garnier and Dr. Jart (on the pricier side)

My favourite foundation
My favourite foundation

Powder: After all that hard work spent on your foundation, you really want it to last.. so it’s a good idea to set it with a powder. I’ve tried numerous powders over the years but nothing has compared to Rimmel’s Stay Matte pressed powder. It’s light, keeps my face shine free all day and doesn’t come up cakey. If you are unsure of what shade to go for, I’d recommend getting a translucent shade which gives you all the effects of a powder but without applying any sort of colour.

Concealer: ¬†Hands down, Natural collection concealer. Other great concealer ive been using lately is the Rimmel Wake me Up concealer, lighter coverage to collection’s one but gives a really nice brightening effect (especially under the eyes)

My temporary make-up storage
My temporary make-up storage

Blusher: While not an overly necessary product, I still think a pop of blusher does everyone wonders. I’d recommend any of the Natural Collection blushers. They are cheap and cheerful at only 3yo yos a piece, come in lots of different shades and they apply very nicely to the skin. Peach Melba is my personal¬†favorite¬†and has been widely known as a very good dupe to MAC’s “Peach Melba” which is over 7 times the price. Sleek is another great brand that offers plenty of lovely blushers, they also have a really nice blush trio which comes in at only: so is a great steal for beginners.

Eyes: For me it has to be the¬†Urban decay naked palette: the only eyeshadow you’ll ever need: perfect for daytime and nightime.. creates numerous looks. It comes with a great mixture of matte and shimmery shades and the formula itself lasts aaaages on the eye. As for eyeliner, I’d go for Rimmel Soft Kohl eye liner pencils as it’s good for creating an easy smokey eye as they blend well and the colour pay-off is amazing. Mascara is probably the easiest product for you to start off on. Most drugstore brands have some amazing mascaras out there, so you can really get all the great effects without spending too much. My¬†favorites¬†are currently Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator Mascara or Maybelline’s The Falsies Volume Express mascara, you really can’t go wrong with either of those.

My much loved Naked palette
My much loved Naked palette

Lips: I’m not gonna lie and say that MAC lipsticks aren’t my favourite, they are just simply great. However, they are quite pricey coming up at nearly 19yo yo’s and to be honest there are plenty of great drupstore lippies out there that are nearly just as good. Rimmel Lipsticks are a great example in particular the Kate Moss edition; all great shades and formulas. Revlon lip butters are another great buy as they are both a lipbalm and colour all in one. Barry M lip crayons are great if you want a bolder look for perhaps a night out.

A sneek-peek of just a few of my lippy supplies
A sneek-peek of just a few of my lippy supplies

{TIP} It’s good to remember that no matter what lipstick you decide to buy, none will look good if your lips arent in a nice condition. Keep your lips chap-free by using a good¬†moisturizing¬†lip balm (Carmex are a good ol’ staple) and by using a lip scrub at least once a week. While Lush have some really great lip scrubs out there, you can actually make your own for free. Grab some brown sugar and pop some on your lips, use an old toothbrush and start to scrub in gentle circular motions around your lips to get rid of any dead skin (yuck) and voila… lovely lips! ūüôā

Tools:¬†Real Techniques brushes are the best brushes I’ve ever used. Wash well, don’t shed and are incredibly¬†versatile¬† I’d recommend starting off with the core collection first and then adding to that progressively. Once you’ve tried them, you’ll never look back.

Few bits and pieces
Few bits and pieces

Extras: Yes, all those little extras that can add a little more pa-zazz! to your make-up. These “extras” include; false eyelashes, eyebrow pencils, highlighters, bronzers etc. I’ll be doing a¬†separate¬†post including all of these very soon so keep your peepers peeled.

One stop make-up shop: Overall, if i was to pick just one brand to start off with it would be Rimmel. It’s a really great reliable and reasonably priced brand that offers a seriously vast range of lovely products. In particular are it’s Stay Matte powder, Lash Accelerator mascara and its’ Kate Moss edition lipsticks. I’m also seriously in love with their Wake me Up foundation also.

Well that’s all I have for now guys, really hoped that helped or at least served as a somewhat interesting read! If you have any questions about any of the products I’ve mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment! ūüôā

If you have any recommendations for beauty newbies please do share and also let me know what your first make-up product was… the nose-y part of me would love to know!

Thanks for reading guys, and until next time,


-KATE- x

Published by A Tiny Slice Of Kate

Writer. Reader. Caffeine Addict.

7 thoughts on “Make-up Low-Down: Beauty for Beginners

  1. Very nice post, Katie!.. I love Revlong lip butters. I am currently using MUFE foundation and it’s quite good :).. Man, you sure used up that Naked palette.. Hehe!

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