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I'm Kayla. A 20-something obsessed with beauty, planner decorating, and baking. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time.


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Makeup Starter Kit



When I first started getting interested in makeup, I was completely clueless. I remember one trip to the drugstore when I was freshly sixteen where I bought copious amounts of makeup, I mean loads. I had made up my mind to learn the ins and outs of makeup if it killed me (or my wallet). Looking back now I know that trip was the jumping off point for my love of beauty, but all the products I purchased that day were definitely crap. I would have loved a starter kit guide of what to get to help me get on the right track and not waste my money on terribly runny foundation and chalky eye shadows.

When choosing what products to include in this post I wanted to cover the general range of products out there, while keeping things affordable and practical. For foundation I chose L'Oréal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Foundation ($12.99). I'm still learning the world of foundation but this one isn't too heavy on the coverage and applies nicely, factors I'm sure kept me away from foundation until recently. This line also has a really impressive range of colors making it much easier to find your right shade. For concealer I couldn't think of a better one than the Essence Match 2 Cover! Cream Concealer ($3.49). The duo has a lighter and darker shade that you can mix to create your perfect color. It's creamy, inexpensive, and does wonders at covering up under-eye circles. For pressed powder I still haven't found anything better than Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($4.99). I use the shade "Sandstorm" which really doesn't have any pigmentation to it and only use it on spots that need setting in order to avoid caking on dry areas. For blush you can't go wrong with  an e.l.f. Studio Blush ($3). Starting out, I'd choose something like "Tickled Pink," a soft baby pink/coral shade that you can wear lightly or build up.

 For eye shadows I decided to keep it simple. One should never be without the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in "Bad to the Bronze" ($6.99). Easy to apply and good just on its own, it's a fantastic eye shadow to start out with. If you're looking to get your first palette or have more options to choose from, I'd suggest the Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow in "Comfort Zone" ($4.99). It's not the highest quality of eye shadows, but for the price it's a decent palette to start out with. For eyeliner Revlon's ColorStay Eyeliner ($7.49) has a decent range of colors while being creamy, easy to use, and fairly affordable with being such good quality. I can't help but suggest my first and favorite mascara the L'Oréal Voluminous Mascara ($4.19). It's nothing fancy, just a solid, good mascara.

I stayed away from lip products when I started venturing down the makeup aisles, but if you're looking for the whole shebang when getting started I'd suggest a Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter ($7.99). They're easy to use and don't require much skill in applying lipstick. They're sheer but can also be built up. For a lip gloss I'm a fan of the Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Colors ($8.99) however I'm not a huge fan of lip glosses to begin with.

Another element I wish someone would have told me about when I started out were tools. I first purchased an NYC New York Color Eyelash Curler ($2.74) which I still swear by today. e.l.f. Essential brushes ($1 each) are usually hit or miss, but for the price it's a good choice if you're still trying to explore brushes and figure out which ones you like before splurging on nicer ones. The Real Techniques Blush Brush ($9) and other Real Techniques brushes are also very good options if you have a bit more money to spend. Wedge applicator sponges are also a trick I recently discovered for blending in foundation more evenly. Just get them damp and you're good to go.

What products would be in your makeup starter kit? Have you ever helped someone get into makeup?

xoxo Kayla

16 comments

  1. Love these products, especially the Wet n Wild palette! I so wish we got those in the UK x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. If you do a beauty swap with someone maybe you can snag it!

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  2. Having a YouTube channel and blog, and letting it be known on Facebook, Tumblr, etc., I've gotten gotten people into makeup and helped them out.

    I'm actually working on a Makeup 101 series myself talking about the basics and what products to start with since somebody on Tumblr requested a list of things, so I figured I'd turn it into a series.

    RIKKI POYNTER
    // RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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    1. I think that would make a great series! I'm considering doing another post about a starter kit for high end makeup too

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  3. The Revlon Lip Butters are a favourite of mine...but I really want to try the WetnWild Palette as its not available in the UK!:( Lovely post xx

    Laura @ Hooked On Beauty

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/9822293 | http://laurecca.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Loved this post, I have the wet n wild eyeshadow palette and have done for about a year now but only recently started it using it more often, I love how easy to blend they are:)

    ButtonsBlog

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    1. I definitely tend to overlook it for my other more expensive palettes, but it's a great one!

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  5. I really like this post. I have been desperate to help my little sister out with getting into make-up, but she is very stubborn and won't let me! She is 13, and having a goth moment. I think she needs to make her own mistakes though, like I did! x

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    1. I remember back in high school when I wore incredibly dark lower lash eyeliner...YIKES. We all have to have our mistakes and embarrassing makeup stories!

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  6. great picks! wish my makeup rookie self had this a few years ago.. might do something similar to this! :)

    www.zoewithumlauts.blogspot.ie

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  7. Great post! I wish someone had told me years ago about face brushes, I did everything with my fingers. Couldn't be without my Real Techniques brushes now! xx

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  8. OK, so I've been on and off the elf website because they've had non-stop sales this week but I keep "walking away" unsure of what to try. But after seeing this I'm getting the blush... maybe in a few colours haha. And I'm going to get the liquid liner. Any other suggestions for products by them?
    xo T
    prettylovelygirls.com

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    1. I'm not crazy about anything else from their line..they have decent brushes but they definitely aren't the best.

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  9. The L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation is one of my favourites, makes you look healthy and glowing :) lol. xx

    Tracey
    saturdaynightgirl.blogspot.co.uk

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