Let's be honest - makeup is hard. Finding the balance between looking like you've really gotten two hours of sleep and that of a clown is difficult. On top of all this, the need of finding some ridiculously amazing products among the stocked shelves containing sheer thousands is near impossible. So, that's where I come in. No, I haven't had a dose of each product among the world of beauty, but I've learned from the marketing scams, wallet wasters, and every where in between. Just to be clear, this is no 'budget' makeup starter kit, but the stuff inside is better than the drugstore could ever serve up, and, perfect for a holiday wishlist, or generous grandmother.
At the front of the pack is a good base (skincare is at the top, but that's for another post). Balancing just the right amount of coverage, dew, and lasting power is très difficile, but the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint does it all and more. With just the right amount of buildable, light coverage, matte-ness so one could go sans powder, and a lasting power fit for a school girl or working female, it has earned a firm spot in my stash since purchase last year. Did I mention I'm nearly at the end of the tube?
A good set of brushes is basically an essential and Pixiwoo's set of Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes are pretty darn fab. Multi-purpose, well washing, quick drying, and soft, I grab them daily and there's no doubt that you won't, too. The 'Buffing Brush' wins top spot for beefing up foundation/tinted moisturizer coverage, the 'Contour Brush' mends concealer to skin seamlessly, and the list continues. It seems like everyone has their own use for each orange handled set of bristles, but, at the end of the day, they're a must have in a beginner kit (or a pro's, for that matter).
Now that we've got base and brushes done and dusted, it's time for the 'fun' additions. Leaving bronzer (it's too hard to master...even for my 40+ old mum), highlighter, and lipsticks alone, you knew that I couldn't master this list without a blusher - namely, Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper. A soft, pigmented formula and a color that's to-die-for, it's the only one you need, because, in all honesty, it's the only one I each for among my collection of nine. Also, as told by this video, the peachy-apricot-pink shade will compliment any skin tone.
Although a smokey eye may not be on the cards for an everyday slap on, eyeshadow is far too troublesome, but a cream means any messy-handed gal can master the look. The Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit imparts a shimmery, veil of taupe-bronze pigment to the lids, yet all wrapped up in a creamy, creaseless, long lasting formula. Plus, there are loads of other shades to float your boat. Another good un', no fuss, product is the Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine. I've also got 'Pomegranate' hanging around the stocks, but all the shades are gorgeous. Furthermore, they're all wrapped up in an easy applicable, sheer, moisturizing, perfection of a balm - perfect for a night out or no-makeup days.
So, there you have the makeup starter kit minus cheeky marketing strategies (heads up for the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual for a wishlist extending, good beginner read) or biased 'Must Have' lists. To all you starters out there, note questions and comments in the section below. Otherwise, you beauty know it alls, enjoy the good, basic product info and unite with more recommendations (you guessed it), below.