The Top Must-Have Makeup Products for Beginners

July 23, 2019
Are you interested in learning more about makeup? Here are the must-have makeup products for beginners to have in their collection. |

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I recently started becoming interested in makeup. I’m not a professional at all, but I’ve learned a lot in my spare time from watching YouTube tutorials and asking my friends what the best makeup products for beginners are.

When you shop for makeup online or in-store, I’m pretty sure you would be overwhelmed! There are many different products and you may wonder if you truly need all of them. Well, I‘m here to tell you that you don’t! It doesn’t take a lot of products to give you a nice, natural, fresh makeup look.

In this post, we’re going to discuss the must-have makeup products for beginners. After reading more information, I found that having these particular products is best for anyone starting their makeup journey.

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Makeup Products for Beginners


One must-have makeup product for beginners is foundation. Foundation is the base of your makeup and can cover imperfections. |

Foundation is the base of the makeup look you’re going for. Here is what foundation does in your makeup routine:

  • Covers imperfections
  • Provides an even skin tone
  • Blurs your pores
  • Provides a matte or dewy finish for your look

It can get confusing when looking for the perfect foundation for your skin tone and type. However, there are a couple of things to consider before purchasing one. What type of coverage are you trying to achieve? Do you know your skin type? Those questions will help you pick the right foundation since there are many to choose from.

There are a variety of foundations to choose from such as:

  • Liquid Foundation (Provides heavy coverage and is best for dry skin types)
  • Cream to Powder Foundation (Best for oily skin types)
  • Sticks Foundation
Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation Fluid is a must-have makeup products for beginners.

My favorite foundation that I’ve been using for a few months now is Josie Maran’s Vibrancy Foundation. It contains 100% pure Argan Oil and provides medium-to-full coverage. This is perfect if you have dry skin as I do, Argan Oil has been the perfect moisturizer for me!

Concealer/Color Correcting Concealers

Concealer is perfect for brightening areas of your face and also covering imperfections. |

Another great makeup product for beginners is concealer. Concealer is used for the following reasons:

  • Covers dark spots/circles
  • Brightens a tired complexion
  • Neutralizes skin discoloration
  • Sculpts your face

It’s important to choose the best shade of concealer for your makeup to look flawless. Concealer can be used alone or in combination with your foundation. Most women purchase concealers that are one or two shades lighter than their skin tone.

There are also colorcorrecting concealers you can add to your routine. Color-correcting concealers come in peach, green, and purple tones to cancel out discoloration on your face. Here are what the different colors are used for:

  • Peach cancels out dark circles/hyperpigmentation
  • Green is used to cancel out redness/inflammation
  • Purple cancels out yellow spots

When using color correcting concealers, it’s important to apply them BEFORE your foundation. Here is one of my favorites and I purchased this off Amazon. This is from a brand called L.A. Girl Cosmetics.


I went years thinking I couldn’t wear lipstick because it wouldn’t “fit” me, however, now I enjoy trying out different colors and I feel more confident while wearing it. There are many types of lipstick to choose from such as:

  • Satin/Sheer Lipstick
  • Matte Lipstick
  • Cream Lipstick
  • Glossy Lipstick
  • Stain Lipstick

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Personally, I enjoy wearing Matte which is a shine-free alternative to a glossy lipstick. They tend to last longer and have a drying effect on your lips. One thing I love doing before applying my Matte Lipsticks is to exfoliate my lips and moisturize them. If you do that, you won’t have to worry about your lips feeling uncomfortable or dry while wearing it.

Here are a few of my favorite makeup brands to check out for lipsticks:

There’s a bomb shade for everyone no matter what your skin tone or complexion is. Step outside of your comfort zone if you haven’t already and wear your lippies with confidence!


Mascara is perfect for adding volume or length to your eyelashes and bringing more attention to your eyes. |

I’ve been wearing mascara for years now and I love it. Wearing mascara can lengthen and provide volume for your eyelashes. This is the perfect makeup product for beginners since it’s easy to use! If your lashes aren’t as long or bold as you’d want them to be, then wearing mascara will help you achieve that look.

You have the option of waterproof or non-waterproof mascara when choosing the best one. I love when my mascara is non-waterproof because I’m able to remove my makeup easily at the end of the day.

Here are some of my favorite mascara’s and they’re all from a brand called Benefit Cosmetics. I won these in a giveaway a few months ago and have been loving them ever since!


Last but not least, another must-have makeup product for beginners is eyeliner. Eyeliner is applied to your upper and/or lower lash line and it helps to define your eyes by making them stand out more. I’m still in the process of looking for a good-quality eyeliner. There are a few different ones to choose from:

  • Liquid Eyeliner
  • Pencil Eyeliner
  • Gel/Cream Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner, in my opinion, isn’t beginner-friendly. If you don’t have a steady hand then this may not be the best option when starting your makeup journey. Applying a pencil eyeliner is easier and I love using this type for my eyes. Using a pencil eyeliner is perfect if you want to achieve a smoky eye or “smudged” look.

Gel eyeliner is something that’s new to me. When browsing through different makeup brands, I found Coloured Pop Cosmetics and they sell different colors of gel eyeliner. After doing more research, gel liner makes the best smoky eye looks and is easy to blend.

If you’re new to makeup like I am, having these products are great if you’re not sure where to begin. Learning how to apply makeup will take time, patience, and most importantly, practice!

Don’t waste a lot of money on makeup products that you’ll barely wear or don’t know how to use. There are many products online and in-stores that are affordable but still good quality. Many women rave about drugstore makeup, so take that into consideration before spending tons of money on high-end makeup.

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  • Reply Kaya August 21, 2019 at 10:35 am

    I really appreciated this post! I wouldn’t consider myself a beginner, but I am by no means an expert, so it’s nice to get a good overview post like this!

    • Reply Madisen August 21, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Thank you for reading sis! Yes that’s exactly why I wanted to write this post, I think it’s a good starting point for anyone starting their makeup journey instead of purchasing a bunch of unnecessary products!

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