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Makeup Beginner!

Hi, I need help choosing what to buy for my face makeup. I'm in 9th grade and I do not wear makeup and when I go out or something I just wear simple powder, some blush and mascara. I want something more more elaborate just for going out in the evenings and nights. I do not know what I need to have (primer, foundation, concealer, etc.) and which ones do you recommend me.

I have an olive  skin tone and a combination type of skin. I also need them to be not expensive.

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Hi, sophiag.  Starting your makeup collection is exciting, but I understand how it can really add up and be expensive! 

Since you are just starting to use makeup and begin building your makeup collection, you may want to consider going to a Sephora and getting a personal makeover so the Makeup Assistant can discuss your skin type, undertones, etc., with you and make recommendations as to the best type of makeup for you.  If you get a makeover at Sephora, you must buy a $50 gift card as payment for the makeover, but you can use the gift card to purchase items that were used on you during the makeover or any other items you want to start your makeup collection (so it’s a really good deal).  If you don't have a Sephora close to you, most department store cosmetic counters will do makeup consultations or makeovers, too.

Since you are just starting your makeup collection, I'll go one makeup product at a time, explaining each of the products that are the basics which most people start out with, such as foundation primer, eyeshadow primer, makeup brushes, etc.  I am listing products that work for combination skin types like yours.  The products I'm listing are available for purchase from Sephora, however, you can subsititue drugstore brands if you need to since starting your makeup collection can be very expensive.  The foundation primer, foundation and eyeshadow primer are products that I would recommend buying from Sephora though.  If you do buy some drugstore brands, I would stick to Revlon and L'Oreal because they are two quality drugstore brands.

Lets start with foundation primer...Foundation primer is applied before your foundation to give your skin an even texture and a good base to help make your makeup stay put all day.  I would try Make Up For Ever All Mat Foundation Primer which is an oil-free foundation primer designed to remove shine and give your foundation long lasting results.  Mattifying powders in its ingredients absorb any excess of sebum (oil) and prepare your skin to help makeup stay looking perfect all day.  The silicone gel base, with its cotton-soft texture, leaves your skin looking matte and feeling velvety.  It is recommended for normal to oily skin and you can find it here:;jsessionid=MF2AXZYQLNXYACV0KQNQ5UQ?id=P169809&categoryId...

Now on to foundation...You'll want a nice, lightweight foundation that doesn't look or feel heavy on your young skin.  Clinique Superbalanced Makeup is an oil-free liquid foundation that's great for combination skin.  It is a "smart" makeup that adds moisture and absorbs oil when and where needed.  Whether you're dry in the cheeks or oily in the T-zone, Superbalanced Makeup gives you just what your skin needs for a naturally perfected look.  The long-wearing liquid foundation is silky upon application and provides water-resistant, moderate, buildable coverage.  It is designed especially for combination skin types and it is non-acnegenic so it won't clog your pores or cause breakouts.  It is also streak-proof and sweat-proof.  You can find it here:

Not everyone needs a concealer.  However, if you have any hard-to-cover spots, such as blemishes or dark circles under your eyes that the foundation will not cover up, then I would use Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer to cover those areas.  It is a full-coverage, natural-looking concealer that’s ideal for any kind of imperfection, including dark circles.  The highly pigmented, waterproof formula blends seamlessly into your skin, giving you a flawless finish to your complexion that looks and feels natural.  The Amazing Concealer is formulated to erase all skin imperfections:  dark circles, broken capillaries, sun damage, blemishes, redness and more.  Unlike traditional concealers, the Amazing Concealer is so concentrated that you only need to use tiny pin-dot amounts of product to create flawless coverage.  And it does not settle into fine lines when used around the eye area.  You can find it here:

Now about setting powder…Setting or finishing powders are applied over your foundation to give your skin a nice, soft, air-brushed finish and to help set your foundation so that it lasts longer, too.  One of my favorite setting powders is Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder which is a universal translucent finishing powder to be applied over foundation (or worn alone).  It sets your foundation and slightly mattifies your skin without changing its natural contours.  The 100% mineral silica powder softens the appearance of imperfections and completely evens out your complexion for a glowing, radiant look.  One universal shade works for all skin tones.  Its talc-free formula does not dry your skin and it has been dermatologist tested.  You can find it here:;jsessionid=MF2AXZYQLNXYACV0KQNQ5UQ?id=P210400&categoryId...

Now before we talk about eyeshadows, let's talk about eyeshadow primer.  Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is an ultra-sheer, totally nude base that glides onto your skin easily.  It disappears instantly and will make all the difference in the world as to how your eyeshadow will go on smoother, how you'll get all-day wear with absolutely no creasing and in how your eyeshadow color will be much more vibrant when applied over the primer.  You simply apply a very small amount of primer to your eyelid and let it dry before applying your eyeshadow (it only takes about a minute to dry completely).  You can find it here:;jsessionid=MF2AXZYQLNXYACV0KQNQ5UQ?id=P284716&categoryId...

I know of a really great palette of neutral eyeshadows for beginners because it comes with an instruction booklet on how to use the different colors in the palette to create different looks.  It is called the Smashbox Softbox Palette.  The palette contains not only 9 shadows, but also 2 creamy liners, an eyelid primer and a good quality double-ended brush.  The enclosed "Get the Look" booklet will help you achieve a variety of looks using Smashbox’s expert techniques.  All products in the palette are paraben-free.  In case you want to know more specifically what is in this palette, here's a list:  
- 9 x 0.04 oz Eye Shadow in Nectar (matte peach), Vanilla (matte warm ivory), Flirt (pink beige shimmer with silver flecks), Lucky Penny (copper shimmer), Sugar (pink shimmer), Stone (matte taupe), Sienna (warm brown with bronze shimmer), Nude (matte soft caramel), Truffle (plum taupe shimmer)
- 2 x 0.05 oz Cream Eye Liner in Bronze (deep bronze), Taupe (silvery taupe)
- 0.02 oz Photo Finish Lid Primer (universal - warm beige)
- Double-Ended Shadow/Liner Brush (very good quality, which is hard to find in most palettes)
You can find this palette here:

For eyeliner, I would definitely recommend trying Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Liner Pencils.  The cushiony-soft, creamy eye pencils give you powerful, vibrant color that glides on smooth and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won't budge all day.  Created with 50% moisturizing ingredients suspended in a sophisticated waterproof formula, these eyeliners offer long-lasting color and a super-creamy feel when applied.  You can find them in many beautiful shades here:;jsessionid=MF2AXZYQLNXYACV0KQNQ5UQ?id=P133707&categoryId...

A blush that you may want to consider trying is Stila’s Custom Color Blush which is a pH-based powder blush that takes the guesswork out of picking the perfect shade because it reacts to your own personal skin tone and individual pH to create a perfect, personalized shade.  It’s easy to blend with a velvety-soft finish and it even smoothes the appearance of fine lines (if you have any) leaving your skin with a natural-looking glow.  You can find it at:

Now on to lip colors...If you’re interested in a long-lasting lip stain, I would try Stila's Yumberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain.  (Of course, you don't have to use it on your cheeks if you don't want to or you can use it on your cheeks instead of purchasing the powder blush I mentioned above.)  Yumberry is a beautiful, sheer, mid-tone pink hue that'll give you a naturally beautiful, healthy flush.  Rich in vitamins and potent antioxidants, this lip stain is actually good for your skin.  Yumberry fruits boast the highest amount of the most potent antioxidants (OPCs, Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) and are known to be 50 times stronger than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C.  Yumberry may help slow the degeneration of collagen, thus supporting the natural structure of the skin and slowing premature aging, too!  You can find the beautiful shade called Yumberry Crush here:;jsessionid=MF2AXZYQLNXYACV0KQNQ5UQ?id=P253819&categoryId...

Lastly, let's talk about starting your brush collection.  Buying good quality brushes to apply your makeup with makes a huge difference in how your makeup goes on and the way it looks.  So getting good quality brushes is a very important investment.  When first starting your brush collection, I think it’s easiest to start out by purchasing a set because there are so many different brushes that trying to choose one can become almost overwhelming.  However, in the beginning even purchasing a set can get confusing because different sets have different styles of brushes so I wanted to give you some information about a few good brush sets from the Sephora Collection.  Think of these brushes as an investment because a good set of brushes (if taken care of properly) should last you for years.

First of all there is the Sephora Collection Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set which is a 7-piece brush set that repels and destroys bacteria that comes in a silver, tri-fold brush case.  The 7 brushes included are basic necessary brushes for use on a daily basis which are:  a foundation brush, concealer brush, powder brush, angled eyeshadow brush, eye blender brush, lip/eyeliner brush, and a brow brush/lash comb.  This is a good quality set of brushes for $60 which you can find here:

Another good choice would be the Sephora Collection Vanity Brush Set which is a set of 6 essential brushes housed in a black, faux-leather cylinder with a customized slot for each individual brush.  The case has a handy snap-on, snap-off lid and it includes the following brushes:  complexion (blush/powder) brush, concealer brush, pointed eye crease brush, flat eyeliner brush, eye blending brush and a smudge brush.  You can find this set here:

A very good value in my opinion is the Sephora Collection Perfect Pink Brush Set which is $60 and contains 10 essential brushes for your face, eyes, and lips.  It comes with all the brushes needed to create a full face and they come in a pretty pink carrying case.  This set includes the following brushes:
- Fan Brush
- Blush Brush
- Powder Brush
- Concealer Brush
- Medium Eyeshadow Brush
- Medium Blending Brush
- Small Eyeshadow Brush
- Dual-Sided Brow Brush and Lash Comb
- Angled Eyeliner Brush
- Lip Brush
You can find this set here:

Remember that buying a set of brushes is an investment.  Purchasing good quality brushes is important so that they do a good job and last for a long time.  They must also be taken care of in order to get the best wear out of them by cleaning them with a good brush cleaner such as the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner which you can find here:  I clean my brushes with the brush cleaner at least once a week, if not daily, just depending on what kind of makeup I've used on any given day.  Monthly (or more often, if necessary) I give my brushes a "deep" cleaning by mixing baby shampoo and water in a bowl and cleaning them in the solution.  Always lay your brushes on a clean, flat surface (preferably a towel) to air dry so that they keep their shape.

I hope you have a great time starting your makeup collection!
I hope the information I've given you helps and hope you have a great day!

tenngal Smiley Happy

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