First time makeup user[ Edited ]
ive never really worn makeup before and im trying to find an everyday look that works for me... i have beige skin with yellow undertones, my skintone is uneven, and i have dark brown eyes...i want something thats easy to put on, feels light on my skin and that really makes me pop..i should probably mention that i have dry skin and dark brown hair
Try Clinique products for your face, and look for things specially made for dry skin.
For your brown eyes, try Stila's eyeshadow in Kitten for a natural everyday look.
Get a liner, preferably pencil since you're just starting out, in brown or black.
For mascara, try out Sephora's Give Me Some Lash! Deluxe sampler for $30. It has deluxe samples of Sephora's six best selling mascaras plus a lash enhancer.
Try and get a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation to help with your skin.
Hope I helped!
In terms of foundation you will probably want to start off with something light that will even out your skin. If you want you can try a tinted moisturizer like the one from Laura Mercier:
There is also the Make Up Forever Face and Body foundation which gives a nice, dewy look and is suitable for dry skin.
Both can be applied evenly with just your fingers.
Laura Mercier has a tinted moisturizer that would be perfect for what you are wanting. It comes in a variety of shades that are target to match not only skin color, but skin undertones which will give you that perfect match! It's very moisturizing, has SPF, lightweight and will cover just enough.
For the eyes, I reccomed Too Faced Natural Eye Palette. It has three different put together looks that come with instructions to teach you how to apply the shades. It also comes with a mini shadow insurance primer!
for eyeliner, i reccomend Urban Decays 24/7 glide on eye pencils. They come in a variety of colors and will last all day. A great brown shade that would go well with the too faced palette is "bourbon" and if you prefer a black, i would go with "zero"
For blush, I would go with Nars blush in the shade "orgasm". Its a gorgeous peachy-pink color that is flattering on all skin colors and with every look!
Hope this helps!
Clinique Moisture Surge lotion is great for dry skin, a little pricy tho. I like Dramatically Different Gel for less money, I mix it with vitamin e oil to boost richness, you can get it at the drugstore in the vitamin aisle. Using a good lotion like this works as a primer, let it sink in for like 5 mins. Apply a foundation like Revlon Colorstay for dry skin, I like it, Clinique Even Better foundation is good and reasonably priced. If you need a concealer for undereyes Clinique Airbrush is good. Use medium taupe colored shadow similar to your skin color, a light shimmer is good, maybelline makes nice ones, I really like Loreal eyeshadows, they have a shimmery cream color that is a great for highlight, around the inner corner of the eye in a > shape and under your brow. I would buy a navy liner Almay is good, put a thin line only on your upper lashes try it get it between your lashes in the spaces between them, and make it as thin as you can. You can get away with lots of colored liner, navy will make your eyes pop, plum, bronze, brown, deep green and black are all good be very precise with the black. Curl your lashes Maybelline has a good lash curler, stick your lashes in it and get it as close to your skin as possible and pump it for 3 secs each eye. Get a good mascara, I like Covergirl Professionals in the blue tube with the curved brush, or MUFE smoky lash. Get a pinky peach blush, Maybelline is what I use, Nars Orgasm is great but pricy. I also love bronzer you can skip it I use Clinique Almost Bronzer, put it where the sun would hit, forehead, brim of nose, tops of cheeks and chin. Swipe on a sheer colored gloss, coral is great for summer, I pinks too with your coloring, Revlon Colorbust in Strawberry.
Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in taupe, cement, slate and blonde http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P27
Clinique Quickiner in all colors but Khaki are good for you, just a matter of personal choice, I would do navy or black brown. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P12
I would skip the colored glosses from this line, but all the rest are wearable.
I will suggest that you watch these makeup artists on youtube, Lisa Eldridge, Pixiwoo, Pixi2woo, and Tiffany D, they will give you tips and ticks that will really help.
Try using a tinted moisturizer or light- medium foundation from Clinique because it won't break you out:
To make your eyes pop you can try doing a smokey brown look or a light nude look to brighten you eye. Try using one of these palettes or quads to help you with natural looks
|Pink chocolate |
Item # 1332154
Item # 883660
You can try lining your eyes with an angled brush and the darkest colored eyeshadow you have, OR use a brown colored eyeliner. Or to give your self a pop of color, use a colored eyeliner.
|Ransom (bright iridescent purple)|
Item # 1139369
|Bourbon (glimmering dark brown)|
Item # 982124
|Electric (bright iridescent teal)|
Item # 893271
|El Dorado (gold)|
Item # 1250455
Then use a nude or light pink lipgloss or lipstick.
Hi, pl4inj4n3. Since you are just starting your makeup collection, I'll go one item at a time, explaining each of the items that are the basics that most people start out with, such as foundation primer, eyeshadow primer, makeup brushes, etc. I am listing products that will work with your dry skin type.
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 suggest you apply a moisturizing foundation primer before applying your foundation so your skin stays hydrated underneath your foundation. I think a great primer for you would be Stila’s Hydrating Primer Oil Free SPF 20. It is a skin-balancing primer that provides time-released skincare benefits, maintains hydration levels in your skin, plus provides sun protection. Perfect for all skin types, this oil-free primer multi-tasks to hydrate skin, perfect skin tone, and enhance your overall complexion. Hyaluronic acid and micro-fine light diffusing pigments help diminish the look of imperfections and you can find it here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P28
Now on to foundation...You'll want a nice, lightweight foundation that doesn't look heavy on your young skin, but still provides moisture to keep your dry skin hydrated. I would try Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation SPF 30 which is a creamy foundation that provides long lasting, all day, medium to full coverage while replenishing your skin and providing sun protection. The formula is concentrated with encapsulated pigments to achieve optimum coverage, plus it provides a dewy, radiant finish and illuminates your skin. It is non-comedogenic (so it won't cause clogged pores or breakouts), fragrance-free, and oil-free. You can find it here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P19
Cover FX also has a very handy "Foundation Shade Finder" tool to help you choose the correct shade of foundation for your skin tone which you can access here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtm
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P59
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessi
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessi
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P28
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessi
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: http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P269021
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessi
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P19
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P12
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P27
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: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P20
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!