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Product Must Haves

hey y'all! I am trying to get into makeup more, but I have no idea what to buy. Can someone give me like 3-4 must haves that are reasonably priced? My skin is pretty oily but is clear, so I have really struggled with foundation. I just need like a crash course on makeup/several key products and how to apply them 🙂 Thanks!

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Urban decay's eyeshadow primer is on sale right now for $8; it's the best thing I've found for my oily/hooded eyelids.


If your eyeliner/eyeshadow tends to smudge or disappear by the end of the day, then this might be a good investment. 

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thank you I will definitely look into the primer!!

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whats your "reasonable" price range?  Are you asking for drugstore reccomendations or higher end?  Do you want suggestions for eyeshadow palettes or basic skin coverage?  


You may benefit from a foundation primer since you mentioned oily skin.  I would go in and get samples of a few.  I suggest you try one of the makeup forever ones.  They have different primers for different skin types, 


I really love the Maybelline dream pure bb cream!  It's absolutely fantastic by both high end and drugstore standards and in my opinion is a good dupe for mufe hd foundation.  It works best with a damp beauty blender.  Beauty blenders are a bit pricey but well worth the investment.  I wouldn't bother with buying the beauty blender cleanser though as its just ivory soap.  image.jpeg


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Thank you for your suggestions! I would say no more than $20-$30 on products. I bought the Naked 2 palette and a foundation for $50 that I am not happy with so spending tons of money doesn't seem worth it to me. So I guess I am looking for products that are between drugstore and high end if that makes sense.

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Hi there! Well what do you like in terms of colors and product. Do you have a preference? What does reasonably priced mean to you?

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Hey! I would say products in the $20-$30 range are the most expensive I will go. I think my main goal right now is to find a good foundation/face products. I would love to learn how to contour and use different brushes...I just don't know how haha! I have the Naked 2 palette and I love it! I just want a few must have products to get me started in makeup. Thanks!

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I definitely agree with the NYX recommendation. Their slide on pencils are pretty solid, comparable to UD's 24/7 eyeliner.


And if you want to practice applying liquid liner, Physician's Formula makes a decent eyeliner pen.

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@jordanripp  although years ago lol I went from DS to MAC. That's where my obsession started. With a lipstick and an eye shadow. I still love MAC to this day but their foundation hasn't been that good to me in the recent years. I prefer UD or Bobbi Brown... anyways I like going to MAC counters and check and chat with the SA's. I always had good service and got my makeup done a few times. It's fun because you can pick up on what they are doing, ask questions and replicate it later. I find their staff very knowledgeable. They get trained very often too. I think if you want a full face of makeup application you need to buy 50$ worth of products. Oh and that's also how I picked out which brushes I would buy. See what the MUA uses when doing my makeup. Foundation can be a process so I'd suggest asking for samples at Sephora, MAC or other beauty counters along with primers. That way you'll know what works best for you. NYX is a pretty good low costing brand. I'd give them a try if you want to start trying out new things. Hope this helps 🙂

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