Hi, everybody! So crazy I’m even writing a post like this because I remember not too long ago I was a ” beginner” myself. I’d like to think I’ve graduated to intermediate, considering all the beauty products I’ve bought, reviews I’ve read, and youtube tutorials watched, but I know I definitely still have more to learn! Always room for progress right?
Anyways today I wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks that I learned when I was first starting out with makeup. Hopefully, these will help you all save time and your money! Lord knows I wasted plenty of it before I finally figured out what actually worked for my skin type and overall beauty habits. Enjoy!
Start with what you know you like
The first thing that ever sparked my interest in makeup was when I walked into Mac and purchased my first lipstick. I went in for lashes for a vegas trip and came out with foundation (which I hated..read about that here
), lashes, Rebel lipstick and Nighmoth liner. I wore that berry lip outttttt
and when I finally made it back into town I rushed to go back to the same artist and pick out some more. Lipstick is what started it all for me and my makeup collection is built off of that. I started purchasing items based on which lipsticks it will match with. Now of course over time I’ve expanded into other things but I knew that if my lipstick was on point that the rest of my makeup would fall into place. When you’re a beginner I suggest doing the same thing. If you love eyeshadow then start with purchasing a couple of palette’s. Then branch out and get a nice liner and mascara to go with it. Once you find a particular brand you like, start exploring what other things they offer. You will gradually grow into building a full on look!
Start with Drugstore
You don’t know how many times I purchased something expensive, got home and realized I had no clue what to do with it. If you want to practice something new and take a risk start with a low-end product first, learn how to use it, learn what you like and don’t like about it and thennn venture into high end. For example, I recently started playing around with my brows. Now I know you’re probably thinking “girl you late” but I was blessed with naturally nice shaped eyebrows so I never felt the need to do anything else to them, but of course as the curious beauty blogger I am I had to see what the hype was about. Instead of running to Sephora and dropping 20+ on an Anastasia Beverly Hills item I went to Ulta and bought the NYX micro-brow pencil (a dupe to ABH brow wiz) and some drugstore stencils to help me master my shape. Now that I’ve been using them for a few weeks I’ve discovered some things that I don’t necessarily like and I’m ready to move on and purchase something higher end with hopes that ABH lives up to its name. The point is to start small and then work your way up. That way you don’t go wasting your money!
Don’t buy everything that has good reviews
This was a hard lesson learned for me. I watch youtube like people watch their soap operas, so when I see my favorite gurus raving about a product I’m rushing to Sephora to go check it out. But there is a big no-no in this, because what works on other people and what is reflected on camera is not necessarily how it’s going to appear in the store. A perfect example is when I bought the benefit porefessional primer
. I bought the $10 sample (like I said before..start small
) just to see if I liked it. It workeddd–ish
. It left this white cast if I used too much of it and although it blended out when I applied foundation I still didn’t like the texture of it. After I applied my foundation midway through the day it got flakey. My makeup was literally scaling off! Talk about a panic attack. I went to Sephora that night and asked for a new primer because the one I had wasn’t working. The first thing the clerk said was ” what’s your skin type??”. Million dollar question people! Benefit porefessional is for people with oily skin, it is a mattifying primer. So for my desert dry-naturally scaly skin, it was doing nothing but making my face worse! I just assumed that because it got good reviews that it was the amazing. Needless to say, I got a new primer,-Smashbox hydrating primer
(which I sampled first) and I’ve been loving it.
Invest in brushes
The “oh I will just apply it with my fingers” does not work for everything. Trust me. Some products come naturally thick or full coverage and you’re going to want to have different tools to apply them so you can tailor it the way you need. Makeup is 50% product and 50% application. I did extensive research on my brushes before I decided to purchase Real Techniques brushes. They have just about every face brush you could possibly need. When I started makeup I wasn’t into eyeshadow so I wouldn’t recommend their eye brushes, but overall their products are greatly priced and fantastic quality. I would also recommend investing in the beauty blender. I’ve heard varying reviews on the dupes but for $18 bucks I don’t think it’s a ridiculous amount of money to spent when trying an item. It is great for when you want to build your coverage or take a full coverage item and make it sheer. It’s a brilliant product and I’ve been able to try so many different products that I normally wouldn’t have bought because of the versatility of this sponge!
What are some of your favorite beauty tips! Share below!