How To Build Your First Makeup Kit

New to makeup? Walking into the beauty section of a department store can be pretty overwhelming. With a plethora of brands and products in different formulas, putting together your makeup kit can be quite a challenge. So where do you start?

To help, I’ve listed down my absolute makeup must-haves for a starter makeup kit. What’s great about these products is that they’re useful, universally-flattering and really easy to use — perfect for makeup junkies and newbies alike.

L'Oreal Paris True Match BB Cream
Maybelline Clear Smooth BBStick Radiance
Proud Mary Touch and Beauty BB Cream

BB Cream

A liquid foundation can be intimidating to use especially for someone new to makeup. I recommend starting out with a BB Cream. As most BB Creams in the market come in only a few shades and are quite sheer, you can easily get away with a less-than-perfect shade match. In addition to a flawless face, BB cream also does an amazing job of caring for your skin as it is a multi-use product, meaning it’s a moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation rolled into one.

Tip: If your skin is more on the oily side, get a face powder instead so you can get both coverage and oil-control at the same time.

Eyebrow Powder

A great way to bring focus to your eyes is by filling in your eyebrows. Filled-in brows not only bring attention to your eyes but also add dimension to your face, giving you a more polished look. I find that brow powders are easiest to work with. Simply pick up some product with a brow brush and fill in sparse areas.

Tip: If your budget permits, get your brows professionally groomed. It’s makes filling in your brows so much easier when they’re properly groomed and shaped.


Want flawless skin? Invest in a concealer. Concealers are great at covering up skin imperfections such as blemishes or if you simply want to brighten up a certain part of your face. If your skin tends to get oily throughout the day, do set your concealer with some powder to prevent it from melting off your face.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
BYS Mascara Miraculous Lash
Sesura Beauty Saem Sammul Browcara

Eyelash Curler and Mascara

Only a few things in life can make you look more awake than coffee — one of which are long, fluttery lashes. To get the most natural-looking curl, get to the very base of your lashes and do gentle squeezes all the way up to the tip.

After curling your lashes, swipe on a coat or two of your favorite mascara. I prefer those in a waterproof formula since they contain more wax and typically hold up a curl better than regular ones.

Tip: Remove waterproof mascara easily with baby oil.

Lip and Cheek Tint

I remember owning a lip and cheek tint back in sixth grade — it was the very first makeup item I ever bought. For this reason, lip and cheek tints hold a very special place in my heart. You can ignore everything else on this list except this! Lip and cheek tints give you the most natural-looking flush as well as a fresh faced and healthy glow.

Long-wearing, natural-looking, and extremely easy-to- use are just some of the many reasons why this product is a staple in my makeup kit.

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