Your foundation is the key to getting flawless looking skin (after your skincare routine, of course.) It’s also the hardest thing to get right when it comes to your makeup routine. Why? Because you have to consider a few things before you head to the store to buy a formula. First, is this the coverage you want? And second, will this work for your skin type and undertone?
If you are new to wearing foundation, it is important to either test it on your face or jawline before buying. Or head to your nearest department store (or a MAC or Sephora) and let a makeup artist help you pick a shade that matches your complexion and fits your coverage needs. You can also request a sample if you want to see how a formula works for your skin before making your purchase.
We recommend the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation if you are looking for a lightweight formula that offers seamless coverage. It keeps your skin healthy and hydrated and doesn’t feel like you have makeup on. This is available in a diverse range of 40 shades.
It is suitable for all skin types and leaves you with a very natural finish.
Tip: Apply your foundation with a damp beauty sponge and blend it out nicely for a beautiful, flawless finish.
Concealer is one of the most essential items in your makeup stash. It is a basic (and we’re not saying that in a mean way). Whether you want to cover blemishes, redness, or dark under eye circles – your concealer works like a charm. Typically, it is best to apply concealer after your foundation because if you do it the other way round, you’ll end up smearing it. If you want to go easy with the makeup and feel like skipping foundation some days, you can just use your concealer to spot-conceal and end up looking flawless and put together anyway.
It can be a little tricky to find a concealer that’s perfect for you as you need to consider a few factors like its consistency, coverage, and staying power. You can choose from a liquid, cream or stick concealer depending on the coverage you want.
We recommend trying the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which is ideal for all skin types. Its multi-action formula instantly hides imperfections and blurs the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This one’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Also, it provides medium to full, buildable coverage and is available in 26 shades.
Tip: For your under-eyes, pick a shade that’s no more than two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. This will prevent those bright white rings under your eyes. For your face, pick a shade that exactly matches your foundation.
When blush is applied correctly, it can instantly lift up your face and give you that gorgeous, youthful glow. It is best to choose a color that complements your skin tone. A color that is too bright for your skin tone look loud and very fake. Choose a shade that subtly adds color to your face and sculpts your cheeks.
If you are a beginner, it’s a good idea to start off with a powder blush. For the application, pick a fluffy brush that’s tapered along the sides as it targets the correct areas. Remember, always apply your blush with a light and gentle hand, and use soft, circular motions to blend out the color. Blend a bit into the hairline, on the tip of your nose, and jawline for a natural-looking flush of color.
We recommend the NARS Blush to all you freshers. This is a pressed-powder blush that delivers healthy-looking color to flatter any skin tone. It is available in about 21 different shades and is really easy to use.
Tip: Coral, light pink, or peach tones work well on light to medium skin tones and plum, rose and deeper shades work well on dusky skin.
6. Nude Eyeshadow Palette
When it comes to doing your eyes, a nude eyeshadow palette is all you need. Just like your favorite pair of jeans, this palette is essential for a beginner to practice the technique of eyeshadow application.
What we love most about a nude eyeshadow palette is how it consists of all the colors you’ll need to create a perfect natural makeup look. It is incredibly versatile and can never go out of style.
We recommend the Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette for you beginners. It is loaded with 12 shadows in different textures that are insanely pigmented.
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