Makeup Must Haves/Starter Makeup

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This is a group of makeup products I believe are must buys when first starting out with makeup or must haves in anybody's makeup collection. These products are great for beginners and also help teach the basics of makeup to further your collection or get you familiar with the makeup that might look best with your features. Everyone should always remember that practice makes perfect, and trying out new looks and products is so important to achieve a confident makeup look. 

Starting with the Eyes….

Coastal Scents Hot Pots are amazing. They have literally 100s of shades to choose from, and they are only $2 each. Try and score these when they are on sale and you can get them for as cheap at 99 cents! That is beyond awesome for the quality you are getting. These are comparable to any high end eyeshadows. What is great about these is that you can make your very own palette with them too. Everything is customizable. You can also be more daring with colorful shades because they are so cheap and you won't be losing anything by trying them out. You can purchase these here. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Light Taupe. Matte neutral shades are an obvious must have in any makeup collection. You can use this shade to tone down shimmery shadows, deepen up the crease, or even use as an eyebrow shadow if you are blonde enough. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Light Taupe. Matte neutral shades are an obvious must have in any makeup collection. You can use this shade to tone down shimmery shadows, deepen up the crease, or even use as an eyebrow shadow if you are blonde enough. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Brown Harvest. This shadow would make for an awesome transition shade or something to just blend out a natural eye look. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Brown Harvest. This shadow would make for an awesome transition shade or something to just blend out a natural eye look. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Seaside Bronze. This is the master of all gold eyeshadows. Gold eyeshadows are one of those things that look great on any skin shade and compliment all eye colors. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Seaside Bronze. This is the master of all gold eyeshadows. Gold eyeshadows are one of those things that look great on any skin shade and compliment all eye colors. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Boca Mocha. This dark bronze is great for deepening up a neutral eyeshadow look, and you can even wear it on its own for a more smokey, sultry look. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Boca Mocha. This dark bronze is great for deepening up a neutral eyeshadow look, and you can even wear it on its own for a more smokey, sultry look. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Mai Tai. This shade is awesome for a deeper natural eye that won't be over the top. It is also very unique. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Mai Tai. This shade is awesome for a deeper natural eye that won't be over the top. It is also very unique. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Copper Pot. Copper is one of those shades that every eye color can pull off. You can wear this shade alone for a quick and easy eyeshadow look. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Copper Pot. Copper is one of those shades that every eye color can pull off. You can wear this shade alone for a quick and easy eyeshadow look. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Flesh Tone. This can be used as a highlight or an all over the lid shade. It is very versatile and a must have for creating any neutral eye look. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Flesh Tone. This can be used as a highlight or an all over the lid shade. It is very versatile and a must have for creating any neutral eye look. 

Cream Eyeshadows: 

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Bold Gold and Barely Branded MAC Paint Pot Chilled on Ice and Rubenesque, and Maybelline Color Tattoo Inked in Pink 

Maybelline Color Tattoo Bold Gold and Barely Branded

MAC Paint Pot Chilled on Ice and Rubenesque, and Maybelline Color Tattoo Inked in Pink 

Cream eyeshadows are good for multiple things. They can be used as a base, make powder shadows pop, used on the skin as highlights or blushes, and used on their own for some quick color. MAC Paint Pots are my babies. I love these things so much. They are so creamy and never crease. They are a bit pricey and that is why I am also addressing the Maybelline Color Tattoos. These are basically like MAC Paint Pots except they are a third of the price. Both of these products have a wide variety of shades that can cater to any eye look. 

Pigments: 

MAC Pigment in Vanilla.

MAC Pigment in Vanilla.

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This specific pigment should be in everyone's collection. Pigments are not just for the eyes, it is for everything. Why I like this specific pigment the most is because you can use it was a beautiful cheek highlight, add it into your foundation to make your face glow, add to the center of your lips on top of your matte lipstick to add shine, mix into your nail polish to create a different shade and texture, and of course, use as eyeshadow. 

Eyeshadow Palettes:

Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette 

Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette 

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I strongly believe this palette needs to be owned by everybody and their mother. It doesn't have your fun neutral shimmery shades, but it as high quality matte and satin shades. Those are must haves when creating close to any look. Also, there are several shades in this palette that you can use for eyebrows. The price of this is super cheap and is always on sale for like $10. You can purchase this here

Naked Basics by Urban Decay and Meet Matt(e) Nude by the Balm

Naked Basics by Urban Decay and Meet Matt(e) Nude by the Balm

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I couldn't choose between these two palettes for the neutral matte palettes so I am going to talk about both. Both of these are more higher end than the Coastal Scent 28 Neutral Palette, but you are also getting less product. I still really love these though. These are shades in these that the Coastal Scent palette does not offer. Again, matte shades are so important to have in any collection. All of these eyeshadows are so creamy, pigmented, and blendable. I use Matt Wood (From the Balm palette) for my eyebrows all the time, and Faint (from Naked Basics) in my crease in many of my eyeshadow looks. You cannot go wrong with purchasing either of these. You can buy Naked Basics here, and Meet Matt(e) Nude here. Watch out for Meet Matt(e) Nude on Hautelook. Hautelook has the Balm pretty frequently, and every time they do they have this palette for extremely discounted. Sign up for Hautelook here

Naked 2 and Naked by Urban Decay 

Naked 2 and Naked by Urban Decay 

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Wet n Wild Coloricon in Naked Streets and Maybelline's The Nudes Palette 

Wet n Wild Coloricon in Naked Streets and Maybelline's The Nudes Palette 

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Of course, the Naked palettes are some of the most popular makeup palettes in history. I highly suggest you get your hands on at least one of these because of how awesome and versatile they are. You can create literally 100s of looks using just one of them. But, they are pretty pricey. $52 for just one of them. That's why I have also picked out two drugstore palettes that can give a similar look. The Wet n Wild Coloricon in Naked Streets and Maybelline's The Nudes palette both have very good pigmentation, and come with some really awesome shades. Both have matte eyeshadows which is great for a drugstore palette and they have beautiful shimmers. 

Eyeshadow Primers:

Essence Eyeshadow Primer and Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurence 

Essence Eyeshadow Primer and Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurence 

Too Faced on the left and Essence on the Right 

Too Faced on the left and Essence on the Right 

Eyeshadow primer is an absolute must have. Eyeshadow primer is what will make your eye makeup last all day, not crease, and also help boost any eyeshadow's payoff. I would recommend spending a little more money on a primer because then you can spend less money on eyeshadow. But, if you can't afford those costly primers, Essence has a really good eyeshadow primer for only about $4. It is not quite as good as Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance, but it definitely works well. 

On to Lips….

Loreal Colour Riche Balms. These balms are super moisturizing and give off a very light amount of color. These are perfect for someone who wants something on their lips but doesn't have to worry about applying it perfectly or being too over the top. 

Loreal Colour Riche Balms. These balms are super moisturizing and give off a very light amount of color. These are perfect for someone who wants something on their lips but doesn't have to worry about applying it perfectly or being too over the top. 

Rose Elixir and Heavenly Berry

Rose Elixir and Heavenly Berry

NYC Cirtyproof Twistables. Chubby lip pencils are super popular at the moment. I see them as lipstick but without the commitment. Lipstick is something you have to reapply and worry about it coming off when you eat, drink, or even breathe. These lip crayons are basically like lipstick lip balms. They have amazing color payoff, but they also feel and look like a lip balm so you don't have to worry about applying it perfectly or constantly reapply it. 

NYC Cirtyproof Twistables. Chubby lip pencils are super popular at the moment. I see them as lipstick but without the commitment. Lipstick is something you have to reapply and worry about it coming off when you eat, drink, or even breathe. These lip crayons are basically like lipstick lip balms. They have amazing color payoff, but they also feel and look like a lip balm so you don't have to worry about applying it perfectly or constantly reapply it. 

Roosevelt Island Red and South Ferry Berry

Roosevelt Island Red and South Ferry Berry

NYX Butter Glosses. THESE ARE MY FAVORITE LIP PRODUCTS OF ALL TIME. They smell like cupcakes, feel buttery smooth, and have amazing pigmentation. These lip glosses are great for anyone just starting off with makeup because they give off just the right amount of color without being so bold. 

NYX Butter Glosses. THESE ARE MY FAVORITE LIP PRODUCTS OF ALL TIME. They smell like cupcakes, feel buttery smooth, and have amazing pigmentation. These lip glosses are great for anyone just starting off with makeup because they give off just the right amount of color without being so bold. 

Raspberry Tart, Devil's Food Cake, Apple Strudel, Strawberry Parfait, and Red Velvet 

Raspberry Tart, Devil's Food Cake, Apple Strudel, Strawberry Parfait, and Red Velvet 

Now on to Cheeks….

NYX Blushes. There are SO many blushes out there but I think these are the best for people who are just starting out. They give off just the right amount of pigmentation so you don't have to worry about looking like a clown. You can also easily build these up and they are super easy to blend. Perfect for anyone. 

NYX Blushes. There are SO many blushes out there but I think these are the best for people who are just starting out. They give off just the right amount of pigmentation so you don't have to worry about looking like a clown. You can also easily build these up and they are super easy to blend. Perfect for anyone. 

Mocha and Terra Cotta

Mocha and Terra Cotta

Benefit's Benetint. This gives you the best "no makeup, makeup look." This is a stain so it lasts all freakin day. It even lasts if you go into the pool. You can use this product for your cheeks or lips and it gives both a really nice rosy tint. 

Benefit's Benetint. This gives you the best "no makeup, makeup look." This is a stain so it lasts all freakin day. It even lasts if you go into the pool. You can use this product for your cheeks or lips and it gives both a really nice rosy tint. 

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Last but not least, Brushes….

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From left to right: Coastal Scents Large Tapered Powder Synthetic, Coastal Scents Blush Angle Large Synthetic, and Real Techniques Buffing Brush and Contouring Brush

These 4 brushes are basically all you need for your face. The powder brush could be used to blend your foundation evenly and apply powder. The angled brush can be used for anything on your cheeks: blush, contour, bronzer, and highlighter. Then you have the buffing brush that can be used to buff in your foundation so your foundation can basically look like skin on top of your skin. THE contouring brush can obviously be used for contouring, but I like to use it to blend out my concealer. It is the perfect size to get into those small areas such as your eyes and nose. 

From left to right: Shade and Fluff Medium Natural, Pro Blending FluffShadow Large Synthetic, Bent Liner Synthetic, Blender Crease SyntheticLiner Angle Medium Synthetic 

All of these brushes are what you would need for any basic eye look. The shade and fluff brush would be good for applying any shadow to the lid, the pro blending would be your blending brush, the shadow large synthetic would basically do the same as the shade and fluff brush except it was a bit larger, the bent liner brush is perfect for gel liner because it makes for easy appellation, the blender crease is great for blending in some concentrated color into your crease, and the angled liner brush is good for applying precise color above your lash line or under your waterline. 

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As you can see, I am a big fan of Coastal Scents brushes. Or anything else they have honestly. These brushes are so affordable and I think the can compare to any high end brush out there. Besides looking very professional, they don't shed at all, the feel like great quality and they have a brush for anything you are looking for. Don't bother spending money on MAC and Sigma brushes. These Coastal Scents brushes are all you need. 

I also love the Real Technique brushes. They are also very affordable, and they come in convenient kits. Even though are are not featured, I am also a huge fan of their eye shadow brushes as well.