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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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….
Now on to Cheeks….
Last but not least, Brushes….
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.
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.
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.