At some point in our lives, we wake up and decide we’d like to make ourselves pretty. Maybe for someone, maybe for ourselves. I’m quite a late bloomer with regards to make up and stuff, even though I may have done some beauty queen stuff back in my teenage years, I literally had no idea what was going on my face. There’s also the bit with Filipino culture in which wearing make up is taboo unless you’re a celebrity or going somewhere important. I would say some even shame others for wearing so much make up and labeling them as fake. At least we don’t over-worship perfection and flawlessness but now that I’ve acquired my own personal ideologies, I believe there’s really nothing wrong with wanting to make yourself look good FOR yourself. Anyhow, back to my story, I grew old thinking make up is definitely not something for me but here we are. I really like lipsticks, you guys. They’re like color pencils but you can wear them (and eat them, eventually).
The hardest part was knowing where to start or which stuff I’d use to make my face less spotty or my lips less zombie-ish. It took me about a year and a thousand YouTube tutorials to really figure out which goes where. And so, I’d like to help those who are just starting to get into make up and stuff. Maybe it’ll get easier from this… or not. I don’t know.
For your base, you’d want to have Foundation and Powder. That’s it. But if you want to take it further but still within the basics area, add a Concealer and Pore Eraser.
It gets hard finding the right shade of foundation the first time but test it before buying it, also, don’t be shy to ask for assistance. Foundations can be expensive so don’t be shy. I have only tried a few foundations and I do like Revlon’s ColorStay. It just does the job and for first timers, that’s all we need, really. It oxidize a bit (goes a tone darker on your face after a long day) but that sometimes depend on the environment. You may also want to check out Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation, it has gold specks in it so it makes your skin glow. Rimmel’s Stay Matte Mousse is a bit heavy but if you have oily skin then it keeps your face matte. Try L’oreal True Match Foundation, if you can.
I used a blush brush with Revlon ColorStay for about a month and hated it. There were streaks and everything was just unevenly applied. So yes. How you apply it matters. I like this Real Techniques Buffing Brush. You usually go for a brush that have bristles that are more compressed. Sponges can be good for newbies, too. One tip I learned is spend at least 30 seconds just buffing your foundation on to your skin to blend it well.
This one is easy. Everyone probably knows how powder works and it’s usually pretty easy to match with skin, too. You use the powder after applying foundation or after everything else to set the makeup and make it last longer. I like this Rimmel Stay Matte Powder because I have normal-oily combination skin and it keeps the oil down.
I’m not very over the moon with concealers because I don’t like my make up thick and sometimes it makes me feel like my under eye has so much on it. But yes, it helps with dark circles and spots ON PHOTOS. Not so much in real life. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is probably the most liked drugstore concealer, you’ll see most of the beauty gurus use this. It’s cheap and it’s good.
This was a surprise discovery. I was trying to find a face primer but instead got this. For those who have big pores, this one’s a savior. It’s a clear potion that fills up your pores to make it instantly look smoother. You apply this before foundation. Maybelline Pore Eraser is quite good.
It’s helpful and safe to make your first set of eye shadows within the neutrals spectrum. You need a skin tone shade, a gray, a brown, and a black. You can do a lot with these already. A smokey, a basic one shadow, a cut crease, and lots more. Urban Decay Naked Basics is such a good investment, though “expensive”. However, given that they’re neutrals, you’ll end up using them more than you think and that makes it less expensive.
You would need a fluffy brush to have a good eye make up because it’s all about blending. I like these Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush (for applying the base color all over your eyelid), Deluxe Crease Bush (for all the blending you need), Angled Shadow Brush (for crease emphasis and blending).
You’d think there’s only black. But alas, there’s now blue, green, and all sorts of eye liners. For us starters, let’s keep it simple, have some black or brown and if you opt for those wide eyed looks, have a skin tone shade liner. I recommend NYX’s Wonder Pencil. I also use a Nichido black eye liner because it works and it’s cheap. It can run down at the end of the day but if you want it to last longer without smudging, apply it twice or more. Not in picture but equally as relevant are liquid liners that you put on your top lash line, you know, the cat eye effect and such. I recommend Revlon’s ColorStay Liquid Liner or L’oreal Super Liner.
I suck at eyebrows because my brows are thick and it’s hard to shape them without it looking fake. There are brow pencils and liquid brow liners but for you to save money, you can always use one of the neutral eye shadows I mentioned above with an angled brush.
Probably my favorite eye make up component aside from fake lashes. Mostly because I have short to non-existent lashes. But seriously, a skin tone base eye shadow + mascara + red lip is all you need for a quick-but-does-the-trick make up. Lashes really open up your eyes so it’s nice to emphasize them if you have long lashes. Maybelline’s mascaras are cheap and widely known as wonderful, so try that.
Blush and Bronzer
I have NYX powder blush and matte bronzer. Bronzer to contour your face and help you create shadows to emphasize your cheekbones or lessen the surface area of your forehead, maybe. I won’t say they’re very important but it’s nice to have some color around your cheeks, yes.
I have a Real Techniques Contour Brush but you can use any fluffy brush, really. Contrary to the compressed foundation brush, you must use brushes with relaxed bristles for blush and bronzer so that they won’t get applied harshly.
I have these as my very first brushes. It’s a Nichido Kabuki Brush and a retractable Nichido Contour Brush (if I recall correctly, the brush name isn’t on it). Kabuki brushes can be good for minimum coverage foundation application but it can make it uneven. I find it very good with blush and bronzer as well as for powdering.
As I’ve said earlier, lips are my favorite. You can wear nothing but a lipstick and still feel good about yourself. For me, the basic colors you need would be a red, a nude, a pink and a dark one. I have here a MAC Ruby Woo (red), MAC Freckletone (but only because I couldn’t find my MAC Velvet Teddy at that time which is my favorite nude lip shade), NYX Soft Matte Lip in Antwerp (pink) and NYX in Black Cherry (dark). I have a very long list of lipsticks I’d like to have and that’s still in the process.
These are just what I’ve mentioned above, the basic brushes you’ll need: a foundation brush, contour brush for cheeks, small fluffy brushes and small angled brushes for eyes and brows.
Quite a long post but I hope it helped you in a way or another. Happy make up collecting, guys and gals! No gender stereotypes here!