8 Makeup Essentials For Beginners

I understand that not everyone knows the ins and outs of makeup. It’s a skill that people go to school for! I like to think of makeup like bartending. There are people out there who go to school, learn to bartend, and get a full time job bartending and make bank! There are also “bartenders” who just drank a ton in college and learned that if you put vodka in lemonade, it tastes pretty damn good. Okay maybe not that simple, but you get my point. It’s the exact same way with makeup! There are famous makeup artists and then there are people like me who know how it should go on your face, but I’m no expert.

I know so many people who don’t like to wear lots of makeup or just have no idea what to do with makeup and I think these are some good basics to get your feet wet without completely changing what you’re used to.

1. Setting Spray

This bad boy will become your ride or die. If you’re like me and you slap your makeup on in the morning and then you have a super busy day and your makeup doesn’t come off till it’s time for bed, then you need to invest in a good setting spray. Even if you don’t have super long days like that, you still need to get a good setting spray. It not only helps make your makeup look nicer, but it keeps it stuck to your face all day! You spray some on before you put any makeup on your face and then spray it again once your makeup is all done and your face is locked on all day!

2. Concealer

I wear foundation under my concealer, but if you have half decent skin you don’t need foundation at all! I have really temperamental skin so I like to cover it up as much as possible, but for the average person putting on some makeup before work, this is all you need. I recommend getting 2 different colors of concealer if you can because you’ll want a shade lighter than your normal skin tone to cover up your under eye circles and then a shade that matches your skin tone to cover up any problem areas you’re having such as a blemish or any redness. Then you just blend it into your skin with a makeup sponge or a brush and you’re good to go!

3. Setting Powder

Setting powder is something I didn’t realize I needed until I started watching makeup videos on YouTube. Setting powder can either be translucent or it can be the color of your skin (I have one of each because I’m extra like that). The translucent one will work just fine unless you want a little more coverage on your skin. Then I would get one that matches your skin tone, just for a little added coverage. The 2 best things about setting powder are that it helps your makeup stay in place and it keeps you from looking oily throughout the day. You would start by using the setting powder to set any areas where you have applied a cream product. Anywhere you put concealer, put the powder overtop of it. This helps it look nice and stay in place all day! If you have oily skin like me, you know the struggles of when you’ve had your makeup on for 5+ hours and your skin starts to get shiny. If you keep a little powder compact in your purse, you can just get rid of that shine with some powder as well! Just add a little on to your shiny areas throughout the day, but don’t go crazy because it will start to look cakey if you apply too much.

4. Bronzer

Bronzer is just that little something to add some color back to your skin. I’m not talking full blown contour here, I’m talking applying a little bit of bronzer under your cheek bones with a big fluffy brush and then some across your forehead and done! Bam! That took you 8 seconds!

5. Blush

Same thing with blush, blush is that little something you can put on to add some color back to your face. If you already have some color in your cheeks, skip it! If you covered up all your redness, add on some blush to bring some natural color back to your cheeks.

6. Neutral Eyeshadows

Everyone can rock neutral colored eyeshadows. Theres hundreds of videos online on how to put eyeshadow on, but if you’re newer to makeup or just prefer a more natural look, then I would stick to shades of brown, cream colors, and light pinks. These look great on everyone and look very natural.

7. Eyeliner

Not everyone likes to wear eyeliner and I understand that; sometimes you just don’t need it. I would rather see girls wearing to eyeliner than see girls wearing black eyeliner a half centimeter thick across their whole eyelid! Eyeliner can go very wrong very quickly, but it can really open up your eyes if you do it right. I use brown eyeliner most of the time so it’s not as harsh as a black liner. I know there are a lot of people who use grey instead of black if they have blue eyes as well. Just grab a soft pencil or even try out the gel liner! That works amazing for me, but do a small line, staying as close to your lashes as you can, and stop when your lashes stop! That simple! I know your first few times may get a little bumpy or uneven, but practice makes perfect with all things so don’t give up on eyeliner all together because you cant get a perfectly straight line your first few tries!

8. Mascara

Mascara is my ride or die! I almost never leave my house without it. Mascara can be cheap and fabulous and it can be that one thing you do everyday just so you do something to your face! I like black mascara because I’m convinced everyone either has black lashes or blonde and they don’t make blonde mascara (or if they do they shouldn’t) so I’d stay stick to the black even if you wear brown eyeliner. My only tip for putting on mascara is to get the front and back of your lashes with the wand. This will give them more volume and even coverage. Also please put it on your top and bottom lashes! I know very few people who rock no mascara on the bottom so just give it a try. I promise you’ll like it!

I know you may be thinking holy crap Clarissa…. you said this was going to be simple and theres a bunch of things on this list! Yes I know, but if you put all of them on everyday, you’ll get really fast at it and you’re makeup will take you 10 minutes! Plus, you don’t have to get all of them! My daily makeup routine takes me about 20 minutes and I use about 15 products and I come out with a fully covered face of makeup. My mom uses 6 products and it takes her about 10 minutes to do her makeup. It’s about what you want and how much time you have! I hope if you’re intimidated by makeup, you give it a shot because it can be a really fun part of your day! Down below I left some of my favorite products for each category. Theres a high end option and a drugstore option for each (but honestly save your money and buy the drugstore one) Hope you guys enjoy!


P.S In the photo, I did my best friend Heathers makeup using a bunch of these simple products and she hardly ever wears makeup because she is so naturally pretty (it’s so annoying) but she has very different skin than I do and most of the products worked great on her skin too! Just remember, not every product will work great for every person so don’t be upset if you hate one of the products I suggest, theres a million more out there to try!

Setting sprays:

Drug Store: Milani Make it Last Setting Spray

High End: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray


Drug Store: Better Skin Concealer By Maybelline

High End: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Full Coverage Concealer

Setting Powder:

Drug Store: Maybelline Fit Me Face Powder

High End: Laura Mercia No Color Translucent Powder


Drug Store: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

High End: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer


Drug Store: Wet and Wild Color Icon Blush

High End: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

Neutral Eyeshadow

Drug Store: Morphe Brushes 12NB Natural Beauty Eyeshadow Palette

High End: Too Faced Natural Eyes


Drug Store: Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner

High End: Bobby Brown Long Wear Gel Liner


Drug Store: L’Oreal Paris Lash Paridise

High End: Too Faced Better Than Sex