Going out and buying makeup for the first time is so exciting! You’re opening yourself up to a whole new world of colour, textures, technique and creativity – not to mention just good fun! One of the very best things about makeup is that it’s not too serious, it washes up and it allows you to really express yourself whilst you enhance your favourite features. You’ll feel bolder, more confident and maybe even a little more beautiful with just a few products applied here and there. If it sounds magic, that’s because it kind of is! Here are a few beginners-friendly tips for when you buy makeup for the first time…

Determine the Essentials

Think about the products that you’ll need to use everyday to avoid splashing too much cash on admittedly amazing makeup that you might not want to use on the regular (ahem, glitter). Focus on items such as concealer, eyebrow gel, lip balm, powder and mascara first, the exciting stuff will be there for you once you’ve mastered the basics!

Consider Your Skin 

In order to really find the right essentials for your face, you’ll need to have a think about the condition of your skin and your overall skin type. If you have dry skin you’ll want creamy, hydrating products. Oilier skin will need a heavy duty powder and waterproof eyeliner whilst acne prone faces will want to focus on coverage. By shopping in accordance with your skin type, you’ll be sure to nab yourself a few products that really work for you each and everyday!

Look at Light

When you’re in a makeup store, you’ll notice that the lighting is pretty different from any other light that you tend to spend your time in. When you’re trying out swatches, make sure you step out in natural light before you buy anything. If you’re shopping for makeup online, do plenty of research and make sure you’re buying a shade that suits your skin undertone as well as the general colour.

Get the Right Advice

Online or in store, you should have some access to well informed advice and tips. Makeup professionals are always keen to give their two cents as to what is going to suit you best, so listen and learn from their expertise and you’ll wind up with some pretty much perfect products! Look through magazines, read online reviews and ask your friends for some of their favourite product recommendations to really do your research.

Think About your Lifestyle 

You’ll need to find makeup that works with your day to day life. For example, if you’re always at the gym or you’re breaking a sweat on a daily basis, you’ll want waterproof products that can be brought on the go for touch ups. If you’re a big traveller, look for smaller products that can come with you anywhere. Shop for your daily routine and you’ll thank yourself down the line, promise!

Gather your Tools

You’ll need to have a few tools handy to help you create your most flawless face. The basics you’ll want to keep an eye out for include a fluffy kabuki brush, a flat edged foundation brush, a tapered pencil brush, a fluffy loosely packed eyeshadow brush and a sponge. Keep a couple of spoolies and Q-tips on hand to clean up and brush your brows neatly

Don’t Forget About Skincare 

Don’t forget about your skincare, this gets even more important once you start wearing makeup. A cleanse, tone and moisturise routine every morning and night will be a big help for making makeup sit perfectly and for keeping skin smooth and clear.

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