If you’re ready to step your game up but don’t want to waste money on unnecessary items, we’ve got your back. The must-have items we’ve rounded up are not only easy for newbies to use, they’ve been put to the test and have quickly become our own favorites. Discover exactly what you need to have on hand below.
MOISTURIZER AND PRIMER
CONCEALER AND FOUNDATION
You can eliminate the risk of caked-on foundation by adding an opaque concealer to their kit. L.A. Girl’s creaseless formula camouflages imperfections, allowing you to use less foundation. When paired with Makeup Forever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation, no one will be able to tell where your skin ends and the makeup begins.
Maybelline Concealer | Maybelline Foundation
EYEBROW POMADE AND SPOOLIE BRUSH
Among the most important features on your face: the eyebrows. Use the dual-sided Anastasia Beverly Hills tool to brush and sculpt perfect arches. The brand’s Dipbrow Pomade is also a beginner favorite as it’s easy to apply and smudge proof.
Maybelline Eyebrow Palette | Spoolie Brush
EYELINER AND MASCARA
There’s really no need to fiddle around with applying false lashes. Tag-team Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, which gives the illusion of thicker fringe, with a few swipes of Benefit’s They Are Real Lengthening Volumizing Mascara to add dramatic length.
No kit is complete without go-to lip colors. These two hues are universally flattering and versatile enough to keep you covered from the office to the dance floor.
In order to put apply your makeup properly you’ll need to use the right tools. The Beautyblender is perfect for effortlessly blending foundations, blush, and concealer.
BLUSH AND HIGHLIGHTER
Add healthy color and a subtle glow to your skin with a classic blush and highlighter. Nars and Becca have both created cult favorites that are must-haves for every kit.
If you’re experimenting with eyeshadows, this palette is perfect for you. It offers a range of everyday nudes, plus a hint of bright colors to play around with.
Q-TIPS AND MAKEUP WIPES
Even pros make mistakes and dabbing a Q-tip into lotion is their secret for instantly erasing errors. For those nights when you’re too lazy to wash your face, makeup wipes will be your best friend.