I'm Kayla. A millennial obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time. #catlady

Makeup Starter Kit Revisited

Over a year ago I shot these photos and wrote up a post about the products that would be great for beginners. I thought it would be a fun stroll down memory lane to read the thoughts I had in that post, and see how I still feel about them one year and a lot of makeup later.

Now that I'm a more seasoned makeup wearer, I wouldn't recommend a beginner to jump right into drugstore foundations. They are definitely a lot of misses and that money could be spent elsewhere in building up a small makeup collection. I would lean much more towards a BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer to get the feel of coverage without having to worry too much about shade matching. For concealer I'm still nuts about the Match2Cover! Cream Concealer and you can't beat the price. For blush e.l.f. is definitely a very affordable option, but Milani has some amazing blushes that rival Tarte.

Although I still agree with past me that Maybelline Color Tattoos are great for beginners, there has been quite a few drugstore palette releases since then that are worth the extra dollars for a wider range of colors. L'Oréal Riche La Palette Nude 1 and 2 are both great new-in options that fainting nod towards the Urban Decay Naked palettes, but for less than half the price. The Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner is still a great option, but just starting out I wouldn't recommend going to heavy on the eyeliner (something I did a little too much of). For mascara I still rave about the L'Oréal Voluminous Mascara, but the drugstore is riddled with great mascaras so take your pick.

For lipsticks I would still highly recommend the Revlon Lip Butters to a beginner. They're pigmented enough that you can get really good color payoff, but more forgiving than most lipsticks. Plus they're hydrating for gals who aren't used to wearing lip products.

For tools you can't go wrong with Real Techniques brushes, but I definitely recommend an angled brush for blush like this one from Crown. It makes it so much easier to apply blush exactly where you want it so you aren't going to crazy starting out. You also don't need an incredibly fancy eye lash curler. I still use the same brand that I started out with.

If you or someone you know is entering the beauty world without hordes of money to splurge, the drugstore has a lot of really good options to get them started and exploring.

What products would you recommend to someone starting out? What makeup mistakes did you make when you started?

xoxo Kayla


  1. Sounds like lovely makeup for first products.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  2. Some lovely products here, especially that concealer! It sounds lovely!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

  3. I agree, foundations can be a little tricky for a beginner. While I consider myself a bit better than beginner in makeup I have trouble working with foundations even now! I think for a absolute beginner, concealer is the way to go! Real Techniques brushes are also a good purchase as well - it's easier to experiment with makeup when you have good tools.

    x beauty, style, life | bespectacled


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