A Beginner’s Guide To Makeup

Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room my dears! Today I want to discuss A Beginner’s Guide To Makeup. This has been highly requested by those who want to get more into makeup, but have no clue where to start.

This post is going to detail my top tips and products to get your makeup kit started! Don’t be confused by thousands of products that are unnecessary and cost a lot of money. If you’re looking to start a very basic makeup routine and kit, follow these steps and you will be golden!


This item is key when it comes to a makeup kit and starting your routine. Good makeup starts with good skincare. For your basic kit, just go for a moisturizer for your skin type (read more about this in my Beginner’s Guide to Skincare).

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Shea Moisture

You don’t need to spend a lot of money, as you can find great options in your local drugstore. Try this one from Shea Moisture. This is made from coconut oil and coconut milk and also primes the skin for makeup application. So instead of using a separate moisturizer and primer, you get it in one product!


Probably the most daunting step for makeup newbies, foundation doesn’t have to be difficult at all. I personally feel that it is best to work up to more full coverage foundations and instead start with like a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream. This will help you get a feel for what you like on your skin and how much coverage you really want.

I highly recommend the First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Triple Protection Skin Tint. This contains SPF 30 to protect your skin and it also has buildable coverage. I can actually get medium coverage out of this.

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First Aid Beauty

It’s great for all skin types and protects against environmental aggressors. It is natural looking while still perfecting your look. You can also apply this with your fingers, so no need to worry about what brush to use!


If you’re looking to take your coverage a step further or need to spot conceal, you can go for a concealer. If you’re spot concealing, pick a concealer that matches your skin tone. If you are trying to cover dark circles, I recommend picking a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone. This will really help brighten that area without it looking unnatural.

If you are uncomfortable going a shade lighter for that area, stick with a skin tone color. Remember, it is all personal preference and you do what feels best for you!

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The best concealer I can recommend for beginners is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This concealer is affordable, comes in a variety of shades, and is really easy to work with. Great for spot concealing and also for dark circles. It’s natural looking and breathable, but still has good coverage.

Base Brushes

If you are looking for tools to apply and blend out your foundation and concealer, I recommend going with this Flawless Base Set from Real Techniques. These are quality brushes that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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Real Techniques

One thing that is helpful to know is that, although a brush is labeled for foundation, powder, eyes, etc. they don’t necessarily have to be used for that. Some of my favorite brushes are used on other areas of my face that they are not marketed for.

So although this set is marketed for your base makeup, go ahead and use it for whatever you like. I do want to clarify that even though you can use them for whatever you want, sometimes they don’t always work the best for other products. You need to play around with them for different uses and figure out what works best.


If you naturally have full brows, as a beginner, I would skip this step. Brows are still a pain to me to this day and I have tried every brow product under the sun.

If you do have more sparse brows and want something for them, I say only go with a brow gel that contains fibers. Pencils and pomades can get confusing and difficult, brow gels are easy to work with and are quick.

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Go for the Benefit Gimme Grow Gel. This volumizing, fiber gel creates natural fullness and definition. This product is buildable and water resistant.


Honestly, for a makeup newbie, you can skip this altogether. For day to day makeup, you don’t any of this at all. It takes extra time and money.

However, if you were going to do one thing, go for the blush. Pick a light color to give your cheeks a natural flush. Don’t go for a shimmer blush or one that is super matte either. Pick one that has a satin finish. A satin finish is the perfect middle ground of finishes. It’s not as shimmery as a shimmer finish, but is not flat like a matte finish. This will also look the most natural.

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Physicians Formula

For your satin blush, I would pick the Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush. This gives just the right amount of color and a healthy glow. You can even use one of the brushes from your Real Techniques kit for this!


As beginner in makeup, don’t even bother with eyeshadow or eyeliner. Using those too can get messy super quick. Plus, to get a good eyeshadow look, you need at least a few brushes and a palette. That adds up to more money spent and more time to your routine. Just skip it and build up to it if you prefer.

The main thing I would recommend for makeup newbies when it comes to eyes is mascara. This will give your eyes definition without adding on a ton of product.

For your mascara, you can go with a black colored one, but if you’re trying to pull of a look that is as natural as possible, go for a brown or black-brown color. Enter in the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, your new best friend.

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This mascara isn’t clumpy or drying, doesn’t flake, and will last all day. It lengthens and separates for the perfect look and comes in four different shades.


Forget lipstick, liquid lipsticks, and glosses. All you need as a makeup newbie is a tinted lip balm. Easiest thing to use and will keep your lips hydrated. It also provides the most natural looking color.

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Burt’s Bees

My favorite tinted lip balm are hand downs the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms. These come in a variety of colors and provide 8 hours of moisturization. They are also long lasting and contain 100% natural ingredients.

Final Thoughts

Following these steps and using these products will provide you with a good start to your makeup kit and routine. Remember, everyone started somewhere so don’t feel bad if you are just getting in to makeup!

When I started my makeup routine, I looked crazy no doubt! All I did to get better at it was I kept practicing, tried out new products, did a lot of research, and watched a TON of YouTube videos.

Just take it slow and build up to new products and you will be in to the makeup world in no time!





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