Building a Makeup Collection | For Beginners

Hello, chickpeas!

Happy Saturday! Today’s post is inspired by my memories of when I first started wearing makeup and experimenting with different looks and products. I know this is something that can be hugely overwhelming for people who are just starting out because of the massive amount of brands and products and opinions that are available. Building a good makeup collection is not going to happen overnight; it’s a process that including getting to know your skin, your personal style, and the products which are out there. That said, I hope to get you started with the basics today and maybe help someone out there who is struggling with which brands and products to buy. Now, I’ll preface by saying that you don’t need high-end makeup (especially when just starting out). Affordable drugstore makeup will be your best friend because, if you can believe it, the drugstore has most of my favourite makeup even compared to high-end. So, today I am going to include the products I suggest and my personal tips for how you can get started building your makeup collection.


  1. Figure out your skin type. This can be tricky, but to get the right products that will work well with your skin, you need to know if your skin is dry, oily, combination, acne-prone or sensitive. Your skin can change depending on your age, hormones, and the season; but, if you have sensitive skin or acne-prone skin, that’s something that needs extra care. You can figure out your skin type by watching informative YouTube videos or by going to a dermatologist or aesthetician (the latter two will give the most accurate assessment).
  2. Stick to essentials first. When you’re first going to buy a collection of makeup, try to first buy what you’d wear on a daily basis or the most frequently.
  3. Neutrals and naturals first. Just like your clothing wardrobe, you should start your makeup collection with colours and products that are versatile, easy to wear, and easy to work with.
  4. Research. This is one scenario in which the internet is a goldmine – when you do branch out and want to expand your collection, try to do as much research you can on each product and go to the store to see testers of the things you are looking into getting. Also, look at reviews of people who’ve already tried the product(s) to gauge what to expect or if the product is even worth buying.


Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me foundation in the Matte + Poreless range. For those with normal, combination skin, or oily skin this foundation is incredible. Also, it has a huge range of shades for almost every skin tone. For those with dry skin, I suggest you try the Maybelline Fit Me foundation in the Hydrate + Smooth range.

Concealer: Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer. This puppy is great for the undereye area and for hiding any minor blemishes. However, the shade range is really lacking, so if you need a larger spectrum of colours I highly recommend the Maybelline Fit Me concealer.

Mascara: L’oreal Voluminous Mascara in black. This mascara is the best classic mascara out there, in my opinion. It holds up incredibly well throughout the day, it’s easy to work with, and it makes your lashes look phenomenal.

Eyebrows: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil. It’s a great basic brow product that is easy to get a hang of and can be used sparingly to give a little definition or fill some gaps, or it can be used to create some serious brow looks. Plus it has a little brush on the cap to help tame the hair.

Blush: Physician’s Formula Butter Blush is perfect for a natural flush of colour. The formula is velvety and smooth and the blush smells like a tropical island. For a touch more colour, I would suggest you opt for the E.L.F. Blush, which is an affordable but nice quality blush that has good pigmentation.

Eyeshadow: Wet n’ Wild Color Icon 10 Pan Palette in the colour Nude Awakening. These eyeshadows have a good colour payoff and a nice texture to them. There are enough neutral shades to play with that will allow you some creative room to practice a smokey eye or a casual day look.

Primer/Setting Spray: Rimmel #insta Fix & Go. This stuff rocks because you can use it as a primer spray and a setting spray. For a beginner, this would be the perfect two-in-one product to start with. It also smells really good and has a very fine mist.

Setting powder: Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder. This stuff has a finely milled consistency meaning it won’t look cakey or powdery on your face, and for those of you into photography or selfies, this has no flashback.

Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Anti-Matte Nudes Lip Colour or the Maybelline Colour Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color. Both options won’t look dull or too matte on the lips and they are quite hydrating and comfortable to wear. The creamy matte lip colour is quite long lasting, too. Maybelline has matching lip liners as well, in case you decide to try those.

Contour/bronzer: E.L.F. contour palette. This stuff is excellent because you get a highlight shade, a banana shade, a bronzer shade, and a contour shade all in one for a low price. The powders are very good quality, too, and they blend out beautifully.

Eyeliner: L’oreal Infallible The Super Slim EyeLiner. I find this to be one of the easiest eyeliners to work with, especially if we’re talking about liquid liners. It’s perfect for a beginner because the precise felt tip and smooth colour application make it a great tool for learning to do winged liners.

That’s all I think that should go into a starter makeup collection. There are tons of fun and unique products to try and experiment with, but for someone who is just starting out with this adventure, I suggest keeping to the basics and learning to do a good job creating a few basic looks and using the tools.




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