Makeup beginners, don't be confused by the thousands of products on the cosmetic shelves. From eyelash curlers to kabuki brushes, there are so many makeup tools on the market that it can be tough to figure out exactly what you need in your makeup kit.
If you're ready to step your game up but don't want to waste space (or money) on unnecessary items, we've got your back. We've rounded up the must-have items—nothing more, nothing less. Not only are they easy for newbies to use, they've been put to the test and have quickly become pro favorites, too. Discover exactly what you need to have on hand with our selects below.
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Moisturizer and Primer
Concealer and Foundation
Beginners 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.
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.
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.
Nude and Red Lipstick
Brushes and Tools
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. For precise eyemakeup and dusting on powders reach for Sonia Kashuk’s set.
Blush and Highlighter
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.
Anastasia Beveryly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette, $42; sephora.com.
Q-Tips and Makeup Wipes