It may seem a bit daunting when you’re just venturing into the world of makeup – there are endless products to explore, each of them with different looks, functions, and results. As a beginner, you can start by focusing on a specific part of your face that you feel like you need to work on the most, and then continue from there. Here are 7 basic beauty must-haves for those who are just starting out to make it seem like you know what you’re doing (no worries, you’ll get there eventually).

1) Foundation

Foundation

MAYBELLINE

Fit Me Foundation

Foundation evens out your complexion while making you look natural. Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation is hydrating and protects your skin against sun damage. Whether you have a warm, cool, or neutral undertone, it’s important to use a foundation that matches your skin tone. A shade that’s too dark might give you an unwanted tan, while too light of a shade might make you look like you’ve seen a ghost – or rather, look like one. If you’re unsure of how to go about choosing your perfect shade, just go to a makeup store and ask one of the professionals for assistance. You can start with a lightweight foundation, as it’s not necessary to have too much coverage, especially if your skin is reasonably clear and acne-free. Tinted moisturizers and BB creams are two great alternatives to consider as well.

2) Concealer

Concealer

NARS

Radiant Creamy Concealer

The concealer is the holy grail of all makeup products – in my not so humble opinion – as it gets rid of dark circles, blemishes, scars, or other imperfections on skin such as redness or discolourations. It should ideally be a shade lighter than your skin tone, but not too light that it stands out from your foundation. Application-wise, a brush or sponge isn’t necessary – use your fingers to dab the concealer around your eyes to prevent it from caking or creasing.

4) Eyeliner

Eye Pencil

URBAN DECAY

24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil

It’s astonishing what a single line drawn on your eyelid can do to your overall makeup look – and perhaps your self-esteem. Getting that perfect winged liner takes patience, precision, and a whole lot of practice. Start with a pencil liner, as it is easier to handle and apply, then work your way up to liquid and gel liners. Try out the countless styles and techniques available to find one that suits you, and you’ll be a seasoned master in no time!

4) Powder

Powder

MAKE UP FOR EVER

HD Microfinish Powder

Powders lock in your makeup and make it last longer, giving your face a matte, finished look. Get a translucent powder to set and enhance the look of your makeup without affecting the colour, while refining the skin’s texture and further masking imperfections. If you’re having one of those lazy days where you can’t be bothered to put on foundation, a tinted powder is the best option to still give you coverage.

5) Lipstick

Lipstick

 

NYX

Matte Lipstick

Lipsticks can set the mood for your entire day – you can go for a bright or nude colour for a fresh, everyday look, or opt for a darker shade that gives you a more dramatic look for a night out. Lip colours may look different on you depending on your skin tone, so be sure to swatch it and test it out before making a purchase. Include lip care in your cleansing routine – nourish and exfoliate your lips by applying a bit of Vaseline onto your toothbrush and lightly scrubbing in a circular motion. Doing this regularly will make them soft, letting the lipstick glide on easily and look great.

6) Blush

Blush

NYX

Powder Blush

Blush is meant to give a more flushed look that imitates the colour your skin turns when you’re embarrassed or shy. A coral-pink, peachy or nude blush suits fair skin, while those with medium to dark skin tones should go for something more orange or bronze. Don’t swipe it across your face as it might ruin your foundation and powder. Dab it lightly onto the apples of your cheeks and extend it to your temples, so that it looks subtle enough but still gives you a rosy and radiant glow.

7) Mascara

Mascara

COVERGIRL

Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara

There are various types of mascara that focus specifically on what you want to do to your eyelashes – whether you want more volume, a more natural look, or just a waterproof formula. If you’re not yet at the stage where you feel comfortable putting on dramatic eye makeup like eyeshadow or fake eyelashes, applying a generous coat of this product will do the trick. It will lengthen, curl and volumise your top and bottom lashes, making your eyes pop.