(Closed) Can someone explain this make-up stuff…where to start?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Mineral makeups will generally offer you the most natural look and go with neutral tones for your eyes and such. you don’t really look like you need make up but I would reccommend probably just a little bit of blush to highlight your cheeks and blend some neutral eyeshadows and a little mascara. Since you don’t generally wear makeup it should make you look all done up without looking like a drag queen.

Post # 4
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would get foundation (you can probably do a tinted moisturizer) and mascara first. I think blush, lipstick (similar to your natural lip color) and eyeshadow are optional. You can get them and still look very natural though. My most natural makeup includes all of those and powder to set the foundation (which you may or may not need depending on your skin type). I like letting the women at sephora pick things out with a few guidelines. When they try products out on you it can be a little overwhelming. Sometimes I go in and tell them I want 1 new thing and have them just try that type of product on me. If I don’t like something about it (its too heavy, not enough coverage ect.) I tell them and they can usually pick out something better.

Things like eyeliner, various primers, concealer ect. I would skip until you decide you want to spend more time doing your makeup. They can make a world of difference, but it seems like you have good skin and can get away with less.

ETA: Personally I prefer waterproof mascara because it stays on better when my eyes water or when I rub them. If you get that then also get some eye makeup remover. I’ve been using the sephora brand for several years and haven’t had to buy a second bottle yet.

Post # 5
853 posts
Busy bee

You look like you have gorgeous skin and don’t need makeup! Lucky girl! If I were you, I would pop by a makeup counter in the mall (like clinique or mac). You can explain your situation, and they will be sure to sit you down and try out some products. They’ll show you how to use them properly. A store like sephora, while it’s great if you know what you’re going for, or are familiar with makeup, can be overwhelming if you’re a newbie to the wonderful world of makeup.

Post # 6
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am the same as you, I usually wear no makeup…but when I do I wear this:

Aveda inner light tinted moisturizer

Bare minerals foundation (it’s just a powder)  (either the powder or moisturizer or both)

Bare minerals Warmth (bronzer)

mascara in brown/black or black

revlon powder eyeshadow in copper (barely a color, just a little sparkle)


I’d be happy to help if you need any more advice!

Post # 8
17 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

Wow, you’re so blessed to be so beautiful without any makeup!!

Before going to the makeup store I would suggest you have a list of the specific makeup you need as well as some questions already in mind about the makeup you’d like to buy. That way the sales women won’t overwhelm you by trying to show/sell you every product available! That could get seriously confusing and pricey! Since you’d like to stick with a simple and natural look, here’s the makeup I suggest you use:

1. Mineral foundation. It’s very light and natural on the skin and won’t look caked on like some foundations (let the ladies at the store help you find the right match for your skintone).

2. Eyeshadow. You don’t have to go with anything too bold, just choose something neutral.

3. Blush. I think it’s necessary to have in order to complete your makeup look, even if it is natural.

4. Mascara. It’s your choice as to whether or not you’d like to go with waterproof or not. Waterproof is great if you want something that won’t smear easily, but it will require some makeup remover to wash off.

5. Lip gloss or lightly tinted lip stick.

6. Consider going with a makeup kit. they sell them at sephora or ulta, and they’re great because they come with color coordinated eye shadow, blush, lip gloss, mascara, and eye liner. I recently purchased one for only $40 by Lorac at sephora, it even came with a guide on the best ways to apply the makeup!


Good luck and have fun searching!! 🙂

Post # 9
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I can say Sephora was a great place to start! As far as what I know,  I can say that mineral makeups like Bareminerals are the easiest to put on. A lot of their products come in kits so it’s super easy to get the right color matches and they also come with little instruction booklets also. 

If you want your eyes to “pop” you will need a good mascara and eyeliner. The best I have found (I’ve even paid $20 a pop for Diorshow) is Falsies Mascara by Maybelline.  The easiest eyeliner ive found and it STAYS ON FOREVER is Revlon Colorstay. It lases through tears, watery eyes, and the like. Don’t let that scare you… It comes off easy with a good oil free eye makeup remover (I use the Walgreens brand and it works great!) 


I hope this helps! 🙂 

Post # 10
211 posts
Helper bee

Mineral foundation can photograph bad, be careful. Something to do with light reflecting particles that can make your face look shiny in pictures.

Post # 11
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sephora is HUGE and is intimidating for someone just starting out! I’d really recommend Bare Escentuals – they usually have their own shop at most malls, or Nordstrom or Macys sometimes carry them. Their consultants are really approachable and never try to upsell me. I even had them do my makeup before my engagement pics for free.

I’d recommend much of what’s been said above:

1. Foundation with SPF (time to start protecting that beautiful skin!)

2. Blush – a very natural, rosy color

3. Mascara – dark brown is less harsh than black if you want to look more natural. Make sure it’s waterproof!

4. An eyelash curler – mine is from Walmart, and I have absolutely stumpy-looking little lashes until I curl them upwards

5. Lip gloss – this is the one product I get from Sephora. It’s a Korres brand that smells like cherries and looks divinely hot pink!


After that becomes more comfortable, move on to:

1. Bronzer – especially in the winter! Subtle, but it adds a lot of color when I’m otherwise totally pasty.

2. Eyeliner – I use a gel eyeliner and an angled brush, but you can also get a pencil. I definitely recommend waterproof.

3. Eyeshadows – simply the best! I use a Bobby Brown sandy-colored wet eyeshadow since my lids are oily and everything else just runs to the crease. But my shadows are all from Bare Escentuals otherwise.

Good luck! Come back with updates.

Post # 12
1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@winterbride1593:  So glad you pointed this out! Plus, my face gets dry with mineral makeup and it just doesn’t sit well.

I prefer a tinted moisturizer, which might be great for you, OP. it’s lightweight, feels like lotion,and usually has SPF. You have gorgeous skin, so this could be all you need for evening out. I prefer Dior tinted moisturizer, and pair that with MUFE bronzed, tarte blush, and Almay liquid liner and Get Up and Grow mascara. Simple routine, takes a few minutes.

If you go to sephora, just be firm about what you want. Don’t let them upsell you, so get a list of basics and go from there. Almay is a brand you can buy at a drugstore. I have bad eye allergies, so Almay is my go-to eye makeup brand. 

Good luck!

Post # 13
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

good luck

Post # 14
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You are so beautiful, you don’t need make-up!

I would recommend going to sephora and trying the colors out on the back of your hand. They also have makeup cleaner, pads and whatnot so that you can try it out on your face too.

For powder, concealer and blush:  NARS. For eyeshadow and mascara: Lorac and Stila. For Lipgloss: Orgins, NARS, and Burtsbees.

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