Tips for makeup newbie!

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I highly suggest getting a naked eyeshadow palette made by urban decay. 

Post # 3
1013 posts
Bumble bee

If you have specific needs, you can just buy individual brushes instead of a set. A good quality blending brush can do wonders. 

Post # 4
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I also found Naked eye pallette to be very easy to use and really upped the wow factor!  I have olive toned skin and brown eyes, I like the Naked 3.  

I like Nars tinted moisturizer, smashbox blush, and nyx illuminator, urban decay powder, and urban decay cooling spray.

I have 2 Japoneque brushes for contour and fan and the a Marc Jacobs set for all of my other brushes.

I honestly spent a ton of money the first year trying everything until I found exactly what I like.  


Post # 5
1450 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Kayley Melissa is a really good YouTube channel. In recent years, she’s done more hair tutorials than makeup, but the makeup tutorials that she’s done in the past (all in her archive) are so easy to follow. I love her style- not TOO heavy application. She also has light eyes so the products she recommends may complement you too.

I have the Lorac Unzipped Gold eye shadow pallette and I LOVE it. I wear it nearly every day.

Real Techniques makes great budget-friendly brushes. You can buy them at ulta.

Post # 6
5010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2018

I watch beauty YouTubers all day every day. My favorites are Drugstore Maven (really good if you’re starting out), Rachhloves, Laura Lee, Jacklyn Hill, Jackie Aina, Lauren Curtis, and Tati.  

My go-to favorites:  

Too Faced Hangover RX primer (I have dry skin)

Milani Conceal and Perfect for full coverage foundation

Tarte Tinted Moisturizer for other days 

Tarte Shape Tape concealer

Maybelline Lasting Drama eyeliner (I have the copper one and putting it anywhere near my eyes makes them look soooo much bluer! I also have regular brown and black)

Loreal Lash Paradise mascara

Maybelline MasterChrome highlight 

(or the Cover FX drops. But those are $45) 

Milani Baked Blushes in Luminoso

Physicians Formula butter bronzer 

Loreal Infallible single shadows (especially the Amber Rush shade!) 

CoverGirl Roses eyeshadow pallet (a good dupe for the Naked 3 pallet… there’s also a nudes that’s a good dupe for the basic Naked pallet)

Lipstick… I like so many of them, and there’s just so many good ones. 


Most of my day-to-day stuff is drugstore, because I prefer not to spend a ton for stuff I go through the most of, but I do have some good higher end stuff too. Lauren Curtis has a great work makeup video that I love as a basics video. She doesn’t do highlight, but that’s pretty easy to figure out. Her tutorials in general are my favorites.


Tati is the best for product suggestions. She tries the highest of high end and lowest of low end and will tell you exactly what’s worth the splurge and what isn’t. Most of those products on my list were recommendations from her. 

The Real Techniques and EcoTools brushes are the best cheap ones!

Post # 7
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I really love the Urban Decay naked palettes. They’re a bit pricey, but very easy to blend and they stay put nicely. I have naked, naked 2 and naked 3 – all gorgeous. I love 2 for the lighter shades, and 3 because trick is possibly the most beautiful eyeshadow colour of all time. I like Nyx and Eco Tools for brushes. In terms of high street brands, I love Nyx (their setting spray is great, they do a brilliant orange under eye concealer, and I love their cheap and cheerful lippies) and Bourjois – I use the healthy mix serum foundation and the matching powder. Maybelline have a brilliant budget concealer, it’s the one with the little sponge on top – so easy to apply and great coverage.

Post # 8
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - New York, New York

FOUNDATION: I recommend going high end for foundation. I get better coverage and finishes with high end foundations (at least on my skin), and you can get free samples of all of the high end foundations at Sephora, so you get a perfect color match and test them out before you buy! Whatever you do, I highly recommend applying a primer and letting it dry for 5 minutes before you apply foundation. You can also get primer samples to test out at sephora. Certain primers work better with certain foundations, so make sure you test them out before the wedding! For foundation, I love the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation. It’s a full coverage foundation, but it’s still easy to apply and it makes my skin look flawless. I use a damp Real techniques miracle sponge to apply, and set with the NYX Long Lasting makeup setting spray in the matte finish.


1. The important thing when applying eye makeup is to use a primer designed your eyemakeup first, and BLEND! The primer helps the colors pop and helps them last all day.

2. My favorite beauty youtube star is Nikkie Tutorials, so check out her tutorials!

3. I second what another bee said about the Eco Tools brushes, I love mine!

4. Keep in mind, you’re doing makeup for photography, so it will be different from everyday makeup in some respects. Certain setting powders can cause “flashback” if you’ll have flash photography, so be wary of that. Also, try to choose matte products! Sparkly eyeshadows, blushes, etc. don’t look as good in photographs. You’ll need to add more blush than you normally would so you don’t look washed out in the photographs, and make sure your lip color (lipstick, lip stain, etc.) stands out! You can also google “photography makeup vs. regular makeup” for more tips. 

Good luck!

Post # 10
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

I went to MAC and asked one of the salesgirls to give me a very basic lesson. She was really nice and went through it step by step with me and helped me write out a list of everything she was using, as she was using it. That way I had a reference for the order of everything. I ended up buying primer, foundation, under-eye concealer and a setting spray from there, and went with drugstore for things like blush, eyeliner, lipgloss, etc. 

For a few weeks I followed her instructions I wrote down,and I started to learn what products I did or didn’t like. Personally, I don’t think the MAC concealer is worth it, and I switched to NYX under eye concealer which I get at Target. When I ran out of setting spray I had to go for something more within my budget, so I use Wet N’ Wild setting spray. It works fine, but I admit I’d like to go back to the MAC at some point since I like the subtle shimmer it has. 

Now that I have a better understanding of how to do my base, I Youtube videos on more specific things. I’m still not that great, I can’t do a smokey eye or contour, and I still have no effin’ clue what BB cream is other than some other useless lotion I should be buying, but slowly I’m getting there.

Post # 11
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I highly reccommend the Laura Geller Balance and Brighten foundation (you can get it on QVC, I’m not sure where else) if you’re looking for something light that makes your skin look great but only takes a few minutes. I have very dry skin and never wanted to use a powder foundation but this stuff is awesome, and I haven’t used a liquid foundation since I got it. One compact has lasted me almost 2 years and I use it a lot! I apply it with a real techniques expert face brush. You can use concealer/bronzer/blush with it for a polished fancy look or just use it by itself if you’re in a hurry and want something to even out your skintone. I have gotten numerous complements on my skin when I wear it! This foundation along with a Laura Geller blush is my go-to daily look. 🙂 

Brushes: real techniques, sonia kashuk

Mascara: Maybelline rocket volume waterproof is my tried and true, and affordable. Waterproof mascara for me personally is the only thing that will hold a curl on my lashes.

Post # 12
4237 posts
Honey bee

I’m going to chime in and say DON’T bother with the Naked palette- a lot of people recommend it but I think it’s overhyped. It has way too many glittery shades for everyday wear and I find it doesn’t stay on or blend well. I always just thought I was bad at makeup since it was my first “real” palette, but I think it’s just a bad palette. I was going to recommend the Tarte Tartelette palette- I see you already have a Tarte palette though! I think their colors are much better for everyday wear and they go one and blend waaaay better.

As far as other makeup, in my opinion: don’t bother with pricey mascara, go in to Sephora to get a good foundation, and invest in good skincare. Also, filling in your eyebrows (even without going all “Instagram brow”) can make a difference. 

If you really want to try Urban Decay, I would recommend buying a few individual colours before investing in the whole palette. 

Post # 13
433 posts
Helper bee

sunsetsnmargaritas :  I think the best way to learn make up is to start doing it, more u do better u become. I use bare minerals original foundation, its powder n light to medium coverage. It’s just easy n I don’t have to worry about patches. Best mascara are Dior show and benefit real, I have tried tons of high end and drugstore ones. U can buy set of eco tools brush at Walgreens for like 17/18 bucks. They are of great quality and good for starter. I use naked palette , if u want colorful and reasonable pallets checkout BH cosmetics. Both Lancôme and L’Oréal felt tip are great and almost the same. Hope this helps

Post # 14
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I recommend the following:

Laura Geller Tinted Spackle Primer in Champagne

Benefit The Porefessional Primer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (high coverage)

Benefit The Porefessional Loose Powder

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

Sleek eyeshadow palettes

Tarte eyeshadow palettes

NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette

Benefit Dew The Hoola (mix into foundation to darken when you tan or alone for just a wash of colour)

Benefit Hoola or Hoola Light bronzer (powder)

Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Precisely eyebrow pencil

Maybelline Brow Satin eyebrow pencil

NYX slide on eye pencil

L’oreal telescopic mascara

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Jane Iredale PurePressed blush

Benefit They’re Real Double The Lip

Real Techniques makeup sponge (like a Beauty Blender)

Real Techniques makeup brushes

Tonsee makeup brushes (order from Amazon – cheap and take a while to ship but great for the price)

Ardell Demi Wispies false eyelashes and Duo Glue.

Enjoy experimenting! I also recommend getting an aluminium makeup case to keep it all in. 

Also, I recommend checking out the following on Youtube: Lisa Eldridge, Amy’s Makeup Box and Crystal Conte. 

Post # 15
442 posts
Helper bee

Edit: Just saw the picture of what you have and it was what I was going to suggest. I really like all my ELF products. I don’t use make up enough to justify expensive stuff so it does it’s job well. 

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