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Creating a basic makeup kit: your guide to flawless beauty

Makeup has the incredible power to transform and enhance your natural beauty. Whether you're a beginner or a beauty enthusiast, having a well-rounded makeup kit is essential for achieving your loveliest look.

From a radiant complexion to captivating eyes and luscious lips, the right tools and products can make all the difference. Here, we unpack the essentials you’ll need in a basic makeup kit, to ensure you have everything you need to achieve stunning makeup looks.


Face Basics

Great makeup starts with a flawless face. Your face basics should include foundation, concealer, setting powder, blush, bronzer, and highlighter. When choosing these products, always consider your skin type and tone.

Oily skin types should opt for oil-free foundations and mattifying powders to control shine throughout the day. Dry skin types will benefit from hydrating foundations and creamy concealers that provide moisture and coverage. If you have skin that leans towards dry, you could skip setting powder. Combination skin types should choose products that balance the skin, such as lightweight foundations and powder blushes. 

Olive skins should look for yellow undertones while paler skins can lean towards pink undertones. The best place to test a foundation is on your cheek, but if you can't do that, then your inner wrist (not the back of your hand).

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Eye Basics

Enhancing your eyes can truly make a statement. Your eye basics should include an eyeshadow palette with versatile, neutral shades plus a few bolder hues. An eyeshadow palette with a range of colours allows you to create endless eye looks, from subtle to bold and vibrant.

Next, you’ll need eyeliner and mascara, to define your eyes and add volume and length to your lashes. A good rule of thumb when choosing a basic colour for these, is to choose charcoal or black. This is because everyone’s eyes have black in them, which means it suits all skin tones and hair colour. 

You’ll also need an eyebrow pencil or powder in the same shade (or a little darker) than your natural brow hair colour, and an eyelash curler. Well-groomed eyebrows frame the face, and an eyebrow pencil or powder can help fill in any sparse areas. Current trends showcase graphic eyes and seasonal colours. Experimenting with different eyeshadow looks and techniques can elevate your makeup game.

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Lip Basics

The lips are a focal point of the face, and having the right lip products can really make them stand out. Include a variety of lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners in your makeup kit. When selecting lip colours, consider your skin tone.

Choose shades that complement your complexion, whether you prefer classic nudes, bold reds, or trending shades. Lip liners play a crucial role in defining and extending the wear of your lipstick, creating a polished and long-lasting look.

Layering lipstick and lip gloss can add dimension and create different finishes, from matte to glossy. Have fun experimenting with different combinations to achieve your desired finished makeup look.

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Tools & Brushes

No makeup kit is complete without the right tools and brushes. Invest in a basic set of makeup brushes for the face, eyes, and lips. These brushes will help you apply products with precision and achieve a seamless finish. A blender or makeup sponge is perfect for blending foundation and achieving an airbrushed effect. Don't forget the eyelash curler for wide-eyed beauty and well-groomed eyebrows.

To maintain the performance and hygiene of your tools, proper aftercare is essential. Clean your brushes regularly with a gentle cleanser specifically designed for makeup tools. Brush guards can help keep your brushes clean and in shape, prolonging their lifespan. Additionally, remember to always read the ingredients list of the products you purchase, ensuring they align with your preferences and potential sensitivities.

TIP: Ensure your beauty blender is slightly damp for an even, seamless application.

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Last Word

Building a well-stocked makeup kit is key to achieving stunning makeup looks. The basic items discussed above will provide you with a solid foundation to experiment with different styles and trends.

Remember to choose products that suit your skin type and tone, and don't forget to maintain and clean your tools regularly for optimal performance. With the right tools and products, you'll be on your way to creating flawless makeup looks that highlight your unique beauty.

Lastly, remember to always read product ingredients to ensure they are suitable for you and cease using if a rash or irritation occurs. Always follow the product instructions for best results.

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