Makeup is hard for those who have no idea how to use it (hand raised over here)! So for 2016, we want to make it easy with the must-haves for a makeup essential starter kit from Amber, at Amber Rae Beauty! Today we are creating a makeup look that is simple and fresh for the New Year – and the best part is we’re going back to basics using items easily found in the drugstore! We are covering it all, from primer to setting sprays but everything is optional. Do what makes you feel confident and beautiful. There are no rules. Let’s get started!
Primer: First up is Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm to prep the skin – I know, I know…a man’s shave balm?! Sounds crazy but bear with me. This balm is loaded with glycerin, which makes products stick to your skin. Assuming you also apply a BB cream or foundation over top, you NEED this in your life! Think of it like paint – primer improves the longevity of your base products, helps them to glide on more easily and can fill in pores and smooth your canvas.
Foundation: Next up is some kind of BB cream or foundation – anything you want to even out your skin tone. There are a million options, both in formula and shade so it is all about trial and error. Some are heavier than others, too, so keep that in mind! If you have beautiful skin, go for a BB cream to add moisture or control oil; on the other hand, if you need more coverage go for a foundation. Every product has varying amounts of coverage and are meant for different skin types – do your research and read the packaging! Generally, oil free and matte formulations work best on oilier canvases while anything hydrating or glowy will best suit drier skins.
Concealer: Again, there are a ton of options at the store so play with them to find your best options. A couple of safe options that seem to work well both under the eyes to brighten and cover up those pesky dark circles are a couple of Maybelline products – the Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser and the Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer. The former is a bit thinner while the latter is a little creamier, but both have great pigmentation!
Powder: If you have used a powder foundation, then skip this step but for those of us who have applied a bunch of creams and liquids, you need to set it all in place! My favorite powder for this is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent. This will help lock all your hard work in, and make your other powder applications easier and smoother.
Bronzer, Blush & Highlighter: Bronzer is great for bringing life and color to your face, especially after you’ve evened out your skin. Blush is certainly a personal preference, so choose whatever makes you feel best! You can go very natural and matte, or use one with a little sheen and glow. Highlighter is an optional step, but one I rarely skip. It adds a beautiful glow to your face, making you appear a little more youthful. The drugstore carries liquids and powders, but Revlon’s Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light is one of my favorites, and can be lightly tapped onto the high points of your face before or after powder.
Brows: This is a completely optional step, but defining your brows makes such a difference in defining your face. If you are lucky enough to have thick brows, a swipe of clear or tinted brow gels helps keep them in place and add a little color. Alternatively, the drugstore has stepped up it’s brow game and most brows have their own brow pencils – just be sure to use light, quick strokes to create shape and fullness.
Eyes: This is where you can have the most fun, in my opinion, as there are endless possibilities. For the sake of today’s fresh look, nude eyeliner in the waterline will help to open up the eye, and the cat eye is, admittedly, my signature look. You can use gels, liquids, or in this case, even a pencil to create a flick that lifts the eye. Experiment with colors aside from black, too! Mascara is a staple in my makeup looks, as it helps to open the eyes and add definition to your peepers. Find one that suits your needs best, whether it be volume, fullness, length, waterproof or not.
Lips: This is another place where you can have a lot of fun and really own your look. Options for your pout are in abundance…mattes, glosses, liquids, sheer tints, and so many more! Again, use whatever makes you feel beautiful and whatever suits your day-to-day lifestyle. Mattes and liquid lipsticks tend to have better staying power, whereas glosses and creamier products will need to be reapplied more often during the day, particularly after eating and drinking.
Setting Spray: This final step is not necessary but is helpful for those of us who have super long days and don’t want to worry about all your hard work budging. Reach for NYX’s Dewy Finish spray, or L’Oreal Infallible’s Makeup Extender and spritz all over after your masterpiece is complete!
Amber Rae Beauty is Amber’s space on the internet to indulge in all things beauty. After immersing herself in YouTube’s vibrant beauty guru community she decided to jump in headfirst herself, sharing tips, tricks and ramblings about the latest in the world of makeup over on her blog, AmberRaeBeauty.com and on her YouTube channel! You can also follow Amber on Facebook.
Full list of products used as well as alternatives can be found on the blog!