How To Select The Best Makeup Kits Even When You’re Just Starting Out

About 39% of women older than 18 claim they use makeup daily, according to a survey by Civicscience. You might not be comfortable with a layer of cosmetics on your face every day, but you should certainly join the 77% of females who have used it to enhance their beauty at least once in their lifetime. Often times selecting the right makeup suitable for your skin might be a challenge, but don’t worry; this blog will show you how to select the best makeup kits even as a beginner.

What are the Essentials Needed in your Makeup Kit?

Your face, eyes, eyebrows, and lips are the most important details to pay attention to during any gleeful makeup session. So you need complexion products (skin tone), eye, eyebrow, and lip products.

Of course, as a beginner, you don’t need to have all makeup kits in your box. But you still need to know your options to decide which will best fit your preference.

Ditto, if you’ve already mastered the art of makeup, you could use our comprehensive list to brush up on your makeup basics.

Complexion Products

We all know the heart of any decent makeup session lies in the heroic actions of the complexion products. Whether you’re matching your skin tone, blurring tiny imperfections, or simply preparing for other makeup products, complexion products are your best companion.

Below are some of the essential products you should consider in this category:

Face Primer

Face primer is a must-have; it helps smoothen and create layers to apply other makeup products. It is also handy for correcting imperfections and redness and keeping the makeup on for a more extended period. You need this product if you don’t want a budge, smudge, or fade in your beauty product throughout the day.


As the name implies, you can cover up selected areas of your face with concealers. In addition, obvious details such as discolouration, pimples, scars, breakouts, dark circles, etc., can be concealed, depending on how you want to appear. Always opt for a waterproof and transfer-resistant product with a soft applicator.

Our Top Pick: We recommend the Milani Compact Make-up – 109 Warm, perfect for lightweight full coverage of imperfections like age spots, dark circles, and scars.


A foundation/base does similar tasks to the concealer. In addition, it helps clean up after the concealer by evening out your skin tone and smoothening the skin. It can be a liquid, cream, or powder. We recommend choosing a breathable, easy-to-use, layer-able foundation for beginners.

Our Top Pick: Milani Even-Touch Powder Foundation -03 Natural has highly blendable medium-to-full coverage for your skin tone.

Highlighter and Contour

The two products complement each other. While contour recedes, the highlighter brings out the inviting light. Contour sticks are ideal for creating shadows, carving facial features, and different makeup looks. 

The highlighter is perfect for facial glams and can be applied with your fingers.

They might seem like advanced makeup products but are pretty easy to use. They can also be liquid, creamy, and powder so that you can mix the liquid highlighter with your foundation.


Although usually overlooked, you should always have a blush in your makeup corner. After creating shadows with the contour, you can add a natural-looking flush and radiant hints of colour on your cheekbones and other parts with a blush.

Eye Products

Once you finish with your facials, it’s time to give your eyes some attention. Here are the must-have eye products you should never neglect when shopping for your makeup essentials.


Your eyes’ position and shape significantly contribute to your beauty, making eyeliners paramount. You can use it to define the eye’s shapes, position, and curves and even create a different look entirely. Depending on your preference, you can choose between a liquid, gel, or pencil eyeliner.

Eyeshadow Palette

The Eyeshadow palette is the best product to accentuate your eyes. Even though you might not be able to create a dramatic smokey eye on your first try, you can produce warm and colourful shades on your crease for a beautiful transformation to your look.

Our Top Pick: For striking and richly pigmented shades, we recommend Milani Most Loved Mattes, Eyeshadow Palette


Black mascara works fine as the only makeup you put on for the day and is also helpful for adding the finishing touch to your look. It can make your eyelashes look longer, thicker, fuller, or more refined. It also protects for the lashes to last longer in good shape.

Eyebrow Products

Eyebrow Pencil

Whether you have full eyebrows or not, an eyebrow pencil helps you draw in your hair and add a more natural touch to your appearance. You can create fine strokes with the pencil tip to resemble an extension of your natural hair.

Eyebrow Gel and Powder

You might want to keep your eyebrows in place if you have full brows. An eyebrow gel can help you keep your eyebrows in place. It’s excellent for beginners, as it can fill spots on and around your eyebrow. An eyeshadow palette is handy when you can’t get the eyebrow powder.

Lip Products

Lip Pencil

Consider this the lip version of a contour. The lip pencil works for lips enhancement and outlining. Creating a contour over your mouth can make your lips fuller or smaller with the lip liner.

Our Top Pick: Milani Colour Statement Lipliner – True Red, with ultra-flattering shades and a super long-wearing formula that won’t dry your lips out


Fashion experts recommend matching your lip colour with any relevant part of your dress or accessories for an overall beautiful look. With a Lipstick, you can get this done and add extra colour to your lips. It can be a liquid or matte lipstick, depending on your preference.

Our Top Pick: We recommend Huda Beauty Demi Matte Lipstick and Laura Mercier Rouge Essential Silky Creme Lipstick, both comfortable long-wear liquid lipsticks with an intense colour pay-off and transfer-proof properties.

Lip Gloss

Lip gloss is a thing for anyone who’s not a fan of lipsticks. It adds a glossy feel to the lips and can be in different shades. We recommend Milani Ludicrous Lip Gloss for a warm translucent that keeps it soft and attractive.

Makeup Tools

You can apply only a few makeup products listed above with your fingers. Others have applicators (that are not effective), while you can use some with neither of the two.

Hence, your makeup combo is incomplete without makeup brushes and tools to apply them effectively. You will need a makeup wipe, beauty sponge, and other makeup brushes listed below:

  • Foundation and concealer brush
  • Beauty sponge
  • Powder brush
  • Eyeshadow brush (soft and fluffy)
  • Highlighter brush

Miscellaneous Tips On Makeup Essentials

  • Stay away from makeup products and brushes that dry or irritate your skin
  • Select products that are a perfect match for your skin tone
  • Don’t choose quantity over quality. Invest in high-quality makeup products
  • Pay attention to product ingredients to weed out elements that don’t work with your body (skin allergies)
  • Don’t be swayed by the product package
  • Consider the brand’s reputation or follow expert recommendations

Brushing Up

Setting up your makeup box can seem exhausting if you are unsure which of the makeup products you need. Therefore, creating a list of essential items to add should be your priority.

Make a comprehensive list of products for different parts of your makeup needs, such as complexion, eye, lips, and application tools. Then narrow down each product to decide on preferences such as texture, pigmentation, shades, colour, and quality.

FAQs About Makeup Essentials

What Makeup Essentials Do I Need?

For a complete makeup kit, you should get basic complexion, eye and eyebrows, and lip products. The primary makeup essentials you should add to your collection as a beginner or pro include:

  • Face primer
  • Concealer
  • Foundation and Blush
  • Eyeshadow and Eye pencil
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick and Lipgloss

Why Do You Need a Makeup Primer?

Consider your face land with varying levels, and take Face Primer as the material added to level the ground and cover defects. So, the face primer serves as a support on which every other makeup product can rest, which makes it essential in your box.

Basic Makeup Essentials for Oily Skin?

There is no fixed list of makeup products for anyone with oily skin. But you must have a face primer to shield your makeup when your face gets oily, which can ruin your whole appearance.


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