makeup products for beginners

The Beginner’s Guide To Makeup - Products Every Girl Needs!

Nidhi Kavle

Senior Beauty Writer

Buying and wearing make up can be really intimidating for any beginner. And with the plethora of options we have available today, picking the right shades for your skin can be a nightmare. Fortunately, you’ve got us! We’ve put together this easy to follow list of makeup products that you should have in your starter makeup kit. These products will cover all your basics and help you begin exploring the world of makeup.

Here are The Essentials – your absolute must haves (and they’re super affordable too!). Consider this your makeup survival kit.

1. Non-Negotiable Moisturizer

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Before you get into an elaborate beauty routine, remember to moisturize! For problematic skin especially, the Neutrogena Oil Free moisturizer is a great buy. It works well when worn under makeup and costs less than your fancy Starbucks coffee and sandwich, we assure you!

POPxo recommends: Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture (Rs. 349)

2.  A Super Chic Makeup Bag

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You didn’t think you were about to buy a whole bunch of envious make up without having an adorable bag to flaunt, did you?!

POPxo Recommends: Forever 21 Makeup Therapy Makeup Bag (Rs. 469)

3. Flawless Foundation

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For all you foundation virgins, choose a formula that is easy to blend and breathable. Always, always, always test your foundation along your jawline and neck. If it blends in flawlessly, you’ve got your shade. A flash photography test (in natural light) is absolutely essential before you buy that foundation - remember, it needs to match your skin tone exactly. Foundation that is a few shades lighter will look cakey and unnatural.  Don’t be shy to ask people around for an opinion. Nobody wants to look like a ghost in photographs after all that effort!

POPxo Recommends: Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation (Rs. 525) and the Lakme Nine to Five Flawless Makeup Foundation (Rs. 575)

4. Magical Concealer

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A concealer is that magical product that can transform your appearance. If you are blessed with blemish and dark circle free skin, we urge you to skip this step. If you do, however, have problems in that area, a lightweight, color correcting concealer (that matches your skin) is all you need to wake up looking like you had tons of sleep. If you want to splurge, a MAC Concealer will never do you wrong - it’s worth every penny and will last forever, promise.      

POPxo Recommends: If you’re on a budget, we recommend Essence Forget It 3 in 1 Concealer (Rs. 299) or Kryolan concealers, available  at your nearest beauty center.

5. Compact To The Rescue

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Look for a lightweight compact to set your foundation and concealer in place. A compact can especially come in handy for those through the day touch-ups if you have oily skin and for days when you just want some light coverage.

POPxo recommends: Maybelline New York Superfresh Compact (Rs. 150)


6. Blush, Blush!

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Blush can really brighten your appearance and give you that healthy flushed glow. After foundation your skin may look very even toned and flat. A hint of color on your cheekbones is the perfect finishing touch to your makeup routine and can add that pretty rosy flush. Look for a peach blush; it works well for all skin tones without looking too extreme.

POPxo Recommends: Revlon Powder Blush (Rs. 650) - all 4 shades are stunning!

7. Lipstick Lovin’

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Find yourself a bold red or a coral lipstick to fit your needs from day to night. These colors work well with all skin tones. If you like variety; look for a lip palette so that you can experiment and find your go-to shade.

POPxo Recommends: Kryolan Lip rouge set (available at any beauty center/ store) works well with all skin tones. L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Intense Lipsticks (Rs. 899) are available in a variety of  gorgeous shades and are super creamy.

8. Kohl + Eyeliner

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A quality eyeliner pencil is one that doubles up as a kohl pencil. It is that tiny black line that gives your eyes an instant boost of energy. Your ideal pencil is one that will get you through rain and storm. Pencil liners are the easiest to use and give you great precision for drawing those lines.

POPxo Recommends: For a budget buy, Maybelline Colossal Kajal (Rs. 199) is a popular favourite amongst most of us, and for all those of you willing to splurge a bit, Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal (Rs. 725) is a great buy.

9. Mascara - Open Up Those Peepers!

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After that kohl pencil, mascara is that one product you absolutely must not and shall not skip. It is unbelievable what the right kind of mascara can do for your face and eyes. Mascara will open up your eyes, make your lashes look fuller, and gives you an instantly glam effect. There are a lot of mascaras out there, try each one and see the effect you like best. We recommend a washable variety (they’re less harsh on your lashes) unless you plan to cry or go swimming with your makeup on!

POPxo Recommends: Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara (Rs. 500)

10. Blending Tools For A Professional Finish

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In order to achieve that flawless finish, a good blending tool is a must. Remember, the goal is to look like you aren’t wearing any makeup. To blend your foundation, concealer and cream blushes, we recommend investing in a makeup sponge. It gives you a very airbrushed clean finish, makes it look natural and is far easier to use than a foundation brush.

POPxo Recommends: Real Techniques – Miracle Complexion Sponge (Rs. 580) and Forever 21 – Beauty Sponge Set (Rs. 239)

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