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The Best Makeup for Beginners: 10 Products I Swear By

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Through the years of testing and trying out a variety of beauty products, I feel like I’ve officially nailed my go-to makeup look. While I love switching things up (and being the first to dabble with new finds), there’s nothing quite like having a solid everyday makeup routine in place.

I know that most people wouldn’t consider themselves pros when it comes to makeup, but trust me when I say that it doesn’t have to be complicated. Even just a handful of products can transform your look—the key is finding the right ones that will pull their weight.

Whether you’re totally new to makeup or you’re just hoping to refresh your daily regimen, I’m sharing a roundup of the best makeup for beginners. From a lightweight lip color to a bronzer with a smooth application, here’s everything I’d suggest to a beauty newbie.

Best Makeup for Beginners

Choosing the right makeup products can be daunting as a beginner, and foundation is perhaps the most difficult item to pick. With so many options on the market and various shades, it can be tempting to just skip this step altogether.

The good news is that (in my opinion) this tinted sunscreen is one of the best everyday makeup products—regardless of your experience level. I use this foundation regularly and swear by it (I’ve gotten so many #SilbSquad members hooked on it too!)

It glides on smoothly and provides coverage that can even out redness and discoloration. It also scores bonus points for being formulated with SPF 30.

Tower28 Sunny Days Tinted Sunscreen Foundation | Best Makeup for Beginners

Another step that you might just nix because you’re labeling yourself as a beginner is bronzer/contour. BUT, I promise you won’t feel an ounce of intimidation when using this liquid bronzing serum.

You simply apply it all over your face and it leaves you with a streak-free, sun kissed look. It’s so easy to use you could literally do it with your eyes closed.

Tip: You can mix this with a moisturizer if you want a more sheer bronzed tint.

Caliary Sundrip Luminous Liquid Bronzer

To be completely honest with you, it took me years and lots of mascara tubes to find just a handful that made the cut. This is one that’s on my approved list, and it’s ideal because it doesn’t get clumpy, it stays put throughout the day (no little black marks), and it’s super buildable.

I have found that this exact mascara is universally loved, whether you have long blonde lashes or yours are more short and straight. It provides the perfect shade, length, and volume for a natural yet put-together look.

Ilia Limitless Lash Lengthening Mascara | Best Makeup for Beginners

In general, Merit is known to be a beginner-friendly beauty brand. Their products are easy to use, straightforward, and are often multi-purpose. Rather than dealing with beauty blenders and concealers (and learning the technique to correctly apply) start out with a concealer stick instead.

This one offers impressive coverage for under-eye circles, dark spots, and blemishes. It’s also easy to blend with just your fingertips, making it hard to mess things up.

Merit the Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Concealer Stick

I would consider blush a must in every makeup routine, and this would be my top beginner-friendly pick. It has the perfect amount of pigment so you won’t get too much color on your skin too quickly (there’s nothing more annoying than having to try and remove blush!)

I love that it comes in several shades that are all relatively light—again, so it’s hard to overdo. All you need is a powder brush to apply it to the apples of your cheeks.

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Luminous Powder Blush

Before I found this product I would be tempted to tell beginners to skip highlighter in their makeup routine. This balm changes things. It’s another pick from Merit that’s a total standout, and that’s largely due to its ease of application.

Just lightly brush this stick along your cheekbones, brow bones, and on the tip of your nose for a touch of dewy and shimmery color. I will note that this product is quite moisturizing, so if you’re someone who tends to get oily, use it sparingly.

Merit Day Glow Dewy Highlighting Balm

It’s a rookie mistake to do your makeup and leave your brows hanging. Adding a touch of color to them will give your face a lot more dimension—and yes, it’s pretty painless to learn how to apply.

Gently dab a small brush (like this one) into the powder and then press it lightly along your brows. Use the spoolie end of the brush to blend as needed.

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo | Best Makeup for Beginners

You didn’t think the brow process stopped with color, did you? Add texture to your look with a clear gel, which will hold your brows in just the right place all day long. This one is the GOAT because it actually will keep each little hair exactly where you want it to be (without leaving you with a crusty feeling.)

Anastasia Brow Freeze Gel | Best Makeup for Beginners

If the thought of adding color to your lips feels overwhelming, add just a little “oomph” to your look with a simple gloss. I’m a big fan of this one from Summer Fridays because it isn’t sticky and it makes your lips look sooooo shiny. It’s also super hydrating, which I always appreciate.

Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm

Feeling up for a slightly more bold lip (that’s still suitable for day to day wear)? This is the lip product I reach for constantly. I keep it in my “going out” bag because it makes my lips look gorgeous, plump, and sparkly in an instant.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

 How to Choose Makeup Products for Beginners

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, choosing a foundation can feel next to impossible when you’re just starting to dabble with makeup. Instead of worrying about finding the perfect formula and shade, opt for a lightweight tinted moisturizer instead (which will also be easier to apply.)

Reach for multi-use products when possible.

The best beauty products offer you the most bang for your buck—and that doesn’t change when you become a more skilled makeup artist. Consider products that cover more than one spot on your face, like a blush stick that you can use on your cheeks and lips or a bronzing serum that doubles as a highlighter.

Things can get tricky when you’re trying to learn how to apply makeup with several brushes or sponges. Keep things streamlined by reaching for products that only require one tool—bonus points for those that can be applied with your fingertips.

To avoid going overboard with colors (and looking like a circus clown) choose blush and lip colors that are lighter on the shade spectrum. And as always, remember that a little bit goes a long way!

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