Makeup for Beginners


Popular makeup brands such as Makeup Forever, Urban Decay, NYK, NARS and Becca Cosmetics

Taylor Kalbaugh, Staff Writer

Makeup is not used to just hide yourself from everyone. It has the power to transform people into whatever version of themselves they want to be. Makeup has become people’s careers and hobbies as more and more users from Youtube have inspired people to create works of art. You don’t have to be a pro to do these makeup looks, nor do you have to spend loads of money on makeup.

Drugstores have become a staple for inexpensive makeup- some of which are dupes, or lookalikes, to more of the high-end makeup. If you’re a beginner  and you’re interested in makeup, these products and tips will be a great start to your soon to be makeup obsession.

For the Eyes and Eyebrows

  • Primer: To hold your eyeshadow in place all day, always use a primer on your lids so it doesn’t slide or crease; this is especially effective if you have oily eyelids. Though Urban Decay is of the higher end of makeup, their eyeshadow primer potion has 4.5 stars on and costs only $12.
  • Eyeshadow: Covergirl’s TruNaked eyeshadows comes in three different palettes- Roses, Goldens and Nudes. These have been declared as lookalikes for Urban Decay’s Naked pallets which cost $54, and Covergirl’s is only $11.99.
  • Mascara: Maybelline has some of the best mascara among the cheaper brands and is also rated and recommended highly by others, costing any wherefrom $3.99 to $10.99.
  • Eyebrows: If you’re feeling adventurous, you can fill in your eyebrows to make them appear thicker and fuller. A good tool to use is L’Oréal’s Paris Brow Stylist Definer which comes in blonde, brunette and dark brunette. A big don’t is to not fill in your eyebrows too much, because they might start to look like bricks.

For the Face

These days there are so many foundations and BB creams to choose from but each can feel and act different on your face. Most importantly, look at reviews of the products you are using, because you really want to treat your skin well.

  • Foundation: One foundation you could try is Revlon Colorstay, which has two different types that range from combonation/oily and normal/dry and is long lasting. L’Oreal’s True Match is a foundation has SPF 17 to protect your skin throughout the day, which is a major plus. BB creams tend to be lighter on the skin and more moisturizing than foundations, and Maybelline’s Dream Pure BB cream with 2% sacylic acid is perfect for a light-weight wear that helps to evaporate pimples with acne fighting ingredients. All three foundations cost between $5.79-$8.99. Whatever you foundation you choose, be sure to blend your foundation down to your neck to avoid any harsh lines.
  • Powders: You want avoid any sliding and shininess that may happen, so setting your foundation will be key. High definition powder is translucent, so it does not cause any discoloration and will hold your foundation in place. E.L.F offers a cheap powder that you can find just about any drugstore and grocery store.

For the Lips

NYX is one of the most popular drugstore brands out there because their products are long lasting and very pigmented, which is highly sought after in makeup. NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick comes in a variety of hues, from purple, blue, browns, pinks and reds and are priced at $6.99.

If you are looking for a lighter wear lip color, Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms- moisturizing with a touch of color- would be perfect. This brand is all natural and full of good ingredients which is always a major plus to find and at a low price of $4.99, it’s a steal.

Final Tips

Remember to always look at reviews and ingredients in products before you buy them. Look for products that aren’t so harsh on your skin and have ingredients that can help your skin such as SPF, minerals, and moisturizing components.

You can even watch Youtube videos for ideas and tips that can help you along the way of becoming a makeup pro!