July 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm #179519
I just got turned on to makeup geek and i must say I’m starting to become addicted. I have ALWAYS like to play with colors and even neutrals lately, but my question is, what are some main necessities to starting a really good makeup collection?July 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm #179714
Definitely some good brushes. They’ll make a massive difference in terms of makeup application.
A good selection of eyeshadows. My personal advice would be to make a custom palette of colours and neutrals you gravitate towards. Inglot’s eyeshadows, within the Freedom System, are very inexpensive ($6 USD each).
Blushes — a pink, a peach, and a coral. Several brands have some good ones — NARS, Illamasqua, NYX, MAC.
Lips — a pink, a nude, one that’s a similar shade to your natural lip colour (“my lips but better”), something peachy, and a red. Revlon’s lipsticks are fab, as are MAC’s.
Face — Depends on your skintone and skintype. But before that, if you don’t have a good skincare routine going, I strongly recommend getting one together. It is probably the most overlooked thing in terms of beauty, but it will make a massive difference to how your makeup applies. You may need/want just something simple — cleanser and moisturizer. It just depends on what your needs are, really.July 5, 2012 at 4:50 am #179763
I definitely agree with Shelly. When I started with makeup 4 years ago, what really changed my application the most was getting a flat shader brush and a fluffy blending brush (I got a Mac 217 but we now have similar brushes in the MUG store).
Also, an eyeshadow primer made a HUGE difference for me, as I have oily lids and my makeup kept creasing; discovering primers changed my life, and primers will make even cheap quality shadows look good and stay all day, so it’s worth the investment.
Shelly gave great advice regarding the products you need. There’s also the MUG eyeshadows if you want, and I LOVE Inlgot as well.July 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm #179789
I was planning on getting the Z palette and filling a couple with MAC and MUG eyeshadows. I absolutely LOVE the MUG shadows I recently purchased a 34 piece brush set, I have found I need a few more stiffer brushes but that’s about it. I’ve been watching tutorials and there are def, some things i have to get. Thank you girls, this was very helpful. What would be some good face routines to start with?July 6, 2012 at 11:50 am #179974
When I began really wanting better brushes I purchased several of the MAC brushes. They are very good but the price tag is as well. I since have bought a lot of the MUG brushes and the quality is the same. I highly recommned them (especially the outer v brush). Also, go the MUG website and under tutorials look at the “Beginner: Makeup 101″. There are tutorials on how to use specific brushes, blend eyeshadow, how to match your blush and lipstick to your eyeshadow and many more. This helped me tremendously!July 6, 2012 at 11:59 am #179977
True, all Makeup 101 tutorials are great to learn the basics: http://www.makeupgeek.com/category/tutorials/makeup-101-tutorials/
and the beginners looks are great to get started http://www.makeupgeek.com/category/tutorials/beginner-looks/July 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm #180086
I realize that people rave about MAC, and I am sure they were the awesome sauce back in the day, but these days there are a number of brands which do good quality for less and so I can’t help but feel that MAC is really over priced. Regardless, you’re going to want to buy better quality brushes than a cheap eBay brush set, it really does make a huge difference in application, finish, and longevity to use quality tools.July 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm #180136
Good brushes and good primers (face and eyelid) are most often overlooked IMHO. Also a good daily cleansing/moisturizing routine is key. I like the Clinique 3 Step Process.
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