People are always asking me what I recommend for someone just starting out in makeup, someone who hasn’t worn makeup in awhile or someone simply looking for a fresh start who doesn’t want to break the bank. So rather than give single recommendations, I figured I would put it all in one place and give you all a “Drugstore Starter Kit”. These products are some of my favorite drugstore items and I feel like they would work perfectly for a beginner or someone looking to spice up their everyday routine!!
This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting satin finish. I’ve found that it diminishes pores and fills wrinkles. I absolutely love this primer.
This is the perfect foundation for anyone who is looking for medium to full coverage, it has a micro-flex formula so it withstands heat, sweat and humidity. This has awesome staying power, I’d say eight hours without moving even without being set, with no transfer. It really keeps your skin looking flawless.
This is the best under eye concealer that I have tried. It gets rid of puffiness, fine lines and under eye circles with little product. The applicator is simple and easy to use.
I use this powder to set my foundation and it simply locks everything in place. It has these special light reflecting ingredients that help cover imperfection and helps make your look flawless.
NYC Bronzer “Sunny” – $2.49
N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder gives you the healthy look of a tan, instantly, without having to spend hours in the sun. Add a warm dusting of golden color to your skin. This is perfect for all skin types. It can be used as a contour or all over face powder, I have done both and I love it. What makes this perfect is that it’s a matte bronzer so you aren’t left super shimmery and shiny. (I have been hearing for over a year that this has been discontinued, but I find it in stores all the time. So I have no idea.)
I could rave about this blush for days. It the perfect formula and has just the right amount of pigment. It’s completely buildable if you want a brighter look or a few swipes will give you a sublte flushed look. I switch between using my finger to apply and a stipling brush.
NYX HD Eye Shadow Base – $7.00
This is a lightweight primer that preps your lids and prevents creasing. It evens out your skin tone and helps to pump up your eye shadow color. I use this religiously.
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow “Give Me Gold” – $7.99
I love this palette. It’s has the best application, super pigmented and amazing staying power. I feel like it would work well on most skin tones. This quad can be a neutral every day look or smoked out for a night out on the town.
Maybelline Gel Eye Liner – $7.94
I use this for my waterlines, upper lash line and even my lower lash line with a smudging brush. It’s super sleek and goes on dark and doesn’t smudge. It can even be used to wing out your liner with the proper brush. Most times I use the brush that comes in the pack, but every once in a while if I want a thinner application I’ll take my E.L.F. eyeliner brush and apply it that way.
Maybelline Volum’ Express the Falsies “Black Drama” – $5.04
This mascara is AMAZING. I’m a fan of false lashes but when using this mascara I don’t need them. You’ll get a matte look, super polished, extremely voluminous finish with no gaps. This is extremely black and has awesome staying power.
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter “Cupcake” – $7.49
The perfect light pink which will suit almost any skin tone. This lip butter is super smooth and moisturizing and most of the time you can get away without even wearing gloss.
This is a light pink almost clear lip gloss that is the perfect companion to most skin tones and lip colors. It much less sticky than most glosses and has a pretty fair staying power.
I hope this post helped you all. If anyone is just starting out in makeup or looking for a face revival these are perfect product pairings for an affordable, wallet-friendly price. I recommend all of them. You can get everything I talked about here for around $80.00 overall depending on your area. That may sound expensive at first glance but when you compare all the products you get you end up with an entire makeup routine whereas if you went the high end route you may only get two or three products for the same price. These prices are based from my local Target, Walmart and CVS. The best thing with drugstore products is that it can be even cheaper than what I have listed because there are always sales going on and coupons for most products are easy to find. I would be willing to bet with coupons and sales you could probably get this look for around $50.00.
What’s your favorite piece of drugstore makeup? Have you tried these products?
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