Are you feeling overwhelmed by the endless options of makeup products out there? Trust me, you're not alone! It can be challenging to know exactly what to buy and add to your makeup essentials kit especially if you're just starting out. But don't worry, there's a way to make it easier on yourself.
It's crucial to have a collection of essentials that allow you to create go-to looks. This way, you'll have everything you need to achieve a variety of different looks without feeling overwhelmed by too many options. Plus, having a solid foundation of essentials will make it easier to branch out and experiment with new products and trends in the future. So take a deep breath, and let's start building that perfect makeup kit together!
1. Skin preparation and primer
Primers are game-changers when it comes to achieving a flawless makeup look. The best makeup primer creates a smooth and even base for your foundation and other makeup essentials, helping them to go on smoothly and last longer. Plus, some primers even have added benefits like reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores or providing extra hydration.
When it comes to primer, there are several types of products that you can expect to find. There are primers specifically designed for oily skin, dry skin, and even combination skin. There are also primers that are colour-correcting, which can help to neutralize redness or dark circles. And some primers even have SPF protection. However, make sure that you don’t skip out on applying sunscreen before you start with your makeup.
The Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Primer is your go-to product for a flawless, even-toned face. It creates the perfect base for makeup, makes it last longer and hides all your imperfections.
2. Foundation, CC Cream, or Tinted Moisturizer
Foundation, CC cream, or tinted moisturizer are all necessary items in your makeup routine. They help to even out your skin tone, create a smooth base for the rest of your makeup and most importantly, give you the confidence to face the world.
There are many types of foundation makeup in different forms such as liquid, powder, or cream, and they come in different coverage levels such as sheer, medium, or full coverage. CC creams and tinted moisturizers are also similar to foundations but they are generally lighter and more moisturizing, and they often include added skincare benefits like SPF protection.
Concealer is essential because it helps to conceal and correct any imperfections on your skin, like dark circles, blemishes, or redness. It's also great for highlighting and contouring certain areas of your face.
Depending on your needs, you can expect to find several types of concealers. There are concealers specifically designed for under-eye circles, others for blemishes, and others for redness. Some concealers also come in different coverage levels, such as sheer, medium, or full coverage. And, you can find concealers in different forms, such as liquid, cream, or stick.
The Lakmé 9to5 Primer+Matte Liquid Concealer helps mask blemishes, dark circles, and fine lines. It comes with a built-in primer that reduces pores and blurs dark spots for a smooth base and natural matte finish.
4. Liquid, Cream, or Powder Bronzer
Bronzer is a great way to add a touch of warmth and a healthy glow to your skin. Whether you want a subtle sun-kissed look or a more dramatic contour, bronzer can help you achieve it.
You can find bronzers in different forms such as liquid, cream, or powder. Liquid bronzer is great for beginners and those with oily skin, cream bronzer is perfect for dry skin and powder bronzer is ideal for all skin types and easy to apply.
5. Liquid, Cream, or Powder Blush
Blush adds a touch of colour and a healthy flush to your cheeks. It can instantly brighten up your face and bring life to your complexion.
Blushes come in different forms such as liquid, cream, or powder. A liquid blush is great for beginners or those with oily skin, a cream blush is great for those with dry skin, and a powder blush is suitable for all skin types and easy to apply.
6. Setting Powder
concealer, and other makeup products in place, so they last longer and look more natural. It also helps to reduce shine and control oil, which is especially important for those with oily skin.
There are translucent powders, which are great for setting your entire face and are suitable for all skin tones. There are also coloured powders, which can be used to set specific areas of your face or to add a bit of colour. Some setting powders also come in different finishes, such as matte, satin or radiant. And, you can find setting powder in different forms such as loose or pressed powder.
Try out the Lakmé Absolute Loose Finishing Powder that is lightweight and has mattifying properties. It gives you a flawless, spotless look, with a fine, airbrush finish, while also minimizing the look of pores. The powder sets your make-up and ensures that it lasts longer.
7. Eyebrow Pencil, Eyebrow Powder and Eyebrow Gel
Eyebrow pencils, eyebrow powder and eyebrow gel help to shape and define your brows, which can greatly enhance your overall look. They can help to fill in sparse brows and create a more defined shape, making your eyes look more awake and your face more symmetrical.
When it comes to choosing the right eyebrow product for you, you can expect to find several types of products. There are eyebrow pencils, which are great for precise application and can be used to mimic hair-like strokes. There are also eyebrow powders, which can be used to fill in and shape the brows. And, there are eyebrow gels, which can be used to set and hold the brows in place, giving a natural and polished look.
8. Eyeshadow Palette
An eyeshadow palette allows you to have a variety of shades and colours to create different looks for any occasion. With the best eyeshadow palettes, you can create natural everyday looks or more dramatic, evening looks. It's also a great way to experiment with different colours and finishes.
There are neutral palettes, which are great for everyday wear and contain shades of beige, taupe, and brown. There are also colourful palettes, which contain a variety of shades like blues, greens, purples, and pinks. Some palettes also have a mix of both neutral and colourful shades. Additionally, some palettes are focused on specific finishes such as matte, shimmer or metallic.
The Lakmé Absolute Explore Eyeshadow Palette comes with an excellent color pay-off and an easy-to-blend formula. This eye shadow palette also gives you a velvety smooth finish.
Eyeliner is a versatile and powerful tool that can help to define and enhance your eyes in a variety of ways. It can be used to create different eyeliner styles such as a subtle definition, a bold cat-eye, or a smoky effect.
Pencil liners are great for a more natural and softer look, and they're easy to apply. There are also liquid liners, which are great for a more precise and bolder look, and they're perfect for creating a cat eye. And, there are gel liners, which are great for a more dramatic and smokey look, and they're perfect for smudging.
10. Eyelash Curler
An eyelash curler helps to curl your lashes and open up your eyes, making them look bigger and more awake. It's a quick and easy way to add definition and drama to your eyes before applying mascara.
Manual eyelash curlers are the most common type, and they work by clamping down on your lashes and holding them in place for a few seconds. There are also heated eyelash curlers, which use heat to curl your lashes and create a longer-lasting curl. And, there are also battery-operated eyelash curlers, which use a vibrating motion to curl your lashes.
Mascara is a quick and easy way to enhance your lashes and bring attention to your eyes. A few swipes of mascara can make a huge difference in how your eyes look, making them look more awake and defined.
Lengthening mascaras are great for creating longer and more dramatic lashes. There are also volumizing mascaras, which are great for creating thicker and more full lashes. Some mascaras also come with a curved brush, which can help to curl your lashes and create a more dramatic effect. There are also waterproof mascaras which are great for those with sensitive eyes or who want a mascara that lasts longer.
12. Liquid, Cream or Powder Highlighter
Highlighter makeup is a great way to add a touch of glow and dimension to your face. It can be used to accentuate your best features and give your skin a radiant and youthful look.
When it comes to the best highlighters, you can find them in different forms such as liquid, cream, or powder. Liquid highlighters are great for beginners and those with oily skin, cream highlighters are perfect for dry skin and powder highlighters are ideal for all skin types and easy to apply.
13. Lipliner, Lip Balm, Lipstick and Lip Gloss
Lipliner, lip balm, lipstick and lip gloss are all important in your makeup kit because they provide different ways to enhance your lips and add colour and shine to your overall look. Lipliner is used to define and shape your lips, lip balm is used to nourish and hydrate them, lipstick is used to add colour and pigmentation, and lip gloss is used to add shine and dimension.
There are different types of lipliner, like the traditional wooden pencil, or the retractable pencil. There are also different types of lip balms like tinted or clear, and some even have added benefits like SPF protection. Lipsticks come in different formulas such as matte lipsticks, glossy lipsticks, or sheer lipsticks and in different finishes such as creamy bullets or long-lasting liquid lipsticks. Lip gloss also comes in different formulas such as clear, tinted or glittery.
14. Makeup Brushes and Sponges
Makeup brushes and sponges are important items in your makeup kit because they provide different ways to apply and blend makeup products, making them look more natural and flawless. Makeup brushes come in different shapes and sizes and are designed for specific areas of the face, such as foundation brushes, concealer brushes, powder brushes and eyeshadow brushes. Makeup sponges are also versatile tools and can be used for applying foundation, concealer, and powder, and even for contouring.
There are several types of makeup brushes available on the market. There are natural hair brushes, which are great for powder products and provide a more natural finish. There are also synthetic brushes, which are great for liquid and cream products and are easy to clean. Additionally, some brushes come with a specific shape or angle that makes them perfect for a certain area of the face like a tapered brush for a precise application of concealer or a fluffy brush for blending eyeshadow.
Makeup sponges come in several types. There are traditional beauty blenders, which are great for applying and blending liquid and cream products. There are also different types of sponges like the wedge shape or the pointed shape, which are designed for specific areas of the face and specific tasks like contouring or under-eye application.
15. Makeup Remover
Makeup remover is an important item in your makeup essentials kit because it helps to remove all traces of makeup, dirt, and impurities from your skin, leaving it feeling clean, fresh, and hydrated. It is important to remove your makeup before going to bed to allow your skin to breathe and rejuvenate.
You can find several types of makeup removers. There are makeup remover wipes, which are great for on-the-go and quick touch-ups. There are also makeup remover liquids, which are great for removing heavy or waterproof makeup. And, there are also makeup remover balms and creams which are great for sensitive skin and can also double as a moisturizer.
A makeup kit is like your very own personal beauty toolbox. It's a collection of essential items that can help you enhance your natural beauty and create a variety of looks for any occasion. It's like having your own little makeup playground, where you can experiment and have fun with different products and find the perfect ones that work best for you! So go ahead, give it a try and see how you can enhance your natural beauty with your own makeup essentials kit!
Written by Kinnari Ashar on Feb 01, 2023