Dear makeup virgins,

I was one of you. I’m that girl who missed her makeup lessons in high school because I was too busy being the teacher’s pet and then never quite got the chance to make up for the loss. There were classes to attend and degrees to be attained, so the time to master my beauty game never really came.

A few years down the line however, I decided to make some serious amends to my beauty habits. I took it upon myself to catch up on all things makeup and master the beauty game to the T. And if like me, you too are a makeup virgin, here’s some of my advice gathered by years of scavenging around for beauty products and how-to’s. If you are just about getting started, here’s the beauty arsenal you need.



Applying a moisturiser as the base, I was told is the most crucial step to any kind of look. An absolute must-have, one needs to zero down on a moisturiser best suited for their skin type. And while there are a bunch of them to choose from, one must choose carefully.

My pick:

After a lot of trial and error, I figured that I have sensitive skin and the only moisturiser that would work for my skin would have to be a light, non-greasy formula. The Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Serum is what I swear by today. It’s super light and just a few drops work like magic on dry, sensitive skin.

Makeup virgin learning: When applying a moisturiser, I learnt to dot it first along the centre of my cheeks and then work it outwards until my face was evenly covered.



A CC cream that provides protection from the UV rays, I was told is more apt for a casual day look. For a long day’s outing, a light mousse foundation or a serum foundation that conceals imperfections, gives a matte finish and lasts through the day is an apt choice.

My pick:

The Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation definitely lived up to my skin care requirements and it wasn't even heavy on my skin like some other foundations were. I also discovered that a Serum Foundation is a skin nourishing formula for when I need to wear a foundation for long hours. The Lakmé 9to5 Naturale CC Cream on the other hand proved apt for my daily use.

Makeup virgin learning: A weightless serum foundation and the CC cream are both so light that I hardly even realise I am wearing makeup. All I need to do is to dab it along the cheeks, jaw line and forehead and spread it evenly. I am so spoilt for choice now, I can never go back to using heavy foundations or face tints.


Face powder

The Lakmé compact became my favourite makeup product over time and the new Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder I think has just made me fall a little more in love with face powders.

My Pick:

The Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder is my new favourite. The sheer, translucent pressed powder gives my oily skin just the right polished glow. It softens my flaws and gives me that balanced coverage without the cakey look.

Makeup virgin learning:
I realised instantly that the sponge which comes along with the mineral pressed powders may not be the best tool to use this otherwise powerful product. A powder brush, preferably dense enough to flutter along the face and provide good coverage is a better choice to make.