Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Makeup Newbie/Drugstore Shopping Guide


If you're just getting into makeup or just want to pick up some great staples, the aisles of the beauty section can be a little intimidating.  With all the different options available, how are you supposed to know which products work and which aren't worth the price?  Here's a breakdown of some drugstore basics!


Foundation:

Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation is a great option because it's not too heavy, blends easily and is good for most any skin type.  It comes in 15 shades which is pretty awesome as far as drugstore foundations go.

Concealer:

Sonia Kashuk's Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette is actually an amazing little product.  It rivals some of the high end concealers (Benefit and MAC, I'm lookin at you).  It has one light shade, one dark shade, one green tone for covering redness and one setting powder.  It stays on all day and is a really nice cream formula.  If you've wanted to look into high end concealers but just can't get past the price, check this lil guy out!

Powder:

Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder is quite possibly the favorite drugstore powder of every beauty blogger out there.  Seriously.  I've seen it ALL OVER.  It's raved about because it does what it says on the package.  It makes you stay matte.  If you just have slightly oily skin, this will make you shine free all day.  If you're pretty oily, you may need to touch up once...but let's be honest, you would need to do that with any product.

Lip:

The Revlon Lip Butters (also seen here) are such a great option for someone who is just getting into lipsticks.  There are a ton of color options and they are so easy to work with.  You can just pop them on and not worry about needing to precisely apply them.  They are moisturizing but also have a decent wear time.  Just can't go wrong with these ones!

Blush:

Oh elf, what did we do before you came along?  Elf is like Wet n Wild's older, more sophisticated sister.  Their blushes are so nicely pigmented that you only need the smallest amount.  They are long lasting, the packaging is nice AND to top it all off, each one is only $3 bucks.  If you go to the elf website, there are 11 colors available (Target has 5).

Eyes:

Speaking of Wet n Wild, while their packaging may not be the classiest thing out there, they are doing something right with their shadows.  They are pigmented, soft and easy to blend.  What more can we ask of the little $3 palette?  


Lashes:

I've already professed my love for the Cover Girl Lash Blast (also here) so I'll restrain myself.  But, in a nutshell, this is a great mascara for length and volume.  The large brush may take some getting used to but it's worth it.

Liner:

I've also done a full review on the L'Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner (here) and think it's a great liner.    If you've never used liner before, it might be a little intimidating to start with a gel instead of a pencil liner, but I think the finish of this is so much nicer.  The brush that comes with it actually does a really great job at creating a nice line so it's fairly fool proof (unless you have crazy shaky hands or something...in which case maybe lay off the coffee ha).

What drugstore products would you recommend to someone who's new to the makeup scene?

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