Beauty

Teenage drugstore make-up starter kit

When you are a young girl (or a woman that does not wear make-up often), building a make-up routine can be overwhelming. Which shade of foundation matches your skin tone? Do you want a matte, dewy or semi-matte finish? Do you want to fill in your brows? Pomade, pencil, powder? Which colour? Which lipstick, which gloss, which powder…

Breathe.

I’m hear to help create an affordable make-up kit that will suit beginners. I will provide recommendations that are budget-friendly and easy to apply.

My make-up journey

My love of make-up began back in 1999 when I was 3 years old and tried one of my mum’s Lancome Juicy Tubes and Estee Lauder blue eye shadow. However, I only truly got into make-up when I was 11 years old.

I was in year 7 (the first year of high school for my American readers – secondary school is age 11-16) and I already had oily skin and spots, thanks to bloody Mother Nature visiting me when I was in my final year of primary school. I was so self-conscious because all my friends still had baby smooth blemish free skin. They hadn’t really started puberty yet and I felt… weird.

I started carrying a compact powder in my school bag to blot the shine, and then I progressed to wearing foundation/bb cream (and a bit of concealer on blemishes) and occasionally mascara a couple of months later.

My love of eyeliner began when I was 14 (or maybe 13 ½) when I was obsessed with Avril Lavigne. My mum has always worn eyeliner so she played a part in introducing me to eyeliner.

Over the years, my make-up application has improved dramatically, and my preferences have changed too. I didn’t do my brows until I started university! Highlighter only came into my life in my second year of uni. My eye shadow colour preferences keep changing. My skin type has changed in the past year so I can’t wear matte full coverage foundations any more.

However, my preferences in lipstick shades (red, dark nude or vampy shades) haven’t changed since I was 16.

Make-up preferences will evolve. Take time to discover which formulas and colours suit your style and lifestyle.

My Recommendations:

Drugstore make-up has improved A LOT since I was a teen. I’m so jealous of teenagers nowadays because you have access to really great formulas that are also affordable!

Base

First of all, let’s focus on your ‘base’ make-up. I would suggest opting fora BB cream over a foundation. A BB cream is sort of a tinted moisturiser that provides coverage and smooths out your complexion.

It is much easier to apply that most foundations and you can use your fingers or a foundation brush to apply it (I wouldn’t recommend using a make-up sponge for applying a BB cream because it soaks up too much product).

Nivea Essentials Soft Tint

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If you have some nasty red spots then you might want to apply a little bit of concealer on top. Try and avoid using concealer under your eyes because it can look dry, cakey and ageing.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

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US https://amzn.to/2H1HmnO

To prolong the wear of your base make-up, lightly dust some loose powder over your face. However, a compact powder (with a sponge and mirror) is great for on the go!

Maybelline Fit Me powder

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US https://amzn.to/2H1HnIo

Eye make-up

If I could only wear two items of make-up then it would be eyeliner and brow make-up. I just don’t feel like me without them.

Eyeliner is quite daunting for a lot of people. Winged liner is so easy for me to do, but I’ve had years of practice. I use a gel (in a pot) or liquid eyeliner for my cat eye and then a pencil eyeliner for my waterline and tight line. A pencil eyeliner is great for beginners.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner

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UK https://amzn.to/31ABOso

US https://amzn.to/2H2TWDr

Mascara and eye shadow finish my eye look. I would suggest opting for a more neutral eye shadow palette to start off with, before venturing into more colourful shades.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

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Rimmel London Magnifies 12 Pan Eyeshadow Palette

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Brows

I only started filling in my brows when I was 19! People just didn’t do it. In England, we were still into our thin eye brows until 2015 came around. I’m really lucky to have a natural arch in my brows, but I plucked them so much when I was younger that I need to fill them in!

I love naturally full brows. I’m not into the huge faded “insta-brow.” They’re drawn on too thick and dark and so close together that it looks like a mono brow! Brow powder is best for beginners.

Rimmel London Brow This Way Eyebrow Powder Sculpting Kit

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US https://amzn.to/2H2syVP

Other make-up

You might also want to add a bronzer, blusher and highlighter to your make-up routine.

Just remember to have fun!

Over to you:

What are some of your favourite affordable or “drugstore” make-up gems? Share them below!