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New to the makeup world


Hi all,

I'll be honest, I just started working about makeup brushes and foundation. What advise can you give me as a beginner? I only know how to apply eyeliner and even some days it's a bit off lol. 

what kind of makeup lines should I invest in and what products would you recommend to me to start off? 

Thank you!
Jul 03, 2016 @ 01:15 am

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I suggest just shopping around and trying till you find what you like and suits you. I myself tend to buy a lot of Maybelline and Revlon products. Makeup is experimentation and we all are different in our choices so just look around. there are so many gals on here that will give you a lot bettter advice than me, so you'll be fine.One important thing I can say is wear what you like and don't let anyone tell you different. What I man by this, is what makes you feel good is THE best choice. Experiment and enjoy, it's fun. I love makeup
Jul 03, 2016 @ 03:42 am


Any department stores that carry makeup lines will be more than willing to help you get started.
Jul 03, 2016 @ 09:47 am


Most Shoppers Drugmarts have cosmetic counters, with ladies willing to help you. They also have events where representatives from the different cosmetic companies will do makeovers for you. Good luck and have fun.
Jul 03, 2016 @ 11:48 am


The drugstore is a good place to start. Rimmel, Maybelline and Cover Girl offer great products to start off with that won't break the bank and I actually prefer some of their cosmetics compared to some higher end brands. If your drugstore offers Annabelle cosmetics, they are top notch too!

You can also watch Youtube video tutorials. They can help you practice and give you better insight on which products work best and how to use them. I learned a great deal over the years by doing this.

Jul 03, 2016 @ 12:49 pm


I'd actually recommend you watch "itsjudytime" on Youtube as it seems you share similar facial features and skintone as she does. You might come across color combinations and techniques that work well for her that you could try out.
Jul 03, 2016 @ 12:53 pm


Since you are first starting out, you will sort of have to train your face into appreciating makeup. For that reason, I suggest that you get a brand that is best for sensitive skin. Marcelle products are perfume-free, hypo-allergenic and best of all, 100% Canadian. All pharmacy and big box retailers sell the Marcelle brand. The line includes products for your face, eyes, lips, skincare anti-aging, hydration and cleansing. I love their Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel - I only need one squirt and it easily removes all of my makeup - even waterproof mascara!

You might also want to avoid testing a hundred different shades of foundation and just grab yourself a BB or CC Cream. You can use it instead of foundation and it's much lighter for your face.
It will actually blend in with the complexion of your face and you won't have to worry about finding the perfect shade- because it will make itself the perfect shade. Look for one with SPF in it so you can still protect your pretty face from the harsh rays of the sun.

Marcelle has a BB Cream with SPF 20 and all of their CC creams are SPF 35. Be sure to use just one squirt, then put tiny dabs of that one squirt all around your face and blend in gently for the best effect.

For makeup application tricks, head on over to YouTube and subscribe to Michelle Phan's channel. Or go straight to her website at www.michellephan.com. She has everything from a basic around the house look to office beauty to high fashion rock star.

Have fun with your new adventure!! <3
Jul 03, 2016 @ 04:43 pm

one more thing~

oops! Forgot you also wanted advice on brushes. To get a whole set of professional quality brushes at regular people prices - check out Sally Beauty. They have locations all over the world. Check out their Store Locator to find one near you.

My first makeup brush kit (which I still have and use) was their 5-Piece Travel Brush Set with Black Pouch.
You can even join their exclusive Beauty Club Membership for non-professionals to get even better deals. Membership costs all of $5 bucks.

NOTE: For Canadian's, I would NOT suggest buying online though - as they ship from America and shipping costs $12.95 PLUS you have to pay duty and extra taxes on any order worth over $25. Totally not worth it, in my books.

Also...bit of a warning - the stores are well-known for their below average customer service. So, go in knowing what you want. Window shop at their online store, then go to the store with your list to pick up what you've chosen to buy (just like what the pros do).

:) Have fun! :)
Jul 03, 2016 @ 05:15 pm


First let me say you are beautiful and you have lovely features. I would love to get my hands on you (in a makeup application way, not a creepy way haha).
I think I was born wearing makeup. I have such a passion for beauty products and I love making up all my friends.
Just from looking at your one photo I would say that your two best features to play up are your eyes and cheeks. You have very piercing, captivating eyes and lovely cheekbones. I can't see your eyebrows / eyelashes but imo focusing on a strong eye would be an excellent look for you.
Initially, you asked about brushes. I would recommend getting the hang of some makeup before investing in a bunch of expensive brushes. Those are for pros unless you have $$$ to blow through. Brushes are an investment and they should be purchased thoughtfully when you beccome more adept at application. For now, my advice would be to get some ELF or similar inexpensive brushes. They are decent quality for beginners and low cost. If you can't find them in stores you can get them online. Also, invest in a beauty blender (or similar) sponge. Because they are expensive and need to be replaced often I would get a knockoffs - there are plenry of good knockoffs out therr. And clean your brushes and sponges often. No one wants their face to break out from dirty brushes. High germ zone! Oh, and one more thing about beauty sponges. Very important to note, they are supposed to be used wet in most circumstances. Many people apply products with dry sponges and that's not how they work their magic. They need to be wet and you press the product into your skin - don't rub. Use a light but firm touch to press the product in, roll it, blend it out, etc. Don't swipe or use a heavy hand to apply. You juat move the product around and if applied with a dry sponge you waste the product as the sponge soaks it up.
You mentioned foundation but since its summer, I wouldn't spend the money on foundation just yet. Our skin is naturally darker in the summer and you want lighter coverage in this heat so you'd just have to repurchase again in the fall / winter when you need a slightly lighter shade and perhaps more coverage. As suggested by another chick, get a BB or CC cream for now and build coverage as needed and use concealing / correcting products for any blemishes or skin problems.
You will learn as you grow in knowledge and skill level that there are products worth splurging on and those you can get very cheaply, commonly referred to as "dupes". You'll find tons of articles on "Splurge vs. Steal" beauty items. Everyone has opinions on this subject so I will share mine.
I would recommend to start with the basics and buy drugstore brands to start, not high end brands. Once you figure things out, then is the time to make beauty investments, not while you're learning.
I HIGHLY recommend watching tutorials on YouTube and following makeup artists (MUA) on instagram. Figure out your "look". Are you basic and natural, no makeup makeup, glamorous, classic, trendy, etc. Figure out your best features so you know what to buy and how to apply so you can play them up. and find out which areas that you dislike and want to improve upon: dark circles, no brow shape, etc. Find out your skin type: oily, combo, dry, sensitive. Lastly, find out what skintone you are to find your perfect colors. Are you warm (you look good in gold jewelry, the veins on the inside of your wrist are greenish, your best red lip is orange based red), are you cool (you look good in silver jewelry, the veins on the inside of your wrist are bluish, your best red lip is a blue based red), are you neutral (you look good in gold and silver jewelry, your veins are blue and green and you can pull off orange based red lips and blue based red lips).

My suggestion is to start with your canvas (face) with:
1. Skincare products. These are usually investment pieces whether drugstore or high end. They are worth spending more on. They set the canvas (face) for good makeup application. In this group are your cleansers, acne products, moisturizer, primer, face washes, face masks, serums, beauty oils, toner, spf products, night cream, dark circle corrector, exfoliator, fine line & wrinkle products, etc.etc. etc. I also group foundation in this mix because it's a product that MUST match your skin type and skin tone and coverage level. This is worth spending the money on imo.
In this section here are a few tips beyond watching as many tutorials as you can:
ALWAYS wash your face before bed. Take the day off before you lay down. Keep makeup wipes on your bedside table for lazy nights.
ALWAYS moisturize, even if you have oily skin. There is a moisturizer for everyone. Include your neck or your face will be beautiful and smooth and your neck will look like a chicken.
Ask for samples before you buy. Go to SDM and Sephora and ask for as many samples as you can in as many skincare areas as possible. Get samples of cleansers, micellar water, moisturizer, eye makeup remover, exfoliator, etc. and test them to see what works for you. Keep a notebook on brands and types of products you've tried. Never be afraid to ask for samples. Sephora gives really good sized samples. At sephora you can get color tested for foundation. Ask for color samples in many brands and formulas. Trust me, once you find your perfect foundation you will become addicted to it like your favorite little black dress. Never test foundation in the store. Test it in completely natural light - outside is best with a hand mirror. Swipe colors on your jawbone extending slightly into your neck. The shade that blends into your skin is the perfect one. Don't match to your cheek or hand. Now that you have your shade, make sure it's the best formula for your skin type and that it provides the amount of coverage that you want.
2. Moving on to some more fun stuff. In this category go wild with the cheapies and decently priced products: bronzer, highlighter, mascara primer if you loooove a big lash look, lip & eye liners, eyeshadow in varied formulas: cream, loose, mineral, matte, shimmery, glitter, highly pigmented, cream to powder, translucent powder (to set your face), setting spray (matte or dewy finish depending on your skin and the look you want to achieve - this product extends the wear of your makeup and lasts all day), blush, lipstick, lip gloss, faux eyelashes, liquid eyeliner, contour cream or powder, eyeshadow base, correcting and concealing products which come in liquid, cream or powder formulas, peach undereye concealer, a smokey eye palette in greys / blacks or in shades of brown, a nude eyeshadow palette with multiple shades ranging from light to dark all in the same varying shades and formulas - some matte, some shimmer. There are so many looks in a palatte. Day to night looks and basic to high drama, skin color powder (get the right shade based on your foundation color). Nude lip pencil (for full coverage nude lip, just to line to control bleeding color - especially for a red lip, as a base for another lip color to show its true color instead of your own natural lip color poking through (or use a dab of concealer), and for drawing slightly outside the lines for a bigger looking pout). Also, everyone needs that one, perfect for you, total powerhouse, woman in charge, instant pick-me-up, RED lipstick. It's going to be worth every penny when you find it. Ps - blue based reds make your teeth look whiter. Also, Benefit has a lip gloss, I forget what it's called, it's blue in the tube and has a slight blue sheen when it's on but WOW, it makes your teeth look super white. NYX is, imo, an awesome drugstore brand. I own almost every product. Those I can't find in store I order online. There are other great drugstore brands as well: Rimmel, Covergirl, Maybelline, L'Oréal, Annabelle, Marcelle, Physician's Formula, Hard Candy, NYC, ELF, Essence, and the list goes on.
3. If you have eyebrow problems, and most of us do: too light, too bushy, too sparse, non existant, etc., I recommend trying several types and formulas to see what works for you. Powder / wax, pencil, gel, liquid powder, mascara, fiber mascara, clear mascara to set, pomade, etc etc etc. I have thin, sparse brows so I have every product imaginable and I just got the new Ka Brow from Benefit in #2. I LOVE IT!!! Such an amazing product from an amazing but pricey brand. It was $30 at SDM.
Tip: take a pencil and hold it straight down the side of your nose and touching your brow. This is where the brow should begin. Same pencil, start at the nostril and hold diagonally over the pupil. This is your mid point (arch). Holding the pencil at your nostril, tilt to the outer corner of your eye and this is where the brow should end. Look for online tutorials. It's important to nail the shape of your brow and use the correct method of application and correct formula. Brows frame your face and can make or break your look. Just Google "eyebrow fails" and you'll see what I'm talking about. MUA's will always tell you, eyebrows are SISTERS, not TWINS. Personally, I hate brow stencils. So fake. Throw them out if they come with a brow kit.
4. Now you need tools besides brushes and sponges. Basics are eyelash glue (Duo is one of the best and there's one for sensitive eyes). Glue comes in white (yuck), clear and dark formulas. Eyelashes can be cut to fit your eyes and this is just one of many uses for brow or nail scissors. You also need brush cleaner, a pencil sharpener with two hole sizes, a spoolie, liquid pen makeup eraser (for mistakes so you don't have to start all over), eyelash curler, tweezers (slanted and pointed), a makeup bag for travel and one that fits in your purse for touch ups, a cheap compact unless you carry around powder with a mirror inside, lash separater comb for clumpy mascaras (eyebrow brush is often on the other side so it's a 2in1 tool, brush carrying case (usually comes with a small travel brush set if you travel a lot - totally worth it imo. Lots of cotton swabs, cotton balls, cotton pads - don't get dollar store ones - they disintegrate and get strands all over your face. Regular sponges in a variety of shapes and sizes
Essential brushes / sponges are: beauty sponge (one big, one tiny for small areas). Remember to use them wet for most applications and squeeze out excess water on a clean towel. The pointy end exists for a reason - use it for precise coverage, powder (big & fluffy), blush (smaller than powder and usually tapered at the end), concealer (one bigger and one smaller), foundation brush (although honestly, i hardly ever use mine anymore because I prefer the flawless look that a beauty blender sponge provides),fan brush for highlight and can double as powder blush brush, eyebrow / eyeliner brush (stiff, small, angled, often has spoolie on other end), eyeshadow brush for lids, small. Eyeshadow brush to blend out harsh lines, bigger and fluffy), contour brush (stiffer, very close packed bristles but very soft and sometimes shaped like a U or slanted), bronzer or kabuki (wide and puffy, sometimes short, and more tightly packed than a powder brush), shader brush (for contouring sides of nose or smaller areas and for blending eyes), lip brush (if for nothing else you can use it to apply gloss in the center of your lips for a full looking lip, use it to apply highlighter to your inner eye, brow bone or apply a glitter or highly pigmented eyeshadow in a precise area in the center of your lid to make them pop).
I've been writing this for a long time so I'm sure I've forgotten some things. If you ever want to message me with questions please do. I sent you a friend request.
Most of all, enjoy this wonderfully exciting world of makeup! Have fun and enjoy your journey! Please let us know how you make out. Sorry for the long novel - clearly I LOVE my makeup! :)

Jul 04, 2016 @ 03:05 am

One more essential makeup brush

And it's the one I use most often: a buffing brush. My absolute favorite so far is the NYX one. It is perfect and was less than $20.
Jul 04, 2016 @ 03:13 am

omg lady

You are amazing!! I totally want you as a shopping buddy. :) Thank you so much for all of the info @fly_eyez!! As you could probably tell - I'm still at the just starting out, basic end of wearing makeup myself. So, your novel (haha) is a huge help to me as well! Thanks for the shout out also - means a lot to know I'm going in the right direction with the BB/CC Creams - especially coming from a bonified makeup guru such as yourself. You totally made my day. :)
About the pencil/eyebrow trick.. I always always always do it wrong and one brow is forever embarrassingly (or hilariously, depending on the perspective..) higher than the other or way outta place. I just don't get it. Good thing I rarely go out into public anymore haha
Jul 04, 2016 @ 08:57 am

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