What Are the Only Things You Need for Makeup?


It’s a lot of fun to explore the world of makeup, but if you’re just starting out, the hundreds of different makeup products might seem like too much to handle. When it comes to makeup, however, everything has to begin somewhere. Because of this, it is extremely important to begin by following makeup tips for beginners rather than skipping ahead to more advanced techniques such as cut-crease or advanced contouring. It goes without saying that you need to put together a reliable makeup kit before you can move on to the more basic advice and techniques.

Even for the most experienced makeup connoisseur, putting together a good makeup kit can be quite difficult and overwhelming. Imagine how difficult it is for someone who is just starting out with makeup! When there are thousands upon thousands of different products on the market from which to choose, it can be difficult to determine which ones are going to be most beneficial to you.

Here is a list of all the essential makeup products, tools, and supplies that you should always have on hand in your makeup bag, especially if you are just beginning your journey into the world of makeup and are looking for a helpful guide.

Things You Need for Makeup

1. Face Primer

If you’ve put in the effort to create a stunning makeup look, you undoubtedly want all of your hard work to be preserved, which is why purchasing a makeup primer is an absolute requirement. Your skin will appear more even after using a primer, which will also help prepare your skin for the application of makeup and keep your other makeup products looking fresh throughout the day.

Primers are something that are often overlooked, especially by those who are just beginning their journey into the world of makeup; however, they are an item that your makeup kit should never be without. Consider it to be the equivalent of Photoshop for your face. It leaves you with a flawless and even base, which makes the application of makeup much simpler. It does this by filling in large pores, lines, and other imperfections on your complexion.

2. Foundation

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When it comes to foundation, there are two things that are an absolute must: finding the right shade for your skin tone and avoiding the dreaded “cakey” look. Both of these things are important, but finding the right shade for your skin tone is more important. Research is essential because you may need to experiment with a few different products before locating the color that best complements your skin tone. Thankfully, today there are a lot of brands that carry a wide variety of shades that complement a variety of different skin tones.

3. Stick Foundation

Are you finding that your typical foundation is no longer meeting your needs? It is time to get some stick foundation in your possession! Stick foundations have a formula that is creamy and easy to glide on, and they come packaged in a compact format. Because of this, stick foundations are much more convenient for traveling than bulky bottles, as you can easily toss one in your purse for midday touch-ups, your suitcase if you’re traveling, or your work bag if you plan to do your makeup while you’re commuting to work. This makes stick foundations much more travel-friendly than bulky bottles. You can also easily contour your face with them by using different shades of the same product.

4. Concealer

Concealer is an absolute necessity for anyone who suffers from acne, dark circles under the eyes, or any other kind of discoloration.

Concealers are available in formulations that provide full coverage as well as sheerer coverage; the type of concealer that is best for you will be determined by how much you need to hide. Find a concealer for acne and/or discoloration in a shade that is as close as it can get to the color of your foundation or BB cream for the most natural-looking results when shopping for a concealer.

5. Color Correcting Concealer

You know how recently you’ve been seeing concealers in a variety of pastel colors popping up everywhere? They are exactly what you require in order to cover up any flaws in your complexion that you wish to conceal. In all seriousness, you should go out and immediately purchase a color-correcting concealer palette or crayon. Color correction is based on the fundamental idea that colors can be neutralized by looking at their polar opposites; you can use this concept to your advantage when applying makeup. Peach concealer can be used to cover up dark circles that have a bluish tone, yellow concealer can be used to cover up purple discolorations, green concealer can be used to cover up redness, and purple concealer can be used to cover up dull, yellowish skin.

6. BB Cream

If you’re going out at night, full-coverage foundation might be your go-to product, but during the day, a BB cream might be a better option. In addition to their ability to conceal flaws, BB creams also provide other benefits that are beneficial to the skin.

7. Blush

The application of blush can have a significant impact on a person’s overall appearance, and you should never skip this step in your daily makeup routine. If you are wearing a foundation that has a more opaque coverage, which can sometimes leave your complexion looking a little bit flat, then you absolutely need to use blush. It is absolutely necessary. It’s possible to find blush in powder, gel, or cream forms, but the powder variety is by far the most common. In more recent times, however, cream and gel blush have emerged as significant competitors in the market.

When selecting a blush shade, go for one that mimics the look of your skin after it has been exposed to the sun. Be careful not to go too bright or to apply the product with too heavy of a hand, as doing either of these things can make you look like a clown. This is true regardless of the color of your skin.

In general, tones of pink and peach work best on fair to medium skin, whereas shades of mauve, purple, and maroon work best on darker skin tones.

8. Contour Kit

The art of contouring involves using varying shades of dark and light makeup to accentuate and even diminish the appearance of particular facial features. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that nearly everyone is obsessed with this makeup. 

To add more dimension to your face, highlight certain areas of your face with a concealer that is two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. These areas include the area under your eyes, the bridge of your nose, the space between your brows, and the middle of your chin. Then, apply a concealer that is two shades darker than your natural skin tone to the areas of your face that you want to highlight, such as the area along your hairline, below your cheekbones, and down the sides of your nose.

9. Highlighter

This beauty product is an absolute must-have for anyone’s makeup kit, regardless of their level of experience. Highlighters have the ability to help you transform your makeup game, regardless of whether you favor a natural, no-makeup look or love going all out with your glam. You can achieve a radiant glow from within by incorporating a small amount of liquid highlighter into your foundation, or you can add some blinding lights by using a powder highlighter. 

Highlighter, like many other beauty products, is available in a wide variety of formulations, including powder, cream, liquid, stick, and a hybrid of powder and cream. If you are just starting out, it is recommended that you start with either the powder or the stick form because these are the two that are the least difficult to work with. However, each of these forms has its own set of advantages.

You can try applying highlighter in a very light layer along the bridge of your nose, the tops of your cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, and the area just below your eyebrows. This is one method for applying highlighter that you can try. You can even multitask by applying highlighter where you would normally put eyeshadow.

Last but not least, in the same way that finding the ideal foundation shade is dependent on your specific skin tone and undertones, finding the ideal highlighter shade also depends on your skin tone, which is why it’s a good idea to test out different colors in person if at all possible.

10. Makeup Sponge and Brush

You could use your fingers to apply concealer or foundation, but doing so poses the risk of transferring germs from your hands to your face, which is something you definitely do not want to happen. Instead of relying on your fingers to create a smooth finish, reach for a makeup blender instead. A makeup blender can help to create a much smoother finish than your fingers ever could.

Look for brushes like a face brush for applying foundation, a smaller, fluffy angled brush for applying blush or bronzer on the cheeks, a highlighter brush for applying, you guessed it, highlighter, a fluffy powder brush for applying finishing powder or bronzer all over your face, and a basic eyeshadow blender brush.

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11. Mascara Primer

When it comes to mascara, all you need to do is give it one quick swipe, right? No, not quite like that. Before you put on your mascara, you should give some thought to putting on a lash primer first. You already know that using primer is necessary if you want your makeup to stay put and for you to have a smooth canvas to work on, and the same is true for your eyelashes. A quality lash primer will condition your lashes, help your mascara go on more smoothly, and add volume and length to your fringe. It will also help your lashes look longer.

12. Bronzer

To achieve the look of having been kissed by the sun, it is essential to use a bronzer that is the appropriate shade.

It is best to choose a bronzer that is no more than one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone, and to apply it in one of two ways: either lightly dusting it all over the high points of your face for a healthy glow, or simply in the hollows of your cheeks (below where you’d put your blush) for a more chiseled look. This will give your face a more defined appearance.

In either case, make sure to only use a light touch and thoroughly combine everything!

Regarding whether you should choose matte or shimmery makeup, the answer depends on the rest of your look: If you want to add some radiance to your face but all the other products you use on it are matte, look for something that has a bit of sparkle in it. Stick to a matte formulation, however, if you are already using other shimmery products in order to avoid an excessive amount of shine.

13. Colored Mascara

When talking about mascara, you can try something that has a little more pop. The use of burgundy mascara, which is  very fashionable, is proven to make eyes appear noticeably more open and brighter. If you want to spice up your look for a party or any activity on the weekend, burgundy and other colored mascaras are perfect for you to try.

14. Brown Mascara

Do you think that wearing colored mascara on a daily basis would be too daring for you? The color brown is perfect for this! Brown mascara shouldn’t be written off so quickly, even though you might think that black mascara is your go-to option when it comes to applying eye makeup. A brown formulation will provide your lashes with the length and volume you desire without the harshness that comes with a black hue; in other words, it is ideal for day-to-day use.

15. Eye Shadow Pallet

When applied to the upper lid, a neutral eye shadow in beige or taupe has the effect of instantly brightening the eye area.

Choose a medium neutral shade for your shadow, such as a warm brown or charcoal gray, if you want it to be slightly more defined. To create more depth, apply the shadow with a brush into the crease of the eye, just below the brow bone.

16. Eyeliner

Your look can be easily transitioned from day to night with the help of an eyeliner, which can instantly add sexiness and glamor to your eyes. If you’re just starting out with eyeliner, you should probably start with a pencil because it’s less complicated and gives you more control. 

Beginning in the middle of the eye, lightly dot the tip of the pencil into the lash, and gradually move your way toward the outside of the eye as you go. Simply by connecting the dots, one can easily achieve a look that is more natural.

17. Clear Brow Mascara

A brow mascara is an essential component of any makeup routine, regardless of whether or not you choose to fill in your brows. Not only will it give the impression that your brows are thicker, but it will also keep them in place all day long, which means you won’t have to worry about any awkward stray hairs appearing.

18. Lip Product

Lipstick, tint, gloss, or stain, depending on whether you want a more saturated look or a less saturated look, is the ideal remedy for the midweek blues. You are going to be astounded by the transformation that a single stroke of color can bring about in your lips, face, and disposition. Do you not currently feel courageous and optimistic? Opt for a natural pink or nude lipstick instead.

A matte lip just exudes an air of sophistication all on its own. A matte finish gives the appearance of greater maturity, for some reason. Therefore, if you want to achieve an elegant appearance, matte lipstick is the product you should use.

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19. Lip Liner

In order to better define the shape of one’s lips and to extend the wear time of one’s lipstick, every person’s collection should include at least one lip liner. You read that correctly; if you use a lip liner to fill in your lips, it will also serve as a primer, thereby extending the wear of your current lip look.

20. Setting Spray

After putting in so much effort to create the perfect look, the last thing you want is for your makeup to start coming off before you’ve even started your workday. Enter setting spray. A few spritzes of setting spray can be used as the final step in your beauty routine to help keep your makeup in place so that you don’t have to worry about it fading, flaking, or smudging. Setting sprays, much like other types of makeup, come in a wide variety of formulations and colors to choose from. Choose one that imparts an additional layer of hydration or a dewy finish if your skin is prone to becoming dry. Setting sprays that contain a certain amount of sun protection factor (SPF) are always a good idea for daily use.


These are the most important makeup items you need. Some of them can be used in as little as a few minutes. Of course, there are other products that go well with these. But these basic makeup items are a great place to start. Remember that it’s better to have a few products that you actually use and know how to use than a lot of products that you don’t know how to use or if they even work for you.