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The Best Beauty Basics

For makeup newbies, a pile of everyday products can be intimidating (like really, how do you apply bronzer without looking like an Oompa Loompa?).

Before we get into listing those basic makeup tips, you need to learn how to prepare your face, even when you plan to wear simple makeup. A pre-makeup routine is nothing but your regular simple cleanse-tone-moisturize regime to cleanses your face of excess oils, as well as keeps it hydrated so that the makeup sits properly and evenly on your skin.

The ease of putting all skin types under one category is now a common practice. While skin types are broadly divided into three to four categories, we know better. Just like everything about you, your skin is unique. It requires special care and attention, especially if skin sensitivity is a concern you have regularly dealt with.

Many people are put off by makeup because they’re under the impression they need many products and that it takes an age to apply them. Then comes the issue of what products you should buy? And how do you use them?

But in reality, you only really need a few basic products in your everyday makeup routine. These products are super simple to apply. And you’ll be able to use them in less than 5 minutes. Plus, they’ll instantly make you look and feel utterly fabulous.

So are you ready to find out what the ONLY 6 Basic Makeup Essentials you need are?

Start With a Face Primer



Now, I’ll be the first one to admit that there are so many makeups and beauty products we’re told that we need! Yet half the time, they’re unnecessary. But face primer is NOT one of those products! A primer sets the base for the makeup, giving it a smooth appearance and even makes it last longer. For one thing, it’s an extension of your skincare. And it’s the basis for a smooth, even makeup application. Whilst you may think applying a face primer is just another unnecessary step in your makeup routine. It’s going to save you time and money in the long run.

Conceal Dark Circles and Blemishes

In simple makeup routines, a concealer helps cover dark circles and blemishes. In contrast, in more complex makeup routines, like HD and airbrush makeup, concealer palettes are used for color corrections and mask any spots, dark circles, blemishes, and large pores. Choose a concealer two shades lighter than your skin. Concealer is generally thicker in consistency than foundation, as just like face primer, it’s laying the groundwork for your foundation. A lot of people get confused between concealer and foundation and what each one does. So I’ll break this down for you now. It’s the concealer that’s going to do all the hard work for you, not your foundation.

Apply Foundation Evenly

A foundation evens out the skin tone without making it look unnaturally bright. This, of course, depends on whether your chosen foundation is right for your skin type and complexion. To begin, put some foundation on your hand and apply it to your face using a brush. Use a sponge to blend the foundation evenly on your face. It absorbs the product, allowing you to add the ideal amount of foundation to your complexion gradually. Whilst the purpose of concealer is to color correct, the foundation’s goal is to even out your skin tone. Your foundation is almost like a second skin. It should look like you’re not wearing makeup and give the appearance of an even skin tone.


When blush is applied correctly, it can instantly lift your face and give you that gorgeous, youthful glow. But blusher is such an amazing little product. It is best to choose a color that complements your skin tone. A color that is too bright for your skin tone to look loud and very fake. 

Remember, always apply your blush with a light and gentle hand, and use soft, circular motions to blend out the color. Blend a bit into the hairline, on the tip of your nose, and jawline for a natural-looking flush of color. Choose a shade that subtly adds color to your face and sculpts your cheeks. Once you learn how to do those two things, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t been applying blush all your life!



A mascara can transform your eyes and instantly amp up those lashes with more volume, definition, and length with its magical wand. It is the one makeup tool that will immediately make you look bright-eyed in the morning (even if you did not get your full 8 hours of sleep). No basic makeup essentials list would be complete without mascara. There are many different types of mascara to choose from, which can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re a makeup beginner. The type of mascara you select depends on the kind of look you want to achieve.

Lip Product of your choice


A good lipstick shade can not only help brighten up your face but also prevent it from looking washed out. And when it comes to lip color, the choices are infinite. If you are entirely new to lipstick, we suggest starting with less pigmented hues and gradually moving to bolder shades.

If lipstick or lipgloss isn’t your thing, why not try a tinted lip balm instead. These do the same job as lip balm, but they have just a hint of color to them. They still look natural. But the direction of color will add an extra touch of radiance to your face.

Remember, it’s better to have only a few products that you actually use and know how to use than a lot of products that you’ve no idea how to use or if they even suit you.

Do you have any go-to products? What are you most excited about trying out? Let us know in the comments section below!

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