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Makeup Must-Haves for the Beauty Beginner

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Jumping into the makeup game is not always easy. With all of the products out there, you can get overwhelmed thinking about what products you need the most. Like most things in life, your best bet is to start simple and get more complex as you gain experience. Here are some tried and true staples for your makeup bag that you can’t do without.
A Faithful Primer

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Photo Finish Foundation Primer retails for $36.00 and can be bought at Sephora



There are a ton of different primers you can choose from, but to start, you should pick up a face primer with great coverage. The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a great start to have you looking flawless always. Everyone has different needs; some primers will give you a matte finish while others will illuminate you more. The thing to keep in mind is that primers prepare your face for the rest of your makeup process, so choose your primer according to the look you’re heading for.
Foundation
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The Ultra HD Foundation retails for $43.00 and can be bought at Sephora



The struggle to find the perfect foundation is real.  Depending on your skin type or skin color, some foundations just won’t work for your face, so the key to success (hello, DJ Khaled) is to take the time to find what works for you. Foundations vary from whipped, liquid, or powder. Others offer more coverage than others and some can be lighter on your face, which is great to avoid that cakey feeling. Choosing the right foundation starts with identifying your skin type and your everyday needs. To get started, Make Up For Ever has a great full coverage foundation that has even won awards for how great it makes you look on camera.
Concealer
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The Undercover Pot retails for $35.00 and can be bought at Sephora



Concealer can be used in so many ways. It can get rid of under eye circles, hide pimples, and can be used in your contouring process. Something as useful as that definitely needs to be in your makeup bag. The rule of thumb for concealer is to use one that is slightly lighter than your skin tone and to use it after your foundation. Laura Mercier offers their Undercover Pot which has 2 concealer shades and even a setting powder so you can make sure your makeup stays put.
Mascara That Won’t Clump
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Better Than Sex Mascara retails for $23.00 and can be bought at Sephora



Mascara is the finishing touch to anyone’s face and choosing the right kind is crucial. Some mascaras are volumizing while others promise to act as a highlighter. If you want to switch things up you could pick up a different color than the ordinary black and go for something more subtle.  Keep in mind that not all lashes are created equal and what works for one girl might not be the same for you. Coming highly reviewed is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which has a specially sculpted brush to make your lashes look amazing.
Everyday Lipstick
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Honolulu Honey retails for $27.00 and can be bought at Sephora



There are those days when you don’t feel like going to heavy on the makeup, but you also don’t want to leave the house without something on your lips. This is where an everyday lippie comes into play. Choosing a soft pink, nude, or brown color can make you look even more polished than you planned to be. Pair that with a great mascara and you’re good to go. NARS makes a gorgeous lip called “Honolulu Honey” that not only looks great but has a satin feel so your lips will feel pampered all day.
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Maintaining Your Eyebrows

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brushingbrowsGetting your eyebrows on point seems to be a meticulous task as much as it is waiting for them to grow out. Our brows have both their good and bad days, much like our hairdos. Sometimes there is no telling how they will look or come out in the morning. In order to maintain a brow that is shaped to your unique face, there are some easy tips and tricks you can try, with nothing too crazy or expensive that will have you looking for rare ingredients or opening up your wallet each week. Maintaining your eyebrows can be as simple as changing up your hairstyle!
Go Natural
Creating the perfect shape to your eyebrows is a myth in the beauty world. Eyebrows are not meant to be perfect; in fact, everyone’s eyebrows are not symmetrical at all. Instead, they are just two fraternal twins sharing the same placement above your eyes. Don’t worry about trying to make them even or super similar! Natural brows are beautiful all on their own. Just let them grow out in their glory, and, if need be, there are ways you can tame those little hairs into obedient strands.
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Another popular choice that has risen in favoritism is threading. The perfection of threading has been practiced for many years. It originated in India and has been passed along to beauty bars worldwide. It is done with a thin thread usually in the form of cotton that is double stranded and twisted in the process. Your unwanted hairs are plucked by the thread in a series of quick rolling methods. It removes the hair at its follicle, leaving you with bold results that will last for months. This option leaves your brows more defined and appears less harsh to the skin as well.
Waxing
Waxing is a two to three week occurrence for your brows to undergo if you choose this option. It is meant to clean your brows up from the extra hair surrounding the shape of them and even take away that impending unibrow we all can get close to having. Don’t be shy, girl. We all get that “almost” look, especially when allowing our brows to grow out a little bit thicker. A hot wax is used over the hairs that need to be gotten rid of, followed by a strip of wax paper that is then put over them to remove the unwanted hairs. The downside to waxing is that it may leave your skin a bit red and irritated for a couple of hours afterwards. However, once that subsides, you’ll be left with brows made to show off to the world.
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Stretching out the results from a wax or thread job can be done all on your own in the form of plucking. Plucking isn’t as precise as the other two procedures, but it does get the job done and keeps your eyebrows from turning into an uncontrollable mess. When doing so, make sure to brush over them with an eyebrow brush in the direction they are growing; this will help point out the hairs that are out of place and need to go. When plucking them, make sure to only pluck any hairs that appear to be growing around your shape; remove them in the same direction they are growing for an easier hold. Remember not to get pluck crazy, girls!

Polishing
Once your brows are shaped out, there is the option of filling them in with an eyebrow pencil or shadow. Filling your brows in helps them stand out more as the frame to your face. You can even experiment with the shape of your brows, which can change up your look dramatically! A more arched brow can give you a sexy look, while a straighter brow can make you appear much younger. Some top tools of choice in creating full brows that can always be switched up have made it on here in the brands of Benefit, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Too Faced, and Whitening Lightening.


Photos courtesy of Cavan ImagesImage SourceBiddibooAsia Images Group, Benefitcosmetics.com, Toofaced.com, Whiteninglightning.com, and Anastasia.net.