Makeup Basics for Beginners

I wanted to write something for the "beauty beginners" who read our blog. I'm speaking to those of you who aren't product junkies, Sephora stalkers and beauty diehards.

If you want to wear makeup but are completely overwhelmed with options, here are 6 categories of beauty products that work as a starting point. I've suggested several that I love and use regularly. Most of these are readily available at the drugstore, they all look natural and are easy to use.


Cleanser - Gentle, non-foaming and fragrance-free is the name of the game here. Check this space again soon for more skincare tips!
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Vichy Pureté Thermale Cleansing Milk

Moisturizer - I don't have a favourite moisturizer to recommend at the moment, so choose one based on your skin type. CeraVe, NUXE, Olay and Aveeno are brands are a great place to start.

Concealer - A little concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes makes anyone look better. Use a shade the matches your skin tone on blemishes, and one shade lighter under your eyes to cover darkness.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, NYX HD Photo Concealer

Mascara - Clumps and flaking are not okay in my books. Choose brown mascara if you want a softer look. Wipe off the brush in a tissue first so you can add several thin coats rather than one big gloopy coat.
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara, L'Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Blush - I love cream blushes when wearing minimal makeup, but powders can last longer on the skin.
Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Blush, Benefit Posietint

Tinted lip balm - Not needing to look in a mirror is a big bonus with these balms. Select a shade similar to your natural lip colour for just an extra oomph, or go brighter for a pop of colour.
Revlon Lip Butters, Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

What are your beauty staples?