Millions of make up tutorial videos are viewed every day. However, many of them drop the names of a slew of products no one has ever heard of and feature small lines and detailed designs that can be intimidating. There is hope, though. Found through extensive experimentation and thorough shopping, here is a list constructed of the best products for someone looking to get a finished look on the face and eyes with minimal experience.
FOUNDATION- Clinique even better SPF 15. This product is the smoothest application found in a liquid foundation. Creamy and light, it soaks into the skin to provide coverage, while keeping a natural look. This is best used to cover blemishes and even out skin tone before applying any other makeup. $28, Sephora and Ulta Beauty.
CONTOUR- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit. If you are looking for a cream contour kit, this is what any employee will point you to. Cream is effective for blending, so that lines are less dramatic. Anastasia has selections for fair, light to medium, medium to tan, and deep. The consistency is true to the name, and application is easy. Two lines of a mixture between the brown shades under the cheekbones and around the top of the forehead are what to begin with. Some personal experimentation is required to find what combination of cream shades are needed, but simply fill in the space on the forehead with said combination using a few strokes coming up from between the eyes, two upside down triangles on the cheeks, and a straight, thin line from between the eyes to the chin. Using an oval-shaped brush worked best for testers when drawing the lines. A larger brush can be used to blend. $52, Sephora and Ulta Beauty
HIGHLIGHTER- Benefit Cosmetic’s Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter. To make cheek and brow bones pop, apply this and blend with the bottom attachment. Watt’s Up! is great for adding emphasis to a contouring. It brightens up the face, too. $30, Sephora and Ulta Beauty
BRONZER- Naked Illuminated. In a box as pretty as the makeup itself, this powder is the perfect way to top off your face (or body). It is ultra light, and best applied with a large fluffy brush. Once on, it gives the skin a sun-kissed look, and a sparkle that can give life to even the most sleep deprived face. $32, Sephora and Ulta Beauty
MASCARA- Smashbox Indecent Exposure. This brush is made to create drama. Just a few swipes across your lashes is all you need. The one thing to look out for with this brand is clumping. This can be avoided by waiting several seconds before applying more if multiple coats are desired. The more coats you apply, the more bold the look. $23, Sephora and Ulta Beauty
EYESHADOW: EVERYDAY- Stila Matte ‘n Metal Eyeshadow Palette. With 12 neutral, blush, and brown tones, this palette works well for a day at the office or a Saturday at the park. It’s actually hard to put too much on with these shades, leaving the user one less thing to worry about. The bottom six have a soft, shimmering finish, leaving a large margin for error. The top six have a dull, neutral, matte coverage, allowing the makeup to create a contrast that makes your eye pop without drawing attention to what you’re wearing on your lids. $49, Sephora and Ulta Beauty
Most Affordable! EYESHADOW: EVERYDAY- Naked Basics. This is a classic array of colors. Packing is small and portable, but every foundational color a girl could need is included. For only $29 at Sephora and Ulta Beauty, it tops competitors on price and at .3 oz, it is convenient for travel.
EYESHADOW: NIGHT OUT- Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette. Similar to the Stila palette, Tarte gives a mixture of neutrals and blushes, but for a darker eye, a variety of chocolate hues are also given. ~ This palette also makes for a great gift around the holidays.~ $46, Sephora and Ulta Beauty