I've been ready a lot of these types of posts lately, although I already have a pretty reasonable makeup collection, I still really enjoy ready them. I wish I had read this type of post when I was starting out as I had all sorts of makeup but no idea whether they would work for my skin or how to apply them! I know not all of these are essential when starting out but I wanted to include something for everyone and so you can pick and chose the products that you feel are best for you!
Revlon Colorstay Foundation - This is a great foundation for all skin types as it comes in two different formulas, one for oily-combination skin and the other for normal-dry skin. This is my go to foundation as it gives great coverage and can be built up if needed, this lasts all day so theres no need for a primer and is very affordable at £12.49.
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream - Honestly, I'm not one for BB creams as I need the extra coverage that foundation gives, but of course not everyone does. I haven't actually used this particular one but i've read some very good reviews on it and know someone who uses and loves this. This is another affordable base at £7.99
Loreal True Match Foundation - At first I wasn't the biggest fan of this foundation, I guess I just want't used to such a light weight foundation but I have to admit that it's growing on me. I think it would be great for anyone starting out too, and is only £9.99!
Mac Studio Fix Fluid - If you would prefer to splurge a little on your foundation then the one that I recommend, for combination/oily skin in particular, is Mac's Studio Fix. It gives a matte finish and is long lasting however is a bit pricier at £21.50.
Bourjois Healthy Balance - This is my all time favourite powder and a new discovery of mine. This is perfect for setting foundation/concealor giving a slight matte finish yet still looking healthy and glowing. You can pick this up from Boots and is £8.99.
Rimmel Stay Matte - A powder that I know longer use due to it being too matte for my skin, but which would be great for those on the oiler side, is this one by Rimmel. There is a good shade range but for those unsure of what shade to pick up I'd go for a transparent one which you can't really go wrong with. This one is even cheaper than the Bourjois powder and is only £3.99.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealor - This is that drugstore concealor that's had an awful lot of hype in the blogging community and it is honestly worth it! This is a very high coverage concealor so it great for anyone with acne prone skin although wouldn't recommend this for under the eyes as I find it a bit too thick for that. An added bonus is that this costs under five pound at £4.19.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealor - This is a great all round concealor but especially for under the eyes. This is super creamy and a great dupe for the Nars concealor that everyone seems to love and is way cheaper at £5.99.
Sleek Blush By 3 Palette - These palettes are so affordable at £9.99 for three blushes and there is usually at least one cream blush in these palettes. My particular favourites are Pink Lemonade, which includes two powder and one cream blush, and Californ.i.a, which is an all cream blush palette which is super bendable and easy to use.
Body Shop Honey Bronzer - This is the perfect bronzer for those fairer girls especially, but also beginners as it is so light and easy to build up. This is £13 so is slightly pricey but is definitely worth it!
Sleek Contour Kit - Of course, contouring isn't essential, especially when starting out but I though I'd include this as it's great for beginners. This kit includes both a contour and highlight shade and is very affordable at £6.49 and comes in three shades, light, medium and dark.
Mua Eyeshadow Palettes - Again, this isn't an essential step to everyones makeup routine but if you are looking to start out working with eyeshadows then MUA is a great place to start as most of their palettes come in at only £4 which is a complete bargain when your getting 12 shades which are a very good quality considering the price.
Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palettes - Similarly to Mua eyeshadow palettes, these palettes are £4 for 12 shadows and are very good quality. They are super bendable and have some really good dupes for the Naked Palettes too!
Maybelline Colour Tattoos - These work great as bases for eyeshadow or even just on their own. They are very similar to the Mac Paint pot's which are much more expensive considering these are only £4.99.
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara - Mascara is that product which you have to really experiment and try out a few before finding the right one for you but I really like this one from Soap and Glory which is £10, and gives a really great amount of volume.
Maybelline The Colossal Lash Mascara - This is another voluminsing mascara that works great for me and is only £7.19.