A beginners guide to shopping for makeup

This is your guide to buying makeup as a beginner what you should look out for and what ingredients should you be on the lookout for.If you are reading this article you’re either here because you have been thinking about buying makeup or here to get more information on what you should be buying.

As someone with an elder sister I have never had to get makeup of my own because I was hogging all of her branded makeup. Well, that was until she moved to a different country and unfortunately refuses to buy some and send it to me. I have had to very recently go makeup shopping for my very own, very new, very first makeup ‘kit’ or go out looking like a zombie (acceptable for halloween) to all of these college parties.

Brainstorming, researching and standing in front of cosmetic counter 5 times to swatch it and then overthinking and walking away has finally led to me owning a very basic but very situation-adaptable makeup.

A few things to remember

1. If you do not like makeup, it is okay! You are fine with or without it!

2.Before you go shopping make sure you do your research and have a budget.

None of us (or at least I believe) have makeup artists and a dream vanity at our disposal so to start with it is best to start with products that do not require a lot of skill but are still good enough to use for every event.

There is 3 products that you must and I insist must have at your disposal are a foundation/bb/cc cream, a good kajal/kohl and the perfect lipstick. Invest in products that can be used in more ways than one, like your highlighter doubling as a great eyeshadow.

Only lipstick has the power to make or break a look, the others are just supporting actors.

Let’s start with how to find the right lipstick: if you plan on wearing it just for specials events or occasions then buying a brighter lipstick is worth it otherwise a nude is the way to go. A nude lipstick will help you ease into wearing lipsticks and personally, it’s perfect for most occasions. If you have the budget, get two! One for the festivities and one for daily wear. We recommend having a look at your closet before you go shopping.

The experts at most stores will explain which shade will work for you best. Fair skin tones can try something with pink or red undertones, wheatish skin tones can opt for something with dull pinks and reds and beige undertones and for deep skin beauties something with tones of caramel or brown.

Deep diving into foundations, bb creams and cc creams. They’re all different. Foundation like the name suggests it helps keep other makeup like bronzers, highlighter and blushes in place. Foundations are for heavy duty makeup and not recommended if you have oily skin or acne as they block your pores which can make existing skin problems worse. They are also heavy on the face, bb creams are light and serve the same purpose making them optimum for daily use. CC creams literally stands for color correctors and work like concealers, they’re the best if you just wish to cover any redness or dark circles.

Choosing the right shade is vital as buying to light can make the makeup look cakey and a shade darker will make the color difference between the rest of your body and face.

Forget about finding out if you have a warm or cool skin tone. Apply a small amount of the product on the back of your hand wait a few minutes to see if it changes colours once absorbed and voila you have found your right shade.

The kohl  (kajal) is probably the quickest buy but make sure you swatch it to see if it is pigmented enough. Black is always a classic but if you’re feeling experimental a brown and/or a blue are also great options. If you are more of an eye liner person then try a glossy and matte finish to check which is better.

Always ask for help and once you’ve spent time working with new makeup you can get experimental with highlighters, blushes and more!

Happy shopping!

Words by Unnati Jagnani

Guest writer for Ruby’s Organics