Makeup Buying Tips for Beginners

There are so many trends in makeup these days. Some of them are so over the top that even professionals have to shake their heads in disbelief in total amazement.

I absolutely LOVE a good “beat.” But with the exception of an occasional social event, holiday ball or maybe a photo shoot, I’m at work, then home with my family. I am my own paparazzi, and post my own pictures. So why do I feel the need to have a full-on “beat” whenever I am leaving the house? It’s simple. Looking good is kind of a thing, and I love all things fashion and beauty.

Breaking into the world of beauty/cosmetics is fun, but it can also be intimidating and pretty frightening. I have put together a few tips that will help take the edge off your first venture into makeup buying.

Seek individualized professional advice. There is a difference between a “Beauty Influencer” and a “MUA (Professional Makeup Artist)” and it helps to know what the difference is. Scouring the internet with hopes of pinpointing the products you should use to accomplish the flawless images you see posted online will leave you overwhelmed and out of a lot of money. Beauty Influencers are sometimes MUAs, but they mainly provide information based on product functionality resulting from work they do on themselves. MUAs work primarily with others and have been classically trained in the art of makeup application, sanitation and the color wheel. Speaking to a MUA on an individual basis will provide a personalized list of suggested products that should work best for you.

Find an Esthetician, start getting facials, and develop a cleansing regimen. Any makeup, no matter the brand or cost, works best on clean, well treated skin. Estheticians are licensed beauty professionals who specialize in skin care. It’s best to know your skin type and to be aware of chemicals and/or processes that may cause skin irritation. An Esthetician can help you with that. Estheticians can also assist you in nursing damaged skin back to health, and help you find a cleansing regimen and product line that will work best for your personal needs.

Dupes (Duplicates) are your friend.  When I initially got into makeup, I did what everyone does. I grabbed $50 and headed to the closest MAC counter expecting to get a full face worth of products. Please laugh out loud, cause I am! I was excited when I arrived, but I walked away feeling defeating with only blush, lipstick and lip liner (and I didn’t really know how to use any of it). I was also angry that three items went over my $50 budget.

Dupes are lower end products that either function closely to their higher-end counterparts or they match in color -this is when beauty influencers come in handy! Find a dupe video. Dupe videos take all the guess work out of buying drug store brand products. There is absolutely no need in spending money on high end products if you do not know how to properly use and apply them. Practice makes perfect, and you’ll need plenty of it. Trust me when I say that you’ll be less angry with yourself for wasting the product out of a $10 bottle of liquid liner vs. a $32 bottle of liquid liner. There are also drug-store brand products that work just as well as department store brands for up to less than half the price.

Utilize classes and redeemable through purchase services offered by brands and cosmetic stores. Google and YouTube provide great visuals and tutorials for skin care and makeup applications. But beauty brands and cosmetics stores also offer tutorials and some offer hands on classes as well. Ask about the programs available when you are out. The next time you’re at the mall, stop by all the cosmetic counters and ask about their redeemable through purchase services. Check out the links provided below !

Sephora  offers a host of Beauty Sevices, Beauty Classes and Store Events

Makeup For Ever offers One on One Makeup School classes, as well as hands on group Makeup Mastery classes. These classes are paid for or redeemable through purchase. They also offer Pro Tips and short How To videos on their site.

MAC offers demos, lessons and applications that are paid for or redeemable through purchase.

Optimize your experience. Visit the makeup counter during low foot-traffic times of the day verses going during hi foot-traffic times. It increases your chances of getting undivided attention from the MUA on staff. It’s ok to let them know that you’re new to this. The more they know, the better service they can provide. Make a list of the products you want as well as a list of questions that you need answered. Go in with the understanding that even with professional help, makeup is trial and error. Use a product more than once before finalizing your opinion of it.

My last  tip for beginners is to just be you! Makeup is art and a form of self expression. There is no right or wrong. You can be as creative as you want to be with it. Practice makes perfect. You got this!!

4 thoughts on “Makeup Buying Tips for Beginners

  1. Kim Washington says:

    What a great blog and information I finally have a friend that loves makeup and skincare as much as I do and giving others knowledgeable advice to others. We need to collab on something together I will dm you xoxo Kimmie

  2. kesharose5 says:

    I am realizing that there is not a ‘one size that fits all’ when it comes to makeup and finding your fit does take practice. Getting hubby to understand this is the task! Like you said practice make perfect! Somedays I look like a complete racoon when I try to do winged liner!

  3. Jean says:

    Great post! Touching on key points for all beginners to know. I remember when I started it was a hit and miss. One thing I did do when I was searching for tips and product ideas I searched on YouTube for asian makeup styles/artists/looks so that I can see how similar facial structures and skin toned artists used different products and got product suggestions, but truly it is trial and error. Thanks for your tips and info and a great read! 🙂

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