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Basic Makeup Product List for Beginners

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There’s something about applying makeup products that’s very empowering! Whether it’s swiping on that not-so-perfect winged liner or sporting that gorgeous red lip, makeup somehow lifts up your entire vibe. However, sometimes, makeup can get a little daunting for beginners. What to do, what to apply, how to apply –– there are so many questions, which can confuse any newbie. And more often than not, it pushes you the other way and can scare you away. Scroll down to see the list of basic makeup products for beginners and how you can use them properly to create amazing looks.

Step By Step Guide To Use Makeup Products For Beginners


Are you looking for a basic makeup kit that’ll stand by your side no matter what? Here’s a guide to help you –– let this basic makeup products list for beginners lead the way.


Step 1: Moisturiser


In the hierarchy of skincare products, moisturiser is really important. The key to a healthy-looking base is to prep your skin properly. Face makeup products often get stuck to dry patches and tend to look cakey –– by moisturising you are avoiding this from happening. 


How To Apply


Step 1 - Dot your cleansed skin with some moisturiser. Make sure you apply it to your face and neck.


Step 2 - Warm your palms and gently pat the moisturiser on your skin. Then gently massage it with your fingertips in circular motions.


MyGlamm Recommends - Manish Malhotra Amla Moisturising Gel


A gel-based moisturiser that is formulated with aloe vera juice, amla, almond oil, and mint. It deeply nourishes dull and dehydrated skin and prevents premature ageing, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also reduces inflammation and puffiness and naturally rejuvenates and tones the skin.


Rs 945


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Step 2: Primer

Primer is as important as moisturising your skin! It helps reduce the appearance of pores and keeps shine at bay, without making your skin look super dry. It helps create a seamless base and makes sure your makeup lasts longer, come rain or shine.

How To Apply

Step 1 - Take a pea-sized amount of your product and apply it to your face.

Step 2 - Make sure you are focusing on your t-zone and blend it in.

MyGlamm Recommends - Tinted Perfection Face Primer

This face primer has a multi-action balmy formula that instantly targets visible pores, uneven skin texture and excess oil. It’s perfect for creating that silky smooth canvas for your makeup and reduces shine, leaving your skin with a healthy finish.

Rs 1,095

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Step 3: Foundation

Foundation is a great way to even out your skin tone. It makes your skin appear flawless while leaving it with a healthy and radiant sheen! Foundations are great for when you want to give your face that filter-like effect.

How To Apply

Step 1 - After priming your skin, dab some foundation on your face and neck

Step 2 - You can either use a blending sponge or a makeup brush to blend the product into your skin. Make sure it’s streak-free and blended evenly.

MyGlamm Recommends - MyGlamm Pose Hd Foundation Stick

This stick foundation makes makeup application for beginners a breeze! With a matte finish, it allows for a super smooth application that gives you medium to high coverage that is lightweight. It is also formulated with hydrating ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E.

Rs 599

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Step 4: Concealer

Concealers are great for when you want to cover up dark circles and blemishes. It gives your skin that extra coverage that a foundation doesn’t. If you’re looking for a very light base though, you can skip the foundation and go with just a concealer.

How To Apply

Step 1 - Apply the concealer to the areas you would like to cover. Remember to dab the product and not rub it into the skin.

Step 2 - Gently tap the product in to blend away.

MyGlamm Recommends - Total Makeover FF Cream Foundation Palette

This lightweight face palette gives your skin a flawless effect! It is packed with the power of a primer, concealer, foundation, compact with SPF 30, and two colour correctors. It has medium to high coverage and gives your face a smoothening effect.

Rs 1,450

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Step 4: Compact Powder

A little setting powder goes a long way. You can use a compact powder to dab away any excess oil and keep your makeup in place.

How To Apply

Step 1 - If you’re using a loose powder then dust a little compact powder on your face with a puffy brush.

Step 2 - If you’re using a compact, apply it with a makeup sponge. Oily skin? No worries, focus on your t-zone to prevent the buildup of oil.

MyGlamm Recommends - MyGlamm Pose HD Setting Powder - Ivory

This powder gives you a natural, shine-free, radiant finish, that has a soft-focus effect that blurs any imperfections. It has a sheer coverage that moisturises and hydrates makeup. It sets makeup for a longer wear time.

Rs 699

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Step 5: Eyeshadow

An eyeshadow can instantly uplift your eye makeup game. You can always add an eyeshadow palette to your makeup kit. It allows you to achieve a lot more looks for the price of one product. You can also opt for eye glitters that you can use alone.

How To Apply

Step 1 - To create a smokey eye always use a dark hue on the outer corners of your eyes, a medium hue in the centre, and a lighter hue on the inner corners. Blend away!

Step 2 - Top off the centre of your eyelids with a shimmery eyeshadow, for some extra drama.

MyGlamm Recommends - PopXO Makeup - Drama Queen - 4 Eyeshadow Kit

A combination of matte and shimmer eyeshadows, this eye palette is perfect for creating those gorgeous smokey eye looks. The trendy colours come in super pigmented hues that blend like a dream.

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Rs 299

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Step 6: Eyeliner

When it comes to eye makeup products, eyeliners are an essential part of any kit. If you’re an absolute beginner why not start with a kajal pencil and then work your way up to liquid eyeliner. Either way, mastering that cat-eye definitely gets easier when you have the right makeup product by your side. You can top it off with mascara if you’d like, for an added dramatic effect. 

MyGlamm Recommends - Manish Malhotra Precision Liquid Felt Tip Eyeliner - Black Diamond

A tapered felt tip eyeliner pen that allows for fluid and precise application. It delivers high pigment wear that lasts for up to 24 hours.

Rs 895

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MyGlamm Recommends - MyGlamm Superfoods Kajal - Raven

This kajal pencil gives you that defined eye while nourishing your peepers too. Enriched with avocado oil extracts, vitamin E, and sunflower seed, it gives you an intense smooth pigment that lasts for up to 12 hours.

Rs 395

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Step 7: Highlighter

You can either enhance your cheeks with a blush or a bronzer if you’d like. However, what’s actually trending right now is highlighter! What makes highlighting unique is that it adds a natural glow to your skin, making it look healthy and sunkissed.

How To Apply

Step 1 - Dab a little bit of highlighter on the highpoints of your face. This includes your cheekbones, brow bones, the tip of your nose, and cupid’s bow.

Step 2 - Make sure to blend away! You can even top off your cheeks with a little bit of blush, in case you want to add a little flush of colour.

MyGlamm Recommends - Magic Potion

A sheer pearlescent liquid highlight that leaves your skin with a sparkling and luminous finish. It has a lightweight feel and is quick-drying and long-lasting.

Rs 995

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Step 8: Eyebrows

Using eyebrow products might not seem like an important step, but it actually adds definition and frames your face. If you don’t like those heavy brows, it’s absolutely alright. Opt for lighter strokes and make your brows look naturally full!

How To Apply

Step 1 - If you’re using a pencil, keep the strokes light and only focus on the areas that are scarce. Same with brow powder. Brush off the excess with a spoolie. 

MyGlamm Recommends - MyGlamm Lit Brow Definer Pencil

Get natural-looking eyebrows with a pencil that gives you intense colour in just one swipe. It has a soft texture and also holds a built-in spoolie on the other end. Get pro brows, in just a jiffy.

Rs 495

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Step 9: Lipstick

No look is ever complete without the perfect lip makeup products. Whether it’s matte or satin, red or nude, always keep lipsticks of different hues handy in your makeup kit. You can even dab a little bit of colour in the centre of your lip, to give it a slight tint.

How To Apply

Step 1 - Apply your lipstick to the centre of your lips and then move outwards. Make sure you stay between the lines. If you feel more comfortable spreading the hue with your fingers or a brush, go ahead and do that.

MyGlamm Recommends - PopXO MAKEUP - No Drama - Mini Lip Kit

A creamy-matte finish lipstick that comes in three hues of neutral nudes. It has a lightweight formula that glides on easily and leaves your lips with a highly pigmented colour. Enriched with vitamin E this lipstick does not dry out your lips!

Rs 349

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MyGlamm Recommends: 

MyGlamm POUT by Karan Johar - Pout It Out  (Mauve Pink Shade)

Get ready to make your pout look even more sexier with this MyGlamm’s POUT by Karan Johar. Crafted with the best skin-safe ingredients, this bullet-plumping tinted lipstick makes your lips look naturally fuller, leaves them moisturised and is quite comfortable to wear for long hours too. Available in 10 beautiful shades, this paraben-free lipstick delivers a buildable colour in a glossy finish and leaves your lips with a refreshing cooling sensation!

MyGlamm Recommends - Manish Malhotra Soft Matte Lipstick - Berry Fantasy

A velvet cream lipstick that has a soft sheen matte finish. Enriched with tropical oil, your pout is constantly moisturised while you wear it. It has a non-greasy formula that glides effortlessly.

Rs 950

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MyGlamm Recommends - Manish Malhotra Hi-Shine Lipgloss - Ravishing Red

A high shine glossy lip gloss that is long-lasting –– this one has a unique technology that gives you five colours in one. How? The Special Effect Pearls present in the formula create different shades depending on the refraction of light when it hits your lips.

Rs 1,050

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This article was co-authored by Melissa Jannes . Melissa Jannes is a Licensed Esthetician and the owner of Maebee's Beauty Studio in Philadelphia, a single practitioner space providing quality services with individualized attention. Melissa is also a National Educator for Universal Companies. She received her esthetics degree at The Beauty School of Middletown in 2008 and is licensed in both New York and Pennsylvania. Melissa won the "Best of Beauty" award from Allure magazine in 2012 for the quality of her bikini waxing. This article has been viewed 6,821,626 times.

Article Summary


To apply makeup, first prepare your skin by applying a light moisturizer or sunblock followed by a makeup primer. This will protect your skin and help your makeup last longer. Next, use a sponge, makeup brush, or lightly dampened beauty blender to apply a light layer of foundation. Then, use concealer to cover any blemishes. A green concealer helps reduce the appearance of redness, and a light concealer helps brighten under the eyes and dark spots. To emphasize your cheekbones, nose, and jawline, consider contouring. Simply dust bronzer along your temples, the hollow of your cheeks, and the sides of your nose. Then, dab highlighter on your cheekbones, the tip of your nose, and the tip of your chin. To add some more color, you can also apply blush to the apples of your cheeks in an upward sweeping motion. For your eyebrows, start by gently brushing them in short, outward strokes. Line the outer edges of your brows with a colored brow gel, powder, or pencil to accentuate the natural shape of each brow. Finish with a clear brow gel to hold them in place. For your eyes, start by applying a light dab of concealer or eyeshadow primer to your eyelids. Then, using a brush or your finger, dust eyeshadow in a light circular motion. Start from the center of your lid and work your way outward toward each corner of your eye. Then, with a steady hand, use a liquid or pencil eyeliner along your upper lash line. For a more dramatic look, consider winging the tips of your liner up and out. For an edgier look, you can smudge pencil eyeliner around the outer corner of your top and bottom lash lines using a q-tip or your finger. For a daytime look, consider using white eyeliner along the waterline of your eyes to make eyes look bigger. Finish your eyes with one to two coats of mascara. Finally, apply your favorite lipstick or lip gloss, and you’re ready to go! To learn more makeup tips, read on!

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