Makeup for Beginners on a Budget

This is a big year, my little sister is going to be starting high school in August. Like, what?! She's at the age that her and her friends are starting to experiment with makeup. I recently went through all of my makeup and sent her a huge package of makeup so she could get started. (seen on IG).  I wish blogs, YouTube and Pinterest existed when I was 14, what a world of information to help you get started. I decided to join in on the fun and put together a simple little shopping list for my sister, her friends, teens, and anyone starting out in experimenting with makeup... especially on a budget!
Of course, the options are endless but here are some of my favorites. 

Foundation/BB Cream: I personally think that a BB Cream is a better option for her age group but I don't make the rules, so I included foundation as well. 

Concealer: Getting up early for school can certainly create some dark circles, and we all know this is the age when those jerks (pimples) start to show up. 

Setting Powder: The days are long, you don't want your makeup melting off after 3rd period.

Blush: For a more natural look, I like to choose a peach/coral shade. 

Bronzer: When I don't have time to really contour, I at least like to warm up  my face with a touch of bronzer. 

Eye Shadow Base/Primer: To keep your shadows from creasing and fading away. Or use alone just to wake the eyes up a little by concealing veins and redness. 

Eye Shadow: I'm a sucker for palettes, it's great to have what you need all in one place. Keeps it simple. 

Eye Liner: The Cover Girl pencil pictured is an oldie but a goodie. I always go back to it, it's a perfect classic pencil and comes with a smudger to smoke out your liner if you want. It's a legit essential to have in your makeup collection. 

Mascara: I don't care what I do or don't do to my face when it comes to rushing out the door in the morning, I will never skip mascara. It makes all the difference! 

Lips: The options in the drugstore are endless, but I love my NYX butter glosses. They're so affordable and don't take up much room at all in your makeup school bag. 


Brushes: All e.l.f.  and Real Techniques. Both are affordable (e.l.f. is $1-$3) and really great quality! And Sonia Kashuk has some great affordable ones too. 

What are your favorite drugstore products and essentials? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for more makeup essentials as well as a video that I'll be adding to my channel that will be based on what/how to apply the basics - personally requested by my sister and her friend :) 

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  1. This is such an helpful post for poor bitches like me. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This seems a bit crazy but this is probably for me, its been well over 20 years since I put on make up,, I just started to buy a eye liner loll I am looking though so thanks for share

  3. Super great post! Love the products you mentioned!

  4. You pretty much nailed it on the head. Great pics.
    Also wish bloggers and youtube was around to help out when I was younger (makes me feel so old)

  5. well hey at least you gave your skin a good rest! ;)

  6. thanks!
    right!? kids have no idea how lucky they are haha

  7. I think NYX is a greater starter makeup because it's affordable and a great brand ! ! !
    thanks for sharing !:) xoxoxo

  8. oh and elf is also a great brand for teens and beginners because its affordable and easy to use!! thanks ! xoxxo

  9. I know nothing about women's cosmetics, but I do know a certain niece who is going to drive me to the poorhouse once I let her see your blog...I am glad everything seems so natural

  10. great tips, thanks

  11. I like a lot of these and I am on a budget so it works for me.