Do you naturally look like Shrek, especially when you just woke up? Don't worry, makeup can turn you from beast to beauty.

Be it men or women, everybody should have a small kit of makeup and know how to use it well. Adaptable to every situation, makeup can enhance your natural beauty, exude a sense of professionality, as well as serve as a creative outlet.

With the never ending amount of choices advertised to consumers, it can be tough for those who are starting out to select their first staple items. To break it down, one would typically need some base or foundation, eyebrow product, and lip product.

If you have clear skin, you might not need foundation at all. However, you do need a layer of SPF to protect your skin against the harsh rays from the sun. To show off your clear skin, you may opt for a beauty balm (BB) cream, or even a colour correcting (CC) cream.

BB and CC creams are great for beginners because you don’t have to buy it in your exact shade as it blends into the skin easily. These creams also have sun protection built into it, so you don’t have to layer on as much product as you would have otherwise.

This option is perfect if you want to have some pigment on your skin to blur our any minor imperfections, but still have your makeup look natural and suitable for all occasions. The coverage is sheer enough to not be noticeable, yet make a difference, especially on camera. 

On the other hand, if you have more problematic skin, you might want to opt for a quality foundation with a medium to heavy coverage. It’s highly recommended to obtain samples of the creams or foundations you’re interested in before buying it, so you can see exactly how it looks on your skin.

Also, these samples would also let you determine if you like how the product wears throughout the day, whether the colour matches well, and if you’re allergic to the formula. This is especially useful, particularly when the product is on the pricier side. 

Moving onto eyebrow products, there are several types of products to bring out the boldness in your brows. There are the gels, pomades, pencils, and powders. For beginners, it is suggested to stick with powders.

This is because powders are the most forgiving out of the three options, as it can be blended out to create a softer look and wiped off easily should there be any mistakes. One can use a firm angled brush usually provided with the product itself to pick up the powder and transfer it onto the brows.
There’s no shortcuts to brows, as you would have to go through a lot of trial and error to get the perfect brow shape that brings out your features. You can look at different brow shapes you like and try them on until you find one that suits you the best and looks most natural. The process may take some practice, but a pair of strong brows can define and alter the look of one’s entire face.

It’s suggested that one start with the brows before applying foundation, as the foundation can cover up any mistakes made when drawing the eyebrows. Keep in mind that eyebrows are sisters, not twins. There will be some differences depending on your facial features and your facial muscles, and as long as it’s not too noticeable, you’ve done a good job. 

Lastly, a lip tint is the must-have product in your makeup kit. A tint is great for beginners as it can last through nuclear attacks and whatever oily fries you throw its way. You don’t have to worry much about reapplying as the typical tint will last you anywhere from 8 to 10 hours and more, if you’re careful with it.

There’s currently a trend online whereby people are matching their lip product colour to the colour of their nipples. As odd as it sounds, it works fairly well on most people. Obviously don’t take off your shirt or peer down your bra when in stores, but you can get samples of the lip products you’re interested in to try this weird trend at home.

The general rule for medium to pale skin tones to select natural looking lip colours is to never pick anything lighter than your skin colour, or you’d look washed out. For darker skin tones, good news! You can practically rock any lip colour, considering you’d look good with most colours on the spectrum.

Depending on the occasion, you can wear all sorts of different colours. For an everyday natural look, you can wear more neutral, dusty pinks. For special occasions, you can go for more striking colours such as dark reds, plums, bright pinks, and even black if you’re daring enough. 

Everybody’s skin and preference is different, so certain products that may work well with one person may not look flattering on others. Always try samples for best results. However, if there are no samples available, do read as many reviews on the product as you can.

There is a makeup product out there for everyone, so if you stumble upon one that doesn’t work for you, don’t fret! Makeup is ever-changing, there will always be a new formula to try out.