How To Start Building Your Makeup Collection

If you’re new to makeup, starting a collection can be a daunting idea. With so many products out there and so many different opinions of what you need to use, it can be challenging to know which is the best and where you should spend your money. In addition, makeup is not a cheap item, and building a collection can become very expensive if you buy unnecessary products.

Here are a few tips to help you get started building your makeup collection and ways to save money in the process

Collection of different makeup products.

Start with the Basics

When you start out using makeup, it is best to first begin by mastering the basic products and then get more adventurous later. This way, you also save money as you aren’t buying products that you are not ready to use yet and will expire. 

To start off, there are five essential products you need that will help to elevate your features and boost your self-confidence. As a beginner, you must first learn how to apply the basics. These five products will give you a natural makeup look and will also not break the bank when just starting. 



Primer is often overlooked as it is usually classed as unnecessary. However, primer is essential for creating a smooth canvas on which to apply your makeup and for helping your makeup last throughout the day.

There are several reasons why you should use primer in your makeup routine. First, primer creates a smooth canvas on which to apply your makeup. If you have any imperfections on your skin, such as wrinkles, fine lines, or large pores, a primer will help to minimize their appearance.

Second, primer helps your makeup last longer. If you have oily skin, primer will help to control shine and prevent your makeup from sliding off your face. If you have dry skin, primer will help to hydrate your skin and prevent your makeup from drying out or cracking.

Third, primer can help to improve the appearance of your makeup. Using a colour-correcting primer can help to even out your skin tone and create a more unified look. If you use a shimmery primer, it can add a touch of radiance to your complexion.

Finally, primer can act as a protection layer between your skin and the makeup. If used often, makeup can clog your pores and can lead to breakouts. Applying primer helps to prevent this and can keep your skin healthier.

When choosing a primer, it’s essential to consider your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, look for a mattifying primer to help control shine.

If you have dry skin, look for a hydrating primer that will help to prevent your makeup from drying out. If you have sensitive skin, look for a hypoallergenic primer that won’t irritate your skin.

Once you’ve considered your skin type, you can narrow your options by considering your specific needs. For example, if you have large pores, look for a poreminimizing primer. On the other hand, if you have wrinkles or fine lines, look for a smoothing primer.

If you want to add a touch of radiance to your complexion, look for a shimmery primer. When using primer, apply it to clean, dry skin before applying your foundation or other makeup.

To apply primer, smooth it over your face with your fingertips or a makeup brush. Once you’ve used primer, you can proceed with the rest of your makeup routine as usual.



There are many reasons to use concealer as part of your makeup routine. Concealer can help to even out your skin tone, cover up blemishes, and brighten your complexion. It can also be used to contour and highlight your features.

Concealer is a versatile product that can be used in many different ways to create a variety of looks. When selecting a concealer, it is crucial to choose one that is the right shade for your skin tone.

If you are using concealer to cover up blemishes, choose a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. For contouring and highlighting, select a concealer that is one or two shades darker than your skin tone.

It is better to go in-store when choosing your concealer to ensure you get the right shade. There are some great drugstore concealers that work well without costing a fortune. This is especially handy when first starting and trying things till you find what you love.

Concealer can be applied with your fingers, a makeup sponge, or a brush. Using concealer to cover up blemishes, use a small amount and blend it into your skin. Apply the concealer in a thin layer for contouring and highlighting, and blend it outwards.

When using concealer, less is more. Start with a small amount and build up to the desired coverage. If you use too much concealer, it can look cakey and unnatural.

Concealer is a great way to create a flawless makeup look. Using the right shade and applying it correctly can cover up blemishes, even out your skin tone, and contour and highlight your features.



Whether a makeup newbie or a seasoned pro, you’ve probably heard that setting your makeup with powder is a must. But why is that? What does powder do that other products don’t?

Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits of using powder in your makeup routine. 

First, it extends the wear time of your makeup. If you want your makeup to last all day (and night), setting it with powder is a must. Powder helps to absorb excess oil and sweat, which can break down makeup and cause it to fade or smear.

Secondly, it minimizes the appearance of pores. Finally, the powder can help to give your skin a smooth, even finish. It creates a softer and more professional makeup look without appearing cakey. 

It will set your concealer, preventing them from creasing or rubbing off during the day. It also provides a matte finish if you have oily skin or you’re not a fan of a dewy finish. Powder can help to give your skin a matte look.

It helps to control shine; if you have oily skin, you know that shine can be a problem. Powder helps to absorb excess oil and keep shine at bay.

Powder is one of the most affordable makeup products out there. You can find the quality powder at any drugstore or beauty store. You can get powder in a translucent colour or choose a powder to match your skin tone both work well. It just depends on your preferences. 



Mascara is an excellent option if you‘re looking for a way to add a little extra drama to your eyes. It can help to make your lashes look longer, fuller, and more defined. Plus, it can also help to give your eyes a wider, more open appearance. 

Though, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing mascara. First, you‘ll want to select a formula that is right for your lashes.

If you have short or sparse lashes, you‘ll want to opt for a volumizing mascara. If you have long or thick lashes, then you may want to go for a lengthening mascara.

Second, you‘ll want to consider the brush type. There are two main types of mascara brushes: straight and curved. Straight brushes are great for adding length to your lashes, while curved brushes are better for creating volume.

Finally, you‘ll want to decide on the shade of mascara you want. Black is the most popular choice, but there are also brown, blue, and even clear mascaras available.

There are great mascara options at drugstores and multiple options, so you can find the one that will work the best for you. 



If you‘re looking for ways to make your eyebrows look their best, you might consider using eyebrow products. Here are four reasons why eyebrow products can be beneficial:

They can help you achieve the ideal brow shape

If you want to achieve perfectly shaped eyebrows, eyebrow products can help. All sorts of eyebrow products are available, including pencils, powders, gels, and even waxes. Each of these products can help you to alter your brow shape. This includes filling them in to make them appear fuller you helping to lengthen or create a sharper angle.

They can help you achieve the ideal brow colour 

Like with brow shape, various products are available to help you achieve the perfect brow colour. Whether you‘re looking for a naturallooking brow or something a bit bolder, there are multiple options. When first choosing an eyebrow colour, it can be better to start more natural and get darker as you become more comfortable with the products. 

They can help you achieve a more polished look 

If you‘re looking for a way to take your eyebrows to the next level, eyebrow products can help. Whether you want to add a bit of definition or make your brows look neater, there are many ways to improve your brow look.

When choosing your brow products, I recommend seeing a brow specialist as they can help you find the best options for your brow shape and personal style. This can also help you to save money as you can test the products first to ensure they are the right thing for your brows. 


Women applying mascara

Next Steps

Now you have your basics mastered. Next, you can begin expanding your collection and start to elevate your look. This can be done with the use of the following products.



This is your whole face base layer. Foundation helps to even your skin tone and create a base layer for other products to be applied on. When choosing a foundation for the first time, it is essential to do this in-store to ensure you get the correct colour.

I recommend speaking with a specialist at a makeup store or drugstore as they can help guide you towards the perfect foundation for your skin type.



Bronzer is used to create more definition to your face at bringing some colour back in as the foundation, concealer and concealer can wash you out as they are all very similar toned.

Bronzer comes in cream and powder formulas, and it is usually applied to just below the cheekbone, below your hairline and along the jaw.



Blush is also used to bring colour to your face. They are pink-toned and are applied to the checks. 



Highlighter is used on the high points of your face like your cheek bone, ridge and tip of your nose, brow bone and inner corner of your eye. Highlighter is an easy way to elevate your look. It is best to start by applying it lightly and slowly build it up to your satisfaction. 



There are thousands of different eyeshadow palettes, all with various colours. When first experimenting with eyeshadow, it is better to use more neutral colours like browns and pinks, and once you get more confident, you can add pops of colour and sparkles. 



You can use a wide range of products on your lips, such as lip liner, which helps to create an outline for your lips and more definition. Depending on your preferred look, this can then be filled with lipstick or gloss. 



Eyeliner is a cosmetic product used to define the eyes. It is applied around the eye’s contours using a small brush and is available in pencil and liquid form. It comes in many colours, but the most popular are black and brown. 


Setting Spray

Setting spray is a product that can be used to keep makeup in place for an extended period. It is typically applied after the makeup has been applied, and it can help extend the makeup’s wear time.



In conclusion, starting a makeup collection does not have to be a daunting task. By following the simple steps of determining what products you need, setting a budget, and sticking to it, you can easily create a collection that suits your needs and budget. Then, with a little planning and patience, you can have a fabulous makeup collection in no time.