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Complete Makeup Kit Essentials For Beginners |Budget Friendly Makeup Kit

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Beginner's Makeup Kit | Makeup Kit Essentials | Budget-Friendly Makeup Kit | Complete Makeup Products | Affordable Makeup Products


If you are a newbie to the makeup world then you must definitely be confused about which products can give you the best makeover without burning a hole in your pocket.


Building a makeup kit from scratch can be a bit intimidating. We have so many brands both drugstore and high end popping up constantly in the market that we get lost in it and find it very difficult to choose the best ones.


I would never recommend buying cheap products just because they are affordable. But we definitely have some amazing drugstore brands like Maybelline, Wet n Wild, Swiss beauty which actually comes up with products that are as good as some high-end brands. Investing initially in these brands can be the right step towards building your makeup kit.


So without wasting much time let's get to know the products you can invest in for your ultimate budget-friendly makeup kit.



The Complete Budget-Friendly Makeup Kit Essentials


The products I will be sharing with you will be for all skin types. If at all it’s only suitable for a particular skin type, I will mention it clearly and will also provide alternatives for others. Similarly, It’s totally up to you to choose from the brands I’ll mention as you know your skin better than me.


I have sorted the whole list of best-reviewed products and finally have come up with this particular list which together would cost you at least around Rs3000. This amount can go up or down depending on what products or brands you like to use. So here are the most essential list of items you might need in your makeup kit.



1) Moisturizer and Lip balm -


Before applying makeup it’s very important to moisturize your skin. Hydrating your skin helps it to stay healthy even after using heavy or light makeup.



Another major reason is that your makeup will never look cakey if it’s moisturized well. This is a very important point which beginners usually miss out and ultimately ends up having a very artificial flaky look.


You can use any of your regular moisturizer that suits your skin. Make sure it’s lightweight and absorbs quickly to your skin. If you do not have any such product go for Ponds Super Light Gel Oil-Free Moisturizer. It has such a lightweight formula that you won’t even realize that you have applied it to your skin. Moreover, it’s super affordable.


Buy Online -> Pond's Super Light Gel Moisturiser


In addition to moisturizing your face, you also need to hydrate your lips. Hence use any of your favorite lip balms for the same. In case you are not someone who uses lip balms then girl you must start using them right now. I have already written an article on the best lip balms. Click here to check that out.


Buy Online -> Kaumudi Handmade & Natural Lip Balm



2) Primer -


This is a pre-foundation product that acts as a secret weapon for creating smooth and flawless skin instantly. Yes! You heard me right.



If you are someone who has large pores, uneven textured skin, fine lines then this product can be the complete game changes in your makeup kit. It also helps your foundation stay for a longer period and acts as a barrier on your skin to protect it from harmful chemicals in the makeup products.


But this is a totally optional step. If you have a healthy good looking skin then it's totally fine if you don’t use a primer. Simply moisturizing can do the task. Primers are usually costly and hence I will be sharing both affordable and slightly high priced ones.


Buy Online -> Makeup Revolution London Ultra Face Base Primer

Buy Online -> Blue Heaven Studio Perfection Primer


Colorbar primer is also good.



3) Concealer -


Concealers are great for hiding any blemishes, dark circles, dark spots, and also to provide a perfect base for your eye makeup. Having a concealer either of your exact skin tone or a shade lighter can be really helpful in achieving a flawless finish to your overall makeup look.



I prefer either Maybelline new york fit me concealer or the Swiss Beauty Liquid concealer. Swiss beauty is more affordable when compared to Maybelline. But both give amazing coverage. Choose the one which can fit in your budget.


Buy Online -> Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer

Buy Online -> Swiss Beauty Professional Liquid Concealer



4) Foundation or BB cream -


Next comes the foundation. This should be selected based on your skin type. Extremely oily skin should look for matte finish foundation while dry skin can go for normal hydrating ones.


If you have blemishes and dark spots try to use more coverage providing foundations else you can even go for lighter products. BB creams can also work for you if you do not prefer using heavy foundations on a daily basis.


Buy Online -> Maybelline New York Super Stay 24H Full Coverage Liquid Foundation

Buy Online -> L'Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Liquid Foundation

Buy Online -> Ponds BB cream



5) Beauty Blender -


Only if you want to build a complete pro makeup kit you can invest in 1-2 beauty blenders. Else applying foundation with your hands will also do the same job as beauty blenders.


In case you wish to buy it, you can click on the link mentioned below.


Buy Online -> MINISO Makeup Beauty Sponge Blender



6) Compact powder -


A small compact of pressed powder is perfect for touch-ups during the day. It’s a must-have for oily skin people as their makeup tends to break down more than dry skin people.


It can also be used as an alternative for loose powders that are used to set your under eyes after concealing. It gives good coverage and also helps in attaining an even skin tone.


Hence dry skin people can skip this product. But if you want, you can include it to simply set your under-eyes.


Buy Online -> Maybelline Fit Me Compact

Buy Online -> Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte Poreless Powder



7) Eyebrow Pencil -


Grooming your eyebrows are really necessary to enhance your complete look. It also helps in shaping and contouring your face. It instantly fills the gaps in your brows and provides a definition to them. You can either use an eyebrow pencil or ash grey/brown eyeshadow to fill them.



Always choose a color that blends with your hair color. For example, in case you have colored your hair brown and then using a black eyebrow pencil will clearly make it feel artificial. You need to use a dark brown color so that it feels more natural and pretty.


Buy Online -> Miss Claire Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil




8) Eye pencil/gel liners -


Though you might not have a complete makeup kit you probably would be using an eyeliner pencil quite often. You can use any of your favorite brands but Always invest in a smudge-proof kajal as they are more long-lasting.



Also, another best option is that you can go for gel liners as they provide a more intense color to your eyes, last longer, and also have a very food creamy formula. I believe, for the longer run gel liners seem to be more affordable especially if you are someone like me who wears kajal on a daily basis.



Do check out my blog post on best eyeliner pencils so as to choose the right one in your budget.


Buy Online -> Swiss Beauty Gel Liner

Buy Online -> Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

Buy Online -> Faces Magneteyes Kajal



9) Eyeliner -


If you are going for gel liners then you do not require to buy separate eyeliners. But in case you do not have a good long-lasting and smudge-proof eye pencil then having a waterproof liner can be a savior.


You get a huge list to choose from but my all-time favorite liner would be from the Lakme brand. One bottle can last forever. This can be the best go-to liner for all beginners. Take my word.


Buy Online -> Lakme Insta Eye Liner

Buy Online -> Maybelline New York Colossal Bold Eyeliner



10) Eyeshadow Palette -


For a beginner, a high-end eyeshadow palette can be a total waste of money. You need to know and learn how to start using the colors on your eyes. For that, I would recommend to start with an affordable brand and then later upgrade to a higher-end product if needed.



The application of eyeshadows can be a bit tricky and needs some practice to become a pro. Hence be on the safer side by playing with subtle and nude colors rather than bright, pop up colors like blue, green, etc which can really make your complete look messy.


I am sharing one such ultimate palette that can not only be used as an eyeshadow but also as a contour, highlighter, and blush. Isn’t that great?



Now you would be wondering how that can happen? Anything designed for your eyes would be completely safe for your face too. If you see the colors the pinks can be used a blush, while dark brown for contouring and the golden shimmery shade for highlighting.


Don’t worry! I would be soon uploading an IGTV video on my Instagram page that will help you know how to use a simple eyeshadow palette for achieving a complete makeup look.

So do follow me over there -


Buy Online -> Swiss Beauty Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Buy Online -> Swiss Beauty Mini Eyeshadow Palette - Shade 2



11) Highlighter, Contour -


As I mentioned above you can definitely work this out with your eye shadow palette. But if you still prefer having a separate ideal product for contouring and highlighting then you can choose from the wet and wild or swiss beauty as they are quite affordable.


Buy Online -> Swiss Beauty Beauty Highlighter and Bronzer Palette



12) Mascara -


Your makeup kit is incomplete with mascara. The days where you don't want to apply kajal or any other eye makeup simply apply a few strokes of mascara and you would be good to go.


Mascara instantly enhances your eyes and gives volume to your lashes. This makes your eyes look bigger and fuller.


My first ever mascara was from Maybelline and I still love it so much. It has a very good formula and provides a pretty good length to your lashes. I also love the wet n wild mascara and that's my current favorite in the drugstore range.


Buy Online -> Maybelline New York Volume Express Colossal Mascara

Buy Online -> wet n wild Mega Length Mascara



13) Lipstick -


The range of colors you get for lipsticks is infinity. But there are basic tones like the nude, brown, mauve, pinks, and reds from which you can choose according to your skin tone.


  • Fair-skinned people can go for pink, coral, peach, nude, dusty red, etc.

  • Medium to brown skin people can buy mauve, brown nudes, rose, cherry red, etc.

  • Dark skin people should try using copper brown, red, chocolate brown, dark pinks, etc


You can opt for the traditional retractable lipsticks but I would recommend you to try out liquid lipsticks as they are easy to apply and also are more long-lasting than others. You can also get them at a very affordable price.


If you have dry, chapped lips so for creamy and hydrating lipsticks rather than a matte finish. Mattes are best for normal and plump lips. However, you can use a lip balm over your matte lipstick to make it hydrated.


Note - Lip liners are optional if you are choosing liquid lipsticks. Any way I will be mentioning the product link so that you can check out if you want to buy one.



Buy Online -> Lakme Forever Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Buy Online -> Maybelline New York Sensational Liquid Matte Lipstick

Buy Online -> Faces Canada Weightless Matte Lipstick



14) Makeup fixer spray -


Finally comes the last step i.e fixing your makeup to stay intact! This is a very important step if you are planning to attend any functions. Using a makeup fixing spray simply locks your makeup and helps you to stay free without worrying much about your makeup.



PS - You, of course, need to do 1 or 2 touch-ups in between.


Buy Online -> Swiss Beauty MakeUp Fixer Natural Aloe Vera with Vitamin-E



Here comes the end to the list of products you will require to build a complete makeup kit. However, just because I mentioned these products it's not necessary that you need to buy each and every single product. If your budget is less and wants to start with minimal products skip all the optional ones that I have mentioned above. Invest in the most basic and essential items now and gradually add products if required in the future.


Every girl's choice is different! Hence just know your requirements and set up your first and most awaited makeup kit.



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