Starting out with makeup? Need help starting your affordable drugstore makeup starter kit?
You really only need these seven items from the drugstores for your makeup bag when starting out!
Also don’t forget to check out my Top 10 Best Drugstore Products and Current Australian Drugstore Makeup Favorites posts!
AFFORDABLE DRUGSTORE MAKEUP STARTER KIT
This whole kit is filled with the best drugstore products out there, and only totals up to US$50-70! That amounts to getting only about two or three products at Sephora – maybe only one! Crazy how you can get these amazing products for only $70 or less! (Note: Drugstore prices will vary from store to store!)
Check out the list below:
- Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation (US$9.99)
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (US$6.99)
- Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder (US$15.50)
- Rimmel London Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit (US$6.99)
- Rimmel Magnif’Eyes – Kissed By A Rose Gold (US$6.99)
- Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (US$12)
- Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (US$4.29)
Best thing is, these products are available all over the world, not just the US!
1. MAYBELLINE FIT ME MATTE + PORELESS FOUNDATION
Great coverage? Check. Wide shade range? Check. Lightweight-feel on the skin? Check!
This is my current favorite drugstore foundation, and even though I have dry skin, its semi-matte finish doesn’t make my skin feel dehydrated or look completely matte at all.
I still love the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, reviewed here, but this brand is much more accessible in most countries.
Check out my review on the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation!
2. MAYBELLINE FIT ME CONCEALER
This concealer is very comparable to the high-end cult favorite NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and I would highly recommend this because it works beautifully as an under eye concealer and a spot/blemish concealer. It’s not drying on the skin and won’t accentuate flaky skin. It has a doe-foot applicator which makes application so much easier.
Another one I would recommend if you have drier skin is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer (US$8.99). Although it is targeted for the undereyes, it actually works incredibly well on blemishes too! It’s actually my personal favorite because I have dry skin. This has a much more hydrating formula than the Fit Me concealer.
3. BOURJOIS HEALTHY BALANCE UNIFYING POWDER
In my original post, I recommended the Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder (US$4.99), which is truly one of the best translucent setting powders of all time!
However, I find that I like this powder a bit more because it gives the skin a healthy glow, and gives it a little bit more coverage. It sets makeup really, really well too!
If you prefer a translucent setting powder, then go with the Rimmel one! 😉
4. RIMMEL KATE SCULPTING AND HIGHLIGHTING KIT
This kit is perfect for beginners because you get three products: a highlighter, bronzer and blush, and it makes the whole makeup-applying process so much easier as we won’t need to rummage through our makeup bag looking for three separate products for our cheeks.
The blush is gorgeous, the bronzer is neutral toned and will suit most skin tones, and the highlighter is not an over-the-top, super-glowy kind of a highlighter. It’s very soft and diffused, so it’s great for beginners! You can also use this on your eyes’ inner corners and the bridge of your nose.
5. RIMMEL MAGNIF’EYES – KISSED BY A ROSE GOLD
As a makeup newbie, I know how intimidating and challenging eyeshadow and eyeliner application could be!
To save you the hassle of having to use multiple products to get your eye makeup done, get one of Rimmel’s double ended eyeshadow and eyeliner sticks!
If you get this exact color, apply the lighter copper color all over the lids and blend it out with your fingers. Then simply use the brown liner on the other end (the end with the sharper point) to line your upper and lower lashlines! Since it’s very creamy, it’s very forgiving and it’ll be easy for you to fix your mistakes.
Check out my review of the whole range here!
6. MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA
If you haven’t, check out my Top 10 Best Drugstore Makeup list here! The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is hands down my favorite mascara from the drugstores and I raved about it on my post.
It volumizes, lengthens, separates, lasts all day, and comes in a waterproof formula as well… I never knew of a mascara that could do so many things!
7. REVLON COLORBURST LIP BUTTER
When you’re new to makeup, you’d probably be a bit intimidated by bright and opaque lip colors. Your lips would probably be a bit more sensitive than people who often wear lipstick, so lip colors can often dry out your lips.
Thus I recommend the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters because some of the shades are very wearable, MLBB (my lips but better) shades and they’re very, very moisturizing. They’re basically tinted lip balms.
So, I hope you found this helpful! Do share this with people whom you know are looking to start out their drugstore starter makeup kit! 🙂
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NOTE: This post was originally written in July 2015 and featured the following ten products, some of which have been discontinued.
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