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17 Easy Makeup Tips Every Beginner Should Know

Get that flawless face with minimal effort.

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1. Buy fewer high-quality materials that can be used for multiple things.

Buying brushes is unnecessarily complicated and expensive. When first starting out, it's helpful to get brushes that can be used for multiple steps. There are many ways you can build your own set, but for starters, beauty vlogger Emily Quack recommends the following budget-friendly makeup brushes:

Beauty Blender (dupe) ($7): Not technically a brush, but it gives great coverage for foundation and can also be used to blend all makeup from blush to concealer.

Angled Brow Brush ($10): Good for eyebrows and smudging eyeshadow under and in the creases of eyes.

Sigma Blending Brush ($14): Great for blending all types of eyeshadow and for nose contouring.

Sigma Large Angled Contour ($22): Amazing for contouring and blush application.

Multitasking Brush ($5.69): Great for applying powder after contouring and blush.

If you want to know more about how to use these brushes, check out this detailed explanation here.


2. To avoid cake-face makeup, use finishing spray to give your face an even, natural look.

Not only does this help your makeup stay on longer, but it also gives your face a nice, dewy glow.

Get the MAC Fix+ spray from Amazon for $35 or the powder for $30.

Or, if you want a cheaper alternative, you can make it yourself with glycerin, rose water, and a spritzer. Learn how to here.


7. Beautifully shaped brows immediately up your makeup game:

If you already have a brow brush, you can fill your brows in with brow powder ($22). If you don't have a brush and would rather use a brow kit, you can get one on Amazon for $6.

8. If you want to intensify eyeshadow colors, mix a little setting spray into the shade you want to use.

First, spray Fix+ (or an alternative) on the back of your hand. Then, take a brush and dab it in the product before picking up the eyeshadow.

9. If your lip stain dries out your lips, add a drop of essential oil to create moisturizing lip stain.

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Get rose hip oil from Amazon for $29. Also good for making your own setting spray.


13. To make your lips fuller, try this easy trick of applying white eyeliner to the center of your lips.

After you fill in the center with white eyeliner or concealer, outline your lips with a lip liner that's slightly darker than your lip color. Then, finish it off with your regular lip color. See more here.

Get a white concealer stick from Amazon for $5.

15. Mix old pigments together to create some interesting eyeshadow shades.

You can even try pressing loose pigments to make them pop or shine more. But, before doing this, check the ingredients. According to Alice's Beauty Madness, mica-based pigments are better for pressing, but pigments based on mineral oxides, ultramarine or dyes don't do well pressed. To see how it's done, check out this tutorial.

16. If it's too hot and you're worried about melting mascara, lipstick, etc., go for a soft wash of color over your eyelids.

Lower maintenance is always a win. If you don't have brighter eyeshadow, here's a pretty cheap palette with 40 vivid colors.


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