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    31 Beginner Makeup Products For Anyone Who Has No Clue Where To Start

    For so-called makeup kindergarteners.

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    1. NYX makeup-setting spray keeps your makeup from clocking out early. No creasing, no running, and no oil — unless you want a little shine. This cruelty-free formula comes in matte and dewy finishes, so you can switch things up.

    2. CoverGirl matte concealer blurs pesky pimples, dark circles, and whatever else you may want to cover up. The doe-foot applicator picks up a LOT of product — you'll be amazed how easy it is to blend. Shoot, you may not even need more foundation.

    A bare-faced reviewer with uneven skin who applied the concealer to completely cover uneven skin tone

    3. NYX Epic Ink Liner, aka the queen of waterproof liners, can withstand the trials and tribulations of life, especially water and smudging. It'll stay put without fading all day until you're ready to take it off.

    A reviewer's eyeliner

    4. Maybelline under-eye concealer fools everyone into thinking you're well-rested and didn't spend half the night binging your favorite shows. Its sponge applicator makes it ridiculously easy to blend without getting your hands dirty. You won't find a better concealer under $10!

    5. NYX Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation might just be the best contradiction you'll ever put on your face. For starters, it's got a matte finish that doesn't sacrifice luminosity. You'd expect a vegan foundation to break the bank, but this gem is only $10. With a lovely medium to buildable coverage, your skin will be the main attraction in all of your virtual meetings.

    Foundation swatches on four arms in different skin tones

    6. Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette has bold colors that never go out of style. I've had mine for years and I still reach for it often because I can use every shade.

    The palette

    7. Lancôme Lash Idôle Lash-Lifting & Volumizing Mascara actually impressed me, and I've been using Better Than Sex Mascara for years. Most mascaras take time to get that sweet spot where they're tacky (not watery, not dry) but this one is perfect fresh out the box.

    Zendaya modeling the mascara

    8. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation boasts a larger shade range than most drug store brands. People love its buildable, matte formula because it's not drying and lasts all day.

    A reviewer's scarred skin before applying foundation / A reviewer's skin with no noticeable scarring after using the foundation

    9. Or Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation since its hydrating formula makes it one of the best on the market. This'll also protect your skin, courtesy of SPF 18. Maybelline didn't skimp on the ingredients either — the product is dermatologist- and allergy-tested, noncomedogenic, AND fragrance-free.

    The foundation bottle

    10. Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer kisses your skin as though you spent the past month on the beach. It's not too red either. Pro tip: your bronzer shade makes an amazing eyeshadow crease color.

    The bronzers

    11. Elizabeth Moss Eye Shadow Primer makes sure your perfect cut crease doesn't become a muddy mess as soon as you leave home. If you have oily lids, you should seriously consider picking up one of these.

    A reviewer wearing the eyeshadow

    12. Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 is a phenomenal primer, hands down. It goes ghost the minute you put it on — and that's why we love it. You'll be hard-pressed to find a scentless, invisible, weightless formula that blocks over 96% of harmful UV rays, courtesy of broad-spectrum SPF 40. If you can't put down your phone, there's blue light protection too.

    13. Beauty Bakerie's Butter Hydrasilk Primer + Antioxidants prevents your makeup from electric sliding off of your face before you even leave the house.

    A model wearing the primer

    14. Benefit Cosmetics Waterproof Brow Pomade is perfect for adding pigment to thin or light brows. All you need to do is apply it with a brush, and then blend it in.

    A model's sparse brow without the product / A model's fuller brow with the product

    15. E.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer applies smoothly to bring out the best in your skin and the makeup you're about to apply. If you have oily skin, this should keep your makeup from breaking up.

    The primer

    16. Haus Laboratories Eyeliner accents the eyes with smudge-proof liquidy goodness. If you're heavy-handed, try the felt tip version for a little more control.

    model demonstrating the liner and a lipgloss

    17. Vivienne Sabó Cabaret Premiere Mascara puts some umph into every single lash. People will really think you're wearing falsies.

    A reviewer's lashes before using the mascara / A reviewer's fuller lashes after using the mascara

    18. I've been using TatBrow Ultra Hold Gel to keep my brows in place when they're out of control. I don't wear a lot of makeup anymore, so I love that it has a clear formula for a minimal look.

    A person wearing the brow gel

    19. The Lip Bar Liquid Matte Lipstick stays in place as long as you want it to and never clocks out early. Unlike many mattes, this one won't leave your lips feeling like The Thing.

    kayla in a pinkish purple matte lipstick

    20. Urban Decay Naked 3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette is a cult favorite for its super blendable neutral shades. It includes three versatile shimmers and three stunning mattes.

    A person holding the palette

    21. Coty Airspun face powder helps you nail a flawless, flashback-free, beat! Whoever told you that minimizing fine lines and blurring acne scars required a million products lied — this one does it all for under $10. Plus it comes in multiple shades!

    22. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream gives medium-to-full coverage that totally looks like skin. It's easy to blend and even has SPF 42.

    23. Ecotools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo knocks it out when it comes to ingredients. Makeup brushes are an investment, so having a hypoallergenic, paraben-, phthalate-, and petroleum-free product to clean them is ultra important.

    The product bottle

    24. Arishine Magnetic Eyeliner and Lashes Kit kindly ushers you into the land of falsies with minimal skill required. Just use the liner (like you would any other liner) and then the lash will stick to it. Easy, right?

    25. A Vogue Effects eyeliner stamp because let's be honest, nailing the perfect liner is borderline impossible without it. All you've gotta do is align the tool with your eye and stamp. Now you've got a crisp wing that Amy Winehouse would envy.

    26. BestLand 60-color eyeshadow palette offers a variety of shadows so you can really get comfortable with color by trying different things. There are reliable matte, satin, shimmer, and neutral shades for every occasion.

    the eyeshadow palette with four layers in a rotary design

    27. Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation offers your-skin-but-better to medium coverage for the person who loves natural makeup. It's hydrating, never cakes, and lasts all day.

    The foundation

    28. Wet n Wild Color Icon Multistick applies creamy to spread easily on your skin. Then, it dries into a powder to avoid transferring. It can be used as eyeliner, blush, or even on lips!

    three different skin tones displaying all the shades

    29. Haloscope effortlessly illuminates your lovely features because newsflash: the forced powdery IG highlight is so 2013. This oil-based stick hydrates your skin. Apply it and know that dew radiating off of your cheekbones is all you (plus the help of some infused crystals 🔮).

    Three retractable Haloscope sicks and a box

    30. Mented Cosmetics Lipstick pictured below in the shade "Blacker the Berry," has a velvety matte finish that will keep your lips poppin' all day without making them feel too dry.

    buzzfeed writer in dark red matte lipstick

    31. UOMA Beauty Say What Foundation glides across skin for a flawless base that diminishes the look of pores for a photo-worthy matte finish.

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