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7 Makeup Essentials For Beauty Beginners
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7 Makeup Essentials For Beauty Beginners

If you’re just beginning to dabble in makeup, like a baby, your first few steps may be daunting and you may fail. Furthermore, if you’re enchanted by makeup fanatics on Youtube…

The trick is to be confident and start slow! Aim to master basic techniques and neutral looks and pretty soon you’ll be a makeup pro in no time.

We’ve come up with a list of essentials you need to start you off on your makeup journey!

1. Makeup Remover

Contrary to the picture above, makeup cannot just disappear with wet wipes. Furthermore if you’re just starting out, you definitely need makeup removal in case you’re done and you don’t like what you see in the mirror.

For lipsticks and eye makeup like mascaras etcetera, use-

removerL’Oreal Dermo Expertise Gentle Lip and Eye Make-Up Remover

This remover is made up of two layers. The dark layer is rich in gentle oils and removes long-lasting makeup, while the lighter layer is a gentler lotion that “adds a sensation of freshness”.

It comes at an affordable price of RM38.50.

For your face, use-


L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

This product is as gentle as water is on your skin. Moreover, it acts like a makeup remover, toner and skin soother in this all-in-one micellar water. The micellar solution acts like a purifying magnet on the skin’s surface to capture and draw out excess oil and impurities, leaving the skin soothed, cleansed and toned.

The first rule of wearing makeup is to never wear it to sleep. Always unclog your pores and ensure that your skin has sufficient rest throughout the night.

In fact, even if you just leave a layer of sunblock on your face, that has to be removed using makeup remover as well. It contains substances that sits on the layer of skin and is not easily removed by just water and basic cleanser alone.

2. Foundation

No matter what your skin tone is, the best way to find your perfect match is to leave it to the professionals. If you’re fending for yourself, swipe a few colors vertically across your jawline and whichever turns out to be barely visible is your best bet.

Once you’ve got your color, you can try out the different range of foundations, BB and CC creams from Luxola.

There is a variety of foundation types-

Cream foundation…

foundationWet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation, RM28.50

Cake Powder…

compactMaybelline White Superfresh UV Cake Powder Foundation, RM62


foundation (2)THEBALM Time Balm Foundation, RM97

CC creams…

ccLasertox Miracle White CC Cream Lotion, RM101.50

And BB creams.

bbMaybelline Mineral BB Water Gel, RM57

You don’t need brushes or sponges to apply foundation, just use your fingers! Simply dab, and blend gently.

3. Concealer

Concealer is the only way to get rid of dark circles. It’s a temporary fix so you should know by now that the best way to make eyebags disappear is to remove them with many nights of beauty sleep.


The Mirenesse Icon Sealer Concealer (RM91 at Luxola) is an amazing 3-in-1 anti-ageing concealer that is a concealer, eyeshadow base and line minimizer all in one! It also actively treats skin as it is infused with anti-oxidants!

4. Blush

The right shade of blush will make you look like you’re blushing, not wearing blush. For safer shades, go with light shades first and skip the shimmer.


This is the Baby Chou shade of 3CE’s Face Blush at Luxola, with the price of RM78. It can be blend easily into your cheeks as well as simultaneously giving your face a rosy glow.

5. Eyelash Curler

Before moving on to your mascara, you must curl your eyelashes so your lashes wouldn’t constantly leave mascara residue below your eyes throughout the day.

curler3CE Eylash Curler, RM73

6. Mascara

When choosing your Mascara, make sure you find one that doesn’t clump up. Mascara thickens as it’s exposed to air over time so if yours is goopy, toss it!

rocketMaybelline Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara, RM 51.50

mascaraMirenesse Mini Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara Super Long with Extra Fibers, RM47

7. Lipstick

Same rule applies for lippies as it does for blush- use a light color. If the rest of your face has a neutral tone to it, you may not want to add a sudden pop of color.

balmThis is Wet n Wild’s Mega Slicks Lip Balm Stain for only RM14.50 (it’s on sale!) and it’s perfect for beginners because it glides smoothly on the lips as well as conditions it! It has a long lasting color because it “stains” and you don’t have to worry about continuous reapplying of color to your lips!

Once you’ve mastered these techniques, move on to more intricate makeup products like eyeliners, eyeshadows and contouring palettes. However if you have a tight budget, the above 7 essentials will get you through your immersion into the wonderful world of makeup.

Besides, who says you have to blow all your money on makeup? With money-saving sites like ShopBack all you have to do is take the leap of faith, click a few buttons and poof! Your beauty tools are on the way to being delivered to your doorstep in no time! Get these items on Hermo and be sure to use a Hermo promo code to get discounts!

*Luxola has since been rebranded as Sephora.

*First Published: 25 Jul 2018, Last Updated: 31 Oct 2018

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