Building a Makeup Collection for Beginners
Building a makeup collection can definitely be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. It’s important to know that it does take time ( unless you want to drop some big bucks lol ), and it’s a different process for everyone depending on your own personal wants and needs.
Only within the past few years have I gotten into purchasing higher end makeup and trying to expand my collection a little bit. Prior to that I only shopped at the drugstore for my makeup needs and that was perfect for my needs then. Check out my drugstore favourites here! When I decided I wanted to try some higher end products I knew the first product I wanted to get was foundation. Why? Because it was something I wore every single day, and I was applying it to my entire face so I wanted something that was going to work well with my skin.
I’m going to share my 5 tips from my experience for building a makeup collection for beginners:
1. Slow and Steady – It’s a Process
Building a makeup collection is a process, and it’s a trial and error process as well. There are so many different brands and products out on the market today, so it will take some time to figure out what you like and what works well for you. Don’t feel like you need to go out and buy the whole store at once. Narrow down what you need and slowly build from there.
2. Know What You Like Already
I’m sure you probably know what makeup you like and use already, so keep that in mind for when you want to expand your collection. If you only wear liquid foundations then don’t go out and buy a powder one for the first time just because you want to add to your collection. Chances are you probably won’t wear it all that often because it’s not what you like best. Same goes for things like eyeliner – don’t buy a liquid one if you only use a pencil!
3. Essentials First
I would definitely suggest buying your essentials first. Things like foundation, mascara, blush or contour, a classic lipstick – items that you wear everyday. If you use certain products daily then start there, because you know that you’re going to use them!
4. Build out Basics and Neutrals
Start by building out your basics and neutrals just like you would with your wardrobe. Once you feel like you have your essentials down then you can start to slowly expand in other areas that you may not wear as often. Personally I wanted to get an eye shadow palette but since I don’t often wear eye shadow I knew going with a simple neutral palette would be a safe bet. Don’t get yourself carried away and go crazy purchasing bold colours if you’re unsure how to wear them. Start with the neutrals, test them out, and see if you’re ready for more colours in the future.
5. Research and Reviews
The Internet is your friend when it comes to building a collection! Always be sure to do your research and read multiple reviews before investing in a product. Before getting my first high end foundation product I read so many reviews, so when I went to the store I had a really good idea of which one I wanted. I was able to test them out and do a colour match with one of the store employees and I was extremely happy with my purchase after.
Like I said before, it is a process and it’s a different one for everybody! Start small, do your research, and slowly build your dream collection.