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How to Build a Starter Makeup Kit, Depending on Your Budget

There's something for everyone!
How to Build a Starter Makeup Kit, Depending on Your Budget
IMAGE NARS, K Palette, LOreal, Shu Uemura, Laura Mercier
There's something for everyone!

Building your own makeup kit can leave you daunted at first—I know I was! I remember stepping into those uber-bright stores, overwhelmed and confused with the thousands of cosmetics products on the shelves. I didn’t know where or how to begin.

Growing up in an all-girls' school where makeup was only allowed during school plays or events, you'd either go crazy for it or end up looking like a complete mess—foundation didn’t match my neck, eyebrows were a shade too dark, and winged liner seemed a tad bit crooked. It’s pretty obvious that I suffered from the latter...and laughably, I have photos to prove it.

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It was quite a journey! A lot of trial and error happened along the way but over time, I learned what would complement my morena skin and not wash me out. I figured out which shades and looks I could easily pull off and what products wouldn’t break my skin out, too. Makeup was created to express oneself and enhance what you already have, but no matter what skin color or type we have, we should all be comfortable with the skin we’re in.

That said, for days when you feel like being a little extra, enhance your features, and hiding a little blemish here and there, it helps to have a full arsenal to help you serve looks when you need it. If you're ready to step up your game, here are a few tips and products that are both newbie-friendly and pro favorites!

Primer

Good makeup needs a good base! Start off with a primer to help your makeup last longer. Some people tend to skip this, but don’t! As much as it helps to keep everything in place longer, it also serves as a protective barrier between your skin and the different products you’re about to pile on your face. Without it, some products tend to go deeper into your pores, causing breakouts. There’s a wide array of primers for each skin type; whether you need something for hydration, oil control, or to smoothen out pores, there’s one for you.

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PHOTO BY Benefit

BENEFIT Porefessional Face Primer, P860, Freyja, Glorietta 2

PHOTO BY Laura Mercier

LAURA MERCIER Radiance Primer, P1750, Rustan’s 

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PHOTO BY Banila Co

BANILA CO. Primer Original, P1150, SM Beauty

Foundation

Get a flawless, seamless base that can work for you from day to night. Here’s a tip when swatching to find your shade: once you get the color that’s recommended for you, leave and walk outside. Check if it truly matches your skin with natural light. This practice not only allows the foundation to “bake” on your skin (your natural oils can sometimes oxide with the product), but natural light is the best for color matching since lighting inside the stores tend to manipulate your undertones and give you a shade that might be too light or dark for you.

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PHOTO BY Make Up For Ever

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Foundation, P2830, SM Mega Fashion Hall

PHOTO BY LOreal

L'OREAL True Match Foundation, P500, SM Beauty

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PHOTO BY MAC

MAC Face and Body Foundation, P1900, Rustan’s

Concealer

Hide those dark circles and keep them at bay while making sure the wrong product doesn't crease or cake under your eyes throughout the day. When you’re in a hurry or your skin doesn't need that much coverage, a great concealer can be enough to cover a few blemishes and then you’re good to go!

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PHOTO BY Maybelline

MAYBELLINE Age Rewind Concealer, P399, BeautyMNL

PHOTO BY NARS

NARS Creamy Concealer, P1750, Rustan’s

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PHOTO BY Tarte

TARTE Shape Tape Concealer, P1950, The Makeup Store

Eyebrows

Brows are arguably your most important features since they frame your face! Using a brow pomade or gel is ideal for easily sculpting those arches and keeping them in place. When choosing your brow shade, the general rule is this: If your hair color is dark, opt for one to two shades lighter. If it's normally light, then go for a shade darker.

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THE FACE SHOP Designing Eyebrow Pencil, P225, SM Mega Fashion Hall

PHOTO BY MAC

MAC Pro Longwear Brow Set, P1150, Rustan's

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PHOTO BY K Palette

K-PALETTE Lasting Eyebrow Mascara, P720, Beauty Bar

Eyeliner and mascara

Make those peepers pop! From pencils to felt tip liners that won’t tug on your skin, easily use these to line your eyes while giving those thick, luscious lashes a faux falsies effect.

PHOTO BY LOreal

L’OREAL Lash Paradise, P499, SM Beauty

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PHOTO BY Marc Jacobs Beauty

MARC JACOBS O!Mega Volumizing Mascara, P1340, Sephora.ph

PHOTO BY Make Up For Ever

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Mascara, P1760, Sephora.ph

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PHOTO BY Kat Von D

KAT VON D Beauty Tattoo Liner, P1233, Sephora.ph

PHOTO BY K Palette

K-PALETTE Eyeliner, P845, Beauty Bar

 

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PHOTO BY Maybelline

MAYBELLINE Power Black Liner, P349, SM Beauty

Contour and highlight

All-out sculpting your face like a Kardashian isn't necessary, but a few tricks and tips from them won’t hurt! These tried and tested products will chisel out those cheekbones and highlight your best features.

PHOTO BY Benefit

BENEFIT Hoola Bronzer, P1060, Rustan’s

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PHOTO BY Happy Skin

HAPPY SKIN Glam Squad, P649, Greenbelt 5

PHOTO BY Fenty Beauty

FENTY BEAUTY Sun Lil’ Duo Mini Bronzer Set, P1600, Sephora.ph

Blush

From liquid blushes to creamy formulas and powder variants, there’s always something for everyone. It can easily be applied with your fingers; or, diffuse it with a sponge or brush giving you that perfect flush.

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PHOTO BY NARS

NARS Deep Throat, P1800, Rustan's

PHOTO BY Nudestix

NUDESTIX Nudies in Sunkissed, P1980, Sephora.ph

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PHOTO BY Benefit

BENEFIT Blush Bunch, P1590, Freyja, Glorietta 2

Lipsticks

Hoard the classics! You should have a perfect nude for everyday, a flattering shade of pink, and a signature red in your kit. Hundred of shades and formulas to choose from, so its quite impossible not to find one!

PHOTO BY MAC

MAC Lipstick in Diva, P1100, Rustan's

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PHOTO BY LOreal

L'OREAL Color Riche Lipstick in Maple Mocha, P350, Watson’s

PHOTO BY Charlotte Tilbury

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Matte Revolution, P1620, Calyxta.com

Eyeshadow palettes

A neutral eye palette that can easily go from day to night is a definite must have. You can’t go wrong with neutrals as they work for all skin tones and can easily be buildable for a smokey eye or dressed down for an everyday look.

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PHOTO BY Kat Von D

KAT VON D Shade + Light Eye Palette, P2812, Sephora.ph

PHOTO BY Anastasia Beverly Hills

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Soft Glam Eye Shadow, P2930, Sephora.ph

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PHOTO BY Max Factor

MAX FACTOR Nude Palette, P830, SM Beauty

Sponges and tools

Stick with the basics. Sponges are best used for cream or liquid products while brushes are best with powder! Although having a complete set would be great, it's ideal to go for what you’d normally reach forand preferrably in sizes that are travel-friendly, too!

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PHOTO BY Watsons

 BEAUTY BLENDER Sponge, P1156, Watsons

PHOTO BY Real Techniques

REAL TECHNIQUES Sponge, P600, SM Beauty

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PHOTO BY Zoeva

ZOEVA Classic Face Set, P3769, Sephora.ph

PHOTO BY Shu Uemura

SHU UEMURA Eyelash Curler, P1300, Sephora.ph

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