Beauty & Fashion

It’s All About That Base: For Beginners

Kate Tyrrell 30/10/2015

Speaking from a self confessed makeup addict speaking to a beginner in the make up world, it can be extremely overwhelming with the amount of products on the market to start a make up kit. When you’re a beginner and you’re not educated on the products, it’s very daunting and you don’t know where to start when entering any makeup store. I am going to guide you in finding the best products to start your makeup kit.

B a s e

Firstly, let’s start with the base - which I believe is the most important part. Once you have clean skin, you should then take your favourite face moisturizer and let that absorb into the skin. After your skin is prepped for makeup, it’s great to take a primer, which will be the barrier between your moisturizer and the foundation you will apply on top. My favourite primer is the Face of Australia ‘Face Base Primer’ which is great for all skin types and it’s oil free so it won’t clog your pores.

F o u n d a t i o n

Then we go onto foundation, which in itself can be very overwhelming to choose from as there are many different colours, textures, coverage’s and finishes to choose from and this all depends on your skin type. Once you know your skin type, you can pick your foundation. For example, if you have dry skin, you would prefer a liquid, dewy foundation and if you have oily skin you would prefer a powder foundation, oil free foundation. My suggestion in the foundation department would be to walk into any makeup department and they will help you find a foundation, even the employees at the drugstore; priceline can match you a foundation. Everyone needs a great foundation, my top 3 favourites are the Chanel Perfection Lumiere, which is great for people with normal skin, it’s a medium coverage and has an SPF 15 in it. My next suggestion would be the Mac Pro longwear foundation, which is great for any skin type, this lasts up to 12 hours and gives you a natural, matte finish. A very similar budget friendly foundation is the Loreal Paris True Match foundation. The third type of foundation I would recommend is a powder foundation, I love the nude by nature Mineral Cover powder foundation. This is great for beginners as it is easily buffed into the skin, it has a buildable coverage but still looks very natural.

C o n c e a l e r

The next part of the base I will speak about will be concealer, which can be applied over the foundation of your choice. Concealer can be applied to cover blemishes, hide under eye circles and to brighten up the face. My recommendations are the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, this concealer has a huge colour range, it doesn’t crease under the eye and it gives a buildable coverage. My next recommendation is the Maybelline fit me Concealer which is perfect to hide your imperfections. 

So after these products are applied you will have a flawless complexion. To ensure your makeup stays on all day, it’s important to set it with a translucent powder such as the Loose Translucent Powder from Face of Australia

C o n t o u r

We need to give our base some dimension by adding some bronzer and blush to our face, which will give our skin life. There are some great palettes on the market that have both bronzers and blushes in them, which is perfect for beginners. I would recommend the brand NARS, they have their top selling blush ‘Orgasm’ and their top selling bronzer ‘Laguna’ in a palette. 


Laguna Bronzer by Nars

So now, we have addressed all the products to achieve a perfect, flawless base; which includes primer, foundation, concealer, powder, blush and bronzer to start your makeup kit. Next we need to go onto the tools and brushes to apply them, but that’s for another day..


Beginners Makeup Kit:

Face of Australia ‘Face Base Primer'
Chanel Perfection Lumiere
Loreal Paris True Match foundation
nude by nature Mineral Cover powder foundation
NARS laguna bronzer
Maybelline fit me Concealer
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
Loose Translucent Powder from Face of Australia


KT x



Kate Tyrrell has a background in Communications and Psychology. She specializes in Public Relations and Marketing which makes her efficient in promotional writing, she produces content in Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Health and Interior Design. Kate is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and her major in Psychology gives her a deep interest in people linking to consumer behaviour and insights.

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