MAKEUP: Well, duh! If you don't have any makeup yet, here are my suggestions for the bare minimum: liquid foundation,
powder foundation, three complimentary colors of eyeshadow (light, medium, and dark), black eyeliner (I prefer pencil, especially
if you're just starting out, but liquid will do just as well), black mascara, lipstick. You might as well also invest
in some concealer, blush, white eyeshadow lip-liner, and lip-gloss.
SPONGES: There's much debate in the makeup world over whether it's better to apply foundation with a sponge or your
fingers. Get a big bag of those little wedge-shaped ones, and if you have different foundations use one for each. Use
the short side to apply foundation, and the edges to blend eyeliner or eyebrows, etc. Personally I apply liquid with
clean fingers and powder with a sponge but its up to you.
SOME MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES: These are essential when you want to try out a new look or when you're just putting on your
BIG MAKEUP BRUSHES: You will need at least one of these for powder foundation and blush. I have one for each, as
its easier to be subtle when applying blusher with a softer brush. Also, it's nice to keep colours out of your foundation
brush so you don't have to keep cleaning it, and don't have to worry about accidently applying blush to your forehead.
EYESHADOW BRUSHES: When buying eyeshadow brushes, you will want one small rounded one which looks like a micro blusher
brush, and a pointy edged one. The rounded one is used for covering the majority of the lid and the pointy one is for detail
and the innermost part of your eye.
EYEBROW BRUSH: This is the one with a comb on one side and a flat set of brushes on the other (this is for your
eyebrows). The mini comb is for separating your eyelashes after using mascara but i find this absolutely useless because the
spaces in between are way to big. I found that a cheepo double sided nit comb (less than 99p in Wilko's) is the best option
because they have one side with very small spaces inbetween the teeth and one side with slightly larger. The only downside
is that you have to keep it clean, otherwise it will just get clogged with mascara.
LIP BRUSH: I personally dont use these but for those of you that want to know they are very small blusher-like brushes
that help even out your lipstick. Becareful though because on cheap ones the hairs come out so its better to get that oh-so-slightly
more expensive one.
SEPARATE PENCIL SHARPENER: Used for sharpening makeup pencils. Keep it separate unless you want pencil shapenings
in your eye.
NEARBY HAIRBAND: To keep away your hair while working on your masterpiece. You'll regret not doing it when you get
your hair stuck in your lipgloss.
BIGGEST MIRROR YOU CAN GET: It's no good having a mirror you can only see one eye in. Also try and get your hands
on a magnifying one too although the thought is quite scary...
LARGE MAKEUP BOX: Use it to keep everything in so you don't lose your favourite eyeliner. Also buy a regular
pencil pot to store all your lip glosses and pencils... very good idea.