It came up in conversation recently how young girls these days seem to bypass that awkward ugly duckling stage that girls of my age went through and how they go from school girl to stunning creature with perfect hair and make up. I went through many years of not being very attractive as I learnt how to put make up properly, get to grips with fashion and learning how to make my hair look semi decent as straighteners weren’t invented until I was around 22 years old. Oh the shame. It got me thinking back to my first make up kit, bought from Boots and Superdrug with my meagre £80 wages that I got each month from working in a shoe shop every Saturday. I thought I would put together a drugstore make up starter kit of foolproof items for anyone who is starting off with makeup, or for those who are after new ideas on a budget. These items are some of my most loved and most utilised in my entire make up collection.
Starting off with the base, and one of my favourite discoveries of 2014 was the Maybelline Dream Wonder foundation. It has since launched in the UK under the name of Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude. It gives a totally flawless finish when used with a buffing brush and lasts all day, even with my combination skin. Another favourite discovery of last year was the brand MakeUp Revolution. They have just come up to their first birthday and I have bought rather a large selection of products from their range. The Blushing Hearts collection is made up of blushers, bronzers and highlighters all packaged in this cute heart shaped box. My favourite highlighter is the Goddess of Love, a champagne hued shimmer and Summer of Love bronzer gives a very light bronzed glow to the skin.
When I was young, no one told me about the importance of filling in my brows yet now I can’t leave the house without running a pencil or some matte cool toned shadow through them. I found this gorgeous Work The Colour Eyebrow Kit by Collection in Superdrug and I thought it was a fantastic little kit for the money. Two brow shades, a highlighting powder, a clear mascara and a handy little angled brush are all you need for perfect brows without breaking the bank. For a subtle pink pop of colour on your cheeks, the Max Factor Creme Puff blushes are great. This shade is Lovely Pink and is a great colour for a starter kit as it is quite scary using blusher for the first time. The pale pink colour will give a soft flush and can be built up for the desired effect.
An eye shadow palette filled with an array of matte neutral tones is a girls best friend. A matte formula is great for beginners as they are easy to blend and work with and their creamy texture leaves barely any fall out. For a natural look or a heavier smoky eye, I’ve found that the Makeup Revolution Iconic Elements palette* contains all the basic shades you need to get started, plus for £4 for 12 shades, it is exceptionally good value.
I have always used a cream eye shadow as a base before putting on my powder shadow and I have found that the Maybelline Colour Tattoo shades work brilliantly alone or as an eye primer. My most used shade is Creamy Beige and it sets and locks onto my eye lid for several hours. It evens out the eye lid colour and although it is a shade or two darker than my skin tone, it looks really natural and doesn’t crease. The Bourjois ColorBand liners* are also a fab multi use product and in the range of colours they do, they can be used as an eye liner or as a full lid colour. Noir Abstrait is blacker than black and once applied and set, it doesn’t shift or smudge. A decent mascara like the L’Oreal False Lash Flutter is a staple in any make up bag and I love the double winged butterfly brush that applies the mascara to your lashes with no clumping. It makes lashes look incredibly long and fluttery.
Investing in some decent make up tools is a must. I started off with a set of blue plastic handled brushes that splayed and left bristles all over my face until I caved in a started buying some very lovely but also very expensive Chanel and MAC brushes. Back then, we didn’t have a quality range of brushes that didn’t break the bank and when brands like Real Techniques and QVS Beauty landed, well I stocked up. The QVS Beauty range* is available in Asda and Tesco and all the brushes are priced under £7!
Although this is a drugstore starter make up kit, it’s never too soon to start wearing a vivid, bright lip. I always think that I should have started wearing lipstick sooner than being aged 26 as I often think about just how many lipsticks I could have amassed by now. The new Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Lacques* are a wonderful gloss / lipstick hybrid that are light on the lip, intensely pigmented with a high gloss shine. The shades range from nudes to daring pinks and reds and they moisturise the lips as you wear the them.
I hope you’ve found this drugstore make up starter kit post useful and I hope I have given you some inspiration for when you are next out shopping. All the items featured can be purchased in Boots and Superdrug and all price up under £10. It’s also worth looking out for any 3 for 2 offers to get more goodies for your money!