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basic makeup for beginners

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for basic makeup for beginners.

So you're a makeup newbie. Welcome to the family! As a beginner, it can be hard to know where to start. The good news is that there are plenty of products Sephora carries are designed for beginners. These products are easy to use and lots have step-by-step instructions. Here are some basic makeup staples that are perfect for beginners.

Laura MercierTranslucent Loose Setting Powder

Size: 1 oz/ 29 g·ITEM: 870618

Color: Translucent - perfect for very fair to medium skintones

9.1K Reviews


Great basic setting powder...Taking away a star for the amount of fall out. Great for a beginner!...Super good for setting and baking!! great for beginners makeup!

What it is: A lightweight, easy-to-apply, loose powder that blends effortlessly to set makeup for up to 16 hours of wear.

What Else You Need to Know: This award-winning powder locks in makeup for long-lasting wear without adding weight or texture. It absorbs oil and reduces shine all day, creating a flawless, matte finish with no flashback in photos. These truly-translucent shades work on all skin tones, and create a soft-focus effect to subtly blur fine lines and imperfections.

SEPHORA COLLECTIONRetractable Waterproof Eyeliner

ITEM: 1118033

Color: 01 Black - classic black

6.6K Reviews


I found a YouTube video using brown shadows and navy liner. This liner and Naked Basics 2 are perfect....Great Liner for Beginners...The twist-up made it easier by eliminating the need to sharpen, and the smudging end was very useful for shaky beginner hands. It was also very waterproof, as I have watery eyes, and it held up on both my eyelids and waterline.

What it is: Waterproof, smudge-proof, creamy eye liner pencil. Create a pop of color in a range of shades and finishes. Includes built-in sharpener and smudger.
What Else You Need to Know: Liner pencil never skips or tugs at eyelids. Use smudge tip to blend the "set and stay" formula for a perfect smoky eye. Or for an ultra-precise line, apply with freshly sharpened tip. Long-lasting wear. Variety of classic and fun colors and finishes from matte to shimmer to glitter.

Too FacedBetter Than Sex Volumizing Mascara

ITEM: 1533439

Size: Standard Size Black - 0.27 oz/ 8 mL

17.7K Reviews


basic...I just feel like for the price its really not THAT impressive. Its basic honestly. You could get a better bargain....yeah so what it’s basic and everyone uses it?...It’s the basic bish mascara but it works. I just feel like it doesn’t last as long as it should but that could just be me.

What it is: An intensely black volumizing mascara for the sexiest, most defined lashes possible.

Formulation Type:
Volumizing, Curling, Lengthening

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Film-Forming Polymer: Locks curl in place.
- Acacia Senegal Tree Extract: Sets volume.
- Collagen: Provides a plumping effect.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This formula thickens, lengthens, and curls after just one coat. Inspired by the curves of a woman’s body, the hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this collagen-fueled formula.

IT CosmeticsCC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Size: 1.08 oz/ 32 mL·ITEM: 1868157

Color: Light - taupe shade with warm undertones

4.2K Reviews


I don’t wear a great deal of make-up, just the basics...eyeshadow, brows, blush...and I love how this CC cream feels. ...Good for the basics

What it is: A color-correcting, full-coverage foundation with SPF 50 physical mineral sunscreen that delivers a flawless, natural finish.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Cream

SPF: SPF over 30

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Collagen: Enhances visible elasticity for a youthful, smooth appearance.
- Peptides: Help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and support natural collagen for smoother, firmer-looking skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Locks in moisture, supports visible elasticity, and diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates parabens and phthalates.

Benefit CosmeticsGimme Brow+ Tinted Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

Size: 0.1 oz/ 3 g·ITEM: 2080224

Color: 4 - warm deep brown

5.1K Reviews


Great for Beginners...I am a beginner to eyebrows and I love this product. ...Perfect for the Working Girl or Beginner...Foolproof for beginners, too! Just brush through! Absolutely love this stuff!!

What it is:
A brow-volumizing tinted gel with tiny microfibers that create natural-looking fullness and definition.

What it does:
Benefit’s Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin and brow hairs, creating natural-looking brow volume. The custom tiny, tapered brush provides an easy, mess-proof application, and makes it easy to tame, tint, and volumize the look of your brows. The buildable formula is also water-resistant and long-wearing.

NARSRadiant Creamy Concealer

Size: 0.22 oz/ 6 mL·ITEM: 2172310

Color: Madeleine - L2.3 - Light with neutral undertones

12.5K Reviews


I'm a beginner when it comes to concealing and I'm glad I picked a cult favorite to learn some makeup tricks and create a glowy look!...Im a beginner so this concealer is really nice.

What it is: A multipurpose concealer that brightens, corrects, and perfects for up to 16 hours with a creamy medium-to-buildable coverage and natural, radiant finish.




Highlighted Ingredients:
- Mineral-Tone Balancing Powder: Works to optically correct, not mask, imperfections.
- Light-Diffusing Mineral Powder: Blurs the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps even out skin tone.
- Multi-Active Botanical Blend (Magnolia Bark Extract, Grape Seed Extract, and Vitamin E): Hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and helps strengthen the skin barrier.

DiorBACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette

ITEM: 2224954

Color: 002 Glitz

860 Reviews


It is a nice pallette and a must have, even for makeup beginners like me....The colors were a little weird but the pigment of it is amazing. If you're looking for a basic pallette I would reccomend this one.

What it is: A face palette with four luminous shades of highlighters for a customizable BACKSTAGE glow—in five color harmonies which stretch the boundaries of radiance.

What Else You Need to Know: BACKSTAGE is a collection of makeup-artist essentials, designed to suit all skin tones, used at the Dior runway shows, and inspired by the energy backstage. These ultrafine textures are concentrated with shimmery pigments can be worn alone or blended together, for a customizable look—from a natural, healthy glow to intense radiance.

The new Pure gold palette revisits yellow gold in its pure form. New Rose Gold illustrates gold infused with a rosy gleam. New Copper Gold incarnates gold with warm copper tones.


Great beginner brush set - so soft!...These brushes are so soft and would be a great beginner set! Plus, can't beat the price....must have beginner set!!...This is a greater starter kit for beginners. Also very budget friendly!!

What it is: A set of seven soft, vegan brushes that provide you with all the essential tools to complete your full-face makeup look.

Brush Formulation:
All Formulas

Brush Coverage: Buildable

Brush Handle Length:
- Foundation Brush: 6.1 inches
- Powder Brush: 6.7 inches
- Blush Brush: 6.4 inches
- Concealer Brush: 5.6 inches
- Shadow Brush: 5.4 inches
- Crease Brush: 5.7 inches
- Brow Brush: 5.8 inches

Bristle Type:

Ingredient Callouts: They are vegan, cruelty-free, and come in recyclable packaging.

Bobbi BrownSheer Finish Pressed Setting Powder

Size: 0.38 oz/ 11 g·ITEM: 2463677

Color: Basic Brown - dark brown; sets and controls shine on dark skin

245 Reviews


sets my makeup perfectly, simply impressed...sheer and perfect for finishing the makeup~

What it is: A pressed powder that sets and perfects foundation for a smooth, flawless finish.


Pressed Powder

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates SLS & SLES.

What Else You Need to Know: The unique yellow base complements all skin tones to create a natural-looking tone—it even looks natural on pink complexions. Sheer Finish Pressed Setting Powder comes with a powder puff.

LancômeDRAMA LIQUI-PENCIL™ Longwear Eyeliner

Size: 0.42 oz/ 12g·ITEM: 2479988

Color: 08 Eiffel Diamond - glitter black

1.1K Reviews


No skipping or dragging, which makes application a breeze. It's a great tool for both beginners and makeup experts. I will definitely be picking up some other colors for everyday wear....I definitely recommend this eyeliner for a beginner or even someone who is good at applying makeup and wants an easy to use product.

What it is: A long-wearing gel eyeliner pencil that delivers dramatic color for up to 24 hours in just one stroke.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

What Else You Need to Know: The hybrid gel eye pencil has the richly pigmented effect of a liquid eyeliner with the ease of application of a pencil liner. The creamy texture is blendable when first applied, and once set, does not smudge, flake, fade, or transfer for up to 24 hours.

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