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.

IT CosmeticsCC+ Cream Full Coverage Color Correcting Foundation with SPF 50+

Size: 1.08 oz/ 32 mL·ITEM: 1868157

Color: Light - taupe shade with warm undertones

7.7K Reviews

$47.00

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.

Too FacedBetter Than Sex Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara

Size: Standard Size Black - 0.27 oz/ 8 mL·ITEM: 1533439

Color: Black

19.3K Reviews

$29.00

love it, great for beginners. Only downside is that it wouldn't hold the curl after curling the lashes...Great buy. Perfect for beginners as well.

What it is: A conditioning mascara with a formula that thickens, lengthens, and locks in curl for dramatic lashes with extreme volume.


Formulation Type: Volumizing, Lengthening


Highlighted Ingredients:

- Film-Forming Polymers: Lock curl in place.

- Peptides: Condition lashes.


Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. It is also cruelty-free.


What Else You Need to Know: This mascara has an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and locks in curl to voluptuous perfection.

MAKEUP BY MARIOMoistureGlow™ Plumping Lip Serum

Size: 0.08 oz, 2.3g·ITEM: 2553386

Color: Apricot Glow - warm peach

943 Reviews

$24.00

Makeup by Mario dupe...This is basically a dupe of the makeup by Mario squirt lip gloss. Love it 10/10 would recommend....this is prefect with either light makeup or no makeup at all! I wanted something light on my lips for the summer since I usually wear little to makeup at all when it’s hot and this is the product for me!

What it is: A hydrating, melting, glossy balm—in a range of inclusive shades—that visibly plumps lips while delivering a dewy, shiny finish.


Formulation Type: Lip Plumper


Benefits: Hydrating, Plumping

DiorBACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette

Size: 0.4 oz / 12 ml·ITEM: 2224954

Color: 002 Glitz

1.2K Reviews

$48.00

It is a nice pallette and a must have, even for makeup beginners like me....I think this is an especially good palette for beginners because of features 4 very different shades with a beautiful glitter less fine shimmer.

What it is: A face palette with four luminous shades to use as highlighters or blush for a customizable backstage glow that stretches the boundaries of radiance.

What Else You Need to Know: This palette 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 and can be worn alone or blended for a customizable look—from a natural, healthy glow to intense radiance.

Each Palette Contains (Each Sold Separately):
001 Universal:
- 4 x Highlighters in White, Golden, Bronze, Rosy Blush
002 Glitz:
- 4 x Highlighters in Gold, Pearly White with Maxi Glitter, Bronze with Holographi

NARSRadiant Creamy Concealer

Size: 0.22 oz/ 6 mL·ITEM: 2172310

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

14.4K Reviews

$32.00

This product is a must have and works like a dream. Greta for beginners....Good overall, not enough coverage for my horrible dark circles but I would recommend it for beginners.

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.


Coverage: 
Medium


Finish: 
Radiant


Formulation: 
Liquid


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.

Benefit CosmeticsGimme Brow+ Tinted Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

Size: 0.1 oz/ 3 g·ITEM: 2080224

Color: 4 - warm deep brown

5.3K Reviews

$26.00

Great for Beginners...I am a beginner to eyebrows and I love this product. It's easy to work with and it adds just enough definition. ...Great product for beginners. It’s easy to use and perfect on the go.

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.

Laura MercierTranslucent Loose Setting Powder

Size: 1 oz/ 29 g·ITEM: 870618

Color: Translucent - perfect for very fair to medium skintones

9.6K Reviews

$47.00

No flash back, great for baking, sets everything for a lifetime, lasts forever, and is just all around the perfect powder for beginners. And if you’re getting into makeup, it teaches you what a good setting powder is. ...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.

$62.00

Basic Glimmer Quad...This formula will last you a long time so you definitely get your moneys worth. It’s also beginner friendly since you could use the one matte shade as a transition, and then the glimmers on the crease.

What it is: A limited-edition New Year Edition eyeshadow palette with beguiling bronze hues for versatile looks.


Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates SLS & SLES. It is also cruelty-free.


What Else You Need to Know: In a limited-edition golden package, this New Year’s palette presents a quartet of versatile bronze eye shadows. It showcases next-gen formulas in velvet matte, sateen shimmer, and foiled metallics. Each shade glides on seamlessly, offering a silky layer of rich color for effortless, elevated artistry.

$20.00

These are just ok. Good for the most basic stuff. Decent quality. I'm surprised Sephora did not include a travel pouch with these....Great beginners set or travel set fits nicely in make-up bags

What it is: A vegan and cruelty-free, four-piece mini face- and eye-brush set that is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

Brush Formulation:
All Formulas

Brush Coverage: Buildable

Brush Handle Length:
- Foundation Brush: 5.5 inches
- Concealer Brush: 4.5 inches
- Shadow Brush: 4.3 inches
- Crease Brush: 4.6 inches

Bristle Type:
Synthetic

Ingredient Callouts: These products are cruelty-free and come in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: This set includes a foundation brush, a concealer brush, a shadow brush, and a crease brush.

$16.00

Soft basics, solo or layered...Not the most pigmented but good for beginners and if you need to do quick everyday makeup.

What it is: A collection of four eye-catching eyeshadow palettes each featuring seven shades inspired by Earth’s precious gemstones for a vibrant, unique makeup look.

What Else You Need to Know: Jade, Pearl, Pyrite, or Titanium Quartz: decorate your eyelids with sparkles like the world’s most beautiful gems with this collection of makeup palettes. These makeup palettes shimmer and shine for a precious stone effect in seven shades (with a large-size base). The matte, glitter, and metallic finishes harmonize to perfection to bring out the dazzle of your eyes. With its compact format, you can take this palette anywhere. Plus, apply your makeup easily with its large, built-in mirror.

Palette Size: Full size

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