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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.

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

7.6K Reviews


Has been a long time favourite. Great for beginners and works so so well on me. However it is a little inconsistent, other people I know say they had issues. ...Effects, I will definitely add this item to my 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.

Too FacedBetter Than Sex Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara

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

Color: Black

18.8K Reviews


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

What it is: A mind-blowing 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. The mind-blowing formula creates lashes that are full, defined, and stretched to unbelievable lengths for an oversized, multidimensional look. It is ophthalmologist tested and suitable for contact-lens wearers.

MAKEUP BY MARIOMoistureGlow™ Plumping Lip Serum

Size: 0.08 oz, 2.3g·ITEM: 2553386

Color: Apricot Glow - warm peach

667 Reviews


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! ...Perfect for everyday if you like a glowy makeup look - I can’t wait to buy more shades!

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

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Refined Kiwi Oil, and Argan Oil: Nourish, hydrate, and condition.

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

What Else You Need to Know: This unique serum quickly melts onto lips and visibly plumps, nourishes, and hydrates with a blend of conditioning, vegan oils. Made in a range of inclusive shades, it has a propel stick for

DiorBACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette

ITEM: 2224954

Color: 002 Glitz

1K Reviews


It is a nice pallette and a must have, even for makeup beginners like me....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.


This brush set is great for beginners and it will be my go to travel brush set!...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.

NARSRadiant Creamy Concealer

Size: 0.22 oz/ 6 mL·ITEM: 2172310

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

13.1K Reviews


This product is a must have and works like a dream. Greta for beginners....This is also great for beginners because it's so easy to work with.

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.

Benefit CosmeticsGimme Brow+ Tinted Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

Size: 0.1 oz/ 3 g·ITEM: 2080224

Color: 4 - warm deep brown

5.2K Reviews


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

9.4K Reviews


I think it’s perfect for beginners as well as women who don’t need a lot of coverage! ...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 COLLECTIONGolden Hour Highlighter Duo

Size: 2 x 0.14 oz/ 4.0 g·ITEM: 2461168

Color: Daybreak - soft pearlescent sheen / champagne shimmer

39 Reviews


My expectations were ‘basic’, but this wound up being the literally twice as good. ...Beginner approved

What it is: A lightweight highlighter duo that enhances the look of skin with reflective finishes ranging from a soft, luminous glow to amped-up shine.

What Else You Need to Know: Find your perfect perfect glow with these silky , cream-powder hybrid highlighters that build and blend seamlessly on skin. Each duo Golden Hour Highlighter Duo includes two different finishes: low beam for a soft, lit-from-within glow and high beam for an amped-up shine. Plus its packaging is made from 51 percent % recycled plastic.


Size: 0.025oz/0.7g·ITEM: 2149425

Color: 02 Dark Grey

215 Reviews


i recommend for beginners...I’m a beginner at eyeliner and this mini pencil was so easy to use and was very opaque even if it’s a pencil...A perfect basic white pencil! I like to line my water line and I’ve never experienced irritation or smudging.

What it is: A long-lasting eye pencil, now available in a mini format at a mini price.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This eye pencil ensures precise and gentle application, making it ideal for both lid and waterline application.

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