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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

$47.00

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

19K Reviews

$29.00

Great buy. Perfect for beginners as well....One day I love it to the moon and back, the next day I think it's the most basic mascara out there. When I got it for the first time, the mascara (which was quite recent), I thought it was a little hyped up, not going to lie.

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

785 Reviews

$24.00

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! ...Makeup by Mario dupe...This is basically a dupe of the makeup by Mario squirt lip gloss. Love it 10/10 would recommend.

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

1.1K Reviews

$48.00

If you're looking for a basic pallette I would reccomend this one....This is perfect for a no-makeup makeup look! The glitter adds a bit of glamour to the look and it’s actually pigmented!

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.

$49.00

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:
Synthetic

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

13.8K Reviews

$32.00

I think this concealer is beginner friendly...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.

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

5.2K 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. ...I'd also suggest it for beginners.

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

9.5K Reviews

$43.00

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.

$24.00

Basic...Such a great product for beginners! Bentley there and very sheer (be warned if you like a more blinding glow)!

What it is: A satiny-pink liquid highlighter that accents cheek and brow bones for a dewy glow.

What Else You Need to Know: Benefit Cosmetics’ new doe foot applicator glides on easily for soft rose-gold radiance. This long-lasting formula can be used as a spot highlighter over makeup or wear under complexion favorites for a subtle glow.

Anastasia Beverly HillsMini Strong Hold Clear Brow Gel

Size: 0.085 fl oz/ 2.5ml·ITEM: 2311330

Color: Clear - colorless

155 Reviews

$9.00

I never wear makeup but this is a staple in my beginner makeup routine. ...Does exactly what it is supposed to do! I am a beginner at doing my brows and this stuff is a huge help!

What it is:
A clear gel for all hair colors that sets, defines, and holds brows in place all day.

What it does:
This long-wearing clear gel sets and defines brows without fuss. The soothing chamomile formula also conditions hair and offers a lustrous, natural look.

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