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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

$40.00

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

6.7K Reviews

$13.00

This eyeliner is just a basic good 'ol eyeliner. I bought #03 Purple, and it covers the basics of eyeliner. ...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

17.8K Reviews

$27.00

basic...I just feel like for the price its really not THAT impressive. Its basic honestly. You could get a better bargain....Great buy. Perfect for beginners as well.

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

$42.00

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

$24.00

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. ...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

12.6K Reviews

$31.00

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. Its moisturizing and it blends easily.

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.

SEPHORA COLLECTIONVolumizing Fiber Brow Gel

Size: 0.16 oz/ 5 mL·ITEM: 2215580

Color: 01 Blonde - blonde

74 Reviews

$12.00

Brow Basic Must-Have...Easy to use for brow beginners and keeps my brows in place all day....Def beginner-friendly!...Since my experience with brow mascara is limited, my ignorance my be showing but I liked it. I felt like it was beginner friendly and I was able to get natural looking brows from it.

What it is: A smudge-free, tinted brow gel enriched with microfibers to fill in, define, and increase the volume for naturally fuller-looking brows.

What Else You Need to Know: Fill in sparse brows in one stroke to add immediate volume. Eyebrows look thicker and perfectly defined. Easy-to-use brush creates a buildable, long-lasting, and smudge-free finish. A range of tints complement your hair and skin tones.

DiorBACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette

ITEM: 2224954

Color: 002 Glitz

871 Reviews

$45.00

If you're looking for a basic pallette I would reccomend this one....It is a nice pallette and a must have, even for makeup beginners like me.

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

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:
Synthetic

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

MAKEUP BY MARIOMoistureGlow™ Plumping Lip Serum

Size: 0.08 oz, 2.3g·ITEM: 2553386

Color: Apricot Glow - warm peach

273 Reviews

$22.00

love the shade but this is mostly overhyped by tiktok I like this and it’s cute and the tingling feeling from plumping is ok but it’s nothing special it’s basic and u can get better for cheaper & it doesn’t last all day so you will have to reapply that’s why I hate that you can’t twist it up and down it leaves it looking lumpy after a few uses it’s bound to waste some product for over twenty dollars the design should be better won’t repurchase....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 that drenches lips in a dew-like shine.

Formulation Type:
Lip Balm & Treatment and Lip Plumper

Benefits: Hydrating and 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 texture instantly melts onto lips while a blend of vegan conditioning oils visibly plump, nourish, and hydrate. The glossy balm comes in a variety of shades with a propel stick for easy application.

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