If you’ve never worn it before, the sheer idea of makeup can be supremely daunting. Why are there so many products? Why is every makeup aisle at every drug store ever so vast and unapproachable? Will eyelash curlers ever reveal their true purpose?
In the name of full disclosure, I will tell you that I still don’t fully understand eyelash curlers. But makeup overall does not have to be such a terrifying ordeal—if you want to start wearing makeup, but are still scared of the makeup aisle, check out these products. They’re all super easy to apply and easy to find:
ConcealerIf you're just getting into makeup, liquid concealer is pretty much your BFF. I like the CoverGirl brand, personally, but pretty much any type that's blendable and close to your skin tone will do. Buy it at Drugstore.com for $4.39
Tinted MoisturizerTinted Moisturizer (or BB/CC cream) is, like, the best thing ever. You literally just have to rub it on your face, as you would normal moisturizer, and you've got your face coverage for the day. Plus, most brands have SPF, so it's a great way to get in your sun protection, too. Buy it at Drugstore.com for $12.74
Low-Maintenance MascaraFor your first time using mascara, you don't want one of the super-complicated kinds that, like, vibrates as you apply. So, look for something simple that you can quickly swipe on and go--for this, Maybelline Great Lash is an awesome choice. Buy it at Drugstore.com for $4.79
Pencil EyelinerA self-sharpening pencil liner is probably your best bet when you're starting to wear eyeliner. Just stick to softer colors, like brown or dark gray rather than straight-up black--it's easy to take your eyes from "defined" to "raccoon" if you start off with super dark colors too fast. Buy it at Target for $4.99
Neutral EyeshadowYou don't really need to wear eyeshadow, but if you want to, this kind from Bare Minerals is a great option. At $18, it's a little pricier than what you'd get at a drug store, but the neutral color is flattering on any eye color and the cream formula is so, so easy to apply. Buy it at Sephora for $18
Barely-There BlushBlush can be a great way to make you look perky all day, even if you spent the entire night before slaving over an AP World History project. I like this powder blush from Milani--it's easy to apply and is pretty flattering on everyone. (Just make sure to use discretion when yo're putting it on, though--a little goes a long way!) Buy it at Drugstore.com for $6.39
Tinted Lip BalmTinted lip balm, much like tinted moisturizer, is an essential because it's so, so, so easy to apply. It's not like applying lipstick, where you have to spend time in front of the mirror to make sure you aren't bleeding color from your lips--you can literally just swipe it on in class if you feel like you need a quick color boost. Buy it at Neutrogena for $8.49
Clear Lip GlossFinally, clear lip gloss is a great way to dress up your look without having to think too much about it. Just put some on (but, you know, not too much--goopy lips don't look good on anyone) over bare lips or your tinted lip balm, and no one will be able to tell that you're secretly a makeup newbie. Buy it at Ulta for $4.99
Are you just starting to wear makeup? What product scares you the most? Let us know in the comments!