My “Starter Kit” Recommendations


Sometimes I think I can get a little carried away and forget that not everyone has watched as many YouTube videos as I have. I don’t consider myself an expert by any means though! I want to be sure I’m also covering the basics so beginners aren’t completely lost if I use too much lingo. So I thought I’d give a few recommendations for those who are just starting their makeup collection- ideas for a “starter kit” if you will.




My top drugstore foundation I would recommend is the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation. It has a natural finish and will work with all skin types. It has blends well, wears well, and doesn’t emphasize pores or fine lines. I didn’t put any other face products in my photo, but the RCMA No Color Powder is an amazing powder for a great price. It’s such a staple for my everyday routine! Concealer is another great face product to own but honestly I don’t know if I would recommend one for a starter kit, especially if you’re younger. If you have minimal bags from lack of sleep, applying foundation under the eyes and setting it with powder usually does the trick.




I think my #1 recommendation for the eyes is ColourPop shadows. If you want to stay basic and neutral, opt for their pressed powder formula. If you want to get into shine and glitter, then look at the Super Shock shadows. Next, mascara is a must! Mascara is a staple for most women in general. L’Oreal has some of my favorite formulas including the Lash Paradise and Carbon Black Voluminous. My last go-to eye product is probably no surprise because I’ve mentioned it a ton. But it’s because the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper is easy to use and gives slight shape to the brows. I wouldn’t consider eyeliner a staple for a starter kit because it does take some practice. There are tons of women who don’t wear liner (but obviously other women do).




There are so many different products to name in this category! First of all, a great beauty sponge makes blending out foundation so easy and quick. My favorite one from the drugstore at the moment is the L’Oreal Infallible Blend Artist. The rest of these are “extras” aren’t necessary in my opinion but they are products that I think complete a look. As far as finishing the face, there are a few contour/bronzer shades I love such as the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer and the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contour Palette. Wet n Wild is seriously an amazing drugstore brand with great products at affordable prices. Hence why I’d also recommend their Color Icon Blush for a beginner. Lastly for that trendy glow, grab the Essence Pure Nude Highlight for an easy $4.50 and a natural glow.


I tried to keep most of my recommendations to the drugstore because I realize not everyone likes to splurge on makeup like I do. However if any of you want some higher end recommendations please let me know! Maybe I’ll do a second version of this same post but with high end brands?

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Hey there! I’m Trish and I’m a married twenty-something (almost 30!) with a two dogs I treat like my children! I decided to start Honest Hues to share my beauty addiction with everyone who wants to hear about it! I’ll tell you how products will actually fare for the working woman. I love everything beauty related and hope my reviews help my readers. And remember, this blog is just as much for me as it is for you.

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