Makeup

A beginner’s guide to a makeup routine

Get your hands on these five products, and your basic makeup routine is sorted.

By Sinead Corcoran

Whether you’re here as a makeup first-timer, or you’re just looking to simplify your hoards of beauty clutter – you’ve come to the right place.

It’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed with the ridiculous amount of products we should be or could be putting on our faces every day, so we’re here to break it down to the basics for you.

Without including mascara which you can’t really simplify any further (unless you’ve figured out how, and let us know if you have) – we’ve selected some simple-but-excellent products that are fool-proof, even for a makeup rookie.

Here are the five essentials to sort you out for most situations in life that require a bit of slap.

Easy-peasy foundation

If this is your first go at foundation, you really don’t want to be faffing about with blending, stipling, brushing, or beauty-blending. Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Try out a cushion foundation, they’re fool proof because the sponge is already included in the product, and you basically just pat it right on. A bonus tip – you can build it up in layers so you won’t risk the dreaded cake-face.

An all-in-one set for all your cheek needs – Blusher, Bronzer and Highlight

While these three products all have different purposes, they all go on your cheeks – so get the best bang for your buck with an all-in-one kit and your chops are sorted.

A concealer with a wand

Once you go concealer-with-a-wand, you never go back, as they say. By investing in a concealer with an applicator stick, you no longer need to use your finger and risk putting germs back into the pot, or heaven forbid on your beautiful skin.

A Cheek AND lip stain! A perfect, flirty double-whammy!

It’s one fabulous product that does two great things for the price of one. Need we say more? Run out and buy one for sexy rosy-glow, a kissable pucker and all over instant face-pick-me-up.

A super quick, impossible to muck-up eyebrow product

Don’t worry about nailing those perfectly filled in Instagram-brows straight away, you actually want natural, soft fluffies. Pick a brush-in product that fills in your slugs in two seconds, without making them look too harsh or overdone.