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Splurging a Bit on Make-Up: Is this a good start?

I'm coming into a little bit of money and so I decided to buy all new make-up. For the past few years, I've been using mostly Clinique products and I want to try something new. I just want some input on these products and maybe some suggestions so I don't end up wasting a lot of money. I added all of this up and it ends up at about $200 with shipping. I don't want to go much over that amount.

My Skin Type: Dry, prone to break-outs. I use facial moisturizer from Aveeno before I apply my make-up to counter the dry skin issue. My foundation products must be oil free and I like a lot of coverage, but I don't want to look like I have make-up caked on. I like to look natural. Oh, and the drugstore products I listed (I think there are four) are my effort not to spend a lot of money on something that I don't need to.


Products I'm Currently Using and I'm Keeping

Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

Eyeliner (Top lid): Loreal Lineur Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Black


Products I Plan to Buy

Foundation: MAC Studio Fluid Fix

Concealer: Covergirl Invisible Concealer

Powder: MAC Sheer Powder

Blush: NARS Orgasm from Sephora

Eye Shadow: Color Scents Empty Pallette and Hot Pots (range from white to dark pinkish brown)

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion

Eyeliner (waterline or lower lid): Loreal Extra Intense in black

Lips: Colorscience Lip Color in Blush



1. First of all, how do you feel about the products I chose?

2. How do I match my skin color to the MAC products? I use Shade 02 from the Clinique Perfectly Real foundation line. My guess is that I would be a NW25. Does that sound about right? (I'm asking because our mall doesn't have a Mac store/counter, so I have to buy it all online.)

3. Are make-up brushes necessary? I use one eyeshadow brush, a powder brush, and a blush brush that I got from Bare Essentials. I don't want to have to buy an expensive foundation brush unless it will make a huge difference.

4. Any other thoughts/suggestions are appreciated!





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3 Replies

3 years, 2 months ago
re Splurging a Bit on Make-Up: Is this a good start?

first of all, i would reccomend E.L.F.s Primer and Liner Sealer. It is cheaper than the Urban Decay one and it works extremely well. It is only $3 at www.eyeslipsface.com. And second of all, makeup brushes are necessary!! I used to just use whatever came in the product like the eye sponges or the mini brushes, but then i bought the E.L.F. 4 piece brush set, the eye shadow brush, the total face brush, and the bronzing brush and let me be living proof that your makeup will look and feel better!

3 years, 2 months ago
Re: Splurging a Bit on Make-Up: Is this a good start?

MAC foundation is amazing! But I suggest also buying a primer to help it stay longer! Smashbox Photo Finish is my choice:

Smashbox Photo Finish






As for matching skin color, since you cant go to a store, id make sure you can return it if its not the right skin color. Also, on the MAC website (maccosmetics.com) theres a live chat with consultants, you can ask them.

I love Falsies also! Nce choice :)

As for eyeshadows, ELF has 100 eyeshadows for 10 dollars! The have a wide range of colors too!

And eyeliner, My favorite makeup item :) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On pencil is AMAZING. It doesnt feel like a pencil, it feels creamy. Its perfect for your waterline and has amazing colors! Thats my choice:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil

YES! Makeup brushes are neccisary! I suggest getting a set from ELF also. (eyeslipsface.com)


               Good Luck!


3 years, 2 months ago
Re: Splurging a Bit on Make-Up: Is this a good start?

I can only personally vouch for your NARS blush. I absolutely love it. It goes on so smoothly and doesn't really make you look like your wearing makeup, rather just look like a rosier version of you.

I also recommend purchasing makeup brushes. I'm a big fan of the Eco-Tools bamboo line. Super affordable, soft and available at Target.

Good luck!  



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