Everything You Need to Build Your Own Makeup Kit as a Beginner

With millions of beauty products out there on the market, it's easy for a makeup beginner to get confused. As a newbie, the most important task you need to do is build your own essential makeup kit and collection. But where do you even begin? That's where I come in.

I was in your position a few years ago. As a wide-eyed beginner, the beauty retail shelves felt like a whole new world to me. And now, I have my own dependable makeup kit for every occasion. I've had a few products that are still my favorite until now and some products I've ditched. With the experience I've had, I'm going to explain how to choose makeup for beginners, what essential products everyone needs, and how you can do it all with a limited budget.

Basic Tips

Before you start building your own makeup collection, there are a few basic tips that have helped me as a beauty novice.

1. Know your skin tone and undertone

The beauty world is colorful, and it is your job as a makeup newbie to find out which ones would suit you. To do that, you'll need to understand your skin tone and undertone. Find out if you have fair, medium, tanned, olive, or dark skin tone. And as for undertone, figure out if you have a warm, cool, or neutral undertone.

2. Set your budget

Let's admit it, not all of us have the budget to buy as many items as most influencers and beauty gurus out there. So, before buying things for your makeup kit, make sure you already set a budget. No one wants to be broke just because of a trendy eyeshadow palette, right?

3. Find out what basic items you need

Lastly, before making a trip to the nearest drugstore or Sephora, make sure you know what basic items you need. Here's a list of makeup products for beginners that you might want to consider.


  • Primer

  • Foundation

  • Concealer

  • Setting powder


  • Blush

  • Bronzer

  • Highlighter


  • Eyeshadow primer

  • Neutral eyeshadow palette

  • Eyebrow pencil or eyebrow kit

  • Eyeliner

  • Mascara


  • Lip balm

  • Nude lipstick

  • Red lipstick


  • Basic makeup brushes

  • Beauty blender

  • Eyelash curler

  • Q-tips and cotton pads

  • Makeup remover

Note that you don't have to get every item on this list for your makeup kit. However, they will come in handy as you experiment with new looks. Take your time in building your makeup collection. You don't have to have everything immediately.

Yes, I admit that building an essential makeup kit takes time, patience, and quite a fortune, to be honest. But here's a little secret: you don't have to do all the work yourself. You read that right! These days, lots of beauty companies offer their own beauty bundles and ready-to-use makeup kits. All you have to do is choose a kit that suits your skin tone, order it, and you're all set! I've even ordered some myself and recommended them to my friends and family. To be honest, these kits are really helpful and often, far cheaper compared to buying individual products.

To help you get started, here are some of my recommendations. In my opinion, these are some of the best makeup kits available for sale in terms of value and quality.

SHANY Carry All Makeup

This makeup kit from SHANY provides you with almost everything you need for daily makeup looks. The cosmetic kit includes face powders, several colorful eyeshadow palettes, blushes, lipsticks, lip gloss, eyeliner, lip liner, and makeup brushes. Better yet, this kit also provides a free reusable makeup case as well as a cosmetic organizer. My SHANY makeup case has endured several long train and airplane trips, so I could vouch for its durability. Also, SHANY is a registered PETA member that don't do animal testing, so bonus points for that!

e.l.f. Makeup Assorted

e.l.f. is one of my favorite drugstore makeup brands. Their products are affordable, cruelty-free, and high quality. Definitely a must-have for any makeup beginners. This makeup kit offers 20 e.l.f. assorted products. Unfortunately, you can't choose which products to get because you can't choose the color. You can pick a skin tone option, and they will pick items with the best colors to fit your complexion.

Maúve Professional All in One Makeup Kit

If you travel a lot and need to carry your makeup around with you, then you will love this makeup kit. This kit has everything a beginner needs ready in an easy-to-carry box, complete with a mirror. My favorite part of this kit is the extensive choice of eyeshadow colors and lip colors. Aside from that, I also love that it includes various essential makeup brushes. Maúve is also a member of PETA, which means the cosmetics in this kit are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. Isn't that great?

Maybelline New York Glow Getter

Maybelline is another favorite affordable brand of mine. So, don't blame me for falling in love with this cosmetics bundle. This bundle has almost everything you need for a glowing makeup look this summer! It includes an eyeshadow palette, mascara, an eyeliner, a highlighter, a liquid lipstick, and three makeup brushes. Better yet, the products in this makeup kit are guaranteed to look gorgeous on any complexion.

Closing Thoughts

As a beauty novice, building your makeup kit is a must. That said, with all the products available out there, the process can be confusing at first. I hope this article has given you some ideas about what products you truly need in your collection. If buying products individually takes too much time, you always have the option to buy a ready-to-use makeup kit from brands you know and love.

Remember, building your makeup collection should be a fun process. So, don't stress too much about it. Just have fun and take your time to experiment with fun new products. Good luck!



Emily Victor -
Thank you for sharing, I just want to start learning makeup recently!
Aurora Clark (The Author) -
You are welcome, I hope what I wrote has helped you.


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