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Splurge vs. Steal: 25 Picks for the Makeup-Shy Beginner

By sonyaleebenham |

I have a lot of friends and clients that tell me they’d like to venture into the world of makeup, but they aren’t sure where to start. I totally get it; it can seem overwhelming. When you ask for help at a makeup counter, you probably wind up with a makeover that has you looking like somebody else entirely. It’s not the makeup artist’s fault; sometimes we can’t help ourselves, but baby steps are best when it comes to entering the world of makeup. No one wants to look all-natural one day and then wear a full face full of makeup the next. It’s just too jarring.

In this post, I’m offering some great starter options, including a splurge and a more affordable steal for each product type. There is a lot on this list, and I would not expect any newbie to go out and buy all of these items. Start by taking a look in the mirror and thinking about what you’d like to hide or accentuate. Do you have dark circles and pale lashes? Start with concealer and mascara. Uneven skin tone and nice  lips? Go for BB cream and a soft lip color. Smaller eyes and pale skin? Try eyeliner and blush. You get the idea. Without further ado, here are my top picks for the makeup shy beginner.

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Splurge vs. Steal: 25 Picks for the Makeup-Shy Beginner

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sonyaleebenham

Sonya Lee Benham is a hairstylist, colorist, and makeup artist in Chicago, IL. On her blog, Parlor: Diary of a Hairdresser, she writes about everything beauty-related from hair tutorials and product recommendations to healthy recipes. Sonya’s hilarious son, Julian, keeps her in line. Fan fact: one of Julian's first sentences was, “Ponytail out.” Read bio and latest posts → Read Sonya's latest posts →

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