Too many makeup products, so little time and space! The massive quantity of makeup available in the market can make you confused on what to buy. As a professional makeup artist, I am guilty of product hoarding myself. Well, this is because I often use these products for my many different clients.
But for daily makeup use, I can understand that it can be chaotic having multiple products you do not even use. This is the reason I often get asked by my friends and even my clients about what makeup products they should buy and really, it can be different depending on your lifestyle and your preference.
However, I can recommend a very basic skeleton set for you. My advice is to first check what you already have, pick your favorites to keep, and buy the ones you do not have.
BASIC MAKEUP KIT MUST-HAVES
One of the golden rule of makeup is prepping your skin. This is to avoid dry flaky canvas for your skin makeup. Make sure to use a moisturizer or primer. You do not need to buy an expensive one.
Foundation comes in liquid, powder, cream or mousse form. The right shade can help you look flawless.
If you have dark circles and uneven skin tone, getting a great concealer is a good option to hide the discoloration.
Powder is essential to mattify your skin and not look greasy. It also locks in your makeup
Choosing and applying proper skin makeup can be tricky. I know that it is not easy to know what type and shade of foundation and concealer to choose to fit your skin type. It can also be hard to achieve a smooth, flawless finish. This is why skin makeup is one of the things I prioritize in my VIP makeup course so I can help women like you to achieve proper makeup application.
Even if you seldom wear makeup, you will surely have a lipstick lying around the house. Choose to have a nude/pink shade and a brighter red shade to fit the occasion.
Blush is a great way to add color to your cheeks. Choosing between powder or cream blush will depend on your skin type.
Highlighter / Bronzer
Highlighters and bronzers used to be optional makeup products but for me, they are super important to add that extra oomph!
Eyebrow Pencil / Powder
Choose a color one shade lighter than your eyebrow color. Pencils are better for beginners while powders and pomades are great if you have a steady, more experienced hand.
If you can have one mascara, buy a waterproof one that you can wear day or night.
Lots of Dubai women love their kohl eyeliners to add drama to the yes. You can also get a soft pencil or if you are more practiced, a liquid eyeliner for a cat eye is a basic requirement.
If you are not much of an eyeshadow expert, start with a basic warm brown or smokey palette which can be versatile for the office and formal events.
TOOLS & EXTRAS
Beauty Blender / Sponge
I prefer a beauty blender but a cheaper option is a soft sponge you can buy in discount stores. This is good for putting foundation especially if you have large pores.
This can be used for applying, blush, powder and highlighters.
Investing in a good quality brush makes it easier to pick up pigment from the eyeshadow and transfer on your skin. I teach my VIP makeup course students the right eyeshadow brush to buy and use for their needs.
Don’t forget an effective makeup remover as well. Here’s my LIST of my favorite makeup removers available in UAE.
Don’t forget my downloadable PDF Checklist with my recommendations!
If you’re new to Dubai and you don’t know where to go, don’t worry. I am available to give you my professional advice. You don’t need to fear the beauty bar sales ladies who oversell products you don’t need and you don’t need to go to super expensive makeup stores. I will help you invest in good quality makeup and even give some helpful application tips!
My DUBAI BEAUTY SHOPPING TOUR* is a personal makeup shopping consultation session which includes a meet-up at one of the major malls in UAE that is convenient to you. It will last a minimum of 90 minutes where I guide you to the must-visit stores. You might also get surprise discounts from high end brands especially from me. The service is very exclusive and unique, for only USD100. Book Here for a session!
*You have to bring your own shopping money as tour does NOT include products.It will include me taking and touring you at the stores.