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Question: I’m a makeup beginner—where do I start?

Answer: It may seem overwhelming at first, but the truth is that it’s never too late to start wearing makeup. If you wanted to start trying out makeup and have no idea where to start, then you’ve come to the right place!

To ease your way the makeup world, give BB cream a fair try. BB cream stands for blemish balm or beauty balm and is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. Not even kidding. It can be worn alone as tinted moisturizer, over a serum and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.

For starters, you should just use it as a tinted moisturizer. It’s really simple; just apply as you would lotion. It blends into your skin, so you don’t have to worry about finding a shade that’s an exact match for your skin. After some experimentation, I think you’ll find that BB cream is really much easier to use than foundation and offers perfect coverage for a new makeup user.

When it comes to eyeliner, start with a gel or pencil liner (trust me; they’re the easiest to apply). A great liner will do wonders – it’ll make your eyes pop and you’ll look instantly more awake.

After applying eyeliner, curl those lashes and apply a layer of mascara. Curling your eyelashes is rather simple, especially when you have a good eyelash curler. They’re actually fairly easy to use. Want your mascara to stay put? Vouch for waterproof mascara.

Some people like to fill in their eyebrows and if you’re a beginner, you’ll want to check out Anastasia’s Brow Whiz. It’s extremely straightforward, and all you need to do is draw your eyebrows in—quite literally. It’s any beginner’s (or lazy person’s) dream come true. Don’t forget to blend!

When it comes to lips, it’s best to start off simple with neutrals and light pinks. We know you may want to rock an orange and purple runway color, but as a beginner, it’s best to play it safe until you master your technique. So, where to start? The answer: lip gloss. With a great lip gloss, messing up couldn’t be easier to fix. And that’s what we want while still in the learning stages.

If you’re new to makeup, the most important thing to keep in mind is that it’s great to try new things, but it’s also important to keep it (mostly) basic while you build your skills. Eyeshadow experimentation is great, but make sure you have a friend that will tell you when too much is too much. Makeup takes practice and patience. No one becomes a makeup genius in a day.

So fret not, and have fun with makeup—it’s the first rule!