Intro to Makeup 101


In my realm of family and friends, I am the only beauty enthusiast and it’s been a little lonely not having anyone to share the fun with. I started this blog partly for that reason, but just recently I was actually approached for beginners makeup advice from my cousins!! It was like music to my ears hearing “Valerie, can you show me how to use eye makeup?” I was super excited and started running through all the products I thought would be great for beginners. After realizing just how many options there were, that made me realize how daunting it could be for someone who is new to makeup to figure out where to even start. I decided to write this post in hopes to help anyone new to the beauty world. What kind of look am I going for? What do I want to highlight or conceal? Asking yourself these questions is a great starting point in figuring out what you need to buy. Say you just have redness to cover up, but overall you want something easy and quick.  This means you should look for products that are multifunctional. A tinted moisturizer or bb cream hydrates, provides SPF protection, and conceals (can range from light to full). A stick eyeshadow is quicker to apply and blend than a powder eyeshadow. Lipstick can double as lip color and cheek color. The list goes on so you get the idea. How do you know what shades to pick? Neutral shades are your go to for natural looking makeup. Browns, taupes, mauves, etc!

Some other factors to consider are how often you anticipate wearing makeup and your budget. This will help with deciding which brand (high or low end) you will go with for each product. You can always consult Google/YouTube, a friend, or a sales associate at a department/specialty store for specific product recommendations tailored to your preferences. There is a plethora of information out there for you to sift through as you conduct your research!

Need more direction? If you just want someone to tell you what basics to buy, check out this list of recommendations I came up with. (I am a light skinned Asian so if you are similar in color, these products will definitely work for you)


Tinted moisturizer/BB Cream/Foundation/Powder:

Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation: This is my number 1 pick for powder mineral foundation!

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 

Laneige BB Cushion: If you have oily skin, you will need to set this with a powder ( I love the RCMA No-Color Powder).

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: Satin Finish

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer


Primer (A must have for hooded eyes and if you want long lasting, smudge proof makeup):

Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide- On Eye Pencil


CoverGirl’s LashBlast Super Sizer: Get the waterproof version!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer 

ColourPop Brow Pencil


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm

Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss

Your favorite chapstick :)

That was my list of options at a basic level. Contouring, highlighting, and all those fancier things will be saved for another time. At the end of the day, makeup is just makeup. You play, you experiment, and therein lies all the fun! Figure out what works for you, what makes you happy, and blend away. <3

P/S: Please excuse my absence the last week or more- I caught the nastiest cold so it has been a challenge to get back to normal. Going forward you can expect 3 posts a week! Hope to see you back here :)

Intro to Makeup 101