A very sweet girl recently asked me to do a post that was more beginner-friendly. I’ll probably  do a series of posts if this one works out.

First things first, everyone is naturally beautiful  and you gotta realize that you’re not wearing makeup because you “need” it. It’s mostly because you love it and you want to. That being said, let’s get straight to the point.

While trying out makeup for the first time, you need to determine your undertone.

There are three types of undertones – warm, cool and neutral. You determine this by looking at the inside of your wrists where the veins show up distinctly. If they appear purple or blue, you’ve got cool undertones. If they appear green, you’ve got warm undertones. If you can’t really tell, you’ve got neutral undertones.

The reason why I’m stressing on this point is that most often people pick the wrong shade of foundation without checking their undertones which totally makes the skin look, well, grey and weird.

The other common problem, specially with Indian women, is that they often pick a foundation shade that happens to be five times lighter than the actual skin tone. You might want to avoid this, unless you’re partial to the patchy look where your head doesn’t match the rest of your body. 

What should a beginner’s makeup bag have?

1. When I started out, I never really wore primer. I used a good moisturizer instead. You could use a tinted moisturiser for some coverage.

2. Concealer is your best friend. What with color correcting majorly trending now, you’ll find a lot of good concealers on the market. My personal  favorite is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

3. Brows. Your whole look changes with the shape of your brows. Invest in a brow kit or even a pencil. I started out with Too Faced’s Brow Envy.

4. Mascara. This will up your lash game and make you go from Sleepy to Sultry in ten seconds. There are a million mascaras out there but you need to choose one with a good wand that has a lot of bristles. Benefit’s Roller Lash is great because it holds the curl and the wand is curvy so it really gets to the bottom of the lashes.

5. Blush. A pop of color to the cheeks instantly  gives you that healthy glow. Choose one with a subtle glow so it catches the light. 

6. Neutral eyeshadow. Get hold of a palette that’s easy to work with and comes with a good color selection and several finishes. The Tartelette in bloom palette by Tarte has twelve pretty colors and these shadows are beginner friendly and easy to work with.

7. Lipstick. I’d recommend using a satin finish  lipstick because it’s a perfect medium between matte and gloss. The drugstore has bunch of formulas of lipstick  which are really budget friendly too. It is always better to start out  with a regular lipstick that comes in retractable tube before graduating to the trendy liquid lipsticks.


18 thoughts on “Makeup 101 For Beginners – Undertones

  1. Took me all these years to discover I have warm undertones. Who knew! Also, I’m pretty sure my “lash game” has been in sleepy mode for almost a decade. Might take more than 10 seconds to reach sultry.

    Hahaha this was fun.

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  2. This was really helpful, ma. Thanks for this, I have a feeling that I’m the sweet girl tho, haha. But really, thank you, I appreciate this a lot, and hopefully one day I’ll be able to be a pro at doing my makeup like you are. 💖

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