Beauty On A Budget For Beginnners | Clozette

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Nowadays, more and more girls are getting into makeup. Not that it means that they're vain, it just means they want to look good and presentable, which is a good thing. If you're just starting out in building your makeup kit, then it's your lucky day because we've curated a list for you! 

Here are our must-have makeup essentials from different drugstore brands for your Beauty Starter Kit!


Face: Primer, Foundation , & Concealer

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The three most important things your Makeup Kit should have are: Primer, Foundation, and Concealer. Without them your face would look "naked" and incomplete. They are also the three most crucial items you should look for. Don't just buy whatever you see on the rack because how these products work for you would depend on your skin type and skin tone. Here are three videos for tips and reminders on picking the right base makeup. 

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For our top pick on primer, we'd have to go with L'Oreal's Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher for a dewy, smooth finish that still keeps your makeup in place. For foundation, it really depends on your skin type, but we prefer Covergirl + Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 foundation and Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. For Concealer, you can choose two from the ever-reliable Maybelline, either their Fit Me Concealer or their Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment.

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Cheeks: Blush, Bronzer, & Highlighter

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To make you look extra glowing and flushed, you'd need the combination of bronzer, blush, and highlighter. These blends into your cheeks to add dimension to your face, preventing you from looking too flat. Remember, apply the bronzer below your cheekbones, blush on your cheekbones, and highlighter on top of your cheekbones. 

These duo Dream Sun bronze and blush sets from Maybelline are perfect for the upcoming summer as it will give you that sun-kissed glow. Essence's Blush Up! powder blush and Sun Club all-in-one bronzing highlighter are great buys for your starter kit too. We also recommend Sleek's Blush By 3 in Pumpkin, Lace, or Sugar for more choices and shades for different occasions.. 

Eyes: Primer, Eyeshadow , Eyeline, & Eyebrow Kit

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You can't go out of the house without putting something on your eyes; and for us, this is where we take extra time to apply everything. First thing's first, apply a primer so everything will stay in place throughout the day (especially your eyeshadow). Essence's Eyeshadow Base has gotten good reviews for keeping the pigments and formula in place.

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Once you're done applying your primer, you can go ahead with your eyeshadow. Opt for a palette with basic and neutral colours. We are fully on-board with  musicalhouses' eyeshadow palette choices:  MUA Cosmetics Heaven and Earth and Innocence Trio, and of course, the NYX cosmetic's smokey eyes palette

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To line your eyes, here's Michelle Phan's tutorial to get your started. We recommend: Sephora Kohl Pencil,  NYX Cosmetics Liquid Black Liner, and L'Oréal Paris Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner 24 Hour. They are easy to use, highly pigmented, and glides easily across your lids. 

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Lastly, never ever forget your brows! They are the key to making your face look symmetrical. Use this Eyebrow Kit from e.l.f. studio as a starter kit for shaping your brows. Keep your concealer handy for possible mistakes. 

Lashes: Mascara & Curler

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Your lashes need a bit of limelight as well. In fact, if you invest in a good mascara, your lashes can go a long way and will add a glam factor to your look. One of our favourite mascaras is the Maybelline's Big Eyes Mascara, a mascara with two brushes for top and bottom lashes--giving that big eye effect. Other mascaras you can try are L’Oreal Curl Impact Collagen Mascara and ZA Killer Volume Mascara.

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For "batting eyelashes" to be possible you need a good eyelash curler such as Revlon's Titanium Coated Lash Curler from their Gold Series. It curves outwards from the middle of your lashes, opening your eyes more and curling your lashes better. 


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The most exciting thing to buy for your makeup kit are lipsticks! You can go crazy with all the colours! But for beginners, we recommend one of each: nude or brown, red, pink, and plum. Any from either Maybelline or L'Oreal are great buys. You can also experiment with other glosses, stains, tinted balms, and liquid lipsticks for variety. A must-try for us is Rimmel's Provocalips 16-Hour Kissproof Lip Colour. 

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To apply and blend your makeup flawlessly, you need to stock up on makeup brushes. You don't need to get a whole set, just a few for your blush, foundation, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and lips. A drugstore favourite, e.l.f studio, sells brushes individually and by sets. They are very affordable and perfect for beauty-girls on a budget.



As avid enthusiasts of all things fashion and beauty, it's only natural that over the course of each month, the Clozette team across the region have amassed a collection of items that they've deemed their favourite for the month.

So for our first instalment of our Clozette Spotlight series, we took to the floors of Clozette's offices around the region (including our sister-site GlamAsia) and asked the girls, "What are your top 3 beauty products for the month?" 

Here's what they had to say!


Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
I love a good and dark eyeliner. I cannot leave the house without having my eyeliner on. This gel eyeliner from Maybelline glides on perfectly and lasts through the day.

Urban Decay Naked Palette
Halfbaked and Smog are my go-to colours for my everyday makeup look. It's so easy to blend and they somehow look even better at the end of the day. Shimmery but not over the top.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
I swear by this! The coverage is good, lasts the whole day, doesn't cake up, and gives my skin the smooth, flawless look in photos. I don't do touch ups, so my make up has to last the whole day. This foundation is great for that.

Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator
I am a big fan of glowing, luminous skin and this product makes it so easy to achieve that look. I tap it on over foundation on the high points of my face, but you can use it under your foundation as well. See it in action on my Instagram!

Illamasqua Hydra Veil
Most primers are targeted to people who have oily or combination skin - and I have dry skin. Which makes this ideal for me. It hydrates my skin and doubles up as primer. It makes applying foundation a breeze, and the finish is flawless. 

Supergoop Acai Fusion Lip Balm SPF 30
The skin on your lips is very fine and prone to damage from the elements. This lip balm keeps mine moist and soft while protecting them from the sun. Ideal for when you're spending the day outdoors.

SKINLITE Brightening Essence Mask
Caring for my face is my number one priority. I’ve just recently tried this brightening essence mask and it has been my favourite mask out of all the masks I've tried thus far. It keeps my face feeling bright and refreshed.

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
Next to a clear face, my next priority is having soft, un-chapped lips. I love this lip balm as it keeps my lips smooth and hydrated. It's also perfect for priming my lips before lipstick. 

Etude House Drawing Show Creamy Liner
My greatest asset are my eyes. So to emphasize them, I've been using this creamy liner from Etude House.

Makeup Forever Aqua Brow
I never leave the house without well-groomed and filled eyebrows. Aqua Brow is the best because it stays put the whole day, rain or shine. You could even go swimming and your eyebrows are not going to fade.

Innisfree BB Cream
I love organic products, and I'm not a fan of heavy makeup. I prefer using something light like a BB cream when I go out. This one from Innisfree gives me a nice glow. In fact, it even looks nicer and more natural as the day goes by!

L'Oreal Magic Blur
This one is a new discovery, but I was an instant fan. It gives me a refreshed look and I just love the velvety texture on my skin.



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Most days, aside from a bold lip, an eyeliner can be a girl's best-friend. From making your eyes look wide-eyed and awake, to sultry and mysterious---a good'ol eyeliner is a dependable, nifty makeup item that has become a mainstay in most girls' makeup kit.

So to inspire your next #MOTD, here are a few eyeliner trends we spotted in our community to match a variety of styles. 


Sweet, Girl-Next Door

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To achieve that sweet, girl-next-door aura to your look, keep your eyeliner minimal yet polished enough to make your eyes look wide-eyed and approachable.


Pick a liquid-liner such as M.A.C's Liquidlast Liner and draw a thin line as close to your lash-line as possible. Then, add a soft flick at the end for a touch of sweet playfulness. 

Monochrome Edge

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If you're into that edgy, monochrome look, then a bold eyeliner is what you're looking for to make your eyes truly stand-out. Pick a gel eyeliner like stila's 'smudge pot' gel eyeliner and draw a thick line along your upper lashes, following the natural shape of your eyes.

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Then, with a Kohl liner such as Guerlain's Khol Me Kajal, tight-line both your upper and lower waterline. With a soft pencil brush, smoke out the tight-line in your lower lashline with dark gray eyeshadow for added dimension and softness. 

Street Style

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Street Style is a mix of confidence and comfort with a touch of nonchalance. The perfect eyeliner for this look? Smokey with a touch of I-woke-up-like-this. To get the look, opt for a soft, creamy eye-pencil such as Laura Mercier's Longwear Creme Eye Pencil and line your upper and lower lashes.


Don't worry about keeping the lines neat since you'll be smoking it out anyway. Then, with a small pencil brush dipped in black eyeshadow, quickly smoke out the liner all around your eyes, being careful not to get any colour above the crease. Top off the look with three layers of mascara and you're good to go!


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If you're fearless and bold, then go ahead and reflect that attitude in your eyeliner with a thick cat-eye. Best way to get this is with an eyeliner pen that has a precise tip, such as Maybelline's Hypersharp Wing Liner.

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With its flat tip brush, it makes drawing a sleek, winged eyeliner look much easier. Complement the wing with a neutral eyeshadow base, keeping the eyeliner as the main focal-point of your #MOTD.

Laid-back & Casual

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If you're one of those who loves to keep things simple but still want your eyes to stand-out through the day, then a simple eyeliner look is what you're going for. With a waterproof eyepencil such as the Benefit's BADgal Waterproof Eyepencil, simply tight-line both your upper and lower lash-lines.


This makes your lashes look thicker and brings out the shape and contours of your eyes. It's a simple eyeliner trick that takes less than 30 seconds--perfect for the laid-back girl who doesn't want to fuss too much with her makeup routine.