A friend of mine got in touch with me a few weeks ago because her almost 16 year old daughter had asked for some “real” makeup for her birthday. My friend had a budget of around $200 (Australian), and her daughter said she really likes M.A.C. If you’re familiar with the price of makeup in Australia, you’ll know that $200 really doesn’t go very far, particularly at M.A.C.
I know that if you’re prepared to go for a mix of higher end and budget friendly makeup, and you know which products perform well at all price points, you can definitely put together a decent starter kit (including some M.A.C!) for ~$200. Here’s what I recommended she pick up.
Here’s what I recommended:
- MAC Face & Body Foundation – $49.00AUD
This foundation is perfect for a teenager. It has very light coverage, so won’t cause a cakey looking face, but it can easily be built up over the areas that need more coverage to help disguise redness and other teenage skin complaints.
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – ~$8.00AUD
This concealer is hands-down the best concealer I have ever used, and even better, it will only set you back your pocket change. It’s got great coverage, excellent lasting power and a lightweight feel. Unfortunately there are no Australian retailers that I am aware of, but eBay will be able to help you out.
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – $49.00AUD
This powder will set your makeup without looking heavy or cakey, it’s comfortable to wear and the finish is very skin-like.
- Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette – $16.95AUD
Sleek eyeshadow palettes are well known for being high quality, with creamy and pigmented eyeshadows, for a very reasonable price. I recommend the Au Natural or the Oh So Special palette for someone new to makeup.
- Sleek Face Form Kit – $18.95AUD
This little cheek palette is a great starter for a novice makeup enthusiast – it will give them all the shades they need to begin to experiment with contouring and highlighting, in a fairly universally flattering selection of colours.
- Rimmel by Kate Moss Lipstick – $11.95AUD
These lipsticks give higher-priced brands like MAC a run for their money, in a variety of shades to suit pretty much anyone. Choose a heart-stopping red or fuschia for the girl who wants to make a statement, or a more neutral pink or peach for someone who has a more understated look.
- Essence Mascara – $4.50AUD
There’s no point forking out a fortune for mascara, when it needs to be replaced every 3-6 months. Essence mascaras are as cheap as chips, perform really well and have a variety of formulas and brushes to suit every mascara need.
- Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Eyeliner Pencil in Nude and Black – $19.90AUD ($9.95 each)
These eyeliners are so amazing I carry them in my pro kit, as well as my personal stash. The black eyeliner is great for thickening up your lashline or helping to create a sultry, smoky eye, and the nude pencil is an essential for freshening up tired eyes (in the waterline), cleaning up the edges of your eyebrows or lipstick, and depending on your skin tone, can even serve as a makeshift concealer in a pinch.
- Face of Australia Brow Kit – $9.45AUD
This little brow kit is a pocket rocket for framing your face. It contains 2 shades of brow powder (that aren’t too warm) as well as a tinted brow wax. The little brush is perfectly adequate for filling in your brows, and the tweezers are not too shabby either.
- Australis Eye Primer – $12.95AUD
This little eye primer is a solid performer, and gives cult favourites like Urban Decay Primer Potion a run for their money. If you can’t get your hands on Australis makeup, Elf does an eye primer that is pretty great as well.
So, in the end I was 65 cents over budget, but I am totally justifying this by saying that most of these products can be picked up on sale at any given time. And who doesn’t love a good sale.
Have you tried any of these products? Did I miss any essentials? What would you include in your starter makeup kit?