The makeup noob’s go-to makeup favorites

Juggling between school and work and dealing with life in general really takes up a huge chunk of my time. Everything is so fast-paced, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. My everyday preparation routine is very basic: I take a bath, dress up, comb my hair. Somewhere in between all that I also nibble on whatever food is nearest. And then, I’m ready for the world. Okay, so maybe not a hundred percent ready–just whatever “sufficiently ready” looks like.

You may notice that there’s one crucial thing that isn’t part of my everyday agenda: makeup! There are two primary reasons for this: first, I don’t think I can spare 15-30 minutes to do makeup; second, I am a makeup noob. No shame!

I am a 25 year old woman (or girl or baby if you ask my mum) who knows little to none about makeup. My guy friends call it being “low maintenance.” I call it being I-really-want-to-look-nice-and-all-but-I’m-just-a-slob. I absolutely love makeup, though. I adore what many people can do with makeup. I wish I could say I know something about contouring, highlights, blending and etc., but sadly I don’t.

However, a few lessons from beauty bloggers and makeup aficionado friends have taught me enough of the essentials. Combining everything I’ve learned (which isn’t much, really), I think I’ve come up with a decent list of beginner-level makeup favorites.

Missha M Magic Cushion

I first heard about bb cushions from my friends, and I learned more about the variants and brands from Morgan of The Beauty Breakdown. This is basically BB cream in a compact and it is so easy to apply. It gives full coverage and manages to hide blemishes without the help of concealer or foundation. It’s not cakey at all, and it stays on your skin for a really long time. I can go from morning to evening without having to reapply it in the middle of the day.

Missha is a Korean brand, and a lot of BB cushions from Korean brands are in very light shades so it was a struggle for me to find one that blended well with my tanned skin. This is just right for me. I’m currently using shade No. 23.

Curious as to which BB cushion would work the best for you? Check out The Beauty Breakdown’s Ultimate Cushion Guide!

Etude House Drawing Eye Brow

Honestly, I’m okay with having not a lot on my face as long as my eyebrows are on fleek. I’m not really good with working on my eyebrows, but the Etude House Drawing Eyebrow pencil makes it an easier task for me. It’s very cheap (only $3.60). It comes with a spoolie brush on the tip as well.

Clinique High Impact Mascara

Mascaras are optional for me. I only use it whenever I feel like putting on mascara or when I have a special something I have to attend to for the day.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm

My mum used to complain that I look very sickly all the time because of my dry, chapped lips. She encouraged me to use lip balms on a daily basis. What can I say? It’s true that mothers do know best. Applying lip balm is the most important part of my routine. It’s an absolute essential for me. I bring it with me whenever I go.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London

I love matte lipsticks! I don’t usually spend a lot on makeup, but I like to invest in quality and reasonably priced matte lipsticks. My two favorite brands are NYX and Colourpop. Unlike other matte lipsticks, these don’t make your lips feel dry throughout the day. They’re also very easy to apply, which by now you would’ve guessed is a massive dealbreaker for someone with little makeup experience like me.


There go my go-to makeup favorites! Shout out to all other makeup noobs out there! (I’m really hoping I’m not the only one.)

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