Makeup is not one size fits all, and if you are just getting into makeup, there is a lot to choose from. Do you want matte full coverage or dewy light coverage? What do you need to complete a full face?

If you aren’t used to wearing makeup, you don’t want to go for full glam right off the bat. You probably won’t like the feeling, and it will be a big adjustment.

Getting into makeup shouldn’t be a one-and-done thing. You want to get the essentials and grow your collection from there. Start natural and branch out into what you like.

Let’s get you started.

CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation (Shop here)
This CoverGirl foundation is the perfect way to begin using a coverage product. It is lightweight and has the benefits of a tinted moisturizer, but the feel of makeup. It can be blended out with your hands, a brush, or a sponge, depending on your preference and skin type. It isn’t too heavy, isn’t glowy or matte, and is super user-friendly. Plus, it comes in a handy squeeze tube and is available just about everywhere.

Honest Beauty Honestly Bright Eyes Tinted Eye Cream (Shop here)
Heavy-duty concealer is not always your friend. It can look too thick and be difficult to blend when you are starting out. Whether you are covering dark spots, under-eye darkness, or acne, this eye cream has the perfect level of tinted brightening for a beginner. It comes in only two shades but makes a big impact. It is lightweight yet moisturizing so that you won’t feel dry or cakey. It blends out easily with your fingers and is great if you are on the go.

ELF Wow Brow Gel (Shop here)
The brows make the face. They frame your eyes and take a look from messy to polished in a snap. This is a one-and-done step if you don’t want to use something intimidating like a pencil, pen, or pomade. You pick the shade that matches your brows best, brush it through your brows, and this will add some thickness, color and hold to your brows. Plus, it is less than $5.

Smashbox Cali Contour Blush, Highlighter, & Bronzer Face Palette (Shop here)
Let’s make this as easy as possible for you. You don’t need a huge eye shadow palette full of crazy colors right now. When you are starting, you are learning how to blend, what sort of brushes fit your eye shape, and what you like. You also don’t need to contour with new products. This set has all you need in one palette with a mirror. You have two bronzer shades, a blush, face powder, and two highlighters. This allows you to do your face makeup, and you can use all these shades on your eyes for some definition as well. There are two color families to choose from depending on your skin tone, but both have creamy powders that are easy to work with.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara (Shop here)
There are so many mascaras around, and everyone’s lashes are different, but this one seems to be a winner for many people. It is super affordable, has a waterproof version, and fan out the lashes with ease. If you have full lashes naturally, just one swipe of this should be enough for you.

Glossier Ultralip (Shop here)
Finally, you complete your look with a lip color. But, you don’t need something matte and long-wearing. You don’t want to make a mistake, plus you want a comfortable lip color. The Glossier Ultralip comes in nine wearable shades from nude to bright, and they all feel incredibly soft and moisturizing. They offer a good amount of color, but not so much that it will look weird if it smudges or isn’t applied just perfectly.