Make Up for Beginners

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This is straight inspiration from one of my favourite shows - Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. You can catch this on AXN.
The Ten Essential Wardrobe Elements as devised by Tim Gunn are practical pieces around which you can build your wardrobe. Tim Gunn is the star of a reality makeover television show onAXN called Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. He became well known from the hit TV show Project Runway, where he counseled contestants on their stylish creations.
The Ten Elements are mostly classic pieces, but what's important is whether they fit you properly, are not outdated, and bring out your best features.
So I decided to come up with my own top 10 essential items in Make-Up list that I think are essential for all women or any ladies/girls who are new to makeup.

1.      Foundation: Ok, this is the only one area I can’t make a recommendation for. It first of all depends on whether you want sheer, medium or heavy coverage. And the brand in which you find your skin tone match. Some of us may have to go the MACs for the perfect one, for some, Lakme will suffice. This is a very individual product. Invest in a good foundation; a good skin will help all your other features shine. Also get something with SPF, you will save on slathering a sunscreen.

2.      Concealer: Concealer is different from foundation. Foundation is sheer, and its purpose is to even out the skin tone. Concealer is heavier and more opaque, and its purpose is to cover problem areas. It comes in liquids (good for dry skin), creams and sticks. Liquids are the lightest form of concealer, while sticks are the most solid and opaque. Concealer comes in a variety of shades, and you want to make sure you find one (or one palette) that matches your skin tone. The general guideline is one-half to one shade lighter than your skin. If you go too dark, your skin will look even more uneven; too light, and it'll draw attention to imperfections instead of hiding them.  

Colorbar has a good concealer that retails for around Rs. 400/-

3.      Loose Powder: Applied correctly, it's invisible, but it creates a flawless, perfectly blended look. Translucent powder is just what it sounds like: a sheer, fine and effectively colorless substance. It's applied all over the face in a light layer, and it has a few different benefits: It creates a unified coating so borders between each makeup element (foundation, eyes, cheeks) are less obvious; it controls oil and shine; it "sets" foundation and concealer so they last longer and don't streak; and it can tone down mistakes (like too much color on the cheeks). It goes on after everything except mascara and lip color. 

Try Lakme Rose powder. Rs. 80/- Read review here.

4.      Blush:  This item is a must to infuse color into your face. Used on your cheekbones & swept back into the hairline, it makes you glow. 

Colorbar has a good range of colors that suit all skin tones. Retails for Rs. 250/-

5.      Eyeshadow Palette: Maybelline makes an excellent eyeshadow quad called Chai Latte. The colors are a light shimmery cream color – which makes an excellent highlighter, a matte taupe to go all over the lid, a very shimmery bronze/gold and a matte chocolate brown for the crease and external V.  The matte shades are also useful for defining the eyebrows.  Good for creating an everyday, extremely wearable smoky brown. Retails for Rs. 225/-

6.      Mascara: take your pick between maybelline’s Define-A-Lash (read review here. Rs. 290/-) and Collosial volumising Mascara (read review here. Rs. 260/-). Get it in waterproof. Both are excellent mascaras for daily wear.

7.      Eyeliner: Try Colorbar for Black and Truffle (a very chocolaty brown). Both are smudge proof. Price: Rs. 225 for truffle, 250 for the black one. Read review here.

8.      Gloss: Colorbar juicy lip gloss in a tube for Rs. 200/-. These are transparent shades with colored shimmer. They also make great substitutes for lip balm. Read review here.

9.      Lipstick: Get a flattering pink-brown to go with all looks. Try Lakme and Colorbar. Both have nice shades. They will cost you anything between 200 – 250.

10.  A good set of makeup brushes: If your budget is tight, you can get the combined set from Vega. It is quite cheap and good to practice with if you are a newbie. However the quality is not so good, if you have some monies to spend – consider buying the individual Vega brushes – for some reason they have better bristles, and if you have money left to splurge – then try The Body Shop, or MAC.

Ok, I know, I broke the rules and snuck in an extra one. But trust me you can’t do without this.
11.  Coconut oil / Mineral oil/ Baby Oil: Essential to remove makeup. I use simple Parachute.
I hope this list helps those of you who are new to the entire business.  
If there is anything I missed out on or if you have any other product reccos, do share them!


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  1. Ahoy! Get the name plate ready! Now that Rati made her debut, thnx to Karan Johar, can we xpect you on YT? LOLZ

    Not a big deal, but I believe eye lash curler is a must-have, Tanvi! Wat say?

  2. Hi Tanveer,

    Thanks so much for your post on make up must haves for a beginner. Definitely a helpful one for newbies like me..

  3. @ Divs: No YT for me Divs. Am afraid I am rather camera shy. Besides I am not very good at this stuff. i just started doing make up like a year ago and am still a student at it, I still make silly mistakes. :D

    Btw, when are you getting yr name plate of "TBS Lady" made?

    I agree with the eye lash curler. I actually left it out on purpose, coz I don't know how to use it. Frankly it scares the hell outta me. I need personal tutorials from one of you to learn this. :D

    Maybe you can oblige? :D :D

  4. @ GGG: Thks for the appreciation. Glad to be of help.

    Btw, welcome and congrats on yr new blog! It looks great and all the best! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do :D

  5. Thats really my pleasure, tanvi! Tell me about it! Teaching a guru how to use eyelash curler??LOL

  6. Lovely post , Tanveer.

    Bought a whole lot of colorbar brushes today. Will review them soon. :)

  7. @ Divs: Why not, Yr a TBS Guru yrself :D

    @ Rati: Thks Rati!

  8. Hey Tanveer,

    This is a gr8 post and really very helpful!!!


  9. @ HD: Thks :D.. Glad to help :D

  10. Hi Tanveer,

    Great blog. I am novice to makeup. I have been following makeup tutorials for months now and was so excited them to they them out. But, none of the tutorials were made for Indian skin.

    I dint know you guys are here until recently. You totally rock, babe. Now I am super excited. I am sure going to give a shot.

    Sadly, colorbar is not available in Bangalore (correct me if I'm wrong)

    Keeping doing the great job..

  11. Thanks for the makeup tips, Tanveer. Will definitely come in handy. I love the way your blog focuses on products that are available in India :)

    @V: I think there is a Colorbar counter at the new Bangalore Central mall in Jayanagar 9th Block, next to Woody's. Not sure what they have coz I was rushing that day and didn't have time to check it out. Btw, they also have a Body Shop counter ;)

  12. @V: Hey, :D

    Thks so much for the appreciation :D :D.. Am glad to be of help, and do let me know what worked for you and what didn't :D

    It is such gr8 words from readers like you that provide the inspiration for me to write :D.. Thanks a lot for taking out the time to read the blog & commenting. I look forward to interacting more with you :D

    Btw, I have no idea about bangalore, never been thr :(... But I hoped Jewel's response helped you out :D

  13. @Jewel: Thks so much for the appreciation. I started the blog because I just cld not find anything that focused on Indian Products. & I am glad to be of help :D

    & also, thks for helping me out with V's query. :D..

  14. I wholeheartedly lend my support 2 this list -V well made- each n very product I agree wid - I hav most thanks 2 u!
    Only in case of loose powder I go wid Mom's compact - I think its Maybelline...I don't know hw to use loose powder-I feel lik I'll breathe and it all come flying and land on my face!!Anyways I only use it when I'm going all out wid my look!
    Excellent Post as usual!

  15. @Simran: Thks :D

    U do have to be a little bit careful with loose powder.. it does tend to fly around a bit.. LOL..

  16. nice blog... but i am new to makup as never feel the need of it.. but i dont know how to remove makeup.. can you tell in detail?


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