Beauty Basics

Makeup Brushes

First of all, brushes! Although it's not makeup, brushes are a very important part of a makeup routine as it helps to apply the makeup and is more hygiene than applying it with your hands. These days, makeup sponges have also become a popular item for applying makeup. You can get many different size and shapes of brushes, different brushes can be used for applying different products. For example, bigger brushes may be used to apply products such as blush or bronzer while smaller brushes would be used to apply eyeshadow.

Base Makeup

Base makeup are products such as primer, foundation, concealer and powder. These products are used to make your skin look smooth by evening out your skin tone and covering up any dark spots and blemishes. Usually in a makeup routine, the base makeup is done first. Although there isn't necessarily a specific order, people tend to put on primer first, then foundation, then concealer and then finally powder.


Eyeshadow usually comes in the form of coloured pressed powder that you put on your eyelids, it allows for alot of creative freedom as there are many different styles that you can do and many different colours to choose from. There is also cream eyeshadow, liquid eyeshadow, pigments and so on. There are also different eyeshadow finishes such as matte, shimmer, metallic and so on.


Mascara is applied on the eyelashes. There are mascara formulas for lengthening, volumizing, curling and defining so it is important to decide what you want the mascara to do for your eyelashes before picking one. There are also water-proof mascaras and although the most common mascara colour is black, they do also come in many colours. Different mascara's brushes may also look different, the shape depends on the purpose of the mascara.


Eyebrows can really change a person's face. For example, in animations to be able to differentiate character, straight eyebrows are usually given to the protagonists to make them look kinder while arched eyebrows are given to protagonists to make them look evil. In real life, eyebrows can very much change how you look. There are many different products to use on eyebrows such as eyebrow pencils, brow pomade, eyebrow gel and eyebrow tint. These products are usually used to define your eyebrows and fill in any sparse areas.


Highlighter is a product that illuminates light and is used to brighten areas of the face, such as the cheekbones or the nose bridge and tip. It comes in many different forms and colours. For example, there is powder highlighter, liquid highlighter and cream highlighter. It gives the skin a much brighter and dewier complexion and accentuates your features.


For many, lipstick is an important part of their everyday makeup routine. It adds more colour to you face and there are so many colours, finishes and forms to choose from! There is the traditional lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip gloss, lip crayon and in many different formulas such as matte, gloss, sheer and so on. A nice lipstick colour can really tie up and complete the look!

Nail Polish

And last but definitely not least, nail polish! Although it may not typically be thought of as a step in a daily makeup routine, it is also a form of makeup that can help a person express themselves. With so many colours to choose from, you could match your nails to your outfit or just simply pick a colour of your own liking.