Experiment | Building a makeup collection is all about experimenting with different textures, formulas and products to build a routine that is suited to both the season and your skin type. From experience, makeup is all about trial and error as not all products work for everyone, but it is important to make sure you still have room in your stash for the products you need. I make it my mission every few months to clear out my collection, giving away any unused or unloved products to friends or family.
Start With One Of Each | After starting your collection, over time you will accumulate a wide variety of products and duplicates, but it is important to start with the basics. Although not essential for all, I would recommend starting with foundation, concealer, bronzer, blusher and mascara with additional eyebrow products, eyeliner and a lipstick too. It's all about trial and error with what works with your skin type and tone, but once you have the main basics you're good to go.
Build On What You Love | If dewy foundations is the element of makeup you love, then work around that, collecting products that work for that particular finish or formula. If you like to add a pop of colour to your cheeks then opt to collect blushers first or if you like to have various lipsticks to choose from then they will be your best bet.
Get The Right Tools | Once you have your makeup sorted, it's good to source out some affordable, high quality brushes to get you started. For flawless makeup, the right tools are essential especially if you're working with a lot of powders. The Real Techniques brushes were my first set of proper brushes and I've never looked back.
Product Recommendations | With many beauty bloggers and Youtubers out there it is now so much easier to get the honest opinion of others. Before shopping around to expand your makeup stash, I would recommend checking out a few bloggers with the same skin type as you and see what they like. For me, I would recommend Benefit Hoola*, Sleek Solstice Palette and a budget eyeshadow offering like the Tanya Burr Birthday Suit Palette to get you started.
What are your tips for building a makeup collection?