The Ultimate List of Makeup Essentials for Beginners

by Nida S
Makeup for Beginners

Hey makeup novice, get your notepad ready, we’ve got your shopping list ready!

Entering the world of makeup is the adult equivalent of walking into a candy store. So many products, colours, formulations and options! With all this variety, it’s natural for a person to get overwhelmed and end up picking the wrong products. But don’t worry we’ll help you find the perfect makeup products that are easy to start off with. If you’re also taken aback by the abundance of beauty products in the makeup aisle, we’ll help you get the ones you’ll surely love. Just for you, we’ve picked some of the easiest to use, foolproof makeup products that you can never go wrong with. We’re talking primers, concealers, foundations, setting sprays and everything in between. We’re teaching you how to build your makeup stash from scratch with bestselling product recommendations for your skin tone and skin type. Counting down 14 makeup staples that everybody needs in their life, whether they’re a beginner or a pro.

1. Don't forget prime time!

All the efforts you put in your makeup won’t matter if it slides off in the middle of the day, right? That is what a primer is here to help you with. Primer is the first step in your makeup routine that preps your skin for makeup and ensures that your makeup stays on till it’s time to call it a day. Primers are designed to help your makeup look flawless all day long. Different face primers serve different skin concerns. Some smooth out the skin by blurring fine lines, pores and texture, some are packed with hydrating and moisturizing agents to help combat dry skin while others provide a matte finish throughout the day – the choice is yours.

Face primer for smooth base

A lot of primers also come with additional benefits such as sun protection with SPF, illuminating properties for adding a glow, and colour correcting tones to aid discolouration on the skin.

Have a good look at your skin and determine the kind of primer you need. If you see your pores looking big in some areas, try a pore-filling primer. Our recommendation SUGAR Base Of Glory Pore Minimizing Primer beautifully fills in pores to creates a soft and smooth base for your makeup.

If you have dry skin and you notice your makeup begins to flake in a couple of hours, use a moisturizing or illuminating primer. Try the SUGAR Aquaholic Priming Moisturizer, a revolutionary skincare and makeup hybrid that keeps skin moisturized all day long and keeps your makeup looking fresh till dusk. This non-greasy and refreshing primer soothes skin from irritation and dryness while wonderfully prepping skin for makeup.

Similarly, a mattifying primer can do wonders for oily skin. If you have combination skin and you can’t decide, try using two different primers for different regions of your face. Use a mattifying primer where you get oily (like your T-zone) and apply a moisturizing primer in the spots you experience dryness.

Colour corrector for dark circles

2. The importance of colour correcting

Struggling with dark circles and discolouration that peep through your foundation? Well, we all are and that’s exactly why we need the right colour correctors in our collection. Depending on your skin tone, we have some shade suggestions for you.

For light to fair skin – if you have dark circles, acne marks or hyperpigmentation, try the SUGAR Face Fwd >> Corrector Stick in Peach Precedent, a fabulous peach corrector that counteracts dullness, helps disguise dark circles and blends in effortlessly.

For medium to olive skin tones, try a true orange corrector that helps hide dark circles and pigmentation well. For redness, a green corrector is your best buddy! If you want to mask any redness on your face, don’t think twice and pick the SUGAR Face Fwd >> Corrector Stick in the shade Jade Jockey. The green hue cancels out redness, pimples and spots. Just dab a little amount on the trouble area and blend it out with your ring finger. Follow up with your regular base makeup and notice the difference!

3. Pick the right foundation

Every great story begins with the right foundation. And even when it comes to makeup, it’s one of the most important steps. Find the right foundation that matches you to the T. Visit stores and swatch a few potential shades and make your decision. You can also pick a couple of shades and finishes to fit any look you’re going for. Cream, powder, liquid, pick any formulation you want according to your skin. If you’re just starting out, we recommend going with a light to medium coverage product. The ideal pick for you is our bestseller SUGAR Goddess Of Flawless SPF30+ BB Cream.

Foundation for Indian skin

It effortlessly blends into your skin to provide an undetectable appearance and evens out your skin tone in a jiffy! Easy to use, hard to mess up, contains SPF – what more can we say? This is perfection in a tube!

But you’ve got spots to cover and need more coverage? We’ve got you covered (get it?). The SUGAR Ace Of Face Foundation Stick will hide all your imperfections and won’t budge all day! This stick foundation comes with a built-in brush at the other end that makes it incredibly travel friendly for people on the go. It layers like a dream and can easily go from medium coverage to full coverage without looking cakey or heavy. And if you’ve always struggled to find your match, this beauty comes in whopping 22 shades! There’s definitely something for you in the range.

Concealer for dark circles

4. Concealer for every trouble

Some say a concealer wand is a magic wand and we totally agree! A concealer is perfect for your busy days when you want to look put together without putting in a lot of work. It can instantly hide blemishes or dark circles to give you an even and flawless look. Concealers are easy to use and ideal for brightening your undereye area. We recommend getting at least 2 shades of concealer – one that matches your skin tone and one as a highlighting shade.

Our personal favourite is the SUGAR Magic Wand Waterproof Concealer which comes in 6 glorious shades that are specially designed to suit Indian skin tones. This stunner conceals dark spots, dark circles and lasts up to 8 hours without any touch-ups!

5. Set the base in place

A setting powder will ensure your makeup is locked in place. It instantly takes the shine away, blurs out pores and fine lines and keeps your skin looking fresh throughout the day. Not only that, but it also makes applying the rest of your face makeup easier! Setting powder will act as a barrier between your foundation and the rest of your face products that you add on top of your foundation. It prevents your foundation from getting patchy when you blend your blush, bronzer and highlighter. It also stops your concealer from creasing and settling into your fine lines. 

Setting powder for makeup

A translucent powder such as the SUGAR All Set To Go Translucent Powder is perfect for setting your makeup. It keeps shine at bay for over 8 hours, blurs out pores and fine lines, and keeps you looking fresh all day.

But if you want a little extra coverage, the SUGAR Set The Tone Tinted Powder is made just for you. It comes in 5 marvellous shades that are perfect for setting the face or highlighting the undereye. It blurs out the appearance of pores and instantly absorbs excess oil on the skin. It has a light-weight finish and does not get cakey or heavy. If you want that “Kardashian snatched” look, this finely milled powder is perfect for baking.

Best blush for Indian skin

6. Bring back the colour

Now that you’ve evened out your skin, it’s very easy to look flat and washed out. To bring back some colour, a lively blush on the apples of your cheeks is all you need. Blush instantly makes you look healthier and adds a pretty wash of colour. You can pick a powder, cream or liquid blush as per your preference. Try the SUGAR Contour De Force Mini Blush that comes in 5 universal shades with a super blendable formula. A little bit of this product will amp up your entire look!

7. Bronze for that sun kissed glow

A bronzer is just as important as blush. It gives you that sunkissed, vacation glow. Look for a shade that’s one or two shades darker than your skin tone. Just like blush, you have an array of options to pick from. Cream, liquid, powder – whichever you prefer for your skin type. When it comes to bronzers, undertones play a vital role. A cool undertone is ideal for chiselling out your face, a warm bronzer is perfect for adding a “back from the beach” glow and bronzers with a little peach in them are amazing for lifting the complexion and making you look wide awake.

Bronzer for contouring

For fair-to-medium skin tones look for neutral taupes to mimic natural shadows. The SUGAR Contour De Force Mini Bronzer in Taupe Topper has a stunning cool undertone that works really well for adding definition. 

But if you’re after a bronzed glow, SUGAR Contour De Force Mini Bronzer in Woody Wonder is your pick. This shade works marvellously for medium-tan skin.

Highlighter for glowing skin

8. Highlight your best features

Who doesn’t like some glow? A small amount of highlighter is all you need to transform your look. The SUGAR Contour De Force Mini Highlighter comes in 4 gleaming shades to suit every skin tone. Pick a shade that isn’t too dark or light for you.

If you want to take it a step further, try a liquid illuminator that you can also wear under your base makeup or mix it in with your foundation. Try the SUGAR Bling Leader Illuminating Moisturizer for this trick. It’s enriched with shea butter, and vitamin E to give you skincare benefits while priming and making your skin glow.

And if you’re a fan of a striking metallic shine, the SUGAR Glow And Behold Jelly Highlighter can give your desired gleam. It’s extremely blendable and a little bit of this product goes a long way. This can be worn under or over your foundation.

9. Kohl liner - the undefeatable!

Moving on to the eyes. The most essential eye product has to be a kajal or kohl liner. A rich, black eyeliner pencil is versatile and can be used in many ways. No look is complete without a black eyeliner pencil. SUGAR Stroke Of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl is a great pick for beginners. It’s intensely pigmented, has an ultra creamy texture that doesn’t tug on the eyes and lasts up to 8 hours!

Black kajal for defined eyes
Nude eyeshadow palette

10. Nude eyeshadow palette: A makeup must!

Whether you’re a newbie or a makeup connoisseur, a neutral eyeshadow palette is a must-have! A nude eyeshadow palette has all the basic shades you need to create makeup looks or lay a base for different eye looks. 

We recommend the SUGAR Blend The Rules Eyeshadow Palette in Flawless as warm eyeshadows are easy to work with. This neutral palette comes with the right mix of mattes and shimmers to create beautiful looks every day. These are ultra-pigmented, blendable and travel-friendly.

11. Mascara for fluttery lashes

No eye makeup look is complete without swiping on one or two coats of mascara. It makes your eyes look bigger, wider and makes your eyelashes look pretty and fluttery. Finish your every makeup look with the incredible SUGAR Lash Mob Limitless Mascara – 01 Black With A Bang, a mascara that provides volume and length in one. This clump-free, water-resistant formula is perfect for everyday use. It’s also packed with nourishing ingredients to help boost the growth of your natural lashes.

Mascara for long eyelashes
Eyebrow pencil for defined eyebrows

12. Eyebrow enhancer for brow goals

Your eyebrows frame your face and groomed eyebrows immediately make you look more put together. An eyebrow pencil or definer is the easiest and quickest way to fill in your brows. Look for a shade that’s close to the roots of your hair and follow the natural shape of your eyebrows. Try out one of the four shades from the SUGAR Arch Arrival Brow Definer range based on your preference. This waterproof and sweatproof eye brow definer fills, shapes and defines brows and comes with in-built spoolie to blend brows perfectly!

13. Lipsticks for every mood

Lipsticks are pros at binding your whole look together and make it swell. It’s no surprise that one lipstick shade doesn’t work for all looks. Similarly, your lipstick finish needs to be on point and take your look to a whole new level. We recommend investing in lipsticks with different formulas for different occasions. 

Try the SUGAR Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick, a bestseller that comes in a jaw-dropping 52 shades with a budge-proof formula that stays on from AM to PM and needs no touch-ups.

Matte liquid lipstick

If you’re having a hard time picking the right shade for you, we have the perfect kit for experimenting. SUGAR Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick Minis Set allows you to pick 4 different lipstick shades from 24 options. Pick a shade from each colour family or mix and match to customize your shade.

Another bestselling recommendation is the SUGAR Matte As Hell Crayon Lipstick. This divine formula goes on ultra-creamy, soft and settles into a chic matte finish. Pick your favourites from 36 gorgeous shades and this lippy is sure to blow your mind. 

And if you want a sheer wash of colour with hydration, you’ll definitely enjoy the SUGAR Plush Crush Crème Crayon. It’s enriched with vitamin E, collagen, hyaluronic acid and pomegranate fruit extract for nourishment and adds a beautiful, subtle hue to the lips.

Makeup setting spray

14. Set and forget to seal the deal

The final step to make it all last – setting spray. Just like the primer, setting spray keeps your makeup in place all day long. In addition to that, it takes the cakey look away and makes your makeup look natural and seamless. Try our all-rounder – SUGAR Grand Finale Setting Mist that comes in a variety of finishes right from Matte, Dewy to Highlighting. Pick the finish your skin loves and lock it all in place. 

Our best pick is the SUGAR Grand Finale SPF30 Setting Mist that provides UV protection while setting your makeup. Reapplying sunscreen is impossible with makeup on but this spray takes care of that. Just spritz it all over for protection and a dewy glow!

So, there you have it! A list of products to create the perfect makeup look for every occasion! You can rely on these 14 easy to use makeup products that are perfect for subtle daily looks to occasional glam.


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