My daughter has always been interested in makeup. I suppose that comes from being surrounded by my stuff all the time – my office is crammed full of various makeup products, pictures, and tags from Fashion Week. She has two bins of hair products, one bin of foundations and powders, one bin of eye shadows, one bin of skin care, and so on and so forth.

But this holiday season, I’m wanting to put together a nice kit for her to have in her room. A small mirror and a bag of her own for her desk, since she doesn’t use it for anything like studying or reading (that’s all done on the couch for some reason). It was fun putting together products for her, and next I’ll be working on finding the perfect makeup bag. But for now, let’s focus on what’s inside.

I broke the products up into two categories: normal skin and problem skin. My daughter has inherited my problem skin, which means she will always have to stay on top of it so she doesn’t break out, but she will be thankful at my age when she looks younger than her age. The other category is normal skin, which doesn’t mean that it’s perfect, just that they don’t need to worry AS MUCH about non-comedogenic products.

Makeup For Beginners

Makeup for a tween's first makeup bag or kit


  1. Wet ‘n Wild Cover All Liquid Concealer Wand: this is a great creamy formula without being too thick like your average lipstick-style concealer bullets. The lighter formula makes it easier to blend and avoids any cake-y look.
  2. Maybelline New York Dream Wonder Foundation: this is so light and easy to blend that any level of makeup wearer would be able to create a flawless finish.
  3. e.l.f. Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder: this light powder will set makeup as well as create a matte finish.
  4. Cover Girl Clean Glow Blush: three different shades that you can swirl together or use for contouring. Gives a healthy subtle glow with mica particles.
  5. Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio: three shades  that take all the guesswork out of shadows. Clearly marked for placement, three shades create an entire eye look.
  6. Palladio Eyeliner Pencil: this simple yet amazing formula will give both clear and blended lines. A basic color such as dark brown works best for a first time liner.
  7. Sonia Kashuk Brow Gel: this clear formula will tame brows and keep them in place. Also works as a natural, glossy mascara.
  8. NYC Color Big Bold Curl Mascara: this formula will create dramatic lashes without the use of a curler, and it holds the curl well.

First time makeup products for a tween with problem skin


  1. Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Blemish Concealer: when you have problematic skin, you’re generally dealing with an outbreak all the time. This concealer not only has pigment to cover up pimples, but medicine to help dry the pimple up. Double-tasking!
  2. Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid Makeup: same idea as the concealer – a lightly pigmented foundation with salicylic acid, a great pimple buster.
  3. NYC Color Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder: pressed powder is much more mobile than loose powder, and this compact with a mirror is a translucent formula that sets makeup very well.
  4. Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush: this is a fun, gel-like formula that goes on sheer. Super-lendable, so no worry about streaks.
  5. NYX Cosmetics Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in Barefoot in the Sand: pro quality cosmetics at a drugstore price. NYX is one of my favorite brands. This trio gives you basic shadow colors in neutral shades for beginner blenders.
  6. Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Brow & Eye Liner in Dark Brown: I like that this inexpensive pencil works great both as a liner and a brow filler? Go for a lighter brown if hair isn’t in the dark brown color family.
  7. e.l.f. Essentials Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara: another multi-tasker: tames brows and creates a nice gloss on lashes when used as a mascara.
  8. CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast: one of the best drugstore mascaras on the market. The curved brush creates curl without a curler, and it really doesn’t clump. Very, easy to use, even for beginners.

Brush Sets for Beginners

Best makeup brushes for absolute beginners makeup bag or kit



When you’re just starting out, it’s easier to buy in sets, to make sure you get at least the basics. Once you are experienced with makeup brushes, you can add single brushes to your collection, editing out those you don’t use. Here are three inexpensive but great quality sets:

  1. Beauty 360 6 Piece Brush Set: a large fluffy powder brush, a small crease blender, a shader brush, a smudger brush, an angled brush and an eyebrow groomer.
  2. EcoTools Starter Set: a large fluffy brush for powders and blushes, two eyeshadow shaders, one angle brush for eyeliner or brows, and an eyebrow/eyelash groomer along with a travel bag.
  3. e.l.f. Essentials Professional Complete Set of 12 Brushes: probably the best value, but it might be too overwhelming for beginners. Set includes a smudger, one eyeliner brush, a flat eyeshadow shader, an angled eyeshadow brush, a large crease blender, a spoolie for grooming lashes and brows, an eyebrow/eyelash groomer, a foundation brush, an angled blush brush for contouring, a large powder brush for blushes and powders, a small lip brush, and a tightlining brush.

Tomorrow I’ll share some favorite gifts and bags for beginners. I’m still finishing my shopping!

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