Budget Makeup Buys ~ Fantastico Guide For Beginners!


First impression is really the best impression and looking presentable is a very important for everyone. You may be attending a party, a wedding , college or even an interview, being well groomed with some basic make up will give a definite boost to your confidence .

Branded makeup isn't a cheap affair as most products are priced high and if you are a clueless makeup beginner walking into Shopperstop or lifestyle for makeup shopping it can get very confusing.  Here i put together a guide to help beginners with essential makeup shopping without having to spend a bomb. You can treat this like a starters kit and then decide what works for you and experiment with more high end brands.

Beauty Budget brands available in India: When it comes to buying affordable makeup options in India are very limited but things are fast improving with the online shopping scene and many international brands like NYX, MUA, Jordana and wet wild are easily available in India but again prices of these brands are almost always inflated all thanks to taxes levied . The best fantastico budget brands for beginners in India are Lakme, Maybelline, lotus herbals, Elle 18, tips and toes, color essence and colorbar.

The Starter Makeup kit : So you are a beginner with little or no knowledge of what all you include in your kit , No problem I am here to help! :)

 BB Cream: You are starting on makeup means you are either a teenager or in your early twenties and at this age most girls do not require much coverage on an everyday basis so a BB cream should be enough to hide minor blemishes and even out your skin tone. There are many BB creams in the Indian market which are priced right .
BB creams I recommend : Ponds BB cream is my favorite for its packaging and coverage but is a bit drying, Garnier BB cream works well . Lakme CC Cream and Maybelline Clear Glow BB Stick are both similar to BB cream and have 2 or more shades to help suit your skin tone better.

Lip gloss: Most makeup starters start of with lip glosses and tinted lip balms and stay away from lipsticks. If you don't have tinted lips a tinted lip balm can do the trick for you but if you have tinted lips go for lip glosses. There is a lot variety available in the lip gloss section and you can easily find a gloss or tinted balm in a shade which suits your skin tone.
Lip glosses I recommend : Nivea Fruity Shine Lip Balm range has very good tinted lip balms which are lightly moisturizing too, Maybelline Color Bloom in Pink Blossom, Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Glosses have some amazing shades just at the price of 350 and lipice lip balms, Lakme Lip gloss and elle 18 lip smoothies.

Lipstick: I always steered clear of lipsticks in my teens because i had a feeling lipsticks are for mature women. I have recently started indulging in lipsticks and I am addicted to them because they last all day unlike lip glosses which need reapplication almost every 2 hours.
Lipsticks I recommend: Colorbar Velvet Matte lipsticks has some beautiful shades which last all day (Shades bare and over the top are my favourites ). Lotus Herbals Pure Color lipstick, Lakme Enrich stain range , Faces Go Chic Lipsticks and elle 18 lip pops.

Compact Powder : Compact or pressed powder is important to give you a matte finish and also help in touching up your makeup at regular intervals.
Compact powders I recommend: Lakme Radiance Compact is something i have always relied on and it does a good job on me at an affordable price. You can also try Coloressence compact powder, elle 18 Compact and Maybelline All in one Fairness glow powder.

Kajal : kajal or khol is an indian womens staple and there are many budget options available in India these days. Many indian skin care brands have budget kajal available but with launch of  lakme eyeconic and maybelline collosal kajal which are long staying and smudge proof i dont see myself turning elsewhere
Kajals I recommend: Maybelline Colossal Kajal, Lakme Eyeconic Kajal. Lotus herbals kajal and himalaya kajal for people who want herbal stuff for their eyes. Other options include Elle 18 Kajal, Biotique kajal and faces long wear eye pencil.

Eye Liner: Liquid eyeliners are important to make your eyes pop and complete your makeup look. Getting your eye liner application right can be difficult for beginners especially if you have shaky hands. You can try the new age pen liners for a more precise eye liner application.
eye liners I recommend: Lakme Insta Liquid Eyeliner, Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner and Elle 18 Black Out Eyeliner. Try Maybelline Hyper Sharp Eyeliner pen which give precise line on a budget. I am using this and totally recommend it for beginners

Blush : A light pink flush on your cheeks can make a lot of difference in elevating your look. You can choose either blush in cream form or in powder form. With cream blushes you can use your fingers to apply but if using powder blush you need to invest in a blush brush too.
Blushes I recommend: When it comes to powder blushes I use Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush and they are amazing for their price. You can also try Coloressence satin smooth Blusher and anna andere blush. For cream blushes afordable options in india are very limited, try Maybelline Dream Touch Blush.

Mascara: I am not a mascara person as removing mascara gets really frustrating. Also mascara ends up drying every 6 months or so . I stick to mascara during special occasions only but if you are an eye make up person and want some drama for your eyes mascara works best. 
Mascara I recommend: Maybelline HyperCurl mascara, with mascara cheap works best as they dry up soon.

Makeup remover: You are a makeup beginner starting of with clear or flawless skin but not removing make up completely before sleep can end up damaging your skin. always remove all your makeup before hitting the bed.
Make up remover I recommend: Your normal cleanser should do the job but to completely remove every bit of make up, even your mascara i recommend you try baby oil.

So these were some products your starter makeup kit should have. If you have more doubts regarding makeup then please mail me and I will be happy to answer your queries.

Stay peppy. Buy smart!

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today. 

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  1. Again an amazing post... Keep up the #Fantastico work you are doing...


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