The first step in your journey to truly master the art of makeup is to recognize and understand all the various different types of makeup tools you have at your disposal.
A woman with makeup on portrays herself as a person who takes care of herself and her looks. Makeup is basically made to accentuate your best features and conceal ones that make you feel insecure. So when you appear prettier, you draw attention and develop your self confidence. When you are confident, you become productive, assertive and contribute more in terms of actions and opinions, yes? ☺
Below each type of makeup item are links to products that are highly recommended by people who have used them before. Do click on the product title or image to find out more. You may eventually find it cheaper to buy online, even with shipping costs counted in!
- Face Primer
- Face powder
- BB Cream
- Rouge, blush or blusher, cheek coloring
- Contour powder/creams
- Setting Spray
- Setting powder
- Eye Primer
- Eyelash Curler
- Eyelash Adhesive/Glue
- False/Fake/Extension Eyelashes
- Eyebrow pencil
- Eyebrow Wax
- Eyebrow Gels
- Eyebrow Powder
- Lipstick / Lip Cream
- Lip Gloss
- Lip Liner
- Lip Plumper
- Lip Balm
- Lip Primer
- Lip Booster
- Lip Stain
- Nail Polish
Types Of Makeup For The Face
A face primer is one of the best types of makeup to ensure everything stays on longer. They are relatively new products so few drugstore brands make primers. They pamper the skin and create a protective barrier. Primers are excellent for people with combination to oily skin. Just apply after moisturizing your face and let it sink into the skin for a few minutes before carrying on with your regular foundation routine.
Most face primers come in 1oz tubes and lasts you quite long as the amount you need is usually smaller than a nickel. Get these two highly recommended face primers below at a discounted rate!
Foundation Makeup Primer by Delicate Caress
This product by Delicate Caress Cosmetics is like magic. It will make your skin smooth and soft, even everything out and produce a perfect skin surface.
Primed and Poreless by Too Faced
This one of a kind makeup primer was scientifically formulated to wear under bronzers and foundation powders, or alone, to achieve the look of flawless skin without makeup. Vitamins A and C, mulberry extract and a powerful dose of retinol virtually banish pores while tired skin is left hydrated, firmer, and detoxified.
Used to cover any imperfections of the skin. Concealer is often used for any extra coverage needed to cover blemishes or any other marks. Concealer is often thicker and more solid than foundation, and provides longer lasting, and more detailed coverage. Some formulations of this type of makeup are meant only for the eye or only for the face.
Smothers by CoverGirl
It goes on smooth and creamy like a lipstick giving great coverage. It also sits well under powder or liquid foundation.
Camouflage Concealer Palette by Coastal Scents
Coastal Scents Professional Camouflage is an array of natural shades that can be mixed and matched, is creamy and very blend-able, and it will totally cover your undereye circles!
Foundation is the type of makeup you put everywhere on your face, to even out skin tone. Usually a liquid, cream, or powder, as well as most recently, a light and fluffy mousse, which provides excellent coverage as well.
Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder by Jane Iredale
Top notch in terms of quality. No questionable additives unlike other make up lines. This loose version may have a more moisturizing effect and a bit more coverage than the pressed version.
Original Deluxe Foundation in Light by bareMinerals
With this, you don’t have to use a heavy cream base on your face. It covers almost every “flaw”, evenly and without that obvious makeup look. Value for money and comes in a very beautiful packaging.
Face powder is the type of makeup used to set the foundation, giving a matte finish, and also to conceal small flaws or blemishes.
Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder by Clinique
What’s so great about Clinique’s Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder is it is made to look natural on your skin, it will not make your face itch, and you will not encounter any breakouts at all. If your face is oily and a bit sensitive like many others, you’ll be happy with this product.
Mineral Veil by Bare Escentuals
It is important to use this product properly. Get a good brush, and before applying, tap the extra powder off and buff it on. If you apply too much of it and don’t buff it, it can look weird. Mineral veil is meant as a topper coat over the foundation powder. The mineral veil topper powder will really make your skin look natural even in tone.
BB cream stands for blemish balm, and it’s really good for your skin. It covers redness, scars, pimples, etc, and depending on the BB cream, provides moisturizing, whitening, anti-aging, and SPF. When they say whitening, they don’t mean bleaching your skin, more like just lightening your skin.
It started in Germany as a cream for people who had undergone surgery, healing their skin. Then, Korean celebrities found it and they made it into BB cream that is like makeup. In fact, BB cream is one of the must have makeup tools in every kit! Nothing except BB cream gives the skin coverage, like a foundation, and heals it at the same time.
Triple The Solution BB Cream by Lioele
Lioele’s is one of the very best. It’s light, non greasy and has SPF 30 to help diminish discoloration.
Collagen Choc Extra Gold BB Cream by MAGIS LENE
This particular color would equate to the “No. 23” that you will find a lot of BB creams using. There’s usually 21 (light), 23 (medium), and 27 (dark). It doesn’t take very much of the product. It goes on very well after using applying your other beauty steps/moisturizer. Just spread it on your face and pat it in all over.
A type of cosmetic typically used by women to redden the cheeks so as to provide a more youthful appearance and to emphasize the cheekbones.
Blush, Orgasm by NARS
The blushes come in a range of flattering shades for every skin type. They are extremely pigmented, which is why you only need the tiniest amount, it’s long lasting and worth your every penny.
One of the types of makeup for defining the face. It gives the illusion of a slimmer face and can also modify a person’s face shape as desired. You’ll achieve the illusion of depth when you use one that is a few shades darker than one’s own skin tone and matte in finish. To achieve a more natural look, use a darker toned foundation/concealer instead.
Contour and Highlighting Powder Foundation Palette by Aesthetica
This is so easy to use. It comes with an insert that gives you ideas and images on how to get the best results. You’ll see different face shapes and how to apply it for your face shape. The powder is so soft and glides on smoothly and best of all it’s cruelty free. It truly adds definition in all the right places.
Used to draw attention to the high points of the face as well as to add glow to the face. It comes in liquid, cream, and powder form. Often contains shimmer, but sometimes does not. A lighter toned foundation/concealer can be used instead to create a more natural look.
High Beam by Benefit Cosmetics
High Beam illuminates your face and will make your skin look beautiful. You can wear it day or night and it’s neither glittery or shimmery. It just glows.
Its a powder that you apply to your cheekbones forehead nose and chin to make you look tan without the risks of tanning under the sun, if you feel that you are too fair skinned. The bronzer is not like a tanning lotion because it does not leave a permanent residue on your face and can be easily washed off along with other makeup.
Bronzer (Beach Bunny) by Too Faced
You’ll love this bronzer because it is not orangy, very natural looking and with buildable coverage and tone. The smell is awesome and good for your skin as it contains real cocoa.
Setting spray is used to keep applied makeup intact for long periods of time.
Types of makeup like this does wonders for the contour and blush areas. Use the dewy for winter and the matte for the summer. You don’t want to spray too much, so the bottles last a decent amount of time.
Setting powder is used over a foundation to “set” and help the foundation stay on for longer periods of time. Types of makeup like this does not provide as much coverage as it has more of a loose powder effect.
Loose Setting Powder (Translucent) by Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier’s has a super-fine texture and never looks cakey. It does a fantastic job at combating shine and keeping your make up looking fresh. It does not clog pores at all and it really does extend the life of your makeup throughout the day. The best part of this product is the translucent shade as it doesn’t give your face a whiter look. It’s virtually invisible.
Types Of Makeup For The Eyes
Eye primer will help any makeup you put on your eye last longer. It will prevent creasing and fading. Types of makeup like this also brings out the color of your eyeshadow so that they’re more vibrant.
Below are 2 highly recommended quality eye primers that have garnered lots of positive feedback from users.
Thank Me Later by Elizabeth Mott
Works well, applies easily and dries quickly. Using this primer, your eye shadow should last a full 8 hours or more.
Prime Time by bareMinerals
When you apply your eye makeup, the color will seem to have acquired a deeper intensity than usual, plus the loose minerals won’t go flying around all over the place as much.
Types of cosmetics like the mascara is used to darken, lengthen, and thicken the eyelashes. It is available in natural colors such as brown and black, but also comes in bolder colors such as blue, pink, or purple. There are many different formulas, including waterproof for those prone to allergies or sudden tears. Mascaras nowadays come with certain components to help lashes to grow longer and thicker. There are specific minerals and proteins that are combined with the mascara that can benefit, as well as beautify.
Natural Organic Mascara by Endlessly Beautiful
Be pleasantly surprised by the great length it will give your lashes. Moreover, Natural Organic Mascara is made with 100% natural and 85% organic ingredients. No artificial colours, preservatives, or fragrances. Perfect for sensitive eyes and skin.
Mad Lash Mascara by theBalm
If you have considerably long eyelashes, theBalm Mad Lash will give you a clean look and make your lashes look visibly thicker.
An eyelash curler is a type of hand-operated mechanical device for curling eyelashes.
Curl Up by Paula Dorf
If you have tried different major brands (Eg:Maybelline, Shu Uemura) of curlers before, you’ll know that the Paula Dorf curler is so much better once you’ve tried it.
Power Curl by JAPONESQUE
Stop using drugstore brands and step up to the plate. With or without mascara, Power Curl makes your lashes stay curled all day. Did you know that the silicone refills are FREE for life? All you have to do is ask.
This is a type of makeup used to adhere false lashes to the eyes. Can come in either clear or colored formulas.
Precision by Revlon
This is just as flexible as traditional latex based adhesive, and has excellent hold (I’ve fallen asleep in makeup and my lashes were still secure the next day even after sleeping in them) but is entirely latex free. Even better, because of the narrow application brush, its a snap to apply with no mess and no waste. You simply paint the edge of the lash strip with a thin line of adhesive, let it get tacky and apply.
False eyelashes is one of the only types of makeup that add length, thickness and fullness to natural eyelashes.
Love Story False Eyelashes by Icona Lashes
Beautiful, lush, and soft, the Icona lashes are so lightweight and comfortable that you’ll forget that you’re wearing them. Look natural and noticeable yet not too dramatic.
Fashion Lashes by Ardell
There not too long, but longer than your natural lashes of course. They go on easy, and peal off easy too.
An eyebrow pencil is a coloured pencil you can use to give your eyebrows a tint.
Perfect Brow Pencil (Taupe) by Anastasia Beverly Hills
The pencil is soft and highly pigmented, so you only need a few light strokes to get a lot of color. The comb on the other end helps distribute the color evenly, and it stays put all day. If you have very sparse and light eyebrows, this color (taupe) is perfect for you.
Awesome Aubrurn Brow Color Pencil by Chella
If you have light brown hair with lots of gold and red highlights, this is the brow pencil for you. Goes on well and keeps its sharp, narrow point.
The eyebrow wax is a type of cosmetic used to even out eyebrows to your liking.
Eyebrow Shaper by NYX
NYX’s Eye Brow Shaper Wax is the best for making your eye brows look finished. The wax doesn’t have a greasy, sticky feeling like other brow waxes and it’s easy to maneuver because it’s in pencil form.
Eyebrow gel is used to set the eyebrows so that they stay in place all day. Some come colored.
Tinted Brow Gel (Brunette) by Anastasia
If your brows are pale, with fine hair, or possibly you’re starting to have some unruly gray hairs, you will love this product. It is rather expensive, but will last a long time, because not much product is necessary to complete the job.
Eyebrow Gel by Wunderbrow
Perfect for hot and humid weather. It fills and shapes when given the right amount of time when applying and brushing it through. Recommended for anyone, especially brunettes.
Just like eyebrow pencils, the eyebrow powder is used with a brush to color and define the brows.
Studio Pro Ultimate Brow Palette by BH Cosmetics
This pallet is beautiful. The shades are super pigmented. You have 3 cream brow shades, 1 Clear pressed brow gel and the rest are pressed powder brow shades. Must have for pro makeup artist in their kits.
Brow Defining Powder (Mink Brown) by Ardell
You only need a little bit of this to give you full, dark coverage and it stays on until you wash it out.
Types Of Makeup For The Lips
Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that applies color, texture, and protection to the lips.
The best selling Lip Cream from NYX Cosmetics is none other than the Soft Matte Lip Cream Collection which you can get for a discounted price below.
Soft Matte by NYX
The application of NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream on your lip will feel flawlessly smooth, it lasts long and you will find that pairing them with a lip liner maximizes their amazing formulation. They also pair well with a lip gloss layered on top as well. They feel light on the lips and give a richly pigmented almost staining effect that is also creamy at the same time.
Lip gloss is a product used primarily to give lips a glossy luster and sometimes subtle color. It is distributed as a liquid or a soft solid. This type of makeup can be completely clear, translucent, or various shades of opacity, including frosted, glittered, glassy, and metallic finishes.
Round Long Lasting by NYX
Grow your lip gloss collection with these! The colors are semi sheer, so they work great over a base color from lip liners or lipsticks. They mix well and will match anyone’s complexion.
Lip liner adds depth to the colour of your lipstick. It’s like applying two shades of nail polish to your nails. You’ll get a deeper colour but if you only apply one colour it looks washed out. It provides a base for your lips. So when your lipstick wears off you’ll still have a stain of colour on your lips. As you get older it stops darker colours especially reds from bleeding into the skin around your mouth.
Long Lasting Slim Lip Liner by NYX
The colors are neutrals, from a light pinkish nude to a dark cinnamon and a coffee brown. One of these will probably work for your chosen lipstick shade except for bright pinks and reds, but the color “Ever” is a brownish red and could work for red lipstick. At this price, you can have a collection of shades or share them with your friends. The texture is perfect. Firm enough to line, soft enough not to pull and crumble.
Lip plumper is a type of cosmetic product used to make lips appear fuller. In appearance, it ranges from translucent to opaque and tinted. These products typically work by irritating the thin, delicate skin of the lips with ingredients like menthol or camphor. This makes the lips swell slightly, which may also diminish the appearance of fine lines in that area. Other perceived benefits include stimulating collagen production and moisturizing. A lip plumper’s effects is temporary, so it must be reapplied throughout the day to maintain the results.
Buxom by Bare Escentuals
They keep shine where it’s supposed to be and a finished matte look everywhere else. Considering value for money, the tube is quite large and elegant looking. The gloss doesn’t look cheap and tacky on and weird as it sounds, the product is almost cool and refreshing to put on. Almost like drinking very chilled water pleasantly.
The primary purpose of lip balm is to provide an occlusive layer on the lip surface to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure. Dry air, cold temperatures, and wind all have a drying effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body. Lips are particularly vulnerable because the skin is so thin, and thus they are often the first to present signs of dryness.
There are many kinds of lip balm available at local stores all over the world and these 2 below are good examples of the popular, quality, and reasonably priced kind.
Natural Ice by Mentholatum
The Natural Ice lip balm was produced in a tube in the early 1990s and was and is one of the best lip products of all time. It lasts really long, cheap and works very well.
CortiBalm by Dr Dan’s
If you often experience dry chapped lips then Dr. Dans CortiBalm will certainly work well for you. It works against cold, sore lips as well.
Lip primer is a type of makeup product designed to be worn underneath lipstick, lip liner, and/or lip gloss. It is a type of makeup that acts like foundation for the lips, similar to the foundation one might apply to the face. A lip primer is typically clear, matte, and meant to be unnoticeable on the lips, but it serves the purpose of smoothing the appearance of the lips, as well as making lipstick or other lip cosmetics last longer.
TimeWise by Mary Kay
Mary Kay’s TimeWise Age Fighting lip primer not only help your lipstick last longer as it also help keep your lips moisturized.
Deep Nude by NYX
It’s inexpensive and does it’s job well, smoothing out lipstick and keeping it in place. Deep Nude helps lipstick color stay on as you drink coffee, snacks, talking all day, etc. However, you will have to re-apply after eating meals as it’s not magic. 💋
Hydrates the lips, helps restore collagen and maximizes lip gloss to instantly treat and restore lip vitality.
Lip Booster (Freya) by Pixi
Maximizes lip gloss to instantly treat and restore lip vitality. Provides maximum hydration and helps restore collagen, adding volume to improve lip contour. Improves lip fullness 40%, lip moisture 60% and decrease lines 30%.
Either water or gel based and may contain alcohol to help the product stay on the lips. The idea behind lip stains is to temporarily saturate the lips with a dye, rather than covering them with a colored wax. Usually designed to be waterproof, types of makeup product like this may come with an applicator brush or be applied with a finger. Think sucking on a red lollipop, or popsicle. It leaves a just-bitten type look.
Super Staying Lip Stain by Morpho Cosmetics
One of the best as it’s made from all natural ingredients, easy to put on, goes on evenly and doesn’t bleed or smear at the edges of your lips.
Types Of Makeup For The Nail
A type of lacquer applied to fingernails and toenails to decorate and protect the nail plate.
Nail Art Set (24) by SHANY Cosmetics
They are fast drying, polishes do not chip and they are bright and true to clour.
Stack up your confidence further by learning about the types of bra out there and explore until you find a well fitted one. In a study by George Beattie of the University of Manchester, it was found that when women wore a well fitted push-up bra, smiling increased by 73 per cent; self-comforting hand movements, such as wiping the forehead or stroking the chin, a sign of low self-esteem, decreased by 64 per cent; and averting gaze and breaking eye contact decreased by 41 percent!😏
As always, any suggestions or questions, leave them in the comments below. ☺