Whether you’re interested in launching a career in beauty, or just need to spruce up your makeup arsenal, we’ve got you covered. Doing makeup on yourself and others requires the right set of tools and we have some staple items from our EGL beauty guru, Taya Marin, that you absolutely cannot go without. Start off your kit with these items and you’ll be on your way to makeup perfection in no time.


Purchasing new brushes can be super overwhelming but it is worth the research when investing in your tools. Quality brushes are the foundation of a flawless makeup application, and they don’t have to break the bank (but if you have the coin, go for it). To start your kit, buy a brush set instead of individual brushes. You’ll get more bang for your buck and then you can add individual brushes as needed. Here are a few quality brush sets to get you going:

BH Cosmetics 12-piece Sculpt & Blend Set

  • Cruelty Free, Vegan 12-Piece Set. $13.99

ELF Cosmetics 11-Piece Brush Collection

  • Synthetic, Vegan, Cruelty Free. $30.00

Morphe Brushes 9-Piece Deluxe Set

  • Synthetic, Vegan. $39.00

Sigma Beauty 12-Piece Essentials Kit

  • Synthetic, Cruelty Free, Free 2-yr warranty. $125.00

Pro-Tip: Natural Fiber brushes work best with powders, eyeshadows, and bronzers because the fibers can pick up a lot of pigment and blend it smoothly. Synthetic Fiber brushes work best with creams and liquids because the makeup will not get absorbed in the fiber, creating a more precise application.


Beauty blenders are just as important as the right brushes to get the perfect blend. These soft, egg-shaped sponges can tackle blending in liquid foundations, cream concealers and translucent powders. These are holy grail, staple items that everyone from a beginner to an experienced makeup artist will need in their kit. Disposable wedge sponges are also great for contouring. Here are our faves below:

The Original Beauty Blender

  • Latex and Scent Free. $20

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

  • Flat-edge great for contouring, latex-free. $6

Pro-Tip: Dampen your blender with water or Mac Fix Plus spray before blending in your liquid foundation and cream concealer for a flawless, easy application.


We can’t stress enough how necessary it is to hydrate your skin before and after applying makeup. Smooth and prepped skin will ensure that whatever product you’re planning to use will blend without being spotty or flaky. After moisturizing, apply your primer and you’ll be good to go.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer

  • SPF 15, lightweight non-drying formula. $11.79

Belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

  • Hydrating, smooth. Good for normal-dry skin. $38

Benefit Porefessional Primer

  • Minimizes pores, oil-free. $31

Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer

  • Smooth and mattifying. $32

Pro-tip: If your skin is oily, opt for a matte primer to combat the oil and seal your pores. For dry skin, you may be safe with just using a moisturizer altogether.


Probably the most overwhelming part of buying makeup includes choosing foundation and concealers. We could probably write a novel on what to do and what not to do but we’ll try to keep it short and sweet. Some of our top faves to try:

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation & Concealer

  • Comes in “Matte & Poreless” and “Dewy & Smooth, choose your preference depending on your skin type. $7.99

Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation

  • Medium coverage, matte finish, great for all skin types and great shade range. $34

Black Opal Foundation Stick

  • Smooth velvet-matte finish, great for any skin type. $9.95

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

  • Matte Finish, 24-hour longwear, medium coverage, lightweight. $42

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

  • Buildable coverage, creamy consistency. $30

L.A. Girl Pro Concealer

  • Creamy, full coverage, great shade range, super affordable! $4.99

Pro-tip: Make sure to match your foundation to the color of your neck for the most accurate match. It’s also great to have one shade for your winter skin and another shade for your summer tan skin to avoid mismatching your shade. Don’t be afraid to use your foundation sticks to highlight and contour for a more full coverage look.


Eyeshadows can be super expensive to buy single shades at once so try purchasing a palette with neutral shades and a few shimmers to get you started. You want to make sure you have neutral transition shades, a few dark shades for smoky eyes, and some high pigmented shimmers for the days you want glam it up. Here’s a few palettes you can’t go wrong with:

Juvia’s Palace Nubian Eyeshadow Palette

  • Beautiful neutral/warm shades. $20

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

  • An all purpose color palette with shades for versatile looks. $38

Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette

  • Amazingly pigmented shimmers with a few neutrals and darker shades for smoky eye glam. $49

Colourpop Give it to me Straight Palette

  • Soft, velvety shades with beautiful copper and berry shades. $16

Pro-tip: Don’t be afraid to use your eye shadows for other areas! Deep brown eye shadows are great for filling in brows, shimmer shadows are great for highlighting cheek bones and if you have any rosy shades, go ahead and use that as blush. Now you’re really getting your money’s worth. Oh! And spray your brush with a little Mac Fix Plus spray before applying shimmer pigments to boost the intensity.


Although we could go on forever, we hope these products and tips get you off to a great start to building your makeup kit. Make sure to tag us on Instagram @Everythinggl with the amazing new looks you create!

Writer: Taya Marin

IG: @tayamarinbeauty


  1. I’m turning 51 this year and showing it. I’m really starting to wear makeup. But I don’t want so many products and so many steps. Is there a foundation, primer, concealer that evens tones, minimizes pores and lessens the look of wrinkles?


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