If you’re building your own starter kit, I hope you find this helpful. If you have any questions about product recommendations, feel free to comment them down below and I’ll try my best to answer them when I get the time. 🙂 Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all on my next post. *virtual big sister hug* <3
Debutante season is upon my little sister. She won’t be celebrating hers in a couple of months but her friends are starting early. She’s been attending debuts week in and week out for the past months. It’s great and all but with me staying in Manila for review, no one could prep her for the parties. Unlike me, she shows very little enthusiasm about makeup and skincare so before I left for Manila, I gave her a makeup kit. I curated it with just the right amount of products for simple parties. Keeping it to a minimum. 🙂
Anyway, I decided to share it with you just so you’d have an idea of what products to get for you starter kit. Rest assured that all the products I included here are student budget-friendly. 🙂 Read through the post as I have also injected some simple tips in creating a fresh look – the same tips I had written down on a post-it and pinned in front of the mirror for my lil sis to follow. HAHA. Yeah, she’s clueless like that. One time she even used her BB Cream BEFORE her Pore Minimizing Primer. That had me laughing for hours. :))
My baby sister, like most girls, love the color pink and it was love at first sight for her when she saw the cute pouch Hayan Korea had sent over a couple of weeks ago. She held on it as if it was hers even before I actually (officially) conceded and gave it to her. HAHA. This kawaii pouch is just about the right size for a starter kit – it has a plastic lining on the outside to keep the print looking pristine, it has a nice pocket on the flap for tools and brushes and lastly, the interior is rather roomy.
Let’s start with the basic tools, I included this Real Techniques Powder Brush which I consider an all-around brush but for her use, I told her to buff her powder with this instead of the sponge that came with compact for a more natural finish. Plus, this technique of application has less tendency to cake because only little amount of powder would be applied compared to sponge.
Another basic tool here is of course an eyelash curler. I refused to give her a Shu Uemura curler so I gave her this ELF Eyelash Curler instead. It’s cheap but it does the job well.
Now on to the face products. My sister has oily skin hence the enlarged pores. For that I gave her this Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser to create a more flawless canvass by filling in the pores. This also helps the makeup last longer – great for her oily skin! Next up is ZA BB Cream UV White which she uses for school everyday as I specifically told her NOT to use this at night when there would be flash photography. This BB Cream has a high SPF content that could reflect the flash thus making her look like a ghost on photos. For night events, I asked her to use her current BB Cream, Celeteque Brightening Multi-Benefit BB Cream with SPF14 (Read review HERE). It also has SPF but only minimal. Both have decent coverage and aren’t heavy on the skin.
To set everything, she has her own Revlon Nearly Naked Powder Foundation (Read review HERE) for a natural, barely-there-yet-still-flawless finish. We truly are sisters – we share the same love for this product. I already hit pan on mine, though. Boohoo!
The hair on her brows are so fine that you can barely see it go down the arch of her brows. I find so much joy in teasing her about her brows because she won’t let me fix it! I’m not sure if she’d use this but I gave her this Hayan Korea Auto Eyebrow (Read review HERE) and told her to just trace her brows lightly and then use the spoolie to comb out the excess. One time I asked her what she uses for her brows and her answer was, “cotton buds… 6B and 2H”. I stared at her like this: o.0?? She was referring to pencils – she’s an architecture student. Silly kid. HAHA.
She said she can handle putting on mascara so I gave her this deluxe sample of Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara to practice on. After 2 weeks, I don’t think she even touched the mascara, let alone used it. *facepalm*
I gave her quite a lot of options for the lips. I gave her a tinted lip balm from Maybelline Baby Lips in Tangerine Pop for her everyday use. It had SPF16 and it gives the lips a nice tint of color. Tony Moly Fruit Princess Lip Gloss in Strawberry (Read review HERE) for when she’s feels a little more sassy and girly than usual – it has a healthy gloss to it that isn’t too sticky nor heavy on the lips. And of course, a lipstick for special evens. I specifically chose this Pixy Silky Fit Satin Lipstick in Pinkish Pink (Read review HERE) because of its light and youthful coral shade. It has a beautiful sheen to it which I think would look great on teens. 🙂
You’re probably wondering why I didn’t include a blush of some sort in her kit. Again, she has oily skin so blushes won’t stay on her as long as they do on me. Plus there’s a great chance that she won’t be able to even out the blush for both cheeks so I opted to give a tint instead. I won’t give her anything less than my favorite, of course! Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in PK002 (Read review HERE) offers amazing wear time even on oily skin. The mere application of it is easier, too, because it doesn’t stain as quickly as other tints, she’ll have more time to spread, blend and even out the color. And if ever she puts slightly more than what is necessary, she can always brush a bit of powder on to make the blush look like it’s coming from within, a natural flush, if you will. 😉
And lastly, I included a little bit of an extra – a travel-friendly Etude House Hand Lotion in Rose. This came in a set of 3’s and they all smell so good. I fell in love with the Cherry Blossom one so I shared this one with her. 🙂
That’s it. What do you think of my baby sister’s first ever kikay kit? Did I miss anything? 😀