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I wish there had been a post like this when I was 14 and first experimenting with make up on a daily basis. The reason i'm doing a high street starter kit is because as a beginner in make up you don't need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on high end brands that you're not necessarily going to get on with. I personally use the high street brands to try out new products, and to test my skins reactions to certain types of products. I also use it to try out different shades of products and different mascara wands, to find what enhances my look and what doesn't. I have gained a lot of experience in what works for me and what doesn't over the many years I have been purchasing make up. Today I have put together a small list of products I think are perfect for long lasting every day wear, that won't burn a huge hole in your purse.

I would recommend 7 staple products for a beginners make up bag - Foundation, mascara, concealer, bronzer, blush, eye liner pencil/pen/liquid and a natural coloured lipstick, you can obviously buy as many products as you want to try to enhance your look, but only 7  pieces of make up are generally required when you're starting out with makeup. Here are my favourites and what I would buy for a starter kit, and are regular staple products I use and mix in with my everyday make up routine often.

1. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation, Superdrug £5.99
2. Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara, Boots £7.99
3. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush, FeelUnique.com £3.99
4. Rimmel London Sun Shimmer Bronzing Powder, Superdrug £4.09
5. Collection Extreme 24Hr Felt Tip Liner, Boots £2.99
6. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, Boots NOW £3.99 Usually £4.19
7. Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Vintage Rose, Superdrug £2.99 

What are your favourite high street products and what would you include in a starter kit that you think I have left out? Leave me a comment below! 


  1. Drugstore finds are often the best. I love the color of Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Vintage Rose.
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  2. Great post, some good choices :D

    Clare | www.clare-without-an-i.com

  3. Great picks here!

    Nicole | nicolelaurenblake.co.uk

  4. This is such a great starter guide; wish I could forward this to some of the girls I teach.

    Lizzie Dripping

  5. This is a good guide for beginners, would be cool if you did an advanced one!


    1. Hi doll,
      I'm glad you liked the post, I am planning a high end starter kit as we speak, so watch out for it!

  6. I'm such a big fan of the lash sensational mascara it is such an amazing mascara .


    1. I really, really like it too, such a great dupe for Benefit Roller Lash xx