Top 6 Makeup Essentials for Beginners on a Budget

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Makeup Essentials for Beginners on a Budget
Makeup Essentials for Beginners on a Budget

Starting to do makeup for most beginners can be both scary and overwhelming especially if you are on a tight budget.

However, the experience of wanting to start doing makeup should be an exciting one and not a scary one.

Most makeup beginners feel overwhelmed because of the many products they have to choose from, plus not having the right guidance.

When you don’t have proper guidance or specific products you need to buy, you might end up spending money on makeup that you don’t really need.

If you want to start your makeup journey and are on a budget, then this article will come in handy for you.

Brow Pencil

In my opinion, your eyebrows are the most important part of your makeup look because if well done, they give your makeup a polished look.

For makeup beginners who are on a budget, I recommend using the Davis eye pencil because it is sold in almost every single beauty shop and even on the streets.

Makeup for beginners on a budget

This is possibly the cheapest piece of makeup product you will ever buy. It goes for about 30 to 50 shillings.

I recommend using Davis eye pencil in Numbers 18 (for a more natural look) and 3 (for darker brows) depending on your preference.


Primers are the first makeup product you apply on your face before putting on your foundation.

A good primer helps to moisturize your face and at the same time prepare your skin for makeup.

Makeup for beginners on a budget

The Black Opal True Color Perfecting Primer is a good option as it goes for 2,300 shillings. It might look like this product is a bit over your budget, but it is long-lasting and you only need a small amount every time you do your makeup.

This primer is so smooth on application and can be used independently even without foundation because it leaves your face glowing.


A lot of makeup beginners who are on a budget shy off from foundation because they think of products like Mac or Fenty beauty which are a bit pricy.

However, for beginners, there are a lot of products which are budget-friendly. Such foundations which are friendly on the pocket include L.A. Girl, Maybelline, and Revlon.

The Revlon Foundation goes for only 1,800 shillings, L.A Girl goes for about 1,000 shillings while Maybelline goes for about 1,500 shillings.

A fun fact about foundation is that even if you use it daily, you only need to replace it after 3 months.


A good setting powder is important because it helps your foundation last longer without melting off and transferring off on your clothes.

Makeup for beginners on a budget

L.A girl powders are very affordable, going for only 750 shillings but do an amazing job at setting your foundation.

Brushes/Beauty Blenders

To do your foundation and powder, you need a good set of brushes. Brushes can be really expensive especially here in Kenya if you are going for quality.

So I would recommend that you buy the Real technique brushes on Amazon that go for about 1,500 shillings.

Alternatively, you can buy a set that has both brushes and beauty blenders for about 2,100 shillings, also on Amazon.


Mascara, for me, is a must-have makeup essential. This is because mascara gives your lashes volume and gives your eyes a pop and makes you look awake.

A product highly recommend is the Maybelline Volume Express Colossal which goes for only 800 shillings.

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