5 Shopping Reminders for Makeup Newbies


I think of myself as a makeup newbie too. And here’s my own reminders for myself when I go shop for makeup.

Shopping for makeup can get annoying(but still, we all enjoy it), you just don’t see the effect immediately! When you go buy a dress, you can always try it out and da da, you see what you look like in it. But when it comes to makeup, you just don’t know. Some shops do not offer testers or samples, this just make it even harder. Some shops do offer testers or samples, still, you only know the product texture. You don’t know which shade to choose or if it’s as long lasting as it claims to be.

And like clothes, there’re always higher-end brands and budget brands. Which one to choose?

I hope this post is useful for you.

1. Always do the research!!! There’re reasons that I put this reminder in the first place. You just can’t trust the adverts! Just because the adverts say that it’s good and the models looks great doesn’t make it true. The adverts lies all the time. My best solution for this dreadfully annoying situation is, google it, see what others say about it. I sometimes spend days to read the reviews. Trust me, I know the rush in you heart when you first see the adverts. Take some time to do the research help calms it down. You might not want it after a few days of thinking about it. If you buy it that fast, it would be a waste. If you still want it after reading the reviews, go get it then. This reminder can be a money saver.

2. Bargain!!! I believe a Chanel product does a better job than a Revlon one. But think again. A Chanel one costs A LOT, while the Revlon really doesn’t cost much. However, the difference of effect they make just doesn’t worth the price difference.  When it comes to makeup, there’re products that just can’t last long. For example, you can only use a mascara for up to 6 months, it either dries out by then or full of bacteria that’s no longer safe to use. Here’s what the bargain for. When you shop for mascara and liquid eyeliner, lip gloss, basically anything liquid, you go for budget brands. Liquid things don’t last long, it’s quite a waste of money if you splurge on them.

3. Test before buy!!! What’s good for everyone might not be good for you. Just because you read dozens of good reviews about a product doesn’t mean it will work well on you. To find out the truth is always testing it yourself. The product might have a teeny tiny scent problem that people can usually ignore, but that flaw might freak you out. You’ll never know unless you test for yourself. Some stores do not offer testing, eg. online stores, just don’t buy anything there unless you have a specific idea in mind, by that I mean you know exactly which product, which shade…

4. Splurge!!! Okay, I know it’s a bit weird because I just say Bargain!!! To me, I bargain some and splurge some. You wanna splurge on your face product, like foundation. You really don’t wanna take a risk of buying something cheaper then cause a breakout, right? I would rather spend more on a foundation once, than using a dupe then have a breakout and do the damage control and then know that I should have splurge on foundation and buy again. So I invest more on foundation, I’m using the MAC studio fix fluid which is amazing btw, definitely lives up to its claims. Well, when I say splurge, I didn’t mean I’ll get a Dior foundation, MAC is enough for me and lots of you out there too. Of course, splurge or bargain is really up to you.

5. Buy makeup removers!!! Some people think that they don’t need the makeup removers as they have facial cleansers. Well, guess what? Facial cleansers are not enough, especially when it comes to waterproof makeup. I once tried out a Revlon ColorStay eyeliner on my hand, I drew a line and it took a few minutes to get rid off it with makeup removers, needless to mention other cleaning products. I read about using baby oil or olive oil can do the job. I tried the baby oil, and it was a mess. The baby oil can dissolve the waterproof makeup but it’s so hard to wash away as it can’t emulsify when it meets water. I washed my face 3 times and it still felt oily, so I ended up using a remover wipe. If you are thinking about something stronger, like a soap or alcohol( are you insane?), well, I hope you will be satisfied with how bad your skin gets  after a while of doing so.

I know, some may sound like a no brainer, but I really hope that it will help some of you out there who’re clueless. And one thing I learned after writing this, I really should learn how to write less!! Sorry! 😛

If you have any questions, please just ask me in the comment. I’ll be more than happy to help you.


About cemmaw

I'm CemmaW from Hong Kong/Shenzhen (I travel back and forth as much as daily sometimes) and I'm a student. I'm terrible at organization. All kind of it, from word organization to time organization and stuff organization. And I'm hoping that by creating a blog, I can get things more organized. But I'm still trying to find the link between organization and blogging. It should help with word but time, stuff and blah blah blah? I have no idea. I also wanna keep track of things by blogging. There're so many things in life and you just forget most of them. So I hope that by writing some of it down, I can read it and like "Hey, that happened!" This is more like a personal blog rather than a particular blog on a specific topic. Its content is mainly depends on my mood. I could feel like writing something on beauty for a while, then I might wanna talk about the albums I'm listening to. Well, have fun!

2 responses »

  1. 2 be honest, these r really helpful steps. i was the fool actually, bought a lot of garbage,,,the most important、、、TAKE CARE!

  2. Pingback: Viva Glam Gaga « CemmaW

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