When you are just starting out wearing makeup, I think it is important to get products that will give you the most bang for your buck since you are initially experimenting with them. Why spend $20 on a product you are just learning to use, and may very well hate? For that reason, I usually introduce beginner makeup clients to NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil's
L'Oreal Voluminous offers you dark, luscious lashes for just $7! It's a great mascara to keep in your bag for an everyday look.
Want more drama? Try DiorShow Iconic. I'm talking theatre stage long, thick dramatic lashes that constantly whisper "come hither" whenever you blink *heart pounding*. I truly lust after this mascara! It's the only one that makes me feel like I'm wearing falsies everytime I put it on.
In the summertime you want to achieve a nice, healthy glow. You don't want colors that look too thick or heavy. For that reason my new favorite summertime blush is MACs Get Away Bronze Blush.
It gives your skin a nice sunkissed glow without being too dramatic.
I love pink when it comes to summer time lips (who am I kidding, I love pink year round) and I really think your lips will pop with a color like MACs Pink Poodle
It will make your lips stand out looking lovely and luscious, but they won't be on overkill. Just enough color so that you don't blend in with the crowd.
I just wanted to give a word of advice when it comes to your face routine. In the summertime we all tend to get hot and sweaty, so I would put the foundation in the back of your makeup drawer for now. Instead opt for a tinted moisturizer (Bobbi Brown makes a great one!) with a little bronzer. Now-a-days I wear MACs mineralize skinfinish in dark over my favorite moisturizer. Remember, the idea is to keep it light, especially with the triple digit temps the East Coast has been hit with this summer. Oy vey!