First off, brushes and tools, because they are so essential to makeup application. Going from left to right:
Kabuki Brush- Great for all over powder, either colored or translucent.
Fluffy eyeshadow brush- Great for an all over wash of color and blending colors together.
Small tapered flat shadow brush- Really good for the crease and outer 'V' of the eye or putting a pop of color in the center of the eye lid.
Large flat shader brush- Good for an all over wash of color or doing a crease color.
Blush Brush- This is a bit self explanatory, great for blush but can also be used for bronzer.
Dior Brush- I actually have no clue what type of brush this is, I just know that it's size and bristle shape work GREAT for bronzer.
Buffing Brush- Perfect for putting on foundation. It can give sheer coverage to full coverage and can also be used with BB/CC Cream, tinted moisturizer, AND foundation.
Eyelash Curler- The one I use is by Tarte but I currently use ELF Studio lash curlers (found here) and they work really well and they are only $3.
First you are going to want a primer (the pink pump bottle) which helps to keep your foundation on your face and keep it from sliding around when it's hot out or you're doing a lot of running about. This picture shows the ELF primer which can be found on the ELF Website or at Target and now Walmart.
Next, depending on your age, you may or may not want foundation. I chose the ELF Acne Fighting Foundation because it is a foundation that I love and it's not very expensive, like all ELF products. It is also a full coverage foundation, which is nice since I think I left out concealer *checks* yep, I did. If you do want concealer and not foundation, which I would suggest the younger you are I would suggest either the Maybelline Fit Me concealer or the Maybelline Better Skin concealer to cover up spots. You can check out my video on how to properly conceal here where I actually use the Maybelline Fit Me concealer.
Up next is powder, and for that you don't need anything heavy or with high coverage, you just want something to keep the oil at bay and for that I would suggest the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Translucent. You would apply this with a Kabuki brush. Next face powder you may or may not want (or be allowed) to use is bronzer. I really like this bronzer by Rimmel, the Natural Bronzer in 020. Again, I'm just trying to cover all of the bases here, you can use as little or as much as you like or are allowed to.
Now comes blush and for this I picked another ELF product and I picked the blush in Candid Coral because it's a universally flattering tone and won't really look like you're wearing blush. Finally, right below the blush is my favorite product of all- highlighter. I would save this for more upper class high school and college. Again this is another ELF product (seeing an affordable trend here?) called Gotta Glow and it's not glitter packed nor is it too 'shiny'. It gives you that right amount of glow without looking over done.
First up are eyeliners, you can choose pencil, cream, gel, or liquid. I like them all myself, and have no preference but when you are first starting out, I would suggest sticking to pencil. It's the easiest to control and comes in a wide variety of colors to play with. I would suggest that you always have a black, brown, and nude liner in your arsenal at all times. Why nude, you may ask? When put in the lower water line, it helps to open up your eyes and make them look wider and bigger and more awake. Black liner can be very intense for someone just starting out, which is why I say to have brown because it's a very natural color on almost everyone and even helps to enhance eye color. When starting to use liquid for the first time, I suggest not going straight for the brush but starting out with something a bit easier to control like a felt tip liner. It's still liquid but has the feeling of a pencil but you get the handle of controling the liquid.
As for eyeshadows, I would say have one all over wash color which is a color you can slap all over your lids and have it look good, and one cheap(er) palette. For the palette I would suggest the Nudes palette by Maybelline. I know this has mixed reviews but personally I like it and I think that at $9.99 it's a great starter palette. It's natural shades so you can easily do a quick school daytime look or a nighttime look with the smokier shades. The solo color I chose is actually a pressed pigment, which means it's a loose shadow that has been pressed so the color is very bold but it can be sheered out.
have fun with it. It's makeup, it's supposed to be fun. Yes, I just wrote twenty million pages of what seem like 'rules' but they're more suggestions than anything. Just have fun and live a little. Happy makeup-ing!