My biggest concern about doing my own makeup is that I need it to stay put all day long. To achieve that, I bought a good primer. Instead of $40 for the full-sized tube, I bought this starter kit from Ulta for $19.
A few months ago before my law school formal, I went to Macy's in search of foundation. I didn't buy any, but I got a sample from Lancome. I used it for my bachelorette party and really liked the way it looked and felt. After testing out a couple other brands, I decided to pony up the cash and buy Lancome foundation.
Stay tuned for a tutorial to see how it all comes together!