When I am consulting with clients I am often asked “What kind of makeup should I use?” I am a true makeup junkie so this question is never easy for me to answer because I have so many brands I love for so many different reasons. I really like to use makeup palettes because they are compact and portable. I carry them in my purse and in my makeup kit. If the thought of wearing makeup is somewhat overwhelming for you, I suggest you check these palettes out and add them to your collection. They will definitely help make the process easier. Simple changes can make a huge difference. Maybe choose one facial feature you would like to work on enhancing in 2012. I hope these tips help you to create natural, simple and affordable makeup looks in the new year. - Rachel O. 1) Seena Brow Palette -Perfect assortment of colors to shape your brows to perfection. I am not a big fan of brow stencils, but I think for a beginner they can be helpful. This palette comes with stencils and a brush.2) Kevyn Aucoin Eye Shadow Pallette #6 - These colors are highly pigmented and everytime I wear these colors on my eyes, someone almost always compliments and wants to know where I got it.3) Ruby Kisses - This is a Makeup Artist’s dream. Perfect shades of foundation in one palette. I use the colors as concealers too. I take my brush and custom mix colors. Hats off to Danessa Myricks for creating this one because I have tried looking for foundations in a palette before and it is not easy to find. These are affordable and you can may even be able to find them at your local beauty supply.4) Smashbox- I would like to kiss the genius that came up with this idea. Learning how to correctly highlight and contour is no easy task. Smashbox makes it easy with this palette because it comes with instructions and a diagram. I even use the colors for eyeshadow sometimes, which creates a great nude look.