perhaps going for a makeover might be a great place to start so you'll know what colours you'll like. i started off with very basic items:
*texture is dependent on your skin type and preference. if you've normal skin, you might like liquid, dry skins might go for creamier textures, oily skins can go for liquid or powder foundation.
*shade: this is best determined at the counter itself
some options to try: Prescriptives Virtual Skin, Lancome , Ipsa Renew or Protect, MAC, Estee Lauder's Ideal Matte
2. loose powder
*loose or pressed powder. depending on what you like. loose powder can be used at home for setting your foundation. pressed powder is great for touchups. i personally only use loose powder and don't like to touchup during the day coz i don't like to add on more powder as the day progesses. if you're not too oily, blotters should suffice.
can try: KP, Prescriptives
check out MAC for its dizzying array of colours. a safe option to try is MAC's sheertone colours. a popular colour is pinch-o-peach. this is a light peachy pink tone. the sheertones go on pretty light so you don't have to worry about having obvious streaks on your cheeks. and while you're there, you can check out the brush selection as well.
this should be the easiest item to get. my current fav is one of the watershine colours from Maybeline. it's not terribly expensive and there are lots of colours to choose from.
once again, you can pick a cheaper alternative from loreal or maybeline.
you can try out these basic items first before picking out:
8. eyebrow filler
9. makeup primer