start with special paper for charcoal soft and hard pencil, dry and oil pastels, marker pointer, pencils. Move to acrylic can be used with water. Water color and water color pencils. Oil paints and knife and finger techniques.
Highlights are bright and contours are dark. Use bronzer or darker eyeshadows (in the crease) to create depth or contour, and use illuminators, highlighting pencils, etc. to brighten up the face for the highlight areas. It will make a huge difference!