I think this kit would be a little high tech for a newbie. Smokey eye looks although to most are simple can be challenging when first starting out. I would recommend something a little bit more fun and colourful. (She can get the hang of putting eyeshadow on correctly before the smokey eye look) I would recommend Morphe's 12z palette or 12p palette. A little mor colour and fun and still not going to gouge the pocket.