Have you ever looked at a woman and wondered how on earth she manages to look so great? You’re not alone. Most women will tell you they take a little help to look quite as good, and that help comes from their makeup. If you’re a beginner or want to learn the secrets of how to apply makeup to improve or change up your look, you’ve come to the right place.
The vast majority of women don’t have the expertise to get involved with winged eyeliner, smokey eyes or contouring, and the rest of us don’t even know where to start. However, once you have a grip on the basics, you can then build your skills up over time. This is a guide to the basics of makeup, what tools you might need to apply it, and the main areas of your face to concentrate on.
What Comes First?
Before you even think about applying makeup, it’s essential you have a quality skincare regimen in place. Whether it’s a full-on regimen, or something a little more light-touch doesn’t really matter. The main thing is that you have a routine in place to keep your skin in good condition. What you use is a matter of taste. There are literally hundreds of products on the market to help you out, and the truth is it can get quite confusing.
The basics are a good cleanser, face wash or gentle soap, a toner (not essential, but helpful), and a good moisturizer. For instance, a high-moisturizing gel with Hyaluronic Acid is great for everyday use. On top of this, you have eye creams or serums, sunscreen, anti-aging products or specialty products for specific issues, such as acne or eczema. Starting your day by cleaning your face and moisturizing is a must. Ending the day by removing all your makeup and moisturizing is also essential. Keeping this routine in place means your skin has a chance to breathe overnight and gives it a chance to recover.
Over the past few years, it’s become really popular to use base products. These are almost as important as the makeup that comes afterward. If you start off with a good base, your makeup is far less likely to fade during the day. If you’re spending time putting it all on, the last thing you want is to have it slide off by mid-afternoon.
A base primer is used to prepare your skin for foundation. It’s a great product to help even out your skin tone and give a good palette from which to build the rest of your look. Primer is based on your skin tone and can be plain, tinted or highlighting. If you have good skin, it’s not uncommon to simply use a primer on your face and leave it at that. A good primer from a trustworthy brand will be more efficient than you may think. If you want to go a bit further, however, you’ll need to move on to foundation.
Every woman has her preferences when it comes to the kind of product to use here. There are creams, cakes, sticks, liquids, and pretty much anything else you can think of. In addition, each foundation has a level of coverage. Young and fresh skin doesn’t need to use heavy foundations, unless there are specific skin conditions, such as acne. However, this is a personal preference. For more mature skin, women tend to go for full coverage to hide under-eye bags, dark spots, and other problems. Again, though, everyone is different, and it’s not uncommon for us to have a light coverage ‘day’ foundation and something that gives greater coverage for evenings or special occasions. After all, we want to give our skin space to breathe. Not to mention, not all women go all-in with their look just for heading to work.
If you tend to have breakouts or suffer from acne, an oil-free foundation is always a good buy. These don’t clog pores and won’t make the situation worse. It goes without saying that, skin condition or not, never EVER go to bed without completely removing your makeup to give your skin a chance to breathe overnight.
To apply your foundation, use your fingers, a clean sponge or beauty blender, or a flat foundation brush. In terms of the application of your foundation, make sure your fingers are clean before you apply it. The same applies to brushes and sponges. These can be regularly washed in hot water and soap or cleaning fluid to keep them in good condition.
Many years ago, it was always suggested the concealer be applied before foundation, but this is no longer the case. Now, concealer should only be applied to the areas that need it, such as under eyes, dark spots, and blemishes, after your foundation is in place. Putting it on top of your foundation makes sure you don’t rub it off with a foundation brush or your fingers and also means you require less of the product. If you lightly tap it on blemishes with your fingertips or with a brush, it helps to create a less obvious edge, making your coverage look far more natural.
Once you’re happy with your concealer, use a setting powder to dust your face to help everything stays in place. Avoid using too many products so that your face doesn’t look overdone or caked. A light dusting of powder will suffice to lock in your foundation and base. Ideally, try to apply your setting powder before your foundation is completely dry, to maximize the effect.
Your eyes are usually the focus of your face, so they deserve all the extra time. They’re also usually the most difficult thing to get right. It’s always worth doing a little research on the shape of your eyes and what suits both that and your color. A natural look is as simple as applying a natural shade over your entire lid and then enhancing with a liner and mascara. For a more intense look, it’s good to get yourself a color palette to make sure the shades you use go well together.
Regardless of the occasion, start by smoothing an eyeshadow primer over your lid to even out the skin tone and prep for eye shadow. This will also help your color stay put for longer and stop any smudging. The entire lid will be brushed with the lightest, neutral shade before you take the middle shade and add this to your lid area. The darkest shade of shadow will then be applied to the crease of your eye at the outside and then and blended to create a seamless transition from one shade to the next.
Once your shadow’s in place, you can accentuate your eyes with liner and then finish off with a few coats of mascara. There are plenty of lengthening products on the market, and these can really make your lashes stand out. After you apply the first coat of mascara, let it dry before applying another to ensure it doesn’t go all clumpy. There’s literally nothing worse. Also, it can be a good idea to place a tissue beneath your eyes as you apply your mascara, and it helps to catch any flakes.
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These days, it’s all about the brows. Well-shaped and defined brows are everywhere, and the trend appears to be here to stay. However, before you get to the stage of filling in your brows, you need to ensure they’re neat and well-shaped. To map out your brows, you can easily do this with a cocktail stick or any slim makeup brush.
There are three main areas you need to mark out. Placing a brush against your face, trace an imaginary line from the side of your nose up to your forehead and mark the spot between your eyes. This is the place your brows should begin. Doing the same thing, place a brush from the corner of your nose and extending it out towards the outer corner of your eye. Mark this point, as this is where your brows should end. Next, take the brush and measure the line from the corner of your nose, out on an angle towards your temple. This will be the highest point of your eyebrow and where your arch should be.
Once you mark the three points, you can lightly map out the shape and outline your brows. When you have the basic shape in place, use a brow pencil or brow kit to fill in. Use a color which isn’t too dark for your skin tone and hair color. If you have fair hair, a light brown kit or pencil will match, and darker colors are available to suit brunettes and those with dark and black hair. Redheads often opt for light or dark brown colored pencils.
Before you start choosing a lipstick, make sure your lips look healthy. Keeping them moisturized and flake-free is the key to helping your color stay on better. When lips are cracked or chapped, the color will seep through and clump in specific areas, making it look patchy and uneven. Keeping your lips in great shape (especially during the colder winter months) can be done by using a simple homemade sugar scrub (sugar mixed with gentle soap). In between lipstick applications, you can also use Vaseline or lip balm to keep your lips smooth and supple. It’s also very important to stay hydrated. Not just for the aspect of your lips, but your general wellbeing.
To get the best results and longest-lasting color, use a lip liner pencil and a lipstick. If you have thin lips, you might want to draw a slightly exaggerated bow and go outside the natural lip line to make them look a bit fuller. Start your line from the middle of your lips and work your way to the outer edges. Once you’re done lining, fill in the rest of your lips with your chosen color. After applying your first coat, blot your lips with a clean tissue and apply a second coat. This will help the color last much longer.
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Just One More Thing!
There it is, the quick and practical guide on how to put on makeup! For more in-depth tutorials, or if you like visual aids, YouTube has a massive library of vlogger videos to help you create some fantastic looks.
But there is something else you may want to keep in mind before you start. With all the crazy trends and influencers trying to get the spotlight, make sure you don’t overdo it! Browse through those suggestions and only pick the ones that make sense and seem right for you. Just because something is hot right now, doesn’t mean it’s the right choice. Your natural beauty is the most important, and makeup is just meant to enhance it. Make sure you smile in front of the mirror even before you start your morning routine.