Learn How to do Makeup Like the Pros!
But first let’s begin with the basics on how to do makeup.
It is found that women like to be given good knowledgeable advice on how to do makeup.
Let’s keep it a bit simple. After all, if you don’t know how to do makeup already, then giving advanced tips would be useless.
This article gives tips and tricks on how to do makeup on all skin types, colors and ages.
Here are simple and quick tips on how to not only apply makeup, and on how to decide if what you are using, is correct for you.
THE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
- Clean, exfoliate and moisturize your skin : Makeup will not look good no matter what if you have dry, flakey skin.
It is incredibly important to prepare the skin prior to any makeup application. Moisturizing is key!
This is also to create a nice base for your makeup, your skin must be smooth and moisturized. This is very important when you do makeup.
Preferences: Moisturizers that do not have parabens, artificial colors, fragrances or preservatives.
- Apply primer : Makeup primer is a base for foundation or face makeup that allows it to go on smoother and last longer.
Preferences : You can use one of the great and highly recommended primers from Smashbox, Urban Decay, or Armani. But is better to use a nice sunscreen during the day time as a primer like Bioderma or Clarins.
- Apply foundation : The simplest way to get foundation is to go into the store of your choice – either drug store, department store, Sephora, or Mac, and ask one of the salespeople to help you match a foundation to your skin color.
Getting someone to help is the best way to learn to do makeup!
You can take a second or third opinion from other salespeople in that store and in other stores to make sure the foundation suits you and doesn’t make you look pale, ashy, oily, or too matte.
Next, use your fingers to apply the foundation, bit by bit on your face. Be sure not to over apply.
Going darker with foundation is not the best idea when you do makeup. Darker foundation will age you, and will not make your skin look healthy.
If you are trying to decide between which color to get, go with the lighter color (this is not true for African American women. With dark skin, if you go lighter, it looks horrible!).
If you need to warm up the complexion, use a bronzer. This will give you color that looks natural and radiant when you do makeup.
Preferences: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation
- Use a concealer : Now that you have applied foundation lightly when you do makeup, use concealer to spot cover those hard to cover areas like acne, pimples, or hyper-pigmentation.
Preferences :- Nars’s Radiant Creamy Concealer, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
- Use a powder : Although I don’t recommend using a powder since it predisposes the skin to wrinkles, it’s a personal preference. Using a fluffy brush when you do makeup, sweep powder on top of your freshly foundation-ed face.
Preferences : BareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder Broad, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder.
- Do your eyes : You can use your fingers or a smaller brush to sweep eye shadow across your eyelids.
To apply eye liner, I recommend using a liquid liner, and with a steady hand, sweep the applicator across your lid close to the lash line.
You can also use a pencil eye liner to rim your lids from the inside. For a smoldering look, use black on the inner rims, or you can use white for a wide-eyed effect.
The finishing touch for eye-makeup is mascara. Simply swipe the wand from lashline outward.
You can even apply mascara on your lower eyelashes. These are a few tips on how to do makeup on the eyes.
Don’t Overdo Eyeliner. Especially for daytime makeup, heavy eyeliner ages the eyes, pulls them down, and darkens them. This means that generally too much liner looks really bad and could create a bad effect after you do makeup.
By focusing eyeliner on the top lid, you will keep the eye bright and awake looking.
If you MUST add liner on the bottom, apply a dark brown powder right at the lashes, and blend it in well with a smudger brush. This sill adds volume to the lashes without adding too much weight to the bottom of the eyes.
Preferences: Lancôme Définicils Mascara, Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara.
- Do your cheeks – Using a mid sized brush, apply blush on the apples of your cheeks, sweeping outward toward your hairline.
Blush is very prominent, that you’ll understand when you start to do makeup!
Apply an apricot colored blush (NOT RED OR PINK) to Caucasian skin, and for African Americans, you can get more daring and red-toned with blush.
Dark skin naturally has more depth to it, so you can add colors like rich amethyst or ruby colors without looking like a clown. Caucasian women should wear orange-colored (not BRIGHT orange!) blush–apricot looks good on all skin tones.
Apply blush to the cheeks lightly, but also a teeny amount to the temples and forehead to add depth and color to the skin.
Preferences: M·A·C Crémeblend Blush, D&G
- Apply lip color – Make sure to clean the outer edges of your lips to prevent feathering. Make sure you don’t have any lipstick on your teeth!
Lips-Keep it simple. When you do makeup it’s always recommended to use a nude lip liner all over the lips as a base, then a neutral colored lip stain on top.
This keeps color truer, and the color will stay on longer. Just stick with a nice mauve color (or nude). These colors work on all skin colors of skin.
Preferences: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.
- Finishing Touches : There are many additional steps that professionals use when you do makeup.
When you do makeup you can use highlight (a cream or powder color a shade lighter than your skin tone) along your brow bone just below your eyebrows, along the center of your nose, and above the apples of your cheeks.
Use a lowlight when you do makeup (a darker cream or powder color) on the sides of your nose, below the apples of your cheeks, and on your temples.
Use a bronzer on the outer edges of your face applying it as the number 3: temple, cheeks, and chin.
Doing your eyebrows can make a drastic difference in your appearance.
When you do makeup take either a brow pencil or use a thin brush with brown powder and color in your brows starting from the arch and going outwards, then going back to the beginning of your brows.
Lets always keep in mind that less is More! It’s always better looking and easier to apply if you are light handed when you do makeup.
The products mentioned are just a few, there are a lot more to choose from!
All products are not the same so it reacts differently on different skin types, so make sure you do your research before stacking it up at home.
It’s always said, it’s easy to add more, and it’s difficult to take it off when too much has already been applied.
Never forget that the natural you is the best you, but a change is always appreciated! It’s always good to learn something new, and in this case to do makeup.
Have fun putting on makeup!
You can find me cooking up new ideas to keep myself occupied since I hate staying idle.
I also hope that one day I write something worth plagiarizing 🙂