Hey everyone! Since I normally share different aspects of makeup for makeup junkies (like me), I don’t really cater to people who are just beginning in the makeup world. Therefore, this post…. is for you! From someone who does makeup almost everyday, I have put together a few tips for makeup beginners. These are things that I wish I knew just starting out.
- Blend. Blend. Blend. – Blend you eyeshadow; blend your bronzer/contour, blend your foundation. Blending really helps to make you look all put together, rather than patchy and harsh. This is the key to any smokey eye or flawless makeup application.
- Always wear primer. – Primer helps your makeup stay on all day and stay as fresh as when you first put it on. Some primers blur pores, some are more tacky, some are for dry skin. Pick a primer that works best for you and apply right before your foundation.
- Practice makes perfect. – No one’s winged eyeliners, false eyelash application, even contours were perfect. If you speak to anyone about their first attempts, 9 times out of 10, they were sucky. Keep practicing; you’ll get the hang of it!
- Purchase some beginning items. – Purchase some brushes, some face products (foundation, setting powder, concealer), some eye products (eyeshadow, eyeliner), lip products, etc. Once you have some of the basic products, you can start playing around and practicing.
- Watch a few makeup tutorials. – This can be a really helpful step when trying to figure out what goes where. This is how I learned so much about makeup and how to do different things. You can find lots of makeup artists doing their “everyday” makeup looks which is what you might want to look for when googling makeup tutorials.
- Clean your brushes. – I don’t think this tip really needs an explanation (LOL!), but making sure that you are always cleaning your brushes helps you get a more flawless look and diminished bacterial build up.
- Set your makeup with powder. – This will make sure your foundation doesn’t move and depending on what powder you get, it will cut down on your oiliness.
- Know where to apply different products for your facial features. – What I mean by this is apply products where it would look more flattering on your face type. For example, if you have a more oval face, you want to put blush on the apples of your cheeks. However, if you have a heart shaped face, apply blush below apples. This is essential for your makeup application.
- Take care of your skin. – This should actually be my #1 tip. You ALWAYS want to make sure you are taking top notch care of your skin. Make sure you take of ALL your makeup at night and clean with a cleanser. Be sure to add a moisturizer, serum, etc. By taking care of your skin, A) it’ll ensure you are not aging quicker than normal and B) your makeup looks great all the time.
- Pick your correct colors. – You want to make sure that you pick the right shade for your foundations, concealers, eyeliners, brow colors, etc. There’s nothing worse than buying a product and having it be a totally different color than your face.
- Don’t share makeup. – This is how bacteria can spread and infections can happen. It’s just best to go out and buy your own if you are in a pinch.
- Go light handed at first. – As a beginner, you might not know how much pigment is in something, so go light handed. Makeup can get really crazy, really quick! If you figure out you want more pigment, you can always build it up.
- Keep your hands off your face. – If you have makeup on your eyes and you accidentally rub your eyes, you’re screwed. Also, if you are constantly putting your hands on your face two things will happen. 1. The oils on your hands will tend to transfer onto your face. 2. Your makeup might wear off.
- Embrace your own facial features.
- Do what you want. – You don’t have to follow the crazy contour/highlighting trends. Makeup is great because you can do what you want and how you want to do it. Purple eyeshadow? Of course! Red lips? Do you!! You don’t owe anyone an explanation or an excuse as to what you do and why you do it.
All of these tips are things that I have learned through trail and error so I thought this might help you.