YouTubers, Instagram makeup gurus and beauty influencers make applying makeup look like hard work but trust me it is not as difficult as it looks. You just have to take it one step at a time, and you will be just alright.
The most important thing is learning the basics and perfecting such before overwhelming yourself with a lot. Here is a simple guide that will help you begin your journey to becoming your own very makeup artist.
Step 1: Prep your skin
Make sure you are starting this process with a clean face. If need be you can use wipes even after washing your face to ensure your face is a clean slate. Then moisturize using your favorite moisturizer that serves your skin right.
You cannot achieve a flawless finish without prepping your skin, so this step is key.
Step 2: Apply a primer
Using a primer is so important because the primer serves two of the most important functions in your routine. First it creates a smooth canvas for your makeup by blurring your skin, secondly it helps keep your makeup in place for a long time by reducing oil on skin. There are various types of primers for people with different skin types. You can watch this video to help you figure that out if you do not already know.
A mattifying primer is best if you have oily skin or if you intend on using a moisturizing/dewy foundation, while those who use matte foundations or have dry skin should opt for any hydrating or moisturizing primer.
Step 3: Apply foundation & concealer
Make sure your foundation shade is the perfect match (blends in perfectly with your neck and chin area). For beginners, I believe using a brush to apply the foundation, then blending with a blending sponge is the best way to achieve a smooth flawless coverage.
You can build up your foundation by using a concealer over it, to achieve a fuller coverage if your foundation doesn’t seem to do it for you. If you have dark circles or acne scars, applying concealer over the foundation helps to cover those up.
Step 4: Brows
Natural looking brows is where it is at in 2021. There are numerous products that can help you achieve fuller brows or enhance your natural brow shape like brow pencils, powders, and pomades. Brow gels make filling your brows so effortless, and it is a great product to use before diving into pencils and brow pomades. They are just brown mascara for brows, so you just brush your brow in place using the product.
If you are light skin, then I would advise a light to medium brown brow product shade and if you are darker in complexion a dark brown shade should be great. The right color and shape of brow is important because brow helps in framing your face and the whole makeup look.
As a beginner I advise you use a concealer about the same color of your foundation, at most a shade lighter to help in cleaning up your brows.
Step 4: Set your face with powder
This step helps in locking in both the foundation and concealer. You should set your face using a translucent powder. Translucent powders now come in different shades, so get one that matches your skin tone for a flawless look.
Step 5: Add some dimension to your face using a bronzer, blush and highlighter
Bronzers are way easier in defining your face and less intimating than contour palettes. A perfect bronzer shade should be a shade or two darker than your complexion. Simply apply your bronzer (a brown matte shade) on areas that you would like to create dimensions i.e., under your jawline, right below your cheekbones, the perimeter of your forehead and along the bridge of your nose using an angled brush.
If you are feeling adventurous and would like to try a blush and highlighter, apply your blush right on the apple of your cheekbones and highlighter can be added to the topmost part of your cheekbone if you wish to highlight your cheekbones.
Step 6: Apply eye-shadow
Eye-shadows also need a base, so as to reduce creasing and make the pigments pop. An eye-shadow primer or concealer can be used for this. Although this step is optional, however if as a beginner you decide to try eye makeup, you should go for neutral or matte shades.
After perfecting your skill in applying the neutrals shades you can then graduate to bright and daring colors.
Step 6: Apply eyeliner and mascara
This is the ultimate step to makes your eyes more pronounced. This step is one that shouldn’t be taken for granted as it helps in bringing the whole look together. A liquid liner, pen liquid liner is to be used right on the eye lid to create a wing, while a pencil kohl liner is to be used inside the eyes just above the bottom lash line. A volumizing mascara should be used to finish up the eye look giving you the illusion of having fuller and longer lashes.
Step 7: Apply lip color
Depending on your preference in Lipsticks or Lip-gloss or Just do you. Although, if you decide to use a lipstick make sure to line your lips with a lip pencil to make sure your lipstick doesn’t run and to ensure an overall better appearance.
Step 8: Setting Spray
Spray your face with a setting spray to bring back warmth to your face. Making sure to avoid close contact with your eyes, this is because the spray can cause your mascara to rub off on your eye-shadow or eyelids if sprayed close to the eyes.
With these tips, a little practice, and the right products you are on the right track to taking your makeup routine to the next level.
Go forth and glow!