If you’re a newly turned adolescent, you may have squirmed with delight when your mother finally gave you permission to wear makeup. You’ve finally moved on from the smackers chap sticks, and clear lip glosses and mascaras to something better. However, despite your eagerness to buy your new haul of cosmetics, you may have found you really don’t know how to apply any of this stuff. You’ve never had to before, you’ve only had the privilege of watching your mother or maybe older sister (if you have one) ready themselves in the morning with their Maybelline or Rimmel. Fear not, as the next few paragraphs will help you get a jump start on your purchases and maybe keep you from naively swiping mascara on your eyebrows…
Primer is usually the first thing people put on after their moisturizer. Primer does exactly what its name suggests. It primes the skin, preparing it for your cosmetics and giving your makeup a smooth canvas to stick to. Primer helps your makeup stay in place longer, it’s like double sided tape. In addition, find a primer for your skin’s needs. Some will help even out your skin tone, some can correct or hide redness, and some help with acne.
Second, foundation is a common step in most women’s beauty routines. It can come in liquid, cream, or powdered form depending on what you think your skin will take to and what formula is most efficient for you. Foundation is usually tinted or made to match the color of most people’s skin tones and is used to hides flaws and blemishes. Just choose which color matches you best. However, if it’s your first time buying makeup then ask for help. Most makeup stores have beauty advisors that will help you out on your choice. Depending on your needs and skin type, he or she can suggest what is best for you.
If you have dry skin then pick a foundation that will have moisturizing benefits. Liquid foundation would probably be your best bet. If you have acne troubled skin or oily skin, there are also foundations available that include salicylic acid in their formulas. If your skin is combination then look for a foundation that will address that issue as well. Matte foundations can be ideal for skin types that are oily. Everyone’s skin is different so be sure to consider your skin’s needs before you buy. Foundation can be applied with a beauty blender (a popular trend right now), a foundation or complexion brush, sponges, and your fingers. However your fingers can harbor bacteria that can cause breakouts so only use your digits if absolutely necessary and if they are clean.
Next, concealer is the next to go on after foundation. Concealer is used to hide small discolored places on your skin like dark circles around your eyes, dark spots, red marks from acne, and so on. It’s not really meant to be a substitute for foundation but should be used alongside it. Concealer can be applied with small brushes, sponges, your finger, (be careful) and some come with their own applicator.
Powder is important for locking your makeup, absorbing excess oil, and making sure your makeup doesn’t slip and slide throughout your day. Oily and combination skins work best with it. If your skin is dry you can probably do without. The most important part to apply it is in your T-zone (forehead, chin, and the bridge of your nose).
Blush makes your face look more rosy and keeps you from looking like a ghost. When applied correctly it can flatter your face and make you seem more youthful. Keep your skin tone in mind when picking one though, if you have warmer or medium toned skin peachy tones work best. If you have fair, ivory, or porcelain skin, pink shades are perfect.
Eyeshadow is beneficial for drawing attention to the eyes and with certain colors, you can make your eyes pop. Depending on the color of your eyes, picking the right colors that will flatter them is somewhat important. If you have brown eyes, pretty much any shade can work on you. Pinks, tans, golden tints, and blue eyeshadow can especially have an effect on your irises. They may make dark brown eyes stand out more and show your color. Blue eyes work best with browns, taupe, and champagnes. If you want a more natural look brown or tan is a good candidate. Green eyes can be enhanced by wine colored shadow, lavender, and plum colors.
Eyeshadows sometimes come with their own applicator. They can also be applied with a small shadow brush.
Eyeliner is a helpful cosmetic that can define the eyes and contrast your eye color to make it stand out. Black is the standard color, with brown being second. Liner can come in a pencil, gel, or liquid form. Pencil is suggested if you are a beginner and can create a natural effect. Gel and liquid liners are matte and slide easily across your face. However applying these can be tricky so stick with pencil until you’ve got the hang of it.
Mascara makes your lashes stand out with bold color and can help frame your eyes. Different mascaras can give you different lash looks depending on what you are looking for. Some are for lengthening, others increase volume, and some define your lashes. There’s also a clear option for those that are genetically blessed with thick lashes.
Lipsticks and lip glosses are usually the last thing to put on. Red is a universal color that is applied most often, usually for work, and formal events. Other options include wines, pinks, and orangey colors.
If you don’t want to try lipstick lip gloss can be a lighter option. They can come in many different colors and some colors are sheer but enough to make a statement if that’s what you’re in need of. Lipsticks can be applied directly, or you can take a small lip brush and run it across the color and apply it if you want lighter coverage. If you want, you can use your finger and dab the color on your lips in a pinch. Lip glosses usually have their own applicator so don’t worry.
Learn How To Put Everything On
1. First, you must absolutely make sure your skin is clean and washed before you apply your makeup. If you try and apply your makeup on last night’s gunk you’re gonna end up with duller and grungy results. Failing to wash your skin can also lead to wrinkles, breakouts, and dark spots. so take care to cleanse your skin. After cleansing, follow up with a moisturizer and give that a chance to absorb into your skin. If your moisturizer happens to have sunscreen in it that’s a bonus. Sunscreen can have anti aging benefits and can protect your skin.
2. After your moisturizer, primer is next. Squeeze a dime sized dot onto your finger and apply all over the face. Give it a few minutes to absorb into your skin.
3. Proceed to put your foundation on with your brush, sponge or blender. Put a small amount on your hand and dot all over your face. You can use more to build up coverage as you desire. Blend in your foundation using your applicator of choice until your whole face is covered and flaws are hidden.
4. Take your concealer and apply a small amount under each eye where your dark circles reside and blend it out. place it directly on each red mark and dark spot and blend in accordingly until it’s covered.
5. After your concealer and foundation application is completed, use your powder to lock and set your foundation and to absorb any excess oil. This will also help to reduce shine. Take a powder brush and dust it all over your face. If you want blush, just take your powder brush and dust it on the apples of your cheeks.
6. Now it’s time for the eyes. Taking your palette of choice, brush your middle or base color over your lid with your shadow brush. Next take your darkest color and put it in the crease of your eyelid. This will give your eyes depth. Now take your lightest color and sweep it across your brow bone. This will give you a highlight and help define your facial structure. If you just want a simple look you can just use one color and move on. Next Take your eyeliner, rest your elbow an a flat surface, rest your hand on your face and carefully draw a line across your lash line. It helps to draw tiny strokes and then connect them with another swipe. If you want a more sultry look, apply your liner to your lower lash line.
7. To apply your mascara tilt your head up and position your mascara wand at the base of your lashes and wiggle it through them as you brush it out. Applying to the bottom is optional.
8. Last, take your lip gloss or lipstick of choice and apply as much or as little as you want to achieve your desired coverage.
If you apply these tips you’ll become a master at applying makeup. Be sure to take some time to think about your lifestyle, what’s best for your skin, and so on and so forth. Also remember to wash off your makeup each night, failing to do so can weaken and damage your skin eventually. Now you’re ready to leave your house and go about your day.