Makeup is a part of many morning routines all over the world for women. Makeup can be used to express yourself, enhance your beauty, and boost your confidence. There are many types, lines, and kinds of makeup all varying in price, quality, and brand.
There are also different “looks” one can achieve with different applications. For example, a bold red lip color and a clean cat eye may create a “Hollywood” look, while a nude lip color and a coat of mascara may create a “Natural” look.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, it’s important to go over the basics of makeup, in particular, natural and simple looks. Makeup artists often use a natural look as a starting point, then branch out from there into more dramatic makeup looks.
There are lots of ways you can practice natural makeup looks. You can choose a BB cream or tinted foundation over a full coverage foundation, you can select a lip color that is close to your natural shade, and you can favor mascara over eyeliner. All of these things will enhance your natural beauty in a simple, subtle way.
One of the trickiest parts about makeup to master is eye makeup. It can be very easy to go overboard and stray away from a simple, natural look. Here are some tips and tricks to mastering the subtle, simple eye makeup.
First things first. Before you do any kind of makeup, make sure to clean your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturize. A great tip for skin and facial hygiene is to clean your face with warm water to open your pores for better cleaning, then to rinse your face with cold water to close up your pores before moisturizing. This will minimize the look of your pores and fine lines naturally.
Many women forget this step in their eye makeup routine, but it is important. You should purchase and use a good eye shadow primer always, before applying the shadow. A good primer will stop your eye shadow from creasing, and it will protect the color from fading throughout the day, so you’ll look the same at the end of the day as you did when you started.
Pick A Neutral Shade
For simple eye makeup, it’s best to go neutral. This means choosing colors and shades that are natural and subtle. A few of these colors include beiges, taupes, golds, peaches, and bronze. Also, you should opt for matte shadows over glitter and metallic shadows. You should also pick at least two shades, one lighter and one darker, to create highlights and shadows. For example, a great combination would be a pearl color for the highlight, and a soft peach for the eyelid. You may also use a deeper shade for the crease of you eye to create a shadow, with a fawn or medium brown or similar shade.
Use The Right Brush
Investing in a good set of makeup brushes is always a good idea. There are many different eye shadow brushes, but if you’re new to makeup or just want to keep it simple, use a multi-purpose eye shadow brush for application and blending. Take care to clean off your brushes when switching colors, and use a makeup brush cleaner for thorough cleaning in between applications. We recommend using baby shampoo for cleaning brushes as it is gentle enough to not damage your brushes,but get them clean.
Blend, Blend, Blend!
Harsh lines are not natural, and can be unflattering. For simple eye makeup do your best to blend the colors you use together to soften lines and create the appearance of shadows and highlights, emphasizing your eyes. Take care to follow the natural curve and crease of your eye as a guide. The lightest color you use should highlight the brow bone, the medium tone should be used on your eyelid, and the deepest shade you use, if you are using a third shade, should be blended into your crease.
Finding the right mascara for you can be trial and error. When you do find the right one, use it sparingly. Clumpy lashes don’t look natural, and can be damaging to your natural eyelashes. To help prevent clumping, clean off your mascara wand between uses for clean, long lashes every time.
A Word Of Caution About Eyeliner
Eyeliner. One of the last things you apply to your face during a makeup routine that can either make or break the look. Some types of eyeliners are more difficult to master than others. Liquid and gel liners are tougher to handle than pencil liners. Try to keep your line thin and have it run along your natural lash lines for better, cleaner looking results.
Skip The False Eyelashes
For a simple eye look, you can save on the falsies and lash glue. False eyelashes are time-consuming to apply and difficult to remove, so if you are going for a simple look instead of a dramatic one, you can just stick with your mascara instead.
For longer natural lashes, you can use store bought lash application formulas that promote eyelash growth, or you can use natural solutions like castor oil to help your lashes grow thick, long, and full naturally. For an instant, naturally long eyelash look, curl your eyelashes before and after mascara applications.
Tips to Remember
- Take time to remove your makeup at night before you go to bed- Choose a gentle, alcohol-free makeup remover to remove the makeup entirely. Going to bed with a clean face helps to keep your skin in good condition
- Moisturize every day
- Go subtle and keep it simple- Remember, less is more when it comes to makeup
- Find products that work for you- There are lots of products out there for every budget and personal needs. There are often sample sizes of makeup products that you can buy or get for free in order to test the product and see if it works for you