The first makeup tip for a beginner all revolves around your complexion. You’ve got to think about exactly what you want to hide, what shade of skin you have and what your complexion holds before you start to choose your makeup and your moisturizer! Makeup may do magical things, but it doesn’t have to be a mystery. Applying a basic, natural look doesn’t require a lot of skill or tools. You can do lots of the blending with your fingertips, and choose to leave out certain products if they don’t appeal to you. So have no fear: enjoy the process and your fresh, glowing face.
When it comes to selecting a foundation, use your jawline or your neck to get a good colour match. Visit a make-up counter and ask for a trial application from a make-up artist. You don’t need to make a purchase immediately – it’s good to spend the day testing out how it looks in different lighting and how it feels on your skin.
- Begin with a clean face. Wash with a gentle cleanser or simply use a toner to wipe away any impurities from your skin.
- Apply a moisturizer. This will keep your skin from getting too oily during the day, and will help moisturize any dry patches on your skin. Wait five minutes before putting on foundation (see the next step) so that the moisturizer can sink in
- Dab on a tinted moisturizer or a light foundation to your skin. Apply just a few spots with your fingers to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, then blend with fingers or a foundation brush, working the spots outwards from the center in all directions. If you want more coverage, you can use a makeup sponge to apply, using the same blending technique.
- Put a little concealer under the eyes. Use a small pointed brush to dot a bit where under-eye circles are darkest, usually at the inner and outer corners of the eye. Add a speck to other blemishes that aren’t covered by the foundation and blend into the skin. There’s a little controversy about whether a concealer should be the same shade as your skin or ever-so-slightly lighter; however, it should never be lighter than one shade away from your natural tone. Look for something as close as you can find to your skin tone and err on the lighter side if need be
- Set the concealer and moisturizer with a translucent powder. Apply it to your face, ideally using a velvet-y powder puff (as opposed to a powder brush, as that leaves a lot of loose powder) in a pressing motion. Use a powder brush to flick off any excess. If you are using a powder brush to apply, tap off the excess powder before applying to your face in circular motions.
- Next are your eye brows. Choose whether you’d like to use powder or a pencil. Powder will give a softer look, while pencil is more intense. Use your mascara to curl your eye lashes. Bring the mascara wand to the root of the lash and brush it through. When it comes to choosing a mascara, think about what you want from the product. The thicker the brush, the more volume. The thinner the brush, the more length.
- For eye shadow, choose a matte (not glittery, although if you’d like that, go for it) eye shadow in a nude colour (like the soft brown above) and bring it all the way to the top of the socket. You can use your fingers for this, or a brush, if you have one.
- Apply eyeliner. Use a black or brown pencil and apply along the rim of your upper lash line in short strokes.
- Lift your upper lid with one hand and look down into a mirror as you apply with your other hand. Eyeliner is one of the areas that you can really experiment with as you become more confident applying makeup. Factors like color, texture, and line application can have a big impact on the appearance of your peepers. Play around
- Softly line the lashes. Using an angle brush (see above), line the upper lashes with a darker shadow. It doesn’t need to be precise – just follow the line of your lashes.
- Add blush. Load up your brush, or your fingers if you’re using a creme blush, and smile. Place the brush (or your fingers) on the apples of your cheeks, and blend. Remember, wherever you first place your brush (or your fingers) is where the most colour will fall. If you’d like to, you could also add a tinted lip balm or a lipstick that matches your natural lip colour.
- If you’ve got a long day and want your make-up to last, you can add powder.
- We’re using a translucent powder, as it’s very natural-looking and works on all skin tones. But if you have a powder compact etc, then that’s fine to use too. Just load up up your brush, tap off the excess, and dust over your face. You don’t need to put it on bare skin, so only dust where you have used concealer. Or, if you have foundation or a BB cream on, then dust over the whole face.
- Apply lipstick or lip gloss. Pucker your lips like you’re about to plant a kiss and dab the lip color to the center of your upper and lower lip. This first application can be straight from the tube; then, use your fingers to blend outwards, adding color with your fingertips as needed.
- If your lips are chapped, prep them before putting on lip color. Gently buff them with a warm, damp washcloth and put on a light layer of lip balm. Let the balm absorb before moving on to lipstick or gloss.
- For beginners, the lips are a great opportunity to add color and vary your makeup regime without having to fuss over application technique, etc. You can work with anything from neutral, barely-there gloss to creamy, fire-engine red.
- For staying power, apply powder over top with a puff to absorb oil and to keep cover-up from sliding off midday.
- Check yourself in bright light – daylight if possible – to make sure everything is blended and beautiful. You’re done!