How to do Makeup: Get the Look You’ve Always Wanted
Welcome to the wonderful world of makeup, where you can enhance your natural beauty and express yourself through color and artistry. Makeup has the power to transform and boost your confidence, whether you’re going for a natural daytime look or a bold and glamorous evening look. In this guide, we’ll be taking you through a step-by-step process on how to do makeup, from prepping your skin to setting your finished look. This guide will help you perfect your makeup skills and achieve the look you desire. So, let’s get started!
Table of Contents
1. Prep your skin:
Cleanse your face thoroughly and moisturize with a light, non-greasy moisturizer. This will create a smooth base for your makeup and prevent dryness.
2. Apply Primer:
Primer helps to create a smooth base and extends the wear of your makeup. Use a pea-sized amount of primer and apply it evenly all over your face and neck using your fingers or a makeup sponge.
|Our recommendation: Try the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.
Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone and apply it evenly all over your face and neck. Use a foundation brush, makeup sponge, or your fingers to blend it in. A good rule of thumb is to use a nickel-sized amount of foundation.
|Our recommendation: Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour Foundation.
Use a concealer to cover dark circles and any blemishes. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone and apply it to the areas you want to cover, blending well with your fingertips or a brush.
|Our recommendation: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.
To set your foundation and concealer, apply a light layer of translucent powder or a powder that matches your skin tone. This will help to reduce shine and keep your makeup in place. Use a powder brush or a makeup sponge to apply the powder.
|Our recommendation: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.
Apply a small amount of blush to the apples of your cheeks, blending it upward and outwards towards your temples. Choose a shade that complements your skin tone.
|Our recommendation: Milani Baked Blush.
Fill in your eyebrows using an eyebrow pencil or powder that matches your hair color. Use light, feathery strokes to create natural-looking brows.
|Our recommendation: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.
8. Eye shadow:
Apply eye shadow to your eyelids, starting with a base color and then adding a darker color to the crease. Blend the colors well to create a seamless look.
|Our recommendation: Morphe 350 Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette.
Line your upper lash line with a black or brown eyeliner pencil or liquid liner. Smudge it for a more natural look, or create a cat-eye for a more dramatic effect.
|Our recommendation: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.
Apply mascara to your upper and lower lashes to enhance your eyes. Use a lash curler to curl your lashes before applying mascara for an even more dramatic look.
|Our recommendation: L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.
11. Lipstick or lip gloss:
Finish off your look with a pop of color on your lips. Choose a shade that complements your skin tone and makeup look.
|Our recommendation: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.
12. Setting spray:
To extend the wear of your makeup, use a setting spray to hold everything in place. Spray it over your face and let it dry before you go out.
|Our recommendation: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.
Secrets to great makeup:
- Invest in good quality brushes and tools.
- Blend, blend, blend! This is the key to a seamless, natural-looking finish.
- Use a color corrector before applying concealer to neutralize any discoloration.
- Use a highlighter to enhance your best features and add a touch of glow. Apply it to the high points of your face, such as the cheekbones, bridge of your nose, cupid’s bow, and brow bone. Our recommendation: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter.
- Always apply makeup in good lighting to ensure that the colors and application are accurate.
- Remember, less is often more when it comes to makeup. Stick to a simple and classic look for everyday wear, and save the bold and daring looks for special occasions.
With these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of makeup. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with it, and always remember to embrace and celebrate your natural beauty.