How to Apply Makeup
Applying makeup can be a fun and creative way to express oneself, but for those just starting out, it can seem like a daunting task. With so many products and techniques to choose from, it’s essential to have a basic understanding of how to approach makeup application. In this article, we’ll break down the process step-by-step to help makeup beginners get started with confidence.
1. Prep your skin
Before applying any makeup, make sure your skin is clean and moisturized. Gently cleanse your face with a mild cleanser suitable for your skin type, then apply a light moisturizer. Let the moisturizer absorb into the skin for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
2. Prime your face
A makeup primer creates a smooth base for foundation and helps your makeup last longer. Using clean fingers or a makeup sponge, apply the primer evenly over your face, focusing on areas where you have enlarged pores or fine lines.
3. Apply foundation
Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone and desired coverage level. For lighter coverage, consider using BB cream or tinted moisturizer instead of foundation. Use a damp makeup sponge or foundation brush to apply the product in small sections, blending it outwards from the center of your face. Remember to blend the foundation into your neck for a seamless appearance.
4. Conceal imperfections
Use a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone to cover any blemishes, under-eye circles, or other imperfections. Apply it using a small brush or clean fingers, blending gently around the edges for a natural finish.
5. Set with powder
To set your foundation and concealer in place and minimize shine, lightly dust loose or pressed powder across your entire face using a large fluffy brush.
6. Add blush or bronzer
Add some color back into your complexion with blush or bronzer. For blush, smile and apply the color to the apples of your cheeks, blending up and out towards your temples. When using bronzer, apply it in a ‘3’ shape on both sides of your face – starting at the forehead, then sweeping down below the cheekbones, and finishing along the jawline.
7. Define your eyebrows
Eyebrows frame your face and are important in any makeup look. Use an eyebrow pencil, powder, or pomade to fill in sparse areas of your brows, following their natural shape. Use a spoolie brush to comb through and blend the product for a more natural appearance.
8. Apply eyeshadow
Choose an eyeshadow color that complements your eye color and outfit. Apply a light base color all over the lid, followed by a slightly darker shade in the crease for definition. Blend well using an eyeshadow brush to eliminate harsh lines.
9. Line your eyes
For added definition, use an eyeliner pencil or liquid liner to line your upper lash line. For beginners, it may be helpful to start with small dashes along the line, then connect them for a smooth finish.
10. Finish with mascara
Curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler before applying mascara to make them look longer and more voluminous. Apply one or two coats of mascara to both top and bottom lashes in a wiggling motion from root to tip.
11. Add lip color
Complete your makeup look with lip color – this could be lipstick, gloss, or tinted lip balm depending on your preference. Choose a complimentary shade that suits your skin tone and overall makeup look.
And there you have it – a simple step-by-step guide on how to apply makeup for beginners. As you gain confidence in this.