Makeup is simply the best kind of cart! It takes as much precision as a digital or physical artist who works with paints and paintbrushes. With makeup, the only difference is that you are holding the exact level of precision in your eyeliner craft, together with eyeshades and makeup brushes.
It is serious business, and the art of applying makeup is not an easy task. It takes a lot of practice, patience and experimentation. So, when it comes to learning how to apply makeup like a professional, there are some rules, tips and tricks that you need to be aware of.
What’s even more important to stress on with makeup, is how you can make it look flattering, ideal for your skin and facial structure. It goes without saying, but skincare is key consideration when applying makeup on your face.
You must also be aware of the makeup products that suit your skin, both to take care of it and have a beautiful end look. If you are wondering if you should put your eyeshadow before the base, or a concealer after foundation and some things do not make sense, you have come to the right place!
I will tell you not only the correct order to apply makeup, but how you should apply it starting from preparing your skin for some product, then face makeup followed by eye and lip makeup. There is a small but very necessary skin care section at the end, including how to take makeup off!
Let’s get right into it!
Step 1: Prepare your face for make up
I am going to begin with skincare and end with it. This goes to show that skincare should be your first priority always. Your skin is yours to save and nourish. So, what should you do before you start putting all the products on your face?
You follow a routine. Now, this does not have to take a lot of time, all you need to remember is that your face must be squeaky clean, ready and moisturised for long-lasting and flattering makeup!
1: Start with a Facial Cleanser
You must always begin a facial process by washing your face. Instead of normal soap, use a facial cleanser that will detox and refine your skin. A cleanser makes sure your face is super clean and prepares it for the rest of the steps. Wet your face a little and get a small amount of your favourite facial cleanser in your hands, rub your hands together and put them on your face. Massage it gently making small circles with your fingers. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry. Never take the water off your face roughly, always pat!
2: Time for a Face Scrub
Before you get into this step, it is important to note that a face scrub or exfoliation is not required daily. Scrubs and exfoliating should be done twice or thrice a week only. However, if you need a scrub, get your favourite one in front of you, and smooth out a small amount on your dry skin. Massage your face similarly like the facial cleanser with wet fingers. After 2 to 3 minutes, rinse it off thoroughly.
3: Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
After a good facial and exfoliation, all that’s left is applying a perfect light moisturizer. This is probably the most important step because it calms down your skin after a scrub and also smooths your skin out for a perfect silky makeup application.
It is important to pick a moisturiser that is suited for your skin type. If you have dry skin, use a water-based moisturiser. It is a plus if your moisturiser has hyaluronic acid and aloe vera! They are super hydrating for your skin and if your moisturiser is hydrating and lightweight – it’s the best one.
Pro tip: Put a moisturiser or a lip balm for your lips now too!
Step 2: Let’s get into Face Makeup!
You must have seen people applying eye makeup before the face, and while it may be what some artists prefer, it is not the ideal way. You should always start with your face and smooth out your foundation before anything else. There’s so much to take care of. What’s a primer? What’s the correct colour? Where do I apply my concealer? And how do I put on my contour? Don’t panic, that is exactly what I am here for. Let’s get into the sub-steps from start to finish.
1: Apply primer first.
A primer is always the first step for face after the moisturizer. It helps you give your face an even canvas to work on. Some primers also give you a little bit of inner glow that shines out through the foundation. You can get one of those for a glowing finish, or you have the option to get matte primers too. The goal is to put it all over your face evenly.
2: Colour correct your face
Get your colour correctors on. There are many shades, each for a specific purpose. If you have dark circles or some redness you want to hide, this step is crucial to perfect.
Orange and peach shade colour correctors are for dark spaces and dark circles. Green helps to reduce the redness and yellow helps with masking any discolouration. There are purple shades that hide discolouration well too. Make sure that you are blending them evenly with your finger for a better even application.
3: Concealer time!
Soon after you are done with the colour correction step, it’s time for the concealer. Get a concealer that matches your skin shade, and buy the one that’s one shade lighter. But make sure it’s not too light because that gets tricky. Apply it on targeted areas, especially over the colour correction areas. Blend and buff the concealer right. You may want to start off with your dark circles. Some concealers come with brushes, so you may use those too.
I always prefer dabbing concealer with my fingers, because it does the job so perfectly. Make sure to smoothen out all the uneven spaces. And wash your hands for the next step.
4: Foundation, finally!
It is finally foundation time! Some people prefer very light and weightless foundations, while some want to go all out and go full face. Either way, you need a foundation to give your face that fresh look. Choose your foundation according to your skin type too, whether your skin is oily or dry. There are so many out there! I usually like applying foundation with brushes, but you can try a blender and it works just as fine! Make sure you reach your neck and behind the ears too!
5: Time for bronzers, blushes, contours and highlighters!
Now comes the tricky and also the fun part. It’s time to get your contours and bronzers ready because foundations make your skin look flat with no structure. A contour isn’t always necessary, but people like to put them on the edges of the face, just like a bronzer.
Blend it out perfectly to achieve that warm fresh look. Now, get your blush for those rosy cheeks! Make sure you are putting them on the apple of your cheeks while doing a pout. (Trust me, it helps!). Remember to blend the blush colour up towards your temples with a brush too. This helps you fake the perfect cheekbones.
Tip: Hit your brush on your arms before you put it on. If it’s a cream blush, put a little amount first and build up because those tend to get really pigmented.
Now it’s time to get your glow on! Put the highlighter wherever you think the sun will naturally hit your face. This means your forehead, the top of your nose, your cheeks and a little on the chin. I like to put it just below my eyebrows (we’re not so different actually, us birds and humans ;P). Add simmers along the top of your cheekbones too.
6. Set your face!
All you need to do in this step is to get a translucent powder and make sure everything looks even and smooth. Nothing should look out of place or too bright. You can also skip the powder and just use a hydrating setting spray. It will lock everything into place.
Step 3: Here comes the Eye Make-Up!
Now that you are done with your face looking all set and beautiful, it is time to beautify those pretty eyes! What do you need? Eyebrow pencils or brushes, eye shadow palettes, brushes, fake lashes or mascara!
1: Make your eyebrows
Your eyebrows need to be on fleek! There are many trends that go around in the makeup world too, but a simple filled up eyebrow is perfect for literally anything.
First, shape your eyebrows and fill them up lightly. A well-defined arch always looks fabulous. This step helps in putting eye shadow too. Eyebrows can literally change the look of your entire face, so it is crucial not to overdo them. You can also use a disposable mascara to brush the hairs up and put an eyebrow gel to set that situation!
2: Eye shadow time!
This step is where you make or break your entire look. You must decide first, do you want to go bold, neutral or somewhere in the middle? Always start by putting a primer on your eyelids and fill it up with a neutral shade of your skin.
Get a colour you want to put on next, and then cut a crease. The last step would be putting a little bit of highlighter just below the edges of your eyebrows and putting a glowing highlighter in your inner corners.
A neutral makeup look doesn’t need to follow all those steps. All you need is a colour you like, pat the excess colour away and blend it in your lids. The key to a good eyeshade is blending. And this part takes some serious practice.
They have cream eye shades too now, and some even come prepared with pre-set colours you can use. What’s important is not to let any harsh lines remain on your eyelids. Blend and blend till you get everything smoothened out.
It should look effortless! A mini tip is pushing and pressing the eyeshadow rather than sweeping. It prevents the excess colour to fall on your face. Of course, this needs skill to master as well. A trick I love is to make my eyes look bigger. I do this by puting some gold cream shadow in the centre of my lids and use my fingers to run it over my lower lash lines. They make them pop and look so chic!
3: Get that winged eyeliner on!
This is probably something I would not be complete without in my makeup look. It’s the best idea to put your eyeliner after your eyeshades are done. You shouldn’t put a liner on after using mascara, it gets messy. This step also probably takes the longest to perfect, especially applying an even winger eyeliner on both the eyes!
Just make sure that you are following your lash line and applying an even layer. There are waterproof eyeliners for longer events too! There’s something called kajal which looks super awesome on your waterline, this is only to add more definition to your eyes!
4: Don’t forget the mascara (or lashes!)
This is where you end your eye makeup process. If you want some fancy lashes on, there’s lash glue for that and a lot of patience you need for it to work out. If you don’t want fake lashes, use a mascara to make your existing lashes longer and voluminous.
Step 4: Lock the lips with some colour!
This is the last step you need for that perfect, complete makeup look for a full face! After your face and eyes, it’s time for the lips to get their glam on.
1: Lip liner action
I hope that you had your lip balm on this entire time of the makeup application process because it makes the lips plump. Once plump, they are then ready for a lip liner and a lipstick. This helps avoid any other product to mix in with the lips too.
In this step, you should begin to line your lips. If you want to make them big, outline over your natural lip line. This helps both in lipstick application and making your lips look big and pretty! Of course, you must choose a lip liner that goes with your lipstick colour. You may also choose to fill your lips in with the liner, it creates a ‘foundation’ for the lipstick.
2: Get your Lipstick on
After that little lip liner action, you need to swipe on your lipstick. Apply it on the top or bottom, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that your lipstick is smooth and shows no harsh lines. Make sure it fits and sits on your lip area just fine. There are so many brilliant colours, shades and formulas for lipsticks now – from glosses, glittery shades to matte or buttery formulas. It all depends on your choice!
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end! You have now officially finished all the steps in order to complete your flattering make up look!
To finish off, here’s a super important Skin Care Tip for Makeup:
Don’t ever make the mistake of going to bed without taking all your make up off. And I mean ALL! Sleeping with your make up on does not only damage your skin, but it makes it rough and causes lots of skin problems. Your perfectly even face will get severe breakouts and acne as a reaction to something staying on for so long. Use makeup wipes and makeup removers and carefully, calmly take everything off. In the end, put a nice moisturizer. Now you can go to bed!
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