Applying makeup is an art, and before you start, it’s important to have a clean canvas! If you take care of your skin, your makeup will look better. Follow the usual skincare regimen and drink lots of water. In the morning, make sure you wash your face with a gentle cleanser and use eye makeup remover to get rid of the remnants of yesterday’s mascara. Then, apply an oil-free moisturizer (look for one with sunscreen to help protect from harmful UV rays). Let the moisturizer soak into your skin for about ten minutes before you being applying makeup.
Table of Contents
Concealer and Foundation
Foundation and concealer help to cover up pimples and other blemishes, as smooth out uneven skin tones. Not everyone needs to wear foundation or concealer — you may choose to just wear a little concealer now and then to cover up a pimple (the best way to do that is to take a concealer stick, run a brush over it, dip the brush in powder, and apply). Other people prefer to wear a full face of foundation, which creates a uniform look and also helps makeup stay put (like on the eyelids).
If you decide to wear a foundation, it’s important to select one that exactly matches your skin tone. If you prefer a liquid foundation, dot it onto your face and then blend all over with a clean cosmetic sponge. Make sure to blend carefully at the jawline. You can also get a combination foundation/powder, which covers like foundation but feel like powder. These usually come in compacts and are applied with sponges.
Translucent powder sets ť your makeup. After applying concealer, foundation, blush, and eye makeup, but before you put on mascara and lipstick, brush loose powder with a full, soft brush over your entire face, or you can use pressed powder and a powder puff. Many people reapply powder throughout the day to avoid shine. However, too many layers of powder can make you look too made up. Try instead of using oil blotter papers.
The eyes are one place where you can really have fun with makeup. There are endless eye looks, from rock star to retro, limited only by your creativity.
If you want to try eyeliner, there are three basic methods: liquid, pencils, or powder. Liquid eyeliner creates a sharp line, but it can be tricky to work with and smears easily. For retro looks, try drawing a thick line with a black liquid liner just across the top of your eyelid, then swooping out past the lid in a tail. Pencils are easier to work with than liquid and often come in a wide array of colors.
For smoky eyes, look for soft pencils; harder pencils make harder lines. Try rubbing the pencil on the back of your hand to make it easier to draw with. Finally, most makeup pros prefer the powder method to liquid or pencils. With this method, you dip a moistened eyeliner brush (the slender, pointed brush in sets) into any loose eye powder. If you want bold, colorful eyeliner, this might be the best method for you.
There’s no shortage of ways to apply eye shadow. You can pick just one vibrant color and brush it along your lid. You can use two colors, one for your lid and one to highlight, or one for your lid and one for your crease. Or you can use the traditional three-color method: with three colors within a single color family (like three browns or three pinks), brush the medium shade on your lid, brush the darkest shade in the crease of your lid, and use the palest shade to highlight the browbone above your lid.
Remember that neutral colors (like peach, plum, and brown) look great on everyone, but there’s no reason to stick to neutrals. Jewel-tones, pastels, even glitter can look fabulous. The only absolute rule with regards to eye makeup is to experiment until you find something that looks great on you!
Mascara makes your lashes look longer and, therefore, opens up your eyes—but not if your mascara is clumpy! Use an eyelash brush to separate your lashes right after you’ve applied your mascara (and one or two coats are sufficient). Also, if you use an eyelash curler, which can help make your lashes look longer and fuller, be sure to use this before you apply mascara, or else your lashes might get stuck in the curler.
For a natural, youthful look, use a neutral pink or peach and a soft, round brush—tap the edge of your brush against the container before applying, then brush on in easy circles on the apples of your cheeks (the full part when you smile). If you’d like a more dramatic effect, then brush bolder color along your cheekbone and use a lighter blush on your apples to highlight. Be sure to blend carefully; you don’t want thick red stripes on your cheeks.
Lip liner will help your lipstick last longer and keep it from straying outside the edges of your lips. You can match the liner to your lipstick, but there’s also nothing wrong with mixing different shades. Another tip for longer-lasting lipstick is to apply your lipstick using a brush. Or you can forego lipstick altogether and go with an ultra-glossy gloss, which always looks fun and flirty.
Most importantly, make sure to keep in mind the overall look that you’re going for. You might want to pick just one feature to focus on at a time — dramatic eyes with blood-red lips is often overkilled.
If you wear heavy makeup during the day, you will look obviously made up. Unless this is the look you want, stick with subtle, natural tones for daylight, and play up the drama for nighttime and special occasions!If you wear