Step-by-step makeup for beginners

There’s always a first time to everything

Whenever we think of makeup, and women, we invariably assume they were born with the knowledge about how to go about getting it  right from the time they were born. But there has been a first time with all the ladies with fabulous makeup today, and there will be a first time with the young girls who can’t wait to get out of school to forget the uniform and start paying attention to their appearance. Often, these young girls are shy to ask because it is assumed that they are supposed to know these things already. So here’s a little handy step by step guide to do makeup for beginners. After which once you get into the flow, you will learn and improvise on your own, and gradually add more makeup components beyond the basic.

First get your skin ready for your make up following these simple steps

1. Clean your skin

Remember, makeup must never be applied on skin that is not squeaky clean. Otherwise your makeup will not have the desired effect, and it will lead to skin infections, complications and breakouts which you would definitely want to avoid. Clean your skin of all impurities by using a gentle cleanser followed up by a mild toner. Start using the mildest varieties available in the market and experiment later to find which one suits your skin the best.

2. Moisturise your skin

If you do not moisturise your skin, your skin will produce extra oil through the day to make up for it. This will lead to not just your makeup smudging but also pimples and acne. Use a mild oil based moisturiser if your skin is dry. Use a gel or water based moisturiser if you skin is oily. Let your skin absorb the moisturiser for at least five minutes before moving on to the next step.

3. Apply foundation

Foundation not only covers up fine lines and wrinkles that could hinder the smooth application of your makeup, but also protects your skin from damage from free radicals, the sun and atmospheric pollution. Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone for a natural look. Otherwise your face will stand out like a separate entity from your body and will give you an undesirable artificial look. Put a few dabs of foundation on your cheeks, nose, forehead and skin, and then blend it in by spreading it with your fingers or a foundation brush.

4. Use a concealer

While a foundation covers lines and wrinkles, a concealer hides dark circles and blemishes. Put a tiny dot of concealer under each eye and on any blemishes you might have. Blend it gently into the skin. Choose a concealer that is just one shade lighter than your skin tone since it has to help cover a darker patch of your skin.

Next do your eye make up following these simple steps

1. Apply eye shadow

Try a single shade at the beginning before experimenting with colours. Apply it on your eye lids using a rounded eye shadow brush with a quick swipe upwards from your eyelashes ending at the brow bone. You can also use a finger to apply it if that gives you more control.

2. Apply eye liner

Try a normal black eye liner pencil before experimenting with other colours. To apply it, hold your upper lid up with one hand while you draw the line on your lower lid, all the while looking at the mirror. While applying on your upper lid, close that eye but do not squeeze it shut so the skin is smooth and not scrunched up. Look into the mirror with your other eye. The strokes, thicknesses and styles you can play with later. Try mastering simple symmetrical strokes at the beginning.

3. Apply mascara

With the tip of the mascara brush pointing towards the inner corner of the eye, apply the mascara from the base of your lashes to the tips in one stroke. Try to master the applied pressure so you will not need more than one layer. A second sweep often messes the lashes up.

Next do your face make up following these simple steps

1. Apply blush on your cheeks

Choose a cream blush that has a natural glow and is easy to use. Apply it on the apples of your cheek, keeping it darker in the centre and blending it into the outer area gradually. To know where the apples of your cheeks are, smile.

2. Apply lipstick or lip gloss

The correct way to apply these is to pucker your lips and dab the centres of your upper and lower lips. Next, using your finger, blend the colour outwards to the ends of your lips. Getting the right amount of colour in the first time take some practice.

You are done. Till bed time.

Remember, that as important as it was to clean your face before applying your makeup, it is equally important to take it all off once you are done for the day. Cleanse your face thoroughly before going to bed if you want to avoid skin complications.

Some additional tips you will need once you got your strokes and blends right

1. Use a finishing spray

Application of makeup is one thing. Making it last through the day is another. A finishing makeup spray at the end of your makeup routine will hold it all together and prevent it from caking. You can buy one, or make your own spray at home by storing some glycerine mixed with rose water in a spritzer.

2. Use an eye primer

An eye primer applied before applying your eye make up will provide a base for them and prevent them from smudging or fading through the day.

3. Buy less but don’t buy cheap

Buy whatever your makeup routine needs, but do not compromise on quality. As this will not only make your makeup not look good but also lead to skin complications.

That’s it. Now you can start painting the town red!

Author: enrichsalon

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