How to Make Up for Beginners

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Applying makeup can have a magical effect on anyone. It not only changes how you look physically, but also has the potential to significantly change how you feel about yourself. But applying make up for beginner can be a daunting aspect, especially if you’re not sure how you should do it. On top of that, if you do it wrong, it’ll do more harm than good. It also doesn’t help that most of the tutorial you see on YouTube are so complicated to follow.

But let’s focus more on making yourself look pretty through makeup, and most importantly, making you feel good about yourself. Putting on makeup doesn’t have to be difficult, and we’ll show you just how easy it can be by giving you’re a detailed step-by-step makeup routine for beginner to help you out. If you want to look your best in makeup, then read on.

1. Laying the Proper Groundworks

Before you can start putting on your makeup, you need to make sure that your skin is well-cared for. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that applying makeup starts when you actually put it on, but in reality, your makeup routine should start by preparing your skin properly first. If you have any impurities on your skin, or if it’s dry when you apply makeup, it will get worse by the time you take the cosmetics off at the end of the day. A well-primed skin can also help the cosmetics stick better and blend better, too.

1.1 Clean Your Skin

The first step you need to take before your makeup routine is cleaning the impurities off of your skin. If any of your pores are clogged and you put makeup on, this can make things a lot more difficult for you. This is especially bad if your chosen cosmetics is oil-based, because it’ll make your skin vulnerable to break out, even if you wash the makeup off properly in the evening.

This part of your makeup routine should be pretty straightforward. Wash your face properly using your favorite cleanser. Make sure you do a thorough job, but not too much, because you wouldn’t want to dry your skin out.

1.2 Rehydrate and Moisturize

Applying makeup on dry skin will only make your skin look cakey. A well-moisturized skin not only makes your skin look healthier; it also has the added benefit of allowing your powders to sink into your skin a lot better. If your chosen cosmetics is oil-based, moisturizing can also help lessen the chances of you getting a breakout. Make sure to wait at least 5 or so minutes after applying moisturizer before you put any foundation on.

1.3 Apply Astringent or Toner

Once you’ve properly rehydrated your skin, the next thing you’d want to do is to minimize the size of your pores. This is important because applying makeup can clog pores, and larger pores can increase the risk of causing breakouts. Simply apply your favorite toner or astringent at this stage. This is also a great opportunity to clean off any impurities left behind from washing your face.

1.4 Apply Essence

The next step is to apply essence. This step can be optional, but if you plan on applying any further serums or creams to your skin, such as sunscreen, putting on essence will make the process of absorption much quicker. A particularly good product can also help balance your skin’s texture whilst also priming your skin. Apply the essence directly into your skin instead of soaking it into cotton pads and using that as your applicator.

1.5 Apply Isolation Creams and Sunscreen

Once your skin is primed with essence, it’s now a good time to put protection from the sun by applying sunscreen. Make sure you apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out, and 5 minutes before you apply any makeup. It takes 5 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen properly, and it takes about 20 minutes for it to completely apply its protection. Sunscreen will help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, which includes drying your skin out.

If you plan on applying serums and isolation creams as well, this should also be the most optimal time to do it. Right after applying essence and at least 5 minutes before you put on your foundation.

2. Applying Makeup

Once you’re done with priming your face, you can start putting on your chosen cosmetics. By this stage, you should start preparing what you plan to put on. There are a lot of things to consider. Are you planning on going somewhere important? Are you planning on going to work? Are just putting on something light? All these things are stuff you need to think about when planning your makeup next routine.

2.1 Apply Foundation

Foundation acts as your primer for cosmetics. It’s meant to even out your skin tone and makes sure anything you add to your skin further would stick. Depending on your preferences, you can either use liquid foundations or powder-based ones. Regardless of what you use, always remember that the foundation is the easiest to overdo.

Only apply foundation to even out your skin, not to cover it up. Also, make sure that you use foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone, so as not to make it glaringly obvious. If you’re not sure which tone works best, always choose a lighter tone than a darker one. This will help you look a lot less orange and a little more natural.

2.2 Apply Concealer

If you want to cover up any dark spots under your eyes, now would be a good time to do so. Once you’re done applying your foundation, your concealer should easily blend with it if you so choose to put one on. Make sure you use a shade lighter than your skin in order to conceal any bags properly.

2.3 Draw Your Eyebrows

This is another aspect of make up for beginner that can easily be overdone. People tend to lay it on too thick, and they would end up looking garish. When applying eyebrows, try to do it from the center outwards with a light hand. You can use regular eyebrow pencils or liquid ones, depending on your preferences, but if you’re new to cosmetics, it’s easier to use the pencil. And remember, eyebrows are not twins, they are sisters. It’s okay if they’re not exact copies, so long as they look relatively the same shape.

2.4 Put on Eye Shadow

Once you’re done with the eyebrows, it’s time to put on eye shadow. If you’re new to this, try to limit yourself to a single layer, using a neutral shade, such as aubergine or taupe. For applying eye shadow, you should use a rounded brush and swipe away across the eyelid, all the way to your brow bone. Make sure you apply the eye shadow from the lash line up until just outside the inner crease of your eyelid.

2.5 Put on Eye Liner

The next thing we will work on is the eye liner. For this one, just use an eyeliner pencil. You can use either black or brown, depending on your preferences, and simply draw it on the rim of your eyelids, just above your eyelash line. Make sure to use multiple short strokes.

2.6 Work on Your Lashes

Once you’re done with your eyelids, you can start working on your eyelashes next. If you don’t have particularly long lashes, you’d want to curl them to make them look more striking. Use an eyelash curler on the base of your eyelashes and press down for at least five seconds each.

When your eye lashes are curled enough, you can then set them with mascara. Apply mascara using the tip of the applicator, using strokes towards the outer corner of your eyes. Although you can choose to use more than one coat, one coat of mascara should be enough for your needs.

2.7 Put Color on your Cheeks

After working on your eyes, you can move on to your cheeks next. This is another one that is in danger of being overdone, so be careful. The best place to apply your blush is on the apples of your cheeks. The way you can find these is by simply smiling while you apply your blush. Apply the blush on your brush and make circular motions whilst blending upwards to your temples. Although you can use powder blush for this, for beginners, it’s suggested to use cream blush instead, as this is much easier to work with, and much easier to blend.

2.8 Apply Color on your Lips

Next, we’re going to apply color to our lips. You can use either lipstick or lip gloss, depending on your preferences and your needs. In order to apply lipstick properly, pucker up your lips as if you’re about to kiss someone, and dab it on the center of both the upper and the lower lips. You can then stretch your lips out to easily blend the colors outwards.

Much like your skin, it’s important to prep your lips beforehand, especially if they’re chapped. Buff them up with a damp washcloth, then apply lip balm evenly across it. Make sure the lip balm is absorbed enough before you apply your lipstick.

2.9 Use Loose Powder to Fix your Makeup

Once you’ve settled on how you want your makeup to look, it’s time to let it set. Use loose powder for this bit. Loose powder helps seal in the moist consistency from your cosmetics. It also helps control oil and helps keep your face free of any shine.

Kana Z

Kana Z

I am a writer focussing on beauty, cosmetics, skincare, haircare and body care. I have a special interest in establishing solutions for problem skin. I have being working and studing with some of the world’s top skincare experts, hairstylists, makeup artists, perfume creators, photographers and models. I also currently write for websites of the skincare brand. My Specialties: beauty, journalism, skincare, haircare, cosmetics and problem skin.

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