For all those beginners: How do I do my makeup?
It is very important to start with a clean slate. Use a gentle cleanser with a light scrub. It is important to make sure that it is hypoallergenic. Your face is a very sensitive area and it won’t take much to irritate it and make matters worse. Whether you are in the shower or standing at the sink, gently apply a small amount, about the size of a pea, to the face and gently rub into the face in an upward, forehead, and left to right motion. right. Someday there will come a point where we are all worried about wrinkles and bags, and always touching our face in an upward motion will help slow down the aging process of our face. We shouldn’t be helping the aging process at all, even if our faces are fresh and wrinkle-free now. Gently rinse off the cleanser and pat dry with a soft, warm towel.
Smooth as a baby’s bottom! A good moisturizer is key. Your face will be very itchy and scaly if you don’t keep it moist. I like, again, the Velocity facial moisturizer. It is light and does not leave your face feeling greasy. Plus, it helps absorb oil throughout the day. Apply a small amount, perhaps a little more than the size of a pea, and gently massage into face. Be sure to continue using the upward motion we discussed in step 1. Massage into face until all excess moisturizer is absorbed into skin. Don’t you feel good?
Build a solid foundation. Some people don’t like to wear foundation and that’s okay. But foundation is a great way to help protect your face from all those dangerous things you literally “face” every day. The sun, the wind, the rain, anything can irritate your face. A good foundation will help protect your face from whatever is out there. Try a foundation with a light sunscreen. The added protection will make a big difference. Make sure you don’t get a color too light or too dark for your face or it will look too painted on. It is important that it look natural. If you really want a nice, warm look on your face, a darker foundation is not the answer. Try some bronzer, which will be mentioned later. The general rule of thumb is to try to match your foundation to the color of your neck. This will ensure that it is the most natural color you can wear. Blend the foundation onto your face and make sure it is fully absorbed before moving on to the next step. A triangular sponge is very useful to blend the foundation in the best way.
Hide those blemishes. Chances are, like most of us, you have some blemishes on your face. Try a shade of concealer that is slightly lighter than your foundation. You have the option of applying concealer before or after your foundation, but it seemed to make more sense to put things in that order. Apply a very small amount of concealer to the tip of your ring finger and lightly dab onto desired areas of your face. The typical concealer is placed under the eyes and on any blemishes that may be visible at the time. Dab the concealer on and allow it to dry for a few seconds and start blending it carefully into your skin to make it look as natural as possible. If needed, apply a bit more foundation to help it blend further. Let the concealer fully absorb before moving on to the next step.
Relax with powder. Get a nice big powder brush. After applying your foundation and concealer, use a loose or pressed powder to help set the makeup on your face. Lightly dab your brush into your powder and place a small to moderate amount on the end of your brush. If you are using a loose powder, lightly tap the end of the brush on the counter so that the powder falls into the bristles a bit so that it doesn’t fall just on the first part of your face that it touches. Gently rub your face with the brush in a downward motion until you have brushed all over your face and have achieved a nice matte look to your face. This is the only time we would use a downward motion on her face. Unfortunately, we all have a small amount of “peach fuzz” on our faces and brushing our face downwards helps to settle those little hairs and make them less noticeable. Make sure your powder is applied evenly and move on to the next step.
You want your makeup to last all day, right? I thought so. To make it last, I suggest using an eyeshadow primer before applying any eye makeup. Try Urban Decay Primer Potion. Apply it everywhere you apply eye makeup. Then that always slippery eyeshadow and liner will stick around for you. Sounds good, right?
Now is the time to line up those precious gems of yours. Eyeliner is good to start with so you won’t mess up your mascara. Some of you don’t like eyeliner so you can skip this step.
Anyway, first you have to decide which formula of eyeliner to use: liquid or pencil. Both have their advantages. Liquids tend to last longer as they don’t smudge and give you a clearer, more defined line. However, the fact that you have to “paint” it and wait for it to dry can make it tricky. Pencils give a smokier, more sensual quality and can be applied more easily and with more precision. However, they do have a tendency to stain. Starting at the inner corner of your eye, slowly apply a thin streak along the lash line. If you’re using liquid, air dry it, then open it up and see how you like it. Too skinny? Try again, this time a little thicker. too thick? Dab a Q-tip with water or eye makeup remover and swipe until you’re happy with the result. It’s also a good idea to make the liner thicker towards the outer corners of the eyes to make them look bigger. If desired, repeat the process on the lower lash line or just above the inner rim of the eye (this can be tricky for beginners).
Open your eyes to the wonders of eyeshadow! Yes, this sounds cheesy, but with practice, the eyeshadow is truly amazing. There are so many effects to choose from when using eye shadow. But the basics are still good, so here goes. First decide what color family you want your eyeshadow to be. Pink and blue are popular, as are neutrals like brown, peach, and cream. From this color group, choose a color as dark as your skin tone (think basic pink), one darker or brighter than your skin tone (think darker mauve or hot pink), and one much lighter than your skin tone (think pale pink). Using an eyeshadow sponge, apply the darkest or brightest shadow along the crease (basically, the gap between the eyelid and the brow bone), applying more towards the outer half. Then, using the medium shade and an eyeshadow brush, dust the lids and blend the edges of the darker color until it looks even. Then wipe the brush with a towel or a piece of toilet paper and go over the lightest shade. Then run the brush along the brow bone to taste. Modify your shade as much as you want using our other tips sections.
Bat those lashes, girls! It’s time to put the final touch on your eyes: mascara. It is less versatile but it can be the most beautifying of your eye makeup. Start, if you like, by curling your lashes with a metal eyelash curler. Place it at the base of your lashes and gently squeeze. Then take your mascara wand, rub the tip with a towel, and place the brush at the base of your lashes, under your lashes. Move the as you push it up through your eyelashes. Repeat as necessary, focusing on the ends after the first stroke. Cover your lower lashes as much as you want, but they are less important.
The apple of my… cheek? This is the easiest of all the steps. Get your blush and, using a nice medium-sized blush brush, lightly brush across your cheeks in an upward motion. Starting at the apple of your cheek, just below the middle of your eye (in most cases), brush outward toward your hairline, lifting the brush away from your face as you go. Doing this will focus the color where you first applied it and blend it out to create the desired effect. Use a triangular sponge to blend further if desired.
Delicious lips! There are many options when it comes to your lips. Lipstick or lip gloss? Matte or metallic lipstick? Brilliant or shiny glitter? In the end, the only thing that matters is what you like. If you want to use an eyeliner, I suggest you choose a natural or neutral shade. You can switch things up a bit with different colors of lipstick or gloss, depending on your mood. If you want something a little bolder, try a liner a shade or two darker than your lip color. Take the eyeliner in your hand and hold it like you would a normal pencil. Using light strokes, “draw” an outline of her lips starting at the top in the center of her lips and working out and down. If necessary, lightly dab the liner on the inner area of your lips to help blend the color and not leave a sharp line. If you don’t want lipstick, skip this step. Take your lipstick and again start in the middle of your upper lip and work your way out and down. Rub back and forth until you get the desired amount on your lips, then pat lips to ensure evenness. Top it all off with a pretty, light-colored lip gloss. Apply as you would the lipstick mixture as you go. Bring your lips back together and check your teeth to make sure you don’t have any stains.