Every beauty lover should know how to create basic makeup looks. The basics are where it all starts. Besides, basic makeup never goes out of style; it works for job interviews, the office, and for those days when you didn’t hear your alarm.
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How to Apply Basic Makeup, Step-By-Step
Wash your face
Always start with a clean face. Apply a gentle cleanser to your face and pat it dry. You can use an exfoliating face pad or a cleanser with micro-beads if you have dry skin. Wipe your face with a cotton ball soaked in toner. It will tighten your pores. Then towel off your face. You should rinse your face after using a cleanser with an exfoliator before patting it dry with a towel.
Start with moisturizer
Regardless of your skin type ( oily, dry, or combination), it is important to hydrate in the morning and night. Don’t forget to cleanse and tone before applying moisturizer (especially at night!). After that, give your skin a relaxing massage.
Even though you don’t need a primer every day, it helps keep your makeup in place, especially if you’re going out or it’s warm outside. The purpose of a primer is to ensure that your makeup lasts the same from one end of your face to the other. Thus, the makeup won’t disappear or set on dry areas of the skin, and on oily areas, like the T-zone, it won’t separate.
If you don’t want to use a brush to apply foundation, you can use your fingers. Which is more comfortable for you. I prefer using my fingers when applying a small amount, such as a layer of lightweight foundation or BB cream. I use a nylon brush to distribute the foundation evenly for a full-coverage look. I apply the foundation first to the flat parts of the face and then apply it to the T-zone with less on the brush. That way, I appear to have less makeup on.
You can either apply it with a concealer brush or your fingers, but a brush will give you a bit more coverage. As for concealer, a little goes a long way, so you should only apply it to the areas you want to conceal. Start small and build up concealer under the eyes as needed to cover dark circles. Allow the formula to set for a few minutes before applying any powder on top. Finally, use a little to any blemishes or red spots.
Apply bronzer + blush
As a contouring product or as just a burst of warmth, bronzer can be used to achieve many different looks. If you’re using a contour to sculpt your cheeks and jaw, only add color where the sun naturally tans your face. Your contour should mimic the color of the shadow on your skin, so be careful not to choose a shade too dark for your skin tone. Apply shimmery blush to the apples of your cheeks after bronzer. Then, blend it with a circular motion.
Perfect makeup looks are incomplete without a highlighter, whether it’s a natural-looking glow or one that can be seen from space. You can apply a highlighter anywhere you want to draw attention, including cheekbones and clavicles. Put just a little bit on the cheeks and brow bones with your finger or grab a fan brush and go all out.
There are many ways to wear eyeshadow, but there are a few things you should remember when it comes to the basics. The light shades that match your skin tone act as a base for the rest of your makeup. As well as creating shape and definition, darker shades contour the eyes. The shades in between bring together the lids and eyes. And the shimmer? It will make your eyes look big and bright if you add it to the inner corners of your eyes.
Some people cannot live without eyeliner, while others wear it only on special occasions. However, it’s nice to have a basic black liner in your makeup bag to use whenever the mood strikes. To make eyeshadow more dramatic and deeper, I use pencil eyeliner. For a fuller lash base, it can be dotted between lashes. You can also use it as a liner sharply or smudged to create definition around the eyes.
We, ordinary people, apply mascara differently from makeup artists. Here’s how to apply it differently. I apply mascara at the roots of the lashes and work my way up to the tips after curling the lashes. In this way, a dark, full lash line is created at the base of the lashes.
Apply lip liner
Although applying lip liner might seem insignificant, it can make your lipstick last longer while contouring your lips. Usually, I contour the lips with lip liner. Then, I shade in the rest of the lips lightly. In addition to providing a plumping effect, lipstick also creates a 3D effect. Plus, the liner shows underneath instead of bare lips as the lipstick wears off.
Apply lipstick + lip gloss
What is most important here is the order of lip products. Lip liner comes first, followed by lipstick and then lip gloss. Lipstick can be applied directly from the bullet or with a lip brush, lining and filling the lips.
Apply setting spray or setting powder
After all that work, you should set your makeup look with setting spray, setting powder, or both, depending on your skin type and how long you want your makeup to last. I like to use a velour puff for setting powder, but you can also use any fluffy brush. If you want your skin to look more natural and less matte, setting spray is an excellent alternative to powder.
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