Makeup is an amazing form of expression. It’s a way for you to be creative, to enhance your beauty and to just have fun. Makeup is a form of art, and even though art doesn’t follow any rules, there are guidelines and hints to make it more enjoyable.
The Makeup How-To Series is a new series on Style Unboxed aimed for anyone wanting to try out makeup but not sure how exactly to go about wearing it. It’s my tips and tricks to starting out and becoming the next great makeup artist!
Before I begin with actual makeup application, I have to mention that the right tools are essential. They do not have to be expensive or branded, they just need to be safe for your skin and fulfill a purpose. I have already done a full blog post on the essential tools you need for makeup application, which I will link down below.
Step 1: Know Your Skin
The first, and most important, step in makeup application is knowing your skin. It’s crucial to know your skin type (whether you’re oily, dry, combination or normal), your skin colour (mismatching shades is always a disaster) and your complimenting tones (just to make it look a little more professional).
Step 2: Get a Good Base
Priming your skin before applying any makeup products is super important. It ensures your makeup looks more flawless and professional.
There are many types of primers available and it’s up to you to decide which is best suited to you. If you have prominent pores, a pore-refining primer will do great. If you have oily skin, an oil-control primer is better suited for you.
Famous primers include Benefit Porefessional, Smashbox primers (these are very popular, but a little expensive), Maybelline Baby Skin, Mac Prep and Prime and Loreal Infallible Primer. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend and your skin type, you would have to look around before purchasing a primer.
Step 3: Colour Correct
Colour correcting is an innovative way of hiding pigmentation on the skin. An orange-toned shade does great when covering dark circles. A green-toned shade will cancel out any redness. Colour correctors should be applied before foundation and blended out slightly. When applying foundation, apply some overtop the colour corrector and pat it in to fully blend.
Step 4: The Foundation
Foundation is one of the most difficult products to find- Not because it isn’t easily available (let’s be real, foundations are everywhere), but because different foundations work very differently for different people. What may be ideal for me, might be a nightmare for someone else.
When purchasing a foundation, the key factor is to choose the right shade. Going too dark or too light can easily make you look fake and ghost-like, which is never a good look.
It’s also important to buy a foundation that will suit your skin type. Buying a mattifying foundation when you have dry skin might not be the best move.
Coverage is also extremely important. Depending on your skin, you’ll need to decide whether you want a light, medium or full coverage foundation.
Believe it or not, the time of year makes a huge impact on foundation. In winter, we tend to be paler and drier, while in summer we tend to be more tan and oily. It’s important to keep that in mind when purchasing a foundation.
My best tip for buying a foundation is to get it professionally matched to your skin colour (most stores offer this) and to not buy it immediately. Try some on for a few hours and see if the colour changes or if it doesn’t look as good as it did when you applied it- this is very common with foundations. Only once you’re sure you’re happy with the shade and finish, should you purchase it.
Watch out for the next part in the Makeup How-To series for more.
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