Are you one of those, who wish to apply makeup but are confused with what, when, and how to apply? Applying makeup is an art. An art that can be mastered by anyone who knows the basic steps. With so many makeup products adorning numerous shelves across cosmetic stores, it gets a tad confusing to know the use of each product. Also, online beauty bloggers paste so many layers of makeup on their face that you feel even more confused with the whole process of applying makeup.
To achieve that flawless look, you do not have to paint your face with multiple colours. A few basic steps can help you get the simple ‘makeup but no makeup’ look.
Step-by-step guide to basic makeup application
Step 1: Wash Your Face
Most important step in makeup application is washing your face before applying anything. Use a mild face wash to clean your face, pat dry. If you sweat excessively, rub a cube of ice all over your face.
Step 2: Apply Moisturiser
Moisturising your skin is essential as it makes your skin supple, soft and gives it a natural glow. When using moisturiser before makeup always opt for a light cream. If you have oily skin then go for a gel based moisturiser. You can also use a moisturiser with SPF in case you will be outdoors for prolonged periods. Wait for 5 minutes to allow your skin to absorb the moisturiser.
Step 3: Use A Primer
Many women do not know the importance of a face primer and hence skip this step. A primer is essential when applying makeup because it acts like an additional layer of smooth skin that protects the natural skin from any harmful effects caused by other products. It prevents the makeup from oxidising (skin looking darker) and makes it last longer. Apply primer all over your face and leave it for 3-5 minutes before applying foundation.
Step 4: Put On Foundation
Liquid foundations are the best type of foundation that suits almost all skin types. When selecting your foundation ensure that it is formulated to suit your skin type. After the primer has settled on your skin, apply foundation all over your face using either a brush or a beauty blender. Leave it on for 5 minutes for it to settle seamlessly on your skin.
Step 5: Dab Some Concealer
As the name suggests, the primary purpose of a concealer is to conceal or hide any imperfections on the skin. It is used to cover dark circles, acne scars, and blemishes. Unlike foundation, you do not apply concealer all over your face. A concealer is used for spot treatment and should be applied only on areas that need heavy coverage. If you do not have dark circles or blemishes, you can avoid this step.
Step 6: Draw With The Eyeliner
Now that your face is almost done, you can move to your eyes. If you like wearing eye shadow, then first use a primer over your eyelids before applying the eye shadow. Then accentuate your eyes with a sleek eye pencil. You can use any eyeliner to outline your upper eyelids and use a kajal to darken your lower waterline. When applying an eyeliner always ensure that the line is drawn close to the lashes. If you want to further highlight your eyes you can use a mascara to curl your lashes and make your eyes look instantly bigger and brighter.
Step 7: Enhance The Eyebrows
Women often tend to neglect eyebrows and do nothing to highlight them. Eyebrows give definition to your facial features. Badly shaped eyebrows can ruin your entire look. So invest in a good eyebrow pencil that matches the shade of your brow hair. Eyebrow pencils generally have a brush on their cap. Use the brush to smoothen your brows and then create gentle strokes to fill them. Avoid pressing the pencil too hard when shaping your eyebrows as it can make it look fake.
Step 8: Press The Compact
Using just a liquid foundation will not do, you have to apply compact powder to keep your makeup from melting. Compact powder keeps your foundation intact and makes it last longer. It also absorbs sweat and gives you a smooth matte finish.
Step 9: Wear The Lipstick
Applying lipstick is the last step in your basic makeup routine. Use a lip balm over your lips 5 minutes before applying your lip colour. This will keep your lips from drying.
Now you are ready to go! See it isn’t as complicated as you thought it was. You only need some extra time and good branded products to look flawless.