The Essential Makeup Guide for Beginners

Remember those awkward school dance pics where your makeup base was mismatched with your skin tone? All is forgiven for those teenage mishaps. Now that you’re entirely on your way from makeup novice to slay queen, you could probably do with a few tips and tricks. After all, the vast range of makeup products out there would make anyone feel overwhelmed.  Remember that basics matter. We’re here to walk you through the essential makeup guide for beginners.

Building your makeup kit: the first step in our makeup guide for beginners

Ready to rock that batwing eye look? Our first tip in the makeup guide for beginners is to build up the basic makeup ‘tools’.

 Foundation and Concealer

When we think about makeup, we start with the foundation and concealer. Once they’re applied well, you have a smooth and even complexion. The key part is matching the product to your skin tone. You may also need a bit of concealer. This is if you’re inclined to hide spots and unwanted blemishes that a foundation won’t necessarily cover.

Blush and Bronzer

Blush and bronzer sculpt and add the necessary ‘lift’ to your face. Look for shades that complement your skin tone. Try and blend in the blush to avoid the clown cheek look. 

Eyebrow Pencil 

Eyebrow pencils help define and shape your eyebrows. Look for products that match your hair colour and provide a natural-looking finish.

Eyeshadow Palette

This is where you can seriously express your creativity. Eyeshadow palettes create a dizzying variety of eye looks.  

Mascara and Eyeliner

Mascara and eyeliner can help define and enhance your eyes. You can create a more dramatic look or something subtle and every day. 

Lipstick or Lip Gloss

Now for the final touch… Lip colour! If you’re into dramatic appeal, consider bright colours. It’s a good idea to find shades that complement your skin tone. Otherwise, be creative! For those on a budget, you can often find lipstick and gloss in one. 

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Preparing Your Face for Makeup Application

Before you apply your makeup, remember to cleanse your face. Moisturising is also essential in the makeup guide for beginners. However, choose something that is easily absorbed into the skin. Wait about 5 minutes after moisturising to move on to your next step.

Primer is an optional third step but is recommended. It helps your makeup stay on for longer.

Step-by-Step Makeup Guide for Beginners

We’ve touched on the importance of cleansing and moisturising your skin. Here are some other top tips:

  1. Use a makeup sponge or brush to apply foundation all over your face evenly. Choose a shade that matches your skin.
  2. Use blush or bronzer to add dimension to your face. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and bronzer where the sun naturally hits your face.
  3. Apply a highlighter to the high points of your face, such as your cheekbones and brow bone.
  4. Use eyeliner to define your eyes and mascara to add volume and length to your lashes.
  5. Use an eyebrow pencil to shape and fill in your eyebrows. Remember to choose a shade that matches your hair colour.
  6. Choose a lipstick of lip gloss shade that complements your skin tone.
  7. Apply it directly from the tube or use a brush for precision.

Makeup tips and tricks for beginners

Blending techniques

Blending is an essential technique to achieve a flawless look. Use circular, sweeping motions to blend your foundation and concealer.

Also, use a fluffy brush to blend your eyeshadow.

Choose the right brushes.

If there’s one top tip, invest in high-quality makeup brushes. Choose brushes that are designed for the product you are using. For example, use a liquid foundation brush for a liquid foundation. Or, choose a powder brush for your setting powder.

Another great advice: look for soft and ‘dense’ brushes. These help with a smooth and even application.

Setting Your Makeup for Longevity

So you’ve invested in gorgeous makeup. Now, the trick is to make it last the occasion. Use a setting spray or powder to help your makeup last. Apply setting spray or powder after you’ve finished your makeup to lock it in place. Use a setting spray or powder that suits your skin type.

Removing makeup properly

Remember to remove your makeup from your face. Keeping it on smears the linen and can block your pores and cause breakouts. There are specialised makeup cleansers you can buy.

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