A lot of people during the quarantine got into learning new skills including how to do their own makeup. Some are well-versed with makeup jargon because they’ve been binging on YouTube tutorials while there are people who have zero knowledge in makeup.
If you want to start learning about makeup, here’s an article that can help you out.
The first topic you need to familiarize yourself with are the products that you need. Now this can be quite overwhelming but remember that these products work hand in hand in order to arrive at a final look. Don’t worry because as you start to using them, you’re going to know all of these products by heart.
Ready for the crash course? I’m breaking this down for you in order of how one would usually do their makeup. Not a zero tolerance rule though but very helpful for beginners. Let’s go!
You have 2 goals when applying skincare before makeup – to cleanse and to hydrate. You may use an alcohol free toner or pure micellar water to cleanse and then you can proceed to moisturizer for hydration. If you want, you may also add sunscreen to this mix just be sure not to use something with a very high SPF because it creates a white cast.
Primer has 2 purposes – to make it easier for you to blend your makeup and to make your look last longer. If your face is oily, then you need a mattifying primer. If your face is on the drier side, then you need a hydrating primer. Primers are clear for the most part so this should be easy.
Correctors and Concealers
Color correctors are used to neutralize discolorations on your face before you apply concealer on them. Do you need correctors? Not all the time. If the discoloration is light, concealers and foundation and sometimes, even foundations alone can cover these blemishes. Only use correctors and concealers when needed because less is always more.
Foundation, as the name suggests, creates the base for your whole look. You have many options for bases. On top of foundation, you also have BB creams, tinted sunscreens, tinted moisturizers, CC cushions and the like.
Such bases have various levels of coverage being sheer, medium and full and have different finishes such as dewy, glowy, matte and others.
Theoretically, you can leave your base as is but I would suggest against that as you don’t want it to cake, budge or smudge all over your face. I strongly advise you set your face with either loose powder or pressed powder.
Over the past few years, manufacturers have developed several products for brows. You can choose from pencils, powders, pomades, gels, waxes and even glycerin based soaps. You’re definitely going to find the perfect one for you based on the kind of brows you have or the kind of look you want to achieve.
Eyeshadows come in loose and pressed form. Pressed eyeshadows are easier to use plus they’re sold per palette with different colors and finishes to choose from. I suggest purchasing a good eyeshadow – something pigmented with a good formula so you don’t have problems blending the colors on your crease.
Eyeliners are also available different formulas like gels and liquids. Eyeliner has the ability to make your eyes bigger and more defined. Generally, you can use eyeliners for three things – to tight line, to lash line and to create a wing.
Mascara, False Eyelashes and Eyelash Glue
If you want a little bit of volume added to your lashes, you can go for the classic mascara. If you want something more dramatic, then you are going to need false eyelashes and eyelash glue. Before purchasing false eyelashes, make sure to familiarize yourself with your eye shape first because there are specific designs that will look good on your eyes.
Bronzer, Contour, Blush and Highlighter
These four are what we refer to as face makeup as it adds dimension to the face.
Bronzer, as the name suggests, warms up the perimeters of the face. Contour, on the other hand, creates shadows on the face to change its shape. Blush adds a flush of color to your cheek area so you can look more lively while highlighter is what brings attention to the features you want to bring forward.
You probably already have a favorite lipstick but do know that there are different options to choose from. There are matte finishes, glosses, satin and so much more. I love lipsticks. You will, too. Try not to hoard!
Think of hairsprays but for the face. Setting spray is what’s going to lock your makeup into place. You NEED setting spray especially if you oil up throughout the day or do rigorous activities.
And there you go.
Don’t be tempted to purchase anything yet just based on reviews you see online. There are products that are fit for the exact skin type you have. Are you oily? Is your skin sensitive? These are just some of the questions you need to answer to find the perfect product for you. You don’t want to waste money on products you wont be able to use right? Worse, you don’t want your skin to suffer.
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