A Beginner’s Guide to Makeup

1 year ago / by Melanie Fourie
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Applying flawless makeup is considered an art form. A little bit of makeup can do wonders for your appearance, whether you’re going for a dramatic change or something more modest. You can learn the techniques of the trade through makeup videos, whether you’re looking for a more natural look or anything a bit more seductive.

 To become an expert in the art of makeup application, all you need are a few simple tools as well as a little experience. That said, you don’t need to have experience to succeed at first. Simply follow the following instructions for makeup for beginners, and you’ll be acing makeup skills in record time! 

1 Prioritizing Skincare for Best Makeup Results

Caring for your skin is the first step to attractive makeup. We often overlook the need of properly prepping the face for makeup application in order to get the ideal look. Flawless skin, sculpted cheekbones, luminous eyes, and moisturized lips are all part of this package. In the realm of cosmetics, these simple techniques will serve you well for a daily appearance, as well as momentous events.

1.1 Choose a Reliable Cleanser and Exfoliator 

Warm water may be used to wash your face. To make your skin tone more even, use a gentle cleanser. In addition, this will aid to smooth out your skin.

1.1.1 How to Choose a Cleanser

To get your face ready for makeup, you need to use a good cleanser first. If you have sensitive skin, steer clear of cleansers that comprise glycolic acid, since it may cause redness and irritation. Prepare your face for a lovely sheen by using a mild product on a daily basis.

Choose a cleaner with an appropriate pH level, too. For best results, aim for an acid-alkaline balance of between 5.5 and 6. For those with normal skin, it’s best to use cleansers that matches your skin’s pH balance.. For acne-prone skin, seek more acidic cleansers, since these will assist your skin to combat germs.

1.1.2 Exfoliate for a Natural Glow

Do not forget to exfoliate. Your goal isn’t to have cakey-looking makeup. As a first step, get rid of all the dead skin cells on your face. When you exfoliate, you expose the fresh, smooth skin below. Remember that some cleansers include an exfoliant, so if you want, you may select a cleanser with one!

So, is there a way to determine which exfoliator is best for your skin? The answer to that is yes! For everyday use, look for a mild exfoliating scrub with small, circular grains. Skin might be torn and become too dry as a result of using products that include rough or irregularly-shaped substances. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water to ensure that your makeup doesn’t quite solidify. Lets not forget to exfoliate your neck too.

1.2 The Importance of Using a Serum

Afterward, add a toner or serum and allow a few seconds for it to evaporate before applying your moisturizer. Toner is good for individuals with oily skin, while serum is great for anyone with dry skin since it moisturizes the face. Often overlooked , this is a critical phase, so do include this step!

1.2.1 Selecting the Right Serum

Serums  or primers comprising the following should be considered for purchase.

  • Primers with Vitamin C
  • A primer or serum containing sodium hyaluronate, as this helps to maintain your skin’s moisture levels
  • Primers or serums with anti-aging herbal ingredients 

1.3 Hydrate Your Skin with a Good Moisturizer 

Even if you have oily skin, you need to do this step. Before applying makeup, you’ll want to use a mild moisturizer to avoid making the base greasy. Keep your skin hydrated all day by using a moisturizer that matches your skin type. Rather of rubbing it in, push the moisturizer into your skin. Make sure the solution gets into your skin thoroughly so it may work its magic on your skin cells.

1.3.1 Guide To Good Moisturizers

Avoid using oil-based moisturizers if you have oily or problematic skin, and instead go for a non-comedogenic one. If you suffer from dry skin, seek for a heavier cream to use throughout the day. In addition, a heavier cream will give the base a dewy, “just got out of the shower” appearance, as well.

1.4 Use an Eye Cream 

This was possibly a step you considered unnecessary, right? Note that the consistency of your eye cream should be thin, much like that of your serum. To make your eyes  seem more awake, eye cream moisturizes and evens out the skin tone surrounding your eyes. Make sure your eye cream is applied evenly to balance out your skin tone in the delicate region around your eye.

1.5 It’s a Crime Not to Prime!

A primer serves as a barrier between your moisturizer and your makeup, keeping the two separate and preventing them from interfering in any way. Sets the foundation for a perfect makeup application. As a barrier, primer helps keep your makeup from settling into fine creases and wrinkles on the skin.

1.5.1 How Do I Choose the Correct Primer?

Find a primer containing silicone as the primary component for your last pre-makeup step. This will smooth out any blemishes and leave your skin ready for makeup. Use a light green primer if you have redness from acne or blemishes on your face. Note that some concealers like Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer contains a hydra prep as part of this dual product. I often use this hydra prep on my eyelids and under eye area, prior to applying the concealer there!

Use your foundation and other items you’ve prepared on your equally cleaned skin now that you’ve properly prepped it for make-up application. Preparing your skin properly will make it simpler to apply makeup and give you a more beautiful complexion. No Instagram filters required! Just follow these simple steps for makeup for beginners,  and you’ll have a flawless complexion in no time!

2 Applying Your Foundation and Concealer

Start at the middle of your face, then work your way outward, applying two pumps of foundation at a time on your palm. Do not worry about the appearance at this time; as it can be addressed later. Dab, dab, dab—never smudge or swipe—the side of the makeup sponge over the surface of your face to blend your foundation in.

 Apply foundation around your eyes and nose using a sponge with a pointed tip. You may also use a foundation brush to blend your foundation. I personally prefer this, as using a sponge can sometimes get more product on the sponge, and less on your face! 

Using your ring finger, apply a concealer to your blemishes to help cover them up. Wait five minutes, and then use the tip of your sponge to softly bounce over the concealer to blend it without smearing it. Remember that using  a full-coverage concealer will get you the best value for your money, if you have a super uneven skin tone! 

3 Easy Eye Makeup Looks for Beginners

You can really make your eyes pop with a few simple eye makeup tricks.

3.1 Tips for Eyebrows 

 Firstly, use a spoolie to neaten your eyebrows. You can then use an eyebrow mascara that’s closest to your skin tone to fill in your brows and give it a fuller look. Eyebrow mascaras also act as fillers as their bristles fill in gaps in your eyebrows. This creates a more natural appearance.

3.2 Use a Pencil Eyeliner!

Using a pencil eyeliner is best for simple looks for makeup for beginners. Apply liner in little dashes from the middle of the eyelid to the outside eyelid, keeping as near as feasible to the lash line. A narrow line may be drawn using the tip of the pencil while a broader line can be drawn with the side. In order to create a smooth, continuous line from inner to outer lash line, first link all dashes. Then, proceed to the inner corner of your eye and draw a line from there.

3.3 Single Eyeshadows and Easy Mascara Application for Beginners

Use a single eyeshadow for a makeup for beginners look. Having a product that can serve a dual  purpose is quite amazing! Simple apply the eyeshadow over your entire eyelid. Then accentuate your crease by applying more layers of the same product. If you want, you can also add another layer of shadow along the lower parts of your eyelid. Don’t forget to dampen your eyeshadow brush, and line your lower lash line with the same eyeshadow to complete the look.

Apply a coat or two of your favorite mascara, and curl your lashes with an eyelash curler.

3.4 Rosy Cheeks

Apply a tiny amount of color to the apples of the cheeks and rub it out in circular movements to get a healthy, natural-looking glow. Blush should be set two two fingers fingers away from the nose and lower part of your eye to create a  more defined,  balanced finish. 

3.5 Luscious Lips

If you’re going for a more sheer look, you should apply a dash of lip gloss. You don’t have to wear lip gloss as a standalone though, as you could apply it over your lip stick too. For those wanting a nude, matte finish, simply apply the lip stick only. You don’t need to apply lip liner, except for when you want to create a bolder, fuller, or more defined lip look.

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Which products should a makeup beginner have?

Besides your daily skincare regimen products, you should have a BB cream or foundation, concealer, a blush palette or single blush compact, and a lipstick or lip gloss. Other products include an eyeliner, an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow gel, a single eyeshadow, and mascara. Don’t forget to add those makeup for beginners tools like your blush brush, eyeshadow brushes, and perhaps an eyelash curler. It’s also important to invest in a quality beauty blender, a foundation brush, and an array of beauty sponges for cleaning up and perfecting your look!

How long does it take to do makeup for beginners?

Seeing that these are simple makeup looks, I’d say doing makeup for beginners should take about 30-40 minutes of your time!