Makeup is a great way to enhance your features, and with the right tips, you can make it look amazing. If you're new to the world of makeup, feeling a little lost, don't know where to start, or just want to expand your current knowledge, then this post is for you. We'll be offering some tips that beginner makeup users can follow to make their experience a bit easier.
Apply concealer after your foundation
Concealer is a great way to cover up any blemishes or dark circles, but it should be done second to your foundation. By starting with a layer of foundation, you’ll be able to minimize any discoloration while creating a smooth base for the concealer. Plus, you’ll end up using way less product in the process as you’ll find you definitely won’t need as much!
Use a primer
Primer could be considered one of the most important steps. It acts as a base to improve the rest of your makeup application by smoothing our pores and preventing excessive shine. You’ll just need to make sure you’re choosing a primer that is the right type for your skin type. If you have oily--prone skin, look for a mattifying face primer. A hydrating face primer is ideal for dry skin whereas a blurring primer is more about smoothing and ideal for mature skin. Apply your moisturizer first and let your skin dry for a few minutes before dabbing in a light layer or primer and voila, your face base is ready to go!
Don’t skip on the blush
Blush is a great way to add some color to your cheeks and by sweeping a couple of brushes of blush along the high points of your cheeks, will give you a finish that’s fresher and brighter. It can add the perfect amount of depth to your face. Going overboard with your blush is easy to do, so we recommend using a soft, fluffy brush that grabs the color evenly, and giving it a light shake to remove any excess powder before applying it to your cheeks. Start off softly, as you can build the intensity as you go.
Dust some highlighter to add some sparkle
Who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle? Highlighter is a great way to finish off your look and add some sparkle to your face. When choosing a highlighter, consider what jewelry you wear - if you find gold is your color of choice then look for highlighters with a bronze, gold or copper tone. If you prefer silver, then use some with flecks of silver or pale pink. We like to apply highlighter to the top of our cheekbones, just off the side of your under eye, underneath the arch of our eyebrows and the bow of our lips!
Exfoliate and hydrate your lips
We’ve all been there, when we go to apply lipstick and your lips are either dry or it just doesn’t apply smoothly. It’s as important to prep your lips as it is anything else! Start by using a gentle lip scrub and buff away any dry skin. We recommend doing this at the start of your makeup routine so you can apply a hydrating lip balm straight away and leave this to soak in while you are finishing your look. By the end, you’ll be left with a smoother, softer canvas to apply your lipstick!
Use a spoon!
When you’re just starting out, a spoon will become your best friend. Hold a spoon so that it’s hugging your eyelid when you’re applying mascara, and the residue will coat the back of the utensil rather than your eyeshadow. Alternatively, you can use a spoon as a stencil for winged liner by holding the stem of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, and draw a straight line against the stem as the first step. Then slip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid and trace the rounded outer edge to create the curved winged effect.
Apply translucent powder with your mascara
Okay, hear us out now. This may sound a little weird, but this is a great way to build up your mascara for extra long or thick lashes. Apply your first coat of mascara and while it’s still wet, use a clean brush and dust some translucent setting powder on your lashes between coats. This will help your mascara grip between coats, resulting in more dramatic eyelashes without the need for an expensive mascara.