Here are a few makeup tips for beginners that I wish I had known when I first started using makeup. I hope you find some of them useful!
- if you’re still struggling with the very unforgiving felt tip winged eyeliner, try practising with an angled brush and black eyeshadow (it’s easier to remove and easier to smudge and pretend it’s messy on purpose). When you’re ready, move on to the angled brush + gel liner combo. And finally when you’ve practised the shape of your eyeliner for weeks or months (or years) and your hand is steadier, go back to the felt tip.
- another one about eyeliner: set your gel or liquid liner with black eyeshadow. it won’t move all day.
- if you need to look more awake: tight-line your lower lash line with white or nude liner
- don’t try to remove a mascara boo-boo when it’s still wet. Wait for it to dry, it’ll be much easier to scrape off.
- don’t forget : flat brushes are meant for packing on shadows and fluffy brushes for blending them out.
- if your eyeshadows crease throughout the day: use an eye primer and set it with translucent powder (or a shadow that’s the same colour as your skin) before applying your other eyeshadows.
- if you’re using an eyeshadow palette for the first time or if you know it has a lot of kickback in the pan (and most likely fallout during application), try to resist the urge to do your face makeup first, especially if you intend to use shimmery or glittery eyeshadows. Do your eyes, clean up the fallout and then do your foundation, etc.
- the general consensus is: heavy eye look + light lip or light eye look + heavy lip (but then again, it’s your face, your makeup, you’re free as a bird)
- to make brown eyes pop, use greens, blues, purples, teals, oranges, soft pinks, browns
- to make blue eyes pop: use reds, pinks, coppers, oranges, browns
- to make green eyes pop: use purples, pinks, browns
- In a nutshell: a brown eyeshadow is never a bad idea
- if you’re going to wear matte lipstick or liquid lipstick, make sure you scrub your lips beforehand. It will ensure and easier and better looking application
- lip primers help you line your lips and keep them hydrated under your lipstick throughout the day (I particularly love the MAC one)
- on the day you don’t feel like wearing full coverage foundation, mix your foundation with some moisturiser. It’ll feel lighter and look more natural.
- as you get older, full coverage matte foundations will look less and less flattering and will emphasize fine lines and wrinkles. Same thing with applying huge quantities of concealer and setting it with too much powder.
- know your skin type: dewy foundations are hard to keep from slipping around on oily skins and very matte foundations aren’t recommended for dry skins (I recently wrote a post about all the types of foundations that you can find)
- always put on foundation on clean and hydrated skin
- if you can, try to do your makeup in natural lightning. Artificial lights have a huge effect on how you perceive the colours and the coverage. And the outcome might be drastically different when you step outside.
- When you’re out buying foundation, don’t try to find your shade by testing it on your arms. Test it on your jawline and see if it matches your neck. If the shop assistant suggests testing the shade on your arm, go to another shop.
- If you have dry skin, don’t overdo powder because it will suck the moisture out of your face!
- Finally. One of my last makeup tips for beginners: you don’t need to spend money on brush cleaners. You can clean your brushes and sponges with shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, etc. (I wrote a post about how to repurpose beauty products)
- if you’re just getting started with makeup, don’t buy 138 brushes all at once. Buy good quality basics (I highly recommend the Real Techniques brushes and sponges) and learn to use each one. When you’re comfortable with your brushes and start to get a feel of what you need, buy more. Recommended starting kit: flat shadow brush, fluffy shadow brush, beauty blender, big fluffy brush for powder, blush brush, highlighter brush.