When it comes to makeup it’s easy to get lost in those numerous makeup tutorials and various guides with tips and tricks for all occasions. Most of them are prepared by women who have been doing makeup for years, making it hard for beginners to tap into the magic world of makeup artistry. Well, fear not, my dear aspiring makeup artist because I have a simple, elegant, and easy solution for you – the beginner’s guide to makeup! It has all the necessary essentials that will help you create an easy, yet flawless look.
Step 1. Moisturize
Many makeup artists forget to mention this most important first step that comes before anything else. Prepping your skin is essential to creating a gorgeous look. You can use mists, serums, lotions, and even special oils to do the job. Spread the moisturizer over your skin evenly, let it dry a few minutes, and then follow the next step.
Step 2. Primer
Whether you’re prepping your skin for a full-on makeup or just want something light and easy on the eye, primer is the one thing that will help your makeup last longer. This is the base of the foundation (which comes next) and the very trick that will help your eyeshadow look flawless.
Step 3. Liquid Foundation
No makeup guide for beginners is complete without the liquid foundation. It’s easy to apply (you can use fingers, sponges, or brushes) and it helps create a smooth texture for your flawless makeup look. The main trick is to pick the right shade, so don’t be afraid to spend as much time as you need in the store to test different colours!
Step 4. Concealer
I could say that this step is optional for ladies with great complexion, but for the rest of us who have blemishes and under-eye circles concealer is a real saviour. Make sure that you blend it well into your foundation. Remember that the right shade really matters here, too!
Step 5. Bronzer or Blush
You can use bronzer, blush, or both depending on the look you’re going for. Bronzer will help you create that fresh sun-kissed glow without spending hours under the sun, while blush will add more vibrancy to your complexion. Apply pink blush on the apples of your cheeks to create a gorgeous look that is both classy and glamorous.
Step 6. Eyeshadow
A basic makeup for beginners (or pros!) always includes eyeshadow. It just makes the whole look much more interesting! Go for neutral shades if you want to create a casual look or opt for bolder colour to make a statement. It’s usually a good idea to have two complementary shades to be able to blend them together and get a bit of that wonderful smokey-eye effect.
Step 7. Eyeliner
No look is complete without some eyeliner to emphasize the beauty of your eyes. Applying it may be tricky and it might take you some time to develop the skill, but it’s worth it! There are different types of eyeliners and you might want to experiment with them to find your perfect item. Liquid eyeliner is thin, precise, and will help you create a truly dashing look. Gel eyeliner is perfect for that wonderful cat-eye look. Pencil eyeliner is a basic easy-to-use item, great for beginners. Works best for a smokey eye look.
Step 8. Mascara
If you’re feeling lazy to do the whole eye-makeup thing, but want an easy fix for your eyes, use mascara! Even without eyeshadow and eyeliner, a few swipes of mascara will emphasize your eyes and make them stand out. You can prep your eyelashes with a curler for a better effect.
Step 9. Lip Gloss
I’m not getting into the whole lipstick thing as it’s definitely out of the beginner makeup zone. Instead, go for a shiny lip gloss that is simple to apply (and it will look just as great). Prepping your lips is still important as you want them to be as smooth as possible no matter what you apply. If you have chapped lips, use a gentle scrub to make them all nice and smooth. Then apply some lip balm or any other moisturizer you like. Now your lips are ready for lip gloss!
Step 10. Setting spray or powder
A setting spray will make sure that the makeup look you so carefully created stays perfect throughout the day. It will help you avoid oily skin, smudges, and reapplication. It’s good for various skin types and can be used either with light or heavy makeup. It’s just an essential part of your makeup routine!