Whether you’re a beginner or just someone who doesn’t often wear makeup it can be confusing, or even frustrating, leading you to take it all off and go without – this is totally normal! These are some simple tips to make your makeup look good every day, and can be easily ramped up to give a more dramatic night look.
Tip 1 – Foundation vs Concealer
Often people apply foundation as though it is meant to cover all flaws, from pigmentation to spots. This isn’t quite right! Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone such as redness around your nose or cheeks, it doesn’t take much to do this (when using a good foundation). Once the base is applied a concealer can be put on top of any problem areas such as spots, the best way to do this is to put a small amount on the back of your hand and use a clean finger to dab a small amount onto the area. The same method can be used to apply concealer to your under eyes, gently pat the area to blend.
Tip 2 – Under Eyes
We’ve all seen pictures or videos of people applying heavy concealer to their under-eyes in a triangle shape. There’s nothing wrong with this technique, but it can sometimes look cakey and unnatural. The best way to apply concealer is to use a small amount in the inner corner blended down the nose, and some on the outer corner which will lift the eye. Simple pat gently and blend using a finger or soft brush. Use a concealer that matches your skin tone to give a subtle and natural look, or one a shade or two lighter for a more dramatic transformation. Robert Welsh, a makeup artist on YouTube, has a great video explaining this technique:
Tip 3 – Brows
There are so many different brow products and trends, some are more complicated, and some trends rely on you having great brows to start with. The simplest way to keep your brows looking good that doesn’t require much makeup is to get them tweezed or threaded, and tinted. This way you don’t have to worry about them, simply apply a good brow gel to keep them in the shape you like during the day, and you’re done! However, if you do wish to go for a more dramatic look or feel your brows are just nothing like you want there are a few simple things you can try, such as brow pens. They look like felt tip pens and have a small precise tip, this is to draw on brow hairs, this can fill in bald spots or thicken up an area. This can take some practice, to try it out on the back of your hand before moving to your brows. And remember if you mess up its only makeup, you can take it off and start again!
Tip 4 – Powder
To set your face powder is used, if you have any social media you will have seen the trend to bake your face. This is where you use a huge amount of white setting powder often under the eyes and below the cheekbones to both brighten and set the makeup. However, this is very messy and if you do not pick the right powder it can still be visible especially in flash photography. Using a powder that is the same tone as your skin will combat this, it will not give you coverage, yet it will make your foundation last longer and can control shine. Simply take a small amount on a fluffy brush and concentrate the majority in the centre of your face and forehead, often your cheeks won’t need any unless this is a problem area for you and extra coverage was needed.
Tip 5 – Play With It
There is no harm in playing with makeup to find what you like, from brows to no-makeup- makeup, or a dramatic evening look its all about what makes you feel confident. The best tip for all beginners is to just play with it, have an evening to yourself, or even get together with some friends to have some support. Many makeup artists will be more than happy to hold a lesson for you, teaching you about your face shape and the products that will work well for you, this is great for anybody who learns best in a 1-1 lesson.