How To Do Basic Makeup Step-by-step?

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The world of makeup can be fascinating, but it can also seem intimidating at first. Fear not, makeup enthusiast! This guide will break down the basic steps into a simple routine you can master in no time.

With a few key products and some practice, you’ll be well on your way to creating a natural, flawless look that enhances your beautiful features.

Prepping Your Canvas: Skincare First!

Before diving into makeup, it’s crucial to prep your skin for a smooth, even application.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cleanser: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or leftover products.
  • Moisturizer: Apply a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. This hydrates your skin and creates a barrier for your makeup. “A good moisturizer is key,” says makeup artist Olivia Rose. “It prevents your makeup from looking cakey and helps it last longer.”

Priming for Perfection (Optional)

Primer is a lightweight lotion or gel that helps create a flawless base for your makeup. It can minimize pores, control shine, and make your makeup last longer.

While not essential, it can be a great addition to your routine if you have oily skin or want extra staying power.

Foundation: Finding Your Perfect Match

Foundation evens out your skin tone and creates a smooth canvas.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a foundation:

  • Coverage: Do you want sheer coverage for a natural look or something more full-coverage to conceal blemishes?
  • Formula: Liquid, powder, or cream foundations each have their pros and cons. Experiment to see which one feels most comfortable on your skin.
  • Shade: This is crucial! Match the foundation to your skin tone as closely as possible. Test shades on your jawline in natural light to find the perfect match.

Applying Foundation:

  • Apply a small amount of foundation to the back of your hand or directly onto your makeup brush/sponge.
  • Dot the foundation on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.
  • Blend the foundation outwards from the center of your face towards your hairline and jawline. Use circular motions with a brush or sponge for a seamless finish.

Pro-Tip: Don’t forget to blend your foundation down your neck to avoid a mask-like appearance.

Concealing Imperfections

Concealer is your secret weapon to camouflage blemishes, dark circles, and redness.

Choose a concealer that’s one to two shades lighter than your foundation for brightening and a shade that matches your foundation for concealing blemishes.

Applying Concealer:

  • Apply a small amount of concealer directly under your eyes, forming an upside-down triangle shape. You can also use it on blemishes or areas of redness.
  • Gently pat the concealer with your fingertip or a damp beauty blender to blend it seamlessly.

Setting the Stage: Powder Power!

Setting powder helps lock your foundation and concealer in place, preventing them from creasing or smudging throughout the day.

Here are two popular types:

  • Loose Powder: Offers a lightweight, sheer finish. Apply a light dusting with a fluffy brush.
  • Pressed Powder: Provides more coverage. Use a puff or brush to apply a thin layer.

Applying Setting Powder:

  • Dip your brush or puff lightly into the powder.
  • Tap off any excess powder before applying it to your face.
  • Focus on areas that tend to get oily, such as your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).

Shaping Your Face: Blush, Bronzer, and Highlighter (Optional)

This step adds dimension and definition to your face. It’s optional, but it can enhance your natural features.

  • Blush: Blush adds a healthy flush of color to your cheeks. Apply it to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards towards your temples.
  • Bronzer: Bronzer adds warmth and can be used to define your cheekbones. Apply it in a “3” shape along your temples, cheekbones, and jawline.
  • Highlighter: Highlighter adds a touch of glow to your cheekbones, brow bone, and cupid’s bow (the dip above your upper lip).

Pro-Tip: When using these products, remember to start with a light hand and build up the color gradually.

Brows on Fleek: Framing Your Face

Your eyebrows can dramatically change the shape of your face.

Here’s how to define and enhance them:

  • Brow Powder or Pencil: Choose a shade that matches your brow hair color or is slightly lighter. Use small strokes to fill in any sparse areas and define the shape of your brows.
  • Brow Gel: This helps tame unruly brows and keeps them in place.

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