The world of social media is stormed with different makeup hacks and makeup routines. If you search for a makeup routine right now, numerous content will be thrown at your face. New makeup trends include fox eyes and lip gloss over matte lips.
But how do beginners find the right video?
Suppose you are someone who is just setting foot into makeup, and too many complex makeup hacks and tricks overwhelm you.
Let’s get back to the basics for now. Here is an article that helps you know how to do makeup in a step-by-step format.
What exactly do you need for a Good Makeup routine?
Applying makeup is a whole chore in itself. You need to make time out in your schedule to get that perfect look that will make you pop out in the crowd.
However, makeup is more than just slapping products on your face. A proper makeup routine is what you need for that vogue cover look on you.
The idea that too many products give you the ‘glam’ look is a false notion. You can get a fantastic makeup look with just a few key products. But there are certainly a few key products that you’d need to have a good makeup pouch for any occasion.
A good moisturizer, a concealer to cover dark spots and dark under-eye circles. A good base foundation and dark lipstick colour. You might as well rock the world.
How to Apply Makeup
The larger part of starting makeup is knowing how to apply it properly. You could have the best products on your hand right now and still come out looking like Bellatrix.
But relax, since this article is here to save your day. Through a few key tricks and tips, you’ll be as good as a makeup artist. That comes with practice, of course.
Applying Makeup: A 101 Guide to how to do makeup step by step
A painting needs a good coat of primer. A good dish needs good prep work. Similarly, good hydrated and moisturized skin is essential for a good base. Depending on your skin type, whether it is oily skin, dry skin, combination skin.
Different skin types have different needs. You’d need a good moisturizer that hydrates your skin. And don’t forget your sunscreen.
Sunscreen is an important tool for skincare. Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays, and those are invisible to bare eyes. Applying sunscreen is necessary, even when the sun doesn’t seem too bright.
Suppose you want to have nourished, dewy, healthy-looking skin. It would be great to use a cleanser and toner before moisturizing. This removes all impurities from your face and helps to even out your skin tone.
Hyaluronic Acid is known for its hydration properties. But it is important to choose products based on your skin type. If you have dry skin, then look for hyaluronic acid-infused skin treatments.
If you’re not keen on moisturizers, a good face serum also does a good job. You can even leave your face foundation free if you have great skin.
A primer is not essential for an everyday makeup look. However, you should have one in your pouch, especially when you want your makeup to stay throughout the day. If you live on the Indian subcontinent, you need a face primer.
Or you can say goodbye to your makeup in the summers. Makeup Artists recommend a pore filling primer if you want a matte look.
According to the experienced makeup artists who work in the industry, a primer allows makeup to distribute evenly on the face. This means makeup won’t separate on the oily T-Zone of the face or get dry in the U-zone.
Apply primer and make sure to pat it into your face. Not massage it in, like a moisturizer.
When speaking of foundation, there are primarily three types of foundation. Liquid Foundation, Compact Foundation and Stick Foundation.
You can use your fingers or a foundation brush. A brush allows the smooth and better application. It also allows the product to last throughout the day.
Liquid foundation is the easiest to apply makeup due to its creamy and smooth formula. Make sure that the foundation matches your skin tone. Using a brush, apply foundation in small strokes or dots to your face.
Cover your face and surrounding skin, such as the neck. Blend evenly with round motions onto your face with a blending brush. Apply foundation in clean strokes and small round motions for a smooth and even application.
Like a foundation, you can apply concealer with your fingers or a concealer brush. Using fingers will provide you with natural-looking coverage. However, using a concealer brush does bring out the full effect of the product. It gives you better and even coverage if a brush is used.
Suppose you have extremely dark eyes. You could use an orange concealer to cancel out the dark circles. Then use a bright and light concealer, preferably a lighter shade than your skin tone. That clears out your under eye. It makes your eyes look bigger and brighter.
Dot a little product under your eyes, near your eyebrow gap and any blemishes that should be covered up. If you want a slightly lifted look, you could create a small wing around the end of your eye shape.
Similar to how we draw a wing. Blend the product with a brush or use a small beauty blender.
Bronzer or Contour
Depending on your preference, you could use a Powder Bronzer/Contour or Cream Bronzer/Powder. The purpose of a bronzer is to give your face a warm and sun-kissed look.
A contour creates shadows on your face. This defines your cheekbones, jawline, and your nose. It also adds definition to your face and helps to sculpt it. A good contour can completely change the look of your face.
Cream Contour or Bronzer is easy to blend with a beauty blender. For powder contour or bronzer, you could use a makeup brush.
Like the other products, there are different formulas for blush in the market. There is a powder blush, cream blush, liquid blush. Even cheek tints nowadays leave a warm, flushed look on your face. Even when most of the product is gone and makes the apples of your cheeks look sultry.
Blush gives a natural flush or pink warmth to the area at our cheeks and nose. You could apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Or you could blend it upwards to your temples for a lifted look.
Swipe a little product to your Powder brush and swipe in circular motions to apply the blush. Blend it upwards or over your cheeks based on your desired look. You could even apply blush to your nose to give a flushed look.
When using a highlighter, you want a blinding light visible from space. Or a natural glow. There is no in-between. No makeup look is complete without a highlighter. A cream highlighter or a good powder highlighter is the magic ingredient.
Using a fluffy brush or a fan brush, pick up some product. Make sure to tap the excess. Apply a highlighter to the bridge of your nose, on the high points of your cheeks and over your cupid’s bow. To define your nose, you could dab a small dot on the tip of your nose.
With all those steps, you’re done with conquering your face makeup. The next part is the fun and juicy part. You can experiment and shine your real skills regarding eye makeup.
How to do eye makeup?
A perfect guide to getting snatched eye makeup
There are three key things to remember when we speak about eye shadow. Your eye needs three primary shades to get the most flattering eye look. A colour similar to your eye shade to act as a base.
A darker shade that compliments your outfit. And a transition shade to seamlessly blend everything. Additionally, you can use a shimmer shade to make your eyes pop. You could also use an eyeshadow primer to really up to your eye game.
You can also put the same shimmer shade to the inner corners of your eye.
Apply eyeshadow shades closest to your skin colour, and apply it all over your lid as the base. Use a fluffy brush for this step.
Choose a shade or shades darker to the base that compliments your outfit. The base shades help with the layering technique. It allows the next colour to open up on your eyes.
At this point, you can apply one solid colour over your lids. This would give you a soft gradient or smoky look. Or use an eyeshadow brush to blend two complementing colours and blend them.
You can use a little light or white eyeshadow and add it to your brow bone. In your eyelid crease, add a transition shade that binds everything together. You could leave your eyes like this or pop in glitter or shimmer to the middle of your lids.
This defines your brow bones and makes you look like a pro who knows what they are doing.
Eyeliner is a real game-changer to all eye looks. You could do gel eyeliner, liquid eyeliner or pencil eyeliner. There are even pen eyeliners that make the application easier.
Nowadays, people smoke out and create a faded soft liner look with dark eyeshadows. The real tough game eyeliners are perfecting the wing.
There are different wings, fox eyes, cat eyes, and even dog eyes. Different eyeliner styles shape and compliment your look depending on your eye shape and face.
You can also spice up your look by switching your basic black eyeliner to a fun colour.
With an angled brush, in the case of pot eyeliner or liquid liner. Gather a little product and draw a small wing following your natural line.
Fill in the space of your lid and inner corners. You’re good to go now.
Mascara is used to volumizing your lashes. It is an integral tool to eye makeup. A volumizing mascara adds flair to your eyes and makes them look bigger. There are different purposes for mascara.
They add volume, extend your lashes, define curls and make them look darker. When applying mascara, use the wand or mascara brush. Apply Mascara, start at the roots of your lashes and slightly wiggle it up towards the top.
Don’t forget your bottom lash line when using mascara. This ensures an even and deep coat. Applying mascara in a line over and over is a disapproved layering technique.
Although this is a step that is not popular in western makeup trends, an Indian girl can’t proceed through her day without a heavy kohl-rimmed eye.
Kohl defines your water line or lower lash line. Using a pencil eyeliner, draw along your lower lash line. Draw and deepen the kohl to your desired amount.
No eye look or makeup is complete without a good eyebrow. You can fill in your eyebrow with a brow pencil or brow powder.
Use an angled brush to use the makeup product. Use the brush to draw strokes and fill in gaps in your brow. Use a concealer to clean up for a sharp look.
Nowadays, soap brows are trendy. You use an eyebrow tool to scrape a little soap from a bar and shape your brows with it.
Lip Makeup 101
Skipping on lip liner does not sound like a big deal. But lip liners are contour kits for your lips.
Lip liners indeed are an essential part of makeup. They have the power to make or break your pout. Line your bottom lip to make it look plumper. Or define the dip of your upper lip.
A Makeup artist from the hood says a lip liner has the power to change the shape of your lips. With a lip liner, draw in and shape your lips. Trace the lip lines of your mouth and add the change in shape as you want. When topped with gloss or lipstick, it gives an illusion of fuller lips.
Use some lip balm before starting with your lip makeup. Like other parts of makeup, it is important to set a good base for your lips.
There are innumerable choices when it comes to Lipstick. A typical lipstick comes in bullet, lip stains, lip crayons, liquid lipsticks. You can have a matte lip makeup look. Or a dewy gradient lip. Or juicy bright lips. It all depends on you.
Using a lip brush, use your favourite lipstick colour to coat your lips completely. A lip brush allows smooth and even application.
It helps you reach the inner corner of your mouth. You could use more than one lip shade to create a different lip colour or a gradient.
The trend of lip gloss and glossy lips makeup has come back in the past year. Topping of your freshly painted lips makes it look plumper and fuller.
It gives your lip a nice shine and highlights them. It is one of those lip products you should have in your makeup bag.
Grab your favourite lip gloss using the application wand. Apply one to two even coats.
Apply makeup, but also don’t forget to set it properly. Makeup blends like butter with a setting spray. Not only does it lock in the makeup to your face, but it also allows it seamlessly blend in together. It gives a very put-together look on the face.
You can also use a setting powder to set yours under eyes and T-zone. A powder allows oil to not accumulate in the period that you wear makeup. Setting Spray and Setting Powder is like those fine-tune revisions we do during exams to ensure we score a good grade.
Using a makeup brush, dust setting powder at needed areas. Remember to brush off excess. For setting spray, keep it at a suitable distance from your face. Spray it in an ‘X’ shape. Keep your eyes closed while doing it. Allow it to dry, and your done.
Remember, there are innumerable makeup tips on the internet; however, the magic of a flawless look lies in consistency and practice at the end of the day. The more you experiment and practise your looks, the more you improve. There is always a place to start.
Play with colours and different products until you find the right ones. Research your way through to know your skin type what shade suits your skin tone.
What colours flatter your facial features and look into different makeup trends once in a while. The beginning of any process looks tough and doesn’t sound as flattering.
But with enough disasters, you find your way to a masterpiece.
I hope this article helps you get the perfect look you want.