Makeup can seem slightly over whelming and intimidating to some. So many different products to choose from and then to learn the application of them all. If you apply a bit too much, it can seem too artificial and puppet like while applying too little, sometimes does’nt give us the desired result.
The key to any flawless looking makeup look is making sure that your face looks smooth and even. Before you start applying any blush, highlight or bronzer, you need to first make sure everything underneath is all good to go.
So, if makeup seems like an unchartered territory but you still want to dip your toes to test the waters, here are a few simple tips for all you beginners.
1. Give it a good base
It is very important that you apply a smooth base before putting on any sort of makeup. It not only protects your skin from all the chemicals and pollution but also makes your makeup last longer and glide on smoother. A sunscreen with good SPF in it is a great base to use in summers and a light oil free moisturizer can be used in winters. For a full on makeup look, a primer can be used as a base that’ll help your makeup stay put for long. Since it is the first layer you apply to your skin, it gets directly absorbed in, it is of utmost importance to choose a good quality primer.
2. Choose wisely
Next, for some coverage and to even out your skin tone, you require a tinted cream. There are many options to choose from depending upon your age, complexion, skin type, occasion, etc.
For a day time fresh look, try on a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. These are light on the skin and give you slight coverage while still keeping a natural look. For a more formal occasion or glam look, choose a foundation which gives you a buildable coverage and is right for your skin type. It will cover any patches or pigmentation and also smoothen over any red patches around your nose or chin. If you have an oily skin, go for a matt finish foundation whereas the ones having dry skin can go for foundations that have a more hydrating formula. For a higher coverage, you could use a concealer. To lighten your dark circles, use a shade lighter than your skin tone and for areas such as around the nose or to hide any blemishes, use a shade that matches your skin. However, make sure that the formula of your foundation and concealer are similar, so that your face doesn’t look patchy.
3. Blend it right
You could apply a fabulous base and an equally amazing layer of foundation/bb cream, but you can still end up with a cakey looking face unless you blend it right. It is important to choose a good tool for blending. While many prefer their fingers to blend their makeup, others prefer to use a makeup brush or a beauty blender/makeup sponge. You can use a good quality stippling brush in circular motions all over your face to blend your foundation and give you a good amount of coverage. For a more natural, no makeup look, a beauty blender or a makeup sponge works best. You can put it under cold running water and then give it a good squeeze to make sure you let out all the water from it. Then dab it all over your face after applying your cream. Blend it religiously around our hairline and your chin all the way down to your neck so that it looks more natural.
4. Set it well
Once you’re satisfied with the amount of coverage you have achieved, it is very important to set your makeup so that it stays put throughout the day. This last step is especially important for people with combination to oily skin. If you do not need any more coverage, then a translucent or clear powder should be your best choice. It does not add any colour over your foundation, just sets your makeup and mattefies your face. For some added coverage, a pressed compact powder or even a loose mineral powder is a great option. It ensures to increase your coverage in case you aren’t satisfied with your foundation.