Bring Out the Makeup Artist in You

Getting frustrated of not getting that perfect look you see in magazines? Stressing too much on that million dollar eyebrow? Do not fret, but smile. Here are some easy steps for you to achieve that glowing natural makeup look, typical for all occasions. Be your own makeup artist.

Paint Yourself a Beauty

Putting on makeup is something a woman (usually) does hundreds of times in her life.  Like all routines, it is easy to get stuck with it.  Maybe on a special occasion, such as a party or wedding, we women try something different, but most of the time, we wear the same simple makeup style day after day.

“Makeup,” which refers primarily to coloring products intended to alter the user’s appearance is basically a subset of cosmetics that is available in different kinds. Here are some of the often used ones:

  1. Primer – This reduces pore size, prolongs the wear of makeup and allows a smoother application of makeup. This is applied before the foundation.
  2. Lipstick, Lip gloss, Lip Liner, Lip Plumper, and Lip Balm – They are intended to add color and texture to the lips and are available in wide varieties of colours and finishes such as matte and luster.
  3. Concealer – It covers blemishes, under eye circles, and other skin imperfections.
  4. Foundation – It is used to smooth out the face and cover spots or uneven skin coloration. Usually comes in liquid, cream or powder as well as mousse.
  5. Mascara – This thickens, darkens and lengthens the eyelashes.
  6. Eyeliner – It used to enhance and elongate the size of the eye.
  7. Eyebrow – This defines the brows. Usually comes in pencils, creams, and waxes.

How to Apply Everyday Make-up

Phase 1: Prepping your face

  • Wash your face. Before applying makeup in the morning, wash your face so you’ll be able to start with a fresh canvas. Use a cleanser or simply splash lukewarm water on your face a few times to wash away any debris on your skin. Pat it gently with a soft towel until it dries.

Avoid washing your face with hot water. This will dry it out and leave it prone to irritation. Lukewarm water is best when you’re washing your face.

Don’t scrub your face dry. This causes the fragile facial skin to loosen over time.

  • Consider exfoliating. It’s not necessary to exfoliate every day, but doing so every few days is essential to keeping your skin looking fresh. Putting makeup on over dry, flaky skin defeats the purpose! Exfoliate your skin using either a small facial brush, an exfoliating scrub or another exfoliating tool designed for use on the face. Focus on areas that tend to get dry and flaky.
  • Apply a moisturizer. The last step before applying makeup is putting on some moisturizing lotion. This will help your makeup go on more easily and create a better final look. Choose a good face moisturizer that works with your skin type. Massage it gently all over your face. Don’t forget your eyelids, lips, and nose.

Let the moisturizer be absorbed into your skin for a few minutes before you move on to applying makeup. Putting makeup on while your face is still wet or sticky will result in a mess!

 

Phase 2:  Foundation

  • Apply foundation that matches the tone of your skin. Choose a foundation that works with your skin type and matches your coloring. Liquid foundation is a fine choice for many types of skin. Apply the foundation evenly over your face using a foundation brush, pad or your finger. Make sure it doesn’t cake or clump anywhere. Avoid putting extra layers of foundation over blemishes. It’ll only make them stand out more. Blend the foundation around the edges of your face and where it meets the bottom of your chin.
  • Apply concealer. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone – or, if you have dark under-eye circles, go one shade lighter. Apply a light amount of concealer using either a concealer brush or your finger by dabbing it under your eyes and gently blending it in. This will make your eyes look bright instead of sleepy.
  • Apply powder. Choose a powder that matches your skin tone. Use a powder brush (a large, fluffy brush that will apply the powder evenly) to apply the powder to your face in a circular motion. This will give your face a natural-looking finish and help set your foundation so that it stays in place all day.

Phase 3: Colours

  • Apply eyeshadow. Choose a neutral shadow pallet for a simple, everyday look. Brown, gold, grey, and blue tones are all good choices, depending on your eye color. Avoid bright colors, “smokey eye” pallets, and other bold jewel tones, as they’ll look out of place during the day.
  • Apply eyeliner. Choose charcoal, navy, or brown eyeliner to use during the day – save your back eyeliner for nighttime wear. Apply it just above your eyelashes, taking care to make sure it goes on smooth and straight. Use your eyeshadow brush to blend it lightly so that the line looks less harsh.
  • Apply mascara. Apply one coat of mascara on both your upper and lower lashes. Insert the brush at the base of your lashes and sweep outward. After you’re finished with one eye, dip the brush into the bottle again before applying mascara to the other eye. Either black or brown mascara is fine for everyday wear.
  • Apply lip color. Use a pink or neutral-colored lipstick or lip gloss to finish your everyday look. Avoid using heavy lip liner and bright, bold colors during the day. Dab a tissue on your lips to remove excess lipstick or gloss.

Now you know the basics, try it and be your own make- up artist!

It is okay to indulge yourself on beauty products and make-up. It’s a woman’s natural way to cover insecurities and flaunt their unexpected beauty. But always bear in mind that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is not about what your face looks like, but beauty is about how your heart makes you beautiful, inside and out. Be proud!

 

 

 

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