Makeup is a huge passion and interest of many people. It isn’t any easy skill to master but there are many ways to learn how to apply it and have a proper routine. It’s important to start by knowing each step to a makeup look.
Step 1: Moisturizer
Before applying any makeup, it’s important to have a good moisturizer and have the skin prepared. Choosing the right moisturizer is very important. Some different types include:
- Serums: they are easily absorbed by the skin and are designed to target specific problem areas. Serums can even help prevent wrinkles and they add brightness to a dull complexion.
- Lotions: they are lightweight and typically “non-comedogenic”
- Creams: if you struggle with dry skin, it might be best to use a cream moisturizer. This is a thicker, heavier solution that can hydrate excessively dry skin. Day creams can be used as a base under your makeup, but night creams are designed to give your skin an extra dose of moisture during the night. They should be applied before you go to sleep.
- Oils: oils are great for intense moisturization. Certain oils can be a great option for those with dry, sensitive, or normal skin. However, if you’re skin is acne-prone or struggle, you should avoid oil moisturizing products.
To apply moisturiser pour a small amount onto your fingers. Start by spreading the moisturizer across your forehead and then move outwards and up. Do the same starting at your nose, spreading the moisturizer across your cheeks. Make sure the moisturizer is spread evenly across your skin to avoid clogging your pores. Once you’ve applied enough moisturizer, gently rub it in using circles, and give it a few minutes to dry before moving on.
Step 2: Primer
Using primer under your makeup will make your look last longer and prep the skin. It’s a base for your foundation that will help it go on smoother and last longer. Primers are silky smooth gels and creams that fill in the lines and pores on your face, smoothing out uneven textures and creating the ideal canvas for your makeup.
To apply it, squeeze a small amount onto your fingertips, or onto your preferred makeup brush or sponge. Don’t use too much.
Step 3: Foundation
The right foundation can make a huge difference. Test foundation colors against your jawline. After you’ve selected a colour and product, consider the tools you’ll use to apply it. Some prefer to use their fingers, while others opt for beauty tools like brushes and sponges. If you’re looking for a light coverage look, your fingers may prove to be the right applicator; however, always wash your hands beforehand. For a more full-coverage look, go for an applicator brush or beauty blender.
Start from the center of your face and blend the liquid foundation outwards. Be sure to buff it in well. Some like to dab a sponge over their foundation to help ensure it gets into those lines and creases, which can create a smoother texture. Certain types of makeup brushes are also great for buffing foundation into the skin.
Step 4: Concealer
There are two main categories of concealer: liquid and cream. Liquid concealer is best for light coverage over a large area of your face. Liquid concealer also works well for those looking to create a light finish, especially in areas of wrinkles, like around the eyes and mouth. Stick and compact concealers are better for heavier coverage on smaller, problematic areas of the face.
Step 5: Powder
Use a large, fluffy powder brush to dust a light coat of powder all over your face. Press the bristles into the powder, then sweep across the skin in long, arching strokes. If there are certain areas of your skin that need more coverage, you may want to apply a bit more powder. Place your brush into the powder then firmly press it into the skin – this helps the powder make its way into pores and lines for a smoother texture.
Step 6: Bronzer
Bronzer gives your skin a sun-kissed glow all year long. Use a dedicated bronzer brush to sweep some across the face – brushes are crafted with more bristles, and placed much more tightly together, ensuring you get the most out of your colorful bronzer with each and every swipe.
Step 7: Blush
Flushed cheeks give your face a bit more color and vibrancy. Use a dense brush with plenty of bristles to apply your blush – this will make sure you get the most out of every blush sweep.
Step 8: Highlighter
The right highlighter adds some glow to a makeup look. Whether you’re opting for a more natural look or want something bold and beautiful, highlighter can complement your makeup application. Highlighters come in a lot of different forms like liquids, creams, and powders. You can choose to use one or even all three.
Step 9: Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow can add a lot of color and interest to your makeup look, whether you opt for neutral shades or go bold. There are thousands of makeup looks and shades you can create. It’s all up to your imagination!
Step 10: Mascara (and eyeliner)
A bit of mascara can make your eyes look brighter in a single step.
You can find mascara in a variety of colors, but black and brown tend to be the most popular. Start by curling your eyelashes with an eyelash curler.
How to curl your eyelashes:
- Place the curler at the base of your upper lashes, try not to grab any of the skin around your eyelid
- Slowly close the curler
- Hold it in place for a few seconds
- Release gently
Step 11: Lipstick and lip gloss
Prep your lips before applying any lip product. If your lips are chapped and cracked, be sure to use a gentle lip scrub to remove any dead skin. Next, use a lip conditioner or moisturizer to soften the lips further. After your lip balm has absorbed, blot any excess. Next, carefully apply your lipstick or lip gloss.
Step 12: Setting spray and setting powder
Setting spray or setting powder can be the final touch for your makeup routine. If you want makeup that stays on all day long, without greasing, creasing, or shine, it’s important to have a high-quality product. Setting sprays are designed for all skin types, and can be used to set a variety of looks, whether you’re rocking light coverage or sporting a full face of beautiful makeup. Setting spray keeps your makeup in place, helping you reduce reapplication needs and keeping your makeup looking flawless all day.
You can learn how to apply makeup by yourself or by attending makeup courses. The latter is more expensive, but definitely helps you learn faster and professionally. Here are some types of makeup courses:
Basic essential makeup courses
This course teaches you everything about makeup from scratch. It’s meant for total beginners who have never had anything to do with makeup.
Foundation makeup courses
This course covers all the basic professional skills required to cover day makeup, evening looks, bridal work and special occasion makeup. It’s a perfect start for beginners or those who wish to refresh their skills and for those wishing to take up private consumer work. Those who attend are taken through both basic makeup and more difficult techniques. You work in a professional studio environment and get paired up; therefore it is not necessary to bring a model to work on. The courses are well balanced between demonstration and hands on workshop with the emphasis very much on practical skills in professional makeup application.
Creative makeup courses
This is the next step up from a foundation level and is perfect for those who wish to develop skills in the art of high fashion/photographic, editorial and catwalk (runway) makeup while examining the latest fashion trends. You work with a selection of top professional makeup artists from the fashion/photographic industry who will be handing over their skills and knowledge that they have gained over many years. Each artist shows you their portfolio of work and demonstrate the techniques required to achieve the latest looks and trends in high fashion and photographic make up. Students have the opportunity to ask questions of the artist before starting with the hands on workshop session.
Eyeshadow makeup courses
These courses teach you how to apply, blend and mix eyeshadow colors together. Become a pro at blending and creating ombre looks!
Photographic and media makeup courses
For those who are seriously considering a career in high fashion and media makeup, photographic and media makeup courses are the most comprehensive and ultimate makeup courses. It includes the foundation makeup course and the creative make-up course plus the photographic and media section. The beginning will take you through the same techniques and curriculum as set out in the foundation and creative section and then monochrome makeup (black and white photographic work), session hair styling, media make-up, air brushing, fantasy, show girl, period and special effects, burlesque and body painting. You also work on a professional models. The photographs from shoots will be handed over to you towards the end of the course so that you can start up your own portfolio. All products such as makeup, skin care and disposables are included along with a disk with the photographs from your professional studio shoots.
All courses will help you improve your makeup routine and will teach you many tips and tricks on how to become better at applying and using makeup. They are definitely worth a try!