With tons of products, shades, brushes, and sponges to choose from, getting familiar with makeup can be a daunting task. The good news is that you don’t need every product under the sun, but it might take some trial and error to figure out which ones work for you and how to use them properly. Explore the best ways to apply makeup products for beginners and you’ll become a pro in no time!
Before you start on your makeup, be sure to cleanse your skin and apply a good moisturizer and sunscreen. Prepping your face is arguably the most essential step for making your makeup look fabulous.
Primer is the first step in any good beauty routine, as it smoothes out your complexion and helps your makeup stay in place. Some provide a glowy appearance, while others deliver a matte base depending on the look you want.
Foundation and Concealer
Making sure your foundation and concealer match your skin tone is critical, and you should also know that some products provide more coverage than others. Apply your foundation with your hands or a brush, and then go back in with concealer to cover any blemishes and areas that need more coverage.
Pro Tip: Blend your foundation into your hairline, neck, and ears to achieve seamless, even-toned coverage.
Bronzer, Blush, and Highlighter
Whether you prefer cream or powder blush, it’s crucial to avoid the common mistakes made when applying blush. Just tap it into the high points of your cheeks and blend!
Next, you’ll want to apply bronzer to the high points of your face (forehead, cheekbones, nose, and chin) to give yourself a gorgeous sun-kissed glow. Be sure to blend it out with a brush or sponge to achieve the blurred effect.
Top off your face makeup with some highlighter. It’ll give you an illuminated appearance when you apply it to your cheekbones and nose.
Now that you have a stunning, glowing face, it’s time to transform your look with some beautiful eye makeup. Less is always more when it comes to your eyes!
All you need is a brow pencil and some gel to achieve incredible eyebrows. Use the pencil to fill in the gaps and shape your brows, and then apply the gel to set them in place.
Eyeshadow makes your eyes pop and gives you a brighter appearance. Coat your lids with a matte, neutral shade, and then apply a bit of shimmer shadow for some extra glow.
Mascara works to lift, lengthen, and darken your eyelashes. A good mascara brush will separate your lashes and leave them looking long and lifted.
Lipstick, Stain, or Gloss
Lip products are optional, but using lipstick, stain, or gloss completes your overall makeup look. Use nude colors until you get comfortable with wearing makeup, or use a clear gloss to add shine on top of your natural lip color.
Lastly, you need to set your makeup or risk it smearing throughout the day. Use a translucent powder to set your face makeup, and then apply a setting spray over your whole face to ensure your makeup stays put all day and night.
Now that you know the best ways to apply makeup products for beginners, you can confidently wear makeup. The more you do it, the more confident you’ll feel in your skills.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.