Figuring out makeup can seem like the most overwhelming task in the world, especially to a beginner but it is actually very simple once you get the basics down. The professional makeup artists that you see working with A-List celebrities did not just wake up one morning with the amazing, artistic gift to create Hollywood glamour everywhere they go. It is pretty much safe to say that everyone intrigued enough to start using makeup starts at the same place which is, not having a clue what to do. If you think your makeup skills are amazing, that’s great! If you think you have no makeup skills at all, that’s great too. StylishLadies has something truly valuable for everyone from the beginner to the expert. With each new article, you will either be reminded of something important or learn something new. It’s a win-win.
1-Assessing Your Skin Situation
To make things super simple, let’s start from the basics. The first thing you want to do before you delve into makeup is assessing your skin situation and revise your skin routine if necessary. The secret to a flawless makeup application is flawless or close to flawless skin. Do you have dry, oily or combination skin? Dry skin is the skin type that requires a lot of moisturizers because the skin peels often. It has a low level of sebum (oil produced naturally by glands in the skin) and does not maintain oil easily. Oily skin over-produces oil especially on the forehead, nose, and cheeks. Combination skin is a bit self-explanatory. It is also called normal skin because this is the middle ground between dry and oily skin. If you have combination/normal skin you’re in luck. However if you have dry or oily skin, there’s no need to worry. Most brands make specially formulated versions of their skincare products to cater to dry and oily skin respectively.
2- Plan A Skin Care Regime
After figuring out your skin type, the next step is to plan a skin care regime to cater to your skin type and any skin problems you may have. If you have acne, you may want to visit a dermatologist to get professional assistance and products to clear it up. For other skin problems like dark circles, acne scars, and blackheads, exfoliation is highly recommended by the pros. There are some department store brands that make great exfoliators. However, an inexpensive homemade exfoliator is a tablespoon of lemon juice with three tablespoons of brown sugar. Rub the exfoliator over your face before washing with your face wash. The lemon juice will act as a toner and the brown sugar grains will clear away dead skin and blackheads. This will really help to improve your skin and when done once or twice a week makes for a great skin care regime. After exfoliating, wash your face, dry with a clean towel or paper towel, apply moisturizer (even if you have oily skin) and apply eye cream for dark circles and puffiness.
3- Grooming Your Eyebrows
The second most important thing to do is groom your eyebrows. Eyebrows play a big role in makeup as they frame the face so it’s important to keep them groomed. There are many techniques to do this, some of which include tweezing, threading, waxing and shaving. The most highly recommended technique is tweezing because it pulls the hair from the root so your eyebrows stay groomed for longer, and unlike waxing and threading, you are less likely to get a scar as waxing can burn you and threading can cut you. Waxing and threading are very effective but it is best to get it professionally done. The least recommended technique is shaving because the hair grows back quickly and there is the possibility of getting an ingrown hair which no one wants.
4-Makeup Products 101
So now that we’ve covered the pre-makeup requirements, let’s get to the actual makeup. We will get into much more details in later articles but for now, let’s look at the top five products that you need to focus on. These are foundation, brow filler, mascara, bronzer, and a lip gloss. If you’re just getting started or you’re on a low budget and you only need the essentials, these are they. Sure you won’t be able to do anything too fancy but you’ll be able to enhance the most important features on your face. You’ll learn the specifics or these makeup essentials and more in later articles.
5- Makeup Removal
The next step is crucial and that is makeup removal. If your makeup removal
routine doesn’t clear everything away or you do the unthinkable and go to bed
with makeup on, all that skin care would’ve been a waste and you would have to
wear even more makeup to cover the new blemishes. Do yourself a favor and
properly remove your makeup at the end of each day. What you will need are: a
liquid eye makeup remover, wet wipes and a face wash. Use the eye makeup
remover with a cotton pad to remove eye makeup and foundation. Next, use a
fresh wet wipe, to wipe away what is left of the makeup, then use a face wash
for a deep clean. These three steps will save your skin from some unwanted
blemishes like dark circles.
That’s Makeup 101! We looked at skincare, brow grooming, makeup essentials
and makeup removal. If you follow the steps emphasized every day, then you’re
definitely on your way to doing makeup like a pro.