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Makeup is an art. There is no hard and fast rule that you need to follow to apply your makeup as there is so much variety available in the market. The next most important thing is Makeup is not only for a particular gender, it is a matter of the choice. Men, women, Trans, or anyone on this planet can apply makeup as long as it is their choice.
You feel more confident about yourself when you are having your makeup on. But not everyone out there is aware of the right order of applying makeup products. Here we are providing a step-by-step makeup guide to apply makeup like a professional. You can skip any step that you think is too much for you, such as you can skip foundation and apply bb cream or just a tinted foundation, you can miss eyeliner and apply mascara or you can avoid lipstick and go with a gloss instead.
Here we are providing you with a guide that covers all makeup basics and the query “how to do makeup”.
Part A: Prep Your Skin
Before you start applying makeup, you need to make sure that you prep your skin well. Prepping helps the makeup to glide on smoothly and stay for a longer period. Also, makeup doesn’t budge on the well-prepped skin. No matter how expensive makeup you apply, if you haven’t spent time on prepping, your makeup won’t look nice and professionally applied. Prepping is a game of few simple and basic steps, just make sure you do pick the right products for your skin.
Step 1: Cleanse your Face
It is very understood that you can’t apply makeup if your face is not properly clean. There are various types of cleansers available on market such as foam cleansers, Gel cleansers, cream cleansers, oil cleansers, clay cleansers, Micellar cleansers, powder cleansers, bar cleansers, cleansing cloths/sponges.
Cleansing removes the grime or any sort of residue from your face and leaves fresh, clean, and smooth skin. Just take any facial cleanser of your choice and gently massage over your wet face. Then, rinse your skin with water and pat dry.
Step 2: Scrub Your Face
Exfoliation is the next step for prepping your skin for makeup. Pick a mild scrub with fine granules as harsh skins can affect the sensitivity adversely. Apply a little quantity on your wet face and massage it in a circular motion. Rinse with water and pat dry. Note that, do not go overboard with scrubbing, scrubbing your face thrice a week is enough.
Step 3: Moisturize Well
After you are done washing and exfoliating, you need to apply a great moisturizer. We can’t emphasize on the fact how important moisturization is to create a great base for makeup. The moisturizer should suit your skin well. Moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and Aloe Vera, is best for the longer lasting hydration.
Part B: Face Makeup Application
Ace The Base! This is most important for achieving flawless makeup look. Your eye makeup and lip makeup can vary but base should be done with great care and patience. People often think “what comes after what?” So here we are uncovering the right sequence of applying different products to achieve perfection.
Follow the step-by-step guide for a very impeccable face makeup.
Step 1: Primer
Using a primer is one of the best things that can help you even out your skin and blur the pores. It will create a smooth canvas by diminishing the fine lines. It also ensures that your makeup stays for longer and your skin glows throughout the time you are wearing makeup. If you have dry skin go with a glowing primer, and if you have oily skin, select the matte finish. Apply the primer on targeted areas, mainly around the nose and T zone.
Step 2: Color Correction
Color correction is the one such technique to conceal the zits, spots and acnes. This became a main trend when social media influencers started bragging about it.
It is science that opposite colours cancel each other out. The green concealer cancels out the red zits, purple conceal minimizes yellow spots, and orange conceals the blue or grey dark circles. You need to pick the coloured concealer that suits your skin concerns.
Step 3: Use a Concealer
After the color corrector, you need to pick the concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin. Use a flesh-toned concealer on the top of the colour corrector and wherever the concealing is required. A light shade of concealer is required to brighten up the areas of your face.
Step 4: Foundation
A little foundation is required for making a perfect base. The market is full of different kinds and tones of foundations. You just need to pick among the wide range of foundation, as there is a matte foundation for a shine-free finish, and silk foundation for a dewy finish. Therefore, you need to select powder foundation, stick foundation, and mousse foundation. Apply foundation with a brush or fingers and dab into the skin with a beauty blender.
Step 5: Bronzer, Blush, and Highlighter
To get the rosy glow and chiselled look, you need to add blush and bronzer respectively. And, a stroke highlighter will give you the shine that is required to look radiant and glossy all the time. Highlighters and bronzers are applied on the face where the sunbeams hit. And as far as blush goes, it needs to be applied on the apple of cheeks while smiling.
Do not forget to set your base with makeup setting spray before moving ahead.
Part C: Apply Eye Makeup
After you are done applying the Face makeup, you need to move your eyes. There is an order that you need to follow for applying the eye makeup. Here is the step-by-step guide for eye makeup.
Step 1: Fill Eyebrows
The days of thin eyebrows are gone. In current times, thick yet carved eyebrows. So, first shape your browser and then fill it in. Use an eyebrow pencil or brow-powder to draw a sharp arch. It will give your face a more presentable and neat look.
Step 2: Apply EyeShadow
The most experiment-able element of makeup is eye shadow. You can pick a subtle look or go over-dramatic, depending on your choice. Also, you can apply eyeshadow that suits well with your outfit, Smokey eye another famous trend of the time. Shimmery eyeshadows look good in the evening and night-time look whereas light and matte eye- shadow is best to wear for a simple and office look.
To apply eye shadows follow the steps: dust the color on your eyelid>> apply a slight darker shade on the crease>> pick a light and shimmery eye shadow in the center of the lid.
Step 3: Apply Eyeliner
This one is optional as you can simply go with mascara. But, if you are applying eyeliner, your eyes will look more dramatic and carved. You can try tight- lining with an eye-pencil and apply the same on your waterline. You can even try the liquid liner with a brush. Draw a line which you find the most appealing.
Step 4: Mascara
The last step of eye makeup is applying mascara. Mascara is really important if you want to look your eyes popped-up and stand out. There is a hack, if your eyelashes are thin, dust some baby powder before you apply Mascara. You can even try eyelashes primer for a long-lasting mascara.
Part D: Apply Lip Makeup
You are almost done! Now, it’s time to decorate your lips. First, scrub your lips or simply apply Vaseline jelly or any oil and wipe with a tissue. Then, apply a colorless lip balm. If you aren’t a lipstick person, you can simply apply a colored lip balm or lip gloss and leave it like this. But if you want to show your lips some lips, try this lip makeup routine in a step-by-step manner.
Step 1: Lip Liner
First, you need to line your lips using a lip pencil. This will stop bleeding or fading out of your lip colour. Pick a lip pencil that matches with the shade of lipstick or a slightly darker shade. By lining the lips, you will be adding some dimension and volume to your lips. This will also create a smooth base for your lip colour.
Step 2: Lipstick
Lipstick is the last step of lip makeup. Then, swipe lipstick on your lips. Pick any shade of your choice. From matte, creamy or glossy, there is lipstick available in every texture, you just need to pick that you are comfortable with. At the end you can add some gloss on the top to make your pout look stunning.
Part E: Bonus Tip: Setting and Removing Makeup
Setting up Makeup
If you set your makeup well, it won’t move and stay in place. First set up your base; after applying the face makeup spritz some setting spray on your face. Make sure you close your eyes and not spraying too close to your eyes. And, you can repeat the same after your makeup is completed. Keep the bottle 8-10 inches away from the face while spraying.
You should not sleep with your makeup on. Therefore, make sure you remove your makeup completely, wash your face, and do your night-time skincare routine before hopping into bed.
If you are too lazy to wash your face, use Micellar water that needs no rinse or makeup removing wipes that aren’t too harsh on your skin but provide you’re a clean and smooth surface afterward.