sorry if this is a lot of trouble or if you've already done something like this, but I was wondering if you could maybe do like a "products for dummies" type list of good makeup in general? cuz I live off of random drugstore products but have no clue where to start trying to Pull Myself Together..
Okay you’ve got it I’m going to teach you how to do an easy, full-faced makeup look using only drugstore products!
First, the face. Start by really scrubbing your face down with cleanser and then apply a sheer layer of moisturizer and let it dry.
Then you follow this pattern, 1) concealer 2) foundation 3) concealer 4) powder.
1) Apply a concealer in your skin tone or a shade lighter to any red marks on your face (Except if you’re extremely fair, then pick a light color with a yellow tint to cover the redness). This will make it so you don’t have to apply a whole lot of foundation which clogs your skin after a while. A good option is Maybelline’s “Fit Me” concealer because it’s really the same formula as a lot of “luxury” brands. You can apply and blend this with clean fingers or a plain old cosmetic wedge sponge (it’s getting covered anyway).
2) Find a foundation that matches your skin type. For example, if you get oily, find a matte foundation (L’oreal’s pro-matte foundation) and if you’re very dry pick a dewy foundation (L’oreal’s pro-glow foundation). If you’re in between, then just pick the finish that you want. A really good starter foundation is L’oreal’s Lumi Cushion foundation, because it’s buildable, which means you won’t over-apply and can put as much on as you’d like PLUS it comes with a puff to apply it so it’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of tools yet. (This foundation doesn’t come in very light/fair shades though, and most shades are made for medium skin tones). It’s very important to swatch the foundation in-store before you buy because this is going to cover your ENTIRE face so if it doesn’t match the rest of you, it will look like you’re wearing a mask. Most stores have a tester to try it. To swatch it, blend a little bit on the inside of your arm bc this is closest to your face’s complexion. The goal is to watch it “disappear” almost, that should be your shade. Once you have your foundation, you can either apply it with a brush or a sponge. Wet n Wild has a FANTASTIC vegan brush range and every single brush costs somewhere from 99 cents to $3. Their flat-top foundation brush seamlessly blends the product into your skin. That being said, you can use trusty old cosmetic wedge sponge too. Just make sure you PAT it into the skin, don’t drag it across your face, this will give you maximum coverage. Don’t forget the sides of your face and your neck either. Very important! If you find that redness is still peeking through, just apply the foundation to THOSE spots, not the whole face.
3) Concealer again. Use your concealer under your eyes in a triangular formation (the top point of the triangle should be parallel to your nose). Pat that in just like you did with your foundation. This covers dark circles, but the triangle shape always makes your face look higher, brighter, and more awake!
4) Powder (my favorite honestly)! This sets your makeup and keeps it in place for the whole day. Now depending on your skin type, either pick a loose or pressed powder. Loose powder is best for dry skin whereas pressed is better for oily skin. That being said, loose powders are usually a translucent, universal shade which doesn’t have much coverage. If you still want to cover something like acne, pressed powder is the way to go because you buy it in your skin tone. For loose powder, apply it with a brush and sweep it over the face. Wet n Wild’s vegan powder brush is incredibly soft & perfect for this. Elf also has a great powder brush from $4 to $6. A good loose powder is from NYX and it’s their mineral powder. For a pressed powder, pat (don’t sweep) this in with a round applicator sponge. Rimmel’s “Stay Matte” powder is awesome and I’ve seen it ranging from $2-$5.
NEXT EYES: aka 1) shadow 2) eyeliner 3) mascara 4) brows
1) Shadow can be the most difficult part of makeup, it really can. But it’s also incredibly easy to fake a very profession look too. All you need is one shadow that’s a medium brown color that’s matte finished w/ no shimmer (NYX and L’oreal both have a lot of great options). The lighter your eye color, the shade of brown should be cooler (more gray in it) and the darker your eyes, the warmer brown to pick (more of a reddish tint). Use a brush that tapers at the end and is fluffy. I like using Elf’s flawless concealer bc it’s BIG and really saves time. Apply most of the color onto your lid and blend whatever is left on the brush into the crease of your eye. Next sweep this under bottom lashes with a shader or smudger brush. The more noticeable you want it, like if you’re going out at night as opposed to going to the office, the more you repeat this process over and over. Boom, done, smokey eye.
2) Liner. This takes practice, that’s the truth. Pick a kind of eyeliner that you’re comfortable using. Maybelline has pen-type options that are easy to hold and Revlon has a great gel liner that comes with a brush if you really want to be precise. Liquid liner is the hardest to use, but if that’s what you want to try, Elf’s liquid liner in great and it’s $1! (One dollar!!!) Basically keep the line as close to the lashes as possible and build up as you wish, trying to make the line even and smooth. (CHEAT: if the liner just won’t come out smooth, smoke it out with a gray or black eyeshadow, aka run a small shadow brush over the line over and over and it should look smooth and smokey). For a wing, lightly flick the liner up towards the end of your eyebrow, connect it to the line you have drawn on your eye already, and fill in the gap.
3) Mascara, one of my favorites. Basically, just use L'oreal Telescopic Carbon Black mascara. This is incredibly flattering, affordable, and can even make it look like you’re wearing false lashes. It combines the lengthening aspect of their telescopic mascara w/ the darkening and thickening of the carbon black mascara. Honestly better than any $30 mascara I’ve ever used. Apply two coats to the top and bottom lashes and your eyes will pop!
4) Brows. Basically, just fill in any spots that are sparse in your brows to start. Use a light hand and make short, hairlike flicks going in the same direction as your hair. To shape, place your brow pencil against your nose and tilt it so it crosses over the middle of your iris. The end of the pencil should point to where the arch in your brow should be. Add more hairlike strokes there to arch & shape your brow. NYX’s microbrow pencil is great and very luxury-brand-like. Pick a shade that’s 1 shade lighter than your hair if you have dark brown to black hair and 1 shade darker if you have light hair. Start with a medium color if you’re not sure! Set this with a brow gel and honestly I’ve tried the scope of drugstore brow gels and they’re all more or less the same. If you have sparse brows pick a gel that’s the same color as your pencil, if you have dark, thick brows then a clear gel is fine.
Onto the cheeks! 1) Blush. (Yes, that’s it.)
1) For a beginner all you’re going to want to do is apply blush. Don’t worry about contouring and highlighting, just, don’t worry about it. Adding a flush to your face will heighten the cheeks and give your face a more shapely & radiant appearance. The color you pick is really up to you! A soft pink, a coral, a fuchsia, pick whichever you think will flatter you best. If you find that you’ve applied too much, just use your powder over it to lighten the color. Both NYX and Hard Candy have great blush options.
Finishing step: Lips.
Honestly, drugstore lipstick is super super impressive! You can pick whichever you want to try and it should be pretty nice. If you want to apply that on-trend, matte liquid lipstick, try NYX’s soft matte lip creams. Personally my favorite shade is “san paulo” because it can be worn to class, to work, out on the town, to a concert–the shade is that versatile. Covergirl has really nice tinted lip balms if just like a very slight wash of color is for you (they’re identical to Fresh’s lip tint line and cost 3X less). Maybelline’s matte lip collection is great as well! Just try out different shades & have fun. Lipstick is the easiest product to take off so don’t be afraid to try new shades!
And you’re done yay!!!!!