Okay I never wear makeup, what should I try? What are your golden rules?
Sorry it took me so long to respond. I wanted to make sure that I gave you a really good response. (I literally spent all day working on this but I had a lot of fun doing it) Ok, this is gonna be kinda long but here are the biggest things I’ve learned/things you need to know, plus some of my faves.
1. Find a good foundation that works for you
This might seem like an obvious thing but it’s probably one of the most important things you need to have when doing makeup. “What makes a foundation good?” I hear you ask. These are a couple of things that I look for in a good foundation:
• No oxidation (Oxidation is what happens when your foundation reacts badly with the oils in your skin and gets darker and/or turns orange)
• Long wear
• Minimal shine
• Easy application
Some other factors that are important when choosing foundation are the color (how well it matches your skin tone), texture (powder, creme, mousse, liquid, etc.), coverage (how opaque it is), and the price. Those factors are all going to be specific to you and your needs so I can’t tell you specifically what will be best for you, but here are some basic guidelines:
•Oily Skin - use powder foundations to reduce shine and increase the longevity of your makeup
•Dry Skin - use liquid or creme based foundations to prevent increased dryness of skin
•Patchy or Acne Prone Skin - use medium-high coverage foundations and concealers to even out and smooth skin tone
•Smooth, Even-Toned Skin - use shear-light coverage foundations and concealers (i.e. BB cremes, tinted moisturizers, and light coverage foundations)
I guarantee that you will not find the perfect foundation on the first try but the only way to find what is best for you is to experiment. I only found my perfect foundation 2 weeks ago and I’ve been doing makeup for almost 2 years (but I also have a very weird skin tone and pretty bad acne)
I currently wear a high coverage, mousse foundation from Femme Couture in the shade fair. I think it was about $18 and I got it from Sally Beauty Supply. It works for me because it gives good coverage for my acne, it matches my super pale skin, it doesn’t dry out my skin, it glides on easily, it feels light, it smooths the appearance of my skin, and it isn’t too expensive.
The price also doesn’t automatically mean a foundation is good or bad. I have met people that swear Maybelline is better than any MAC foundation and I have also met people that say the opposite. It is really dependent on what you want out of a foundation.
2. Concealer is your best friend/Always carry some concealer
Concealer is one of the best things to have. It is amazing for covering up pimples, red spots, scars, circles under your eyes, or really anything else you need covered. That doesn’t mean that you should slather your entire face with concealer but just a little concealer under your eyes can help brighten up your entire face. Even if you don’t have acne, or red spots, or dark circles; it’s great to have in case of a breakout or to cleanup your lipstick or eyeshadow.
Concealer is also a great thing to carry around in case of a makeup emergency. Having messed up makeup in public can be one of the most embarrassing things but concealer can be a lifesaver. If you ever forget that your wearing makeup and scratch at your face, concealer can work miracles at covering the scratch marks. That’s just one example but I think you get the point.
I use Femme Couture’s high coverage, creme concealer. I think it was $10. It gives really good coverage, it is easy to apply, it doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey, and a very small amount of it goes very far (it lasts a while).
3. Pat your makeup, don’t smear it (Note: this only applies for liquid, creme, or mousse products)
Another beginner mistake that I see is people smearing on their foundation and/or concealer. Smearing your foundation/concealer will cause your makeup to be uneven and streaky. If you have dry skin, smearing can also cause dry patches of skin to flake up. Instead, use your fingers or a beauty blender to gently pat on the product. This will make your makeup look much smoother and prevent any dry skin from flaking off into your makeup.
Protip: If you use a dry beauty blender and find that it leaves patches or picks up to much product, try lightly dampening it. I have found that this helps to prevent patchiness and creates a smoother finish on the makeup.
4. Use a good primer, setting powder, and/or setting spray
Not using a primer, setting powder, and/or spray is a mistake that I see a lot of beginners making. Using one or both of those things is essential for long wearing, good looking makeup. A primer will help prevent oxidation, make your makeup stay on longer, and can help reduce shine, smooth your face, correct your color, and a slew of other things depending on what primer you choose. A setting powder or spray will also help to reduce shine, set your makeup, prevent oxidization, increase makeup longevity, and help prevent your makeup from sweating off. Using a colored setting powder can also help correct and smooth skin tone. Although, if you have very pale skin like me, it can be difficult to find a colored powder that isn’t too dark so I use a transparent setting powder.
The setting powder that I currently use is NYX’s transparent, studio finishing powder. The primer I use is NYX’s shine-killer, matte-fying primer. I find that they help my makeup to last all day and I never have shiny makeup. I get from target and it’s very affordable so if you need a transparent powder or an anti-shine primer, those work really well. You can get those here and here
I would honestly recommend any NYX setting spray, setting/finishing powder, or primer. They all work great and are very affordable.
Despite what YouTube might make you think, contouring is not a necessity. Yes, it can help to shape your face and give you depth but a lot of days you just don’t need it. A lot of times using just a little blush can give you all of the depth that you need. Contouring is something that everyone needs to learn for the days when you wanna do full on glam makeup or for a day when your getting pictures taken, but it’s not essential for every day makeup. I’m not saying that you can’t do it everyday, it’s just not something that you have to do.
Also, when you do learn to do contouring, don’t follow just any YouTube tutorial. Most of the time, beauty gurus aren’t professionally trained in makeup. Their tutorials also may not work for your face shape, every face shape is different. Find a tutorial from a professional makeup artist that will show you how to contour based on the structure of your face. Here is a good tutorial on how to contour for different face shapes and here is a good tutorial for contouring different nose types.
6. Learn what color and application of blush works best for you
Blush is something that can easily look very over done or just plain bad. When doing blush, you need to find a color (or colors) that work with your skin tone. A pretty pink blush might look good on somebody else but look like clown makeup on you or a warm, neutral toned blush might look like dirt on somebody else but look amazing on you. It just depends on your skin tone.
It is also important to learn how to apply your blush to accentuate your best features. Despite popular belief, there is not one way to put on blush that works for everybody. There are a ton of different ways to apply your blush and it’s important to find the way that looks best on you. Here is a good tutorial on how to apply blush for each face shape, here is another one, and here is a guide of the best blush colors for each skin tone.
I like using L'Oreal Paris’s True Match, Super-Blendable blush in the colors Baby Blossom and Bare Honey. You can get those (or any other shades) here for $10.
7. Lipstick color and application
This is basically the same as the last one. Not all lip colors are gonna look good on you, and that’s okay. Some lip colors don’t look good with certain skin tones, you just have to find what works for you. And don’t be afraid to try different types of lipstick (liquid lipsticks, lip cremes, lip crayons, etc.). The only way to find what you like is through experimentation.
“How is a lip creme different from a lipstick?” I hear you ask. Here is a quick guide to the difference between types of lip product:
•Lip Gloss - liquid to gel consistency, usually translucent or semi-opaque color, good for dry lips, does not wear for long and usually needs re-applied several times a day
•Tinted Lip Balm - sheer color, good for dry or chapped lips, longevity differs but averages at about 2-3 hours (without eating), satin finish, is usually very natural looking
•Lip Stain - sheer to medium coverage, last for 10-12 hours after drying, matte finish, can be difficult to remove, can dry out lips and can draw attention to wrinkles and dry spots
•Lipstick - full color and high coverage, good for most lip types, needs to be re-applied after eating and drinking, traditionally matte but can also have a glossy or satin finish, has the most variety in colors and finishes
•Long-Wear Lipstick - full color and high coverage, can be drying and are not preferable for dry lips, last 8-10 hours, can come in liquid or stick form, comes in matte, glossy, or satin finishes, usually have 2 steps (a base and a color or a color and a top coat)
•Liquid Lipsticks - similar to long-wear lipsticks, full color and full opacity, can be very drying, needs to be re-applied after eating, thick liquid or creme consistency when applied, dry into a matte or satin finish
•Lip Crayon/Creme - sheer to medium coverage, waxy consistency that is similar to lipstick, good for most lip types, usually needs re-applied after eating, glossy or satin finish
•Lip Liner - high color and coverage, pencil form, lipstick like consistency, good for most lip types, can be slightly drying, last 6-8 hours, matte finish, traditionally used to outline the lips in combination with other products, can be used to completely fill lips
How you apply your lip color is also important. The key is to accentuate the best parts of your lips. If you have an awesome Cupid’s bow, accentuate the fuck out of it. I see a lot of people that over draw their lips to try and make it look like they have something that they don’t. Usually that ends up looking stupid. The best thing to do is to accentuate what you have. That will end up looking 100x better.
8. Be patient with eyeshadow/eyeliner
Learning how to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner can be very difficult. It’s tedious. One wrong move and BAM!!! You look like a raccoon. It really is an acquired skill that takes a lot of practice. If you are anything like me, you’re gonna want to do complex, beautiful eyeshadow with winged eyeliner right off the bat, but you’ve gotta start simple. If you try to do difficult eye makeup before you’ve got the basics, you’ll end up frustrated and disappointed. Here are a couple of tips for learning to do eye makeup:
• get some brushes
- they don’t have to be expensive or anything, basic brushes work just fine. Having even a couple of basic brushes will make your life so much easier
• get some decent eyeshadows
- it doesn’t have to be super expensive but decent quality eyeshadow will bland and apply so much easier than really cheap stuff (I’m not saying it even has to be Sephora quality, just better than $2 makeup palettes)
• get some neutral eyeshadows
- neutrals are a must have and I personally think that it is easier to learn with neutrals than with bright colors
• have your first eyeliner be pencil or a gel stick
- (At least for me) learning to apply eyeliner will be much easier with a pencil or gel stick. Once you have mastered that, you can start using felt tips eyeliner pens or gel eyeliner with an eyeliner brush.
• master a basic eyeliner line before trying winged eyeliner
- being able to draw a basic straight line of eyeliner will make it much easier to do a winged eyeliner, cat eye, etc. (this sounds easy but it was v v hard for me to learn to do the basic straight line).
• scotch tape can be a life saver
- when doing winged eyeliner, you can use scotch tape to make a straight line. Just lineup the tape along the lower lash line and past the eye, then draw your wing along the tape. The tape will serve at a barrier for if you go out of line. Once you pull off the tape, you will have a perfect winged eyeliner. (I used this trick for at least a year before I learned how to do winged eyeliner without it)
9. Experiment with your makeup
Don’t feel like you have to stick to the same thing every time you do your makeup. Try new things. Try different products, try different techniques, do something completely new. Experimenting with makeup is the only way to find what you like. You’ll make some mistakes, you’ll do some horrible eye makeup, you’ll buy a lip color that looks like shit but that how you learn. It’s how you learn what you like. That leads me into my next tip…
10. Do your makeup however you want!!!!
That is seriously the one thing I wish I would have known when I started doing makeup. I though I had to do super subtle, natural looking makeup because that what I was told I was supposed to do. The thing is, I like doing bold, interesting makeup. It wasn’t until about 6 months ago that I really started doing my makeup how I wanted it to look.
It’s your makeup. It’s not anyone else’s. Do what you like. Do what makes you feel beautiful. If you like doing natural looking makeup, go for it!!! If you like doing bright colored makeup, do it!!! If you want to do bold, intense makeup, you go!!!! If you want to cover your face in glitter, do it!!! Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do you makeup in a certain way. Makeup is, in my opinion, the ultimate form of self expression. So express yourself through your makeup. Do your makeup however you want!!!!!!!
So that’s it. My biggest tips for doing makeup. I hope it helps and if you have any other questions, send me an ask or feel free to message me (and that goes for everyone).
***** The last tip sounds a little hypocritical considering I just told you how to do makeup but that’s not my intention. I just wanted to give you tips, from my own personal experience, that might help you on your makeup journey. I in no way am saying that you have to use them, they are just things that I wish I would have known when I was a beginner