With the summer holidays on several occasions, it’s the perfect time to start experimenting with your personal style. A big part of her style is makeup, which can be used as a powerful form of self-expression. A person’s makeup can show off their aesthetic and shape how others see them. Those who have mastered this art can create looks like the post below, and are a source of inspiration for other beginners.
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However, every professional makeup artist started out as a beginner and worked on their skills until they perfected the basics. For beginners, there are many online resources that can help you get started. This article will hopefully simplify the basics of what one would need at the start of their makeup journey. We’ll start with the products you would need for a simple and easy makeup look, then move on to simple ways to spice up a makeup look.
Step 1: Preparation of the skin
1) Skin care
The key to flawless makeup is making sure your skin is clear and a blank canvas for any art you create on top of it. This often means washing your face and doing your skincare routine. This routine can be as simple or complicated as you want. The steps everyone should do are:
- Wash your face with cleanser
- Apply sunscreen generously
It is very important to protect your skin from the sun and to keep your skin hydrated, whatever your skin type. If you want to try other skincare additives or supplements, be sure to check out this article to find out what types of skincare ingredients would work best for you.
2) Prepare the face
After sunscreen, apply a primer. Now, this part is very personal to each individual. You can use a base that targets your specific skin concern. For example, if you want to reduce the visibility of your pores, be sure to use a pore-smoothing primer, like “The Pore-fessional” by Benefit. There are many types of primers that can add shine or mattify your skin, and what you use is entirely up to you.
Step 2: Makeup
1) The base
The next step would be a product that creates an even skin tone all over your face. For some, it may be a low-coverage tinted moisturizer, while others may opt for a more-coverage foundation. You can apply the base with a brush or a makeup sponge.
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2) Spot correction
The next step is to take some concealer and cover the trouble spots on your face. A concealer usually has higher coverage than base and can cover any imperfections. Place a little concealer under the eyes if you’re worried about dark eyes.
This step is probably my favorite! Adding blush to the cheeks can give a beautiful and healthy glow. Also, placing your blush in different places can give different effects. For example, placing blush on the high points of your cheek gives you a more contoured and defined look, while placing blush on and near your nose will give you an “almost sunburned” look.
Another must-have for any makeup collection, use mascara to thicken or lengthen your lashes.
The next step would be the lips. If you are a beginner, I recommend sticking with lip gloss or lip balm, with different shades as they are quite easy to apply and impossible to mess up.
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Step 2: Try new things
Once you get more comfortable with the basics, you can up your makeup game by incorporating new products into your routine. Some of them can be highlighter, eyeshadow palette or lipstick. All of these products are easily usable once you get the hang of it.
If you wanted to move away from neutral looks and go for a bolder look, here are two super easy ways to incorporate color into your makeup.
- Add a colorful inner corner using shimmer eyeshadow
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- A colored eyeliner pen: Using a colored eyeliner on your waterline or for a wing creates an easy pop of color to any makeup look.Source: Byrdie
Ultimately, makeup is a utility for self-expression, so feel free to make a look as elaborate or as simple as you want. It’s up to you. Makeup isn’t exclusively for makeup artists, but it’s something anyone, regardless of gender, can have fun with. It takes time and practice to become a pro, but everyone starts out as a beginner. So be patient with yourself. If you mess up your winged eyeliner, don’t stress, just try again, because eventually it will be very easy for you.
Have fun creating gorgeous looks!