10 Easy Makeup Tips for Beginners
10 Easy Makeup Tips for Beginners
Applying makeup skilfully is no less than an art which can be mastered with much practice. But a lot of women who are new to the world of makeup find the prospect of using such cosmetics very daunting.
Their fears are not completely unfounded – badly done makeup is as disastrous as it is common. Beginners thus need to tread carefully and not forge ahead absolutely uninformed. You need to have some sense of important makeup dos and don’ts before you start using it.
Here is a list of makeup tips for beginners that will equip them with basic knowledge of cosmetics and how to go about using them.
#1 Invest in low budget, high quality products
When you first buy your makeup, make sure you go in for reputed albeit budget brands. This is because as a novice, you will not know which products are most suitable for you and worth investing in. Buying very expensive cosmetics at this early stage would be inadvisable; you have no idea whether they serve your purpose and suit you or not yet. Having said that, it would also not be the best idea to go in for the cheapest varieties of products for their quality might be suspect. Mid-range makeup is what you should start out with and later go on to more expensive brands if need be.
#2 Be equipped with the basic tools
There are some makeup essentials that no one should function without. A set of makeup brushes, an eyelash curler, sponges, q-tips and similar other beauty tools are what you must stock up on at the very outset. Even though you may feel that as a beginner you do not need such sophisticated makeup implements, they are in fact, quite the necessity. Without these, you shall seldom get your look right and shoddy results may discourage you from experimenting further. Again, go in for decent quality, mid-range products – you can invest in more high quality ones once you gain some proficiency at makeup application.
#3 Get the right products
Everyone’s skin texture, quality and complexion are different. In this age of advanced beauty technologies, brands have developed products to complement the specific nature of different skin conditions. They have makeup ranges for dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, normal skin and different skin tones as well. These work differently on the skin, minimizing the natural problems you skin is plagued by. For instance – products for oily skin produce a matte effect, reducing shine and transference; products for dry skin produce a dewy effect, preventing patchiness and grainy appearance; products for normal skin produce a sheer effect, simply nourishing the skin and enhancing its natural look. Therefore, you should choose your makeup products carefully, going in for those that are suited to your skin type for this will help you get the best results.
#4 Always start with the CTM routine
Whenever putting on makeup, start with the CTM routine – that is, cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and follow up with a toner. This will remove all impurities from the skin, which would otherwise get deeply embedded into surface pores by the added layering of makeup. The moisturizer, on the other hand, hydrates the skin, making it supple, soft and more makeup retentive. If you have oily skin, you should go in for a lighter, gel or water based moisturizer. For normal or dry skin, creamy moisturizers with mid to heavy hydrating capacity would be better. Regardless of skin type however, fortifying your skin with the CTM routine before makeup is absolutely necessary; otherwise the risk of skin allergies, breakouts, runny makeup, etc increases.
#5 Concentrate on complexion
The biggest makeup faux pas occur due to the natural skin complexion being altered in unbecoming ways. So you must be most careful in choosing and applying skin products like foundation, concealer, bronzer and blusher. The aim should be to enhance the visual quality of your natural complexion and not alter it. Thus, find the exact shades that suit your skin tone and avoid those that are even one shade lighter or darker. Use a wet sponge or makeup brush to blend the product into your skin – this will ensure that makeup looks natural and not overdone. Also, do not forget to extend the application down to the neck region as well. Best part is, such makeup bases are also meant to nourish the skin for further product application; choose those with SPF and other beauty benefits for the best effect.
#6 Gain expertise at eye-makeup first
In terms of feature enhancement, it is recommended that you first learn how to beautify your eyes with well done eye makeup. Yes, it is in fact the trickiest element after complexion and base makeup, but also, the most versatile. Good eye makeup adds to the appearance monumentally and can singlehandedly make or break a look. If you master the techniques of eye makeup, it can be your go-to makeup fix whenever you are lazy or in doubt. Moreover, there is a diverse range of stylistic options for beautifying the eyes – kohl, eyeliner, eye-shadow, mascara, false lashes, glitter and plenty others; depending upon the occasion and how fancy you want to be, there is a horde of different techniques and products you can use to create varied effects. Thus, learning various eye makeup tricks should be a top priority.
#7 Never highlight more than two features with makeup
There is such a thing as too much makeup – when you use too many products to highlight all facial features. This is to be avoided at all costs or you may end up looking like an experimental novice you went berserk with all their makeup products. Based on your outfit, the occasion and your mood even perhaps, decide on one or two facial features you would like to highlight. For instance, you could go in for intense eye makeup, teamed with muted lips and cheeks. Or you could wear a popping lip colour with light eye contouring. You could even have dramatic eyes and cheek highlights, but then lip-colour would have to be light or nude. The bottom line is, highlighting everything – eyes, lips, cheekbones and facial contours – all at once, is a strict no-no. Elegant makeup is that which focuses on select features of the face, adding to overall visual appeal.
#8 Cover your tracks
It is very important that your makeup looks effortless and well done. Visible signs of the work that has gone into your appearance then need to be minimized. Check for smudges very carefully after finishing your makeup. Any streaking, wayward eye-lining, uneven facial contouring, lipstick bleeding and eyelash clumping needs be fixed. Also, any traces of foundation, bronzer, and even other products like eyes-shadow, which may have transferred onto your hands (especially finger tips) should be removed. Finally, check that there is perfect symmetry in your make up – both eyes should have equal liner and shadow, both cheeks should have equally intense blusher, lower and upper lip should have same density of colour and so on.
#9 Keep Q-tips handy
As a beginner, you are bound to make mistakes while trying on new techniques or even otherwise. Sometimes, slight distraction or inattentiveness can also cause you to make errors. Smudging, uneven contouring, streaking and other disasters may occur. However, never undertake the task of redoing all your makeup on account of such small mistakes. Whip out a trusty q-tip and apply some makeup remover at one end. Then use it to clean up whatever area has been messed up. Redo the makeup in that area and you’re good to go. Q-tips will solve all such tiny problems, so keep them close when primping up.
#10 Do not go to bed with makeup on
Finally and perhaps most importantly, never go to sleep with makeup on. This can have a most adverse effect upon your skin, both in the long term and otherwise too. You will wake up to patchy skin and clogged pores, which will then go on to become, blackheads, pimples, wrinkles and more. While it is completely unacceptable to go to bed with makeup on, even keeping it longer than necessary is foolish. Remove all makeup as soon as you are back home to maintain good skin quality. First use a makeup remover to wipe off as much residue as possible. Then wash your face and neck with a gentle face-wash. Follow up with toner and moisturizer. Simply put, your makeup routine must begin and end with some CTM action.
While these tips should undoubtedly be the guiding principles for all makeup novices, there is much more to learn and experience. The more you practice and apply makeup, the more adept you shall be at doing it well. Do not feel intimidated by the wide range of products, techniques and options available in the market today. Simply read up and research on anything unfamiliar and go forth accordingly. Now take charge and begin with your makeup journey – you are sure to achieve impeccable results over time.
If you are looking for some makeup courses in Malaysia
We have several suggestions for you:
- Makeup artistry course in Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur – provided by FaceArt Academy of Makeup Artistry
- Aesthetics & Asthetics Therapy Service in Johor Bahru – provided by City Boys Bridal Academy