A beginner’s guide to applying makeup

Makeup is not always about the heavy eyeliner, colourful eyeshadow and popping coloured lipstick. Sometimes, when applying makeup, less is more. This is true, especially for beginners who have no idea how to properly apply the many products that the makeup industry has to offer. If it’s your first time using makeup, it’s important to always start with minimal products to avoid over caking your face.

To help you get started, Top Art Style gives you this absolute beginner’s guide to applying makeup.

Always start with moisturizer

Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, you should always moisturise your face morning and night, and always use sunscreen in the morning. You can also use a mild toner to help your skin absorb the moisturizer better.

Apply foundation before concealer

Applying foundation before concealer is the quickest route to a more polished makeup look. Foundation is the first step in any skincare routine since it evens out the skin tone and conceals imperfections like redness and discolouration. 

If you still have any blemishes or redness, you can use a small amount of concealer to fix the problem areas. Also, you can avoid caking and creasing by applying foundation first and then concealer.

Exfoliate your lips before applying lipstick

Lipstick will go on more evenly and feel more comfortable if you exfoliate your lips first. Lips with dry skin on top should be exfoliated to make them a more receptive surface for lip cosmetics. Keep in mind that lip scrubs should only be used once a week at the most.

Don’t skip on blush

Although applying blush might seem like a no-brainer, it is actually one of the most neglected parts of applying makeup. Applying cream or powder blush to the apples of your cheeks can instantly brighten and warm up your entire face. Moreover, it is not necessary to use a shockingly pink blush or anything similar.

Melt your pencil eyeliner to help it glide smoothly

Warming up creamy cosmetics helps them glide on smoothly. If your pencil eyeliner pencil drags or skips on your lid, or if you have to apply numerous layers to achieve an acceptable result, try warming it up a bit before you use them. Hold the tip of your pencil liner under a flame from a lighter until it becomes tacky, then remove it, let it cool. Remember to test a small amount on your palm to make sure it hasn’t melted and to check its temperature before applying it on your eyes.

Outline your cat eye

If you’re having trouble perfecting your winged eyeliner, try outlining the shape and filling it in later. To begin, draw the bottom of your cat eye by extending a line below your lower lash line. Next, decide how thick you want your wing to be and draw a line from the end of your flick to your upper lash line. After the outline has been drawn on both sides and checked for symmetry, the blank areas can be filled in.

Make your eyeshadow pop with white eyeliner

Applying and mixing a white eyeliner pencil all over the eyelid can make eyeshadows with less pigment or sheer look more vibrant. First, line your eyes with a white pencil eyeliner. Next, put on your eyeshadow gradually. Due to its opaque texture, white liner can amplify the effect of any eyeshadow colour.

Use a spoon for winged liner

If you find that you cannot draw a cat’s eye freehand, you can always use a spoon as a makeshift stencil. Using the handle of a spoon, trace a straight line from the outside corner of your eye inward. This is the first step in creating a cat eye. Then, with the rounded edge of the spoon on your eyelid, draw on a pair of perfectly curled wings.

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