Some of us may be big proponents of natural beauty and feel makeup is completely useless, while for others piling on copious amounts of makeup is the solution to all of life’s troubles. The ideal balance, however, would be to use the right kind of makeup to enhance natural features and beauty, without it looking piled on, fake and plastic-y. None of us wants to end up looking like a clown, right?
Most of us also own piles and piles of makeup, yet are still clueless on how to use it effectively, while some of us are completely new to the addictive world of makeup and are looking for a basic makeup regimen to incorporate in our everyday life and achieve stunning results. Shopping for makeup online has been made much easier with online stores such as Kaymu, iplaza, Kapruka are featuring all sorts of exciting makeup goodies for all the makeup junkies out there. So now you can read reviews, choose and have the products best suited to your skin type delivered right at your doorstep and turn heads with your new and improved look!
Step 1: Moisturize, Prep and Prime.
Begin your day routine with clear and cleansed skin. Use a cleanser best suited to your skin type and the weather. Apply a moisturizer with SPF to restore oil balance and protect your skin from harmful sun rays. The importance of SPF cannot be emphasized enough! You may also use a primer for your specific skin type. A primer can ensure a smooth canvas for makeup application and also hide minor flaws, minimize pores and correct the color of the skin. Makeup Forever All Mat Primer is an amazing product if your skin is prone to oiliness and Benefit Porefessional hides pores brilliantly.
Step 2: Apply Foundation.
Once you’ve prepared and primed your skin, apply a thin layer of light-medium coverage liquid foundation. Dab a little bit of product onto your face and use a foundation brush for the best blending results. Brush back and forth on your forehead and chin, and brush down and away from the center of your face on the cheeks. You may also use your fingertips to blend the foundation. Go for a shade that matches your skin exactly and blends in naturally and seamlessly – any shade lighter will end up making you look ghastly and unnatural. If you want even lighter coverage, mix a drop of your foundation with your moisturizer to create a sheer, dewy coverage. Some of the best foundations out there are the MUFE HD Foundation, NARS Sheer Glow and the MAC range of foundations. Test and match a foundation thoroughly before making an investment, and always invest in the best possible match to ensure a flawless base for makeup.
Step 3: Use Concealer.
Try a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone to hide any imperfections and blemishes. Blend it in using a concealer brush and your fingertips. The heat from your fingertips helps blend the concealer for a really natural finish. Experts swear by the YSL Touché Éclat brightener for the luminous effect it has on the skin, without it looking cake-y.
Step 4: Set with Powder and Blush.
Use a Kabuki brush in circular motions to buffer a translucent face powder onto the skin to set the base for a natural look, make the makeup last longer and also help control oil – especially if you suffer from an oily T-zone. The compressed face powder from The Body Shop is a good option. Second, use a fluffy yet dense brush to apply the brush to the apples of your cheeks, to emphasize your cheekbones and add some color to your face. Blushes can be layered on to achieve the right amount of color you’re aiming for. The NARS range of blushes offer amazing color variety, while being long lasting on the skin. You can create different looks with pink, peach and coral blushes.
For an evening look, you can create dimension to your face by using a bronzer. Swipe the brush up and down starting at the outer part of your cheek, working your way in towards your jaw, and the forehead, chin and neck. The Kim Kardashian type of contouring is the new fashion trend and can create brilliant results on your face. You can also look into the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit for a professionally contoured and highlighted look.
Step 5: Emphasize the Eyes.
A neutral shade of eye shadow, thinly outlined with eyeliner and a coat of mascara for the eye lashes should suffice for a daytime look. The Kat Von D Tattoo eyeliner and neutral eyeshades by Urban Decay would be a good investment to create a plethora of looks. Add in darker eye shades for a smokey eyed evening look. If your eyelids tend to get oily, use a primer underneath eye shadows to help them stay on longer. To get a bright-eyed look dab a bit of white eye shadow at the inner corners of your eyes or line the lower lash line with a white pencil. Another trick that can really emphasize the eyes is to properly groom and shape your brows and fill and outline them properly using eyebrow pencils or powders to create a perfectly angled brow.