Try walking into the cosmetic section of your local department store and you’ll be blown away by rows after rows of lipsticks — gel, liquid, pencil, matte and cream — piled up against a stack of eye palettes, foundations, blush, bronzers, contouring creams, concealers — it’s impossible to list every cosmetic product available!
What you want vs. what you really need
Anybody who knows how to put on makeup will tell you to use only what you need. It’s hard not to be lured into buying an iridescent lipstick with the latest face of Hollywood speaking to you as the brand ambassador, or a shimmery eye shadow that apparently caught the attention of some handsome guy in suit as suggested by the product ad. Still, you should adhere to three rules when wearing make up:
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Rule No.1: Highlight your assets. What is your strongest facial feature? Is it your tantalising eyes, all nose or, high cheekbones? Make sure this asset stands out.
Rule No. 2: Make up for what you don’t have. The trick is to fake it but to leave people with the impression it’s real. Get it?
Rule No. 3: Stop — you do not need anything more. With so many products around screaming in to your face, “You need me! Use me!” it’s can be difficult to put on the brakes.
Makeup 101 for the new pro
So, if you’re ready, below is a quick rundown on HowTo Put On Makeup like a pro even when it’s your first time. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
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Step 1: Make sure your face is clean — squeaky! The real foundation of great makeup is a great skin. Far from the colorful 80s, the trend has mellowed back to the more natural way of wearing makeup, and that mean’s ‘no makeup’ makeup. It means, you apply makeup subtly, and to be able to put on just a few products and pull it off, your skin should be blemish-free. So, before worrying about makeup, think about giving your skin great care first.
Step 2: Work on your canvass. Your canvass is your skin. This step requires you to even out your skin tone and hide your imperfections without overdoing it. Start by patting on your moisturizer if you have dry skin. Make sure it is lightweight and won’t grease.
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It’s best if you can get hold of a Beauty Balm (BB) Cream. This is the new age combination of moisturizer, SPF, foundation and concealer rolled into one. If you have oily skin, it’s all you will need. If you have a persistent imperfection, you may use a separate concealer to spot correct, then place BB cream on top of it to even out your skin color.
Step 3: Work on your eyes. If you haven’t groomed it yet get an eyebrow threading or, you can start plucking excess hair under your eyebrows. You may outline your eyebrows first to serve as your guide. The inner ends should sit on top of the outer sides of your nose. The outer ends should form a diagonal line from the outer end of your nose, outer side of your eye, and your brow.
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For daily wear, a subtle shadow in nude colors or an eyeliner should be good enough for your eyelids. Get an eyelash extension, it saves you from the trouble of having to wear messy mascara.
Step 4: Work on your lips. To keep it smudge free, outline your lips with a nude lip liner. Then fill in with the color of your choice. Matte will give a perfect all-day wear.
Step 5: Give your cheeks a blush of color. Dip your broad brush into your cheek color. Find the apples of your cheek and just give it a light, quick stroke.
Now that you know the basics, it’s time for you to experiment. Just keep those three rules of wearing makeup in mind whenever you do.
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Addie Davison, health and beauty consultant from New York, New Jersey, USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She likes to write about beauty, skin care, makeup. She is very passionate about writing. Her articles mainly focus on content quality and originality. She has self-promotion abilities and works independently on her own initiatives.