It’s no secret that most women love to wear makeup, although we have different reasons. For teenage girls, it helps make them look more mature. On the other hand, older women use makeup to make them look younger. Different cosmetic products such as foundation, blush, and toners also help women who have complexion issues by helping conceal problem spots; and at the same time, helps in smoothing out complexions. In short, wearing makeup helps us feel more confident about ourselves.
Okay, now that we know that most women wear makeup, it doesn’t mean that most know how. I’m sure all of us have a makeup horror story we’ve experienced at least once in our lives—like the time my foundation got cakey in a fancy dinner date—can you just imagine?!
Yes, there really is a lot to learn on how to properly apply makeup. It will surely take a lot of trial and error to master the precise art of makeup application. Heck, even makeup pros bungle it once in a while!
To help you out in your quest to cosmetic perfection, here are some simple pointers you can start on:
In applying foundation and you want it thinly distributed on your skin, it’s better to use your fingers for you to be able to feel and determine the amount of foundation you’re actually putting on your face. If, however, you’re trying out heavy makeup stuff, you’ll definitely be better off using a brush to make it look more polished.
To know where to properly apply your blush, just smile—no, seriously—smile and apply the the blush right in the apple of your cheek. Then spread the blush from the apple of your cheek towards the top of your ear, then towards the jawline to make it look more blended.
To avoid having to retouch your eye shadows now and again, use an eye primer before applying the eye shadow. You should also wet the brush before dipping into the eye shadow. These will help make your eye shadow last longer.
Avoid smooshing or smacking your lips after applying your lipstick. Many have been doing this for a long time to blend the color together but their doing it wrong because it’s not efficient and it’s not tidy, and it may cause splotches that you may not notice at first. Instead, use a facial tissue to blot out excess lipstick.
Fill in your top lashes from the underside. This will make your eyelashes look fuller but won’t leave you looking too made up. Also, eyelids are the greasiest part of the face. To prevent your eyeliner from smudging, you can reduce the oil by wiping your eyelids with an alcohol-free makeup remover and apply a light layer of foundation.
There are many types of mascara available now in the market and you should choose the right one that would work well with you. If you’re the the sporty or the outdoor type, for instance, I suggest going for the waterproof one. It works wonders if you plan to stay under the sun or if you’re going to be sweating. To avoid annoying clumps on your eyelashes, wipe off excess mascara with a clean tissue.
These are just some of the basic things one should know if you’re going to wear makeup. I hope that these could help you build a foundation to your cosmetic glory one of these days.
Lastly, keep in mind that practice makes perfect, which all boils down to a lot of trial and error, of course. Don’t be afraid to try out new techniques on how to apply your makeup. As long as you have the basic know-how on proper application on each cosmetic product, you can try your own ideas—who knows, maybe you’ll be writing a blog about proper makeup application yourself one of these days.
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