You’ve seen pictures of top-level makeup looks and wondered if you can achieve the same on yourself. Well, a lot goes into pulling off the perfect makeup look than you may think, from mastering the needed application techniques to picking out the right products. On the bright side, you don’t need to be a pro to create that flawless look you’ve always wanted. And the process does not need to be complicated or time-consuming. So, do you always end up frustrated in front of your makeup mirror? Take advantage of the following tips to help you pull off a makeup look that will get you smiling throughout your day.
Understand that perfect makeup is subjective
Beauty is subjective, and so is ‘flawless’ makeup. Besides, not everyone wants the same makeup results. People have unique and different facial features, and the right makeup should enhance those features and promote the look you want, one that suits you. The best place to start is to purchase the right makeup items, ones that will compliment your skin and don’t contain allergens.
Work on clean, hydrated, and exfoliated skin
Makeup is like art, and your skin is the canvas. To get the perfect results, you need to work on well-prepared skin. For the best and lasting results, you need to ensure that your skin is well cleaned and moisturized. So, before you pick your favorite makeup products, give your face and body a good wash.
Don’t forget that fresh and radiant skin will make it easier to create that perfect face you want. Start applying your makeup immediately after washing, moisturizing, and exfoliating your skin.
Start with your eye makeup
You want to start your makeup in a smart and mess-free order as much as possible. And one of the best ways to do this is by working first on your eyes before doing your face makeup. This way, you wouldn’t have to worry about things like your powder shadow falling out on your cheeks or your under-eye liners messing up your foundation and requiring a do-over.
You can also use a cream shadow or primer to prep your eyelids first and give you a smoother and more even application. And right above your eyes, you can create a filled makeup look for your brows (if that’s what you want). Doing this will be beneficial if you have more mature or oily skin. The most important thing is to ensure that you use the right product. For example, Ombre Powder Brows are less harsh on the skin, making them an ideal option if you have delicate skin.
Primer, foundation and correcting
If you expect to spend most of the day outside, you want to conceal dark spots, dark circles, and other things you might consider ‘blemishes’ on your skin. You also want to ensure that your makeup application is even and lasts you through the day, at least.
After completing your skincare routine, apply a makeup primer to create an even skin surface for your makeup and give you a more lasting look.
Choose a concealer closest to your natural skin color or skin tone for dark spots and dark circles. Opt for a concealer that is about two shades lighter than your natural skin tone when working on the outer and inner corners of your eyes. Next, try to blend it from the inside to the outside using your ring finger. And this leads to the next point.
Don’t put a concealer in your eyelids
While a concealer will help with your face, you might want to avoid extending it to your eyelids as a base. That’s because a concealer can cause your eye makeup to look creased, ruining it in the process. Speaking of eye makeup, the following point is essential.
Use black or brown gel-pencil liner to enhance your eyes
If you want to create a more defined look for your eyes, then you might want to consider using black or brown gel pencils instead of brush-on gels and typical kohl pencils. The former gives a less pigmented effect, and the latter creates a messy look. Gel-pencils are waterproof liners that allow you to make more defined and firmer eyes. Your application technique is also essential here. Start by resting your elbow on a stable surface to make your hand more steady. Begin your application at the outer eye and move closer to the duct area, fading it off about three-quarters away. You might also want to consider filling in your eyebrows to help bring the look together.
Try using adhesive tape for perfect winged eyeliner
It’s a struggle sometimes to get the perfect winged eyeliner if you haven’t mastered the technique. But there’s no need to worry. Adhesive tapes offer you one simple hack you can try. All you need to do is position a piece of sticky tape over the outer corner of your eye in a diagonal way before you line your eye and wing it out. Once done, carefully pull off the take, and you’ll have a perfectly crisp wing. Follow the same process with the other eye.
Use makeup brushes
You probably understand the headache of working over tiny eye crinkles, numerous expression lines, etc. The last thing you want to do is try to cover those old age tell-tales under thick layers of heavy makeup – that will fool no one. Plus, it will only leave you with facial makeup looking fake and caked.
Instead, you can try to brush a foundation over your face with the help of a soft synthetic brush. With the use of a foundation brush, you should be able to fill up those lines and creases and give your facial skin a more even surface and an authentic look.
When using your makeup brush, begin at the center of your face and work your way outward. You can fade tapper it out toward your hairline and your jaw to create a seamless finish.