Simple and basic makeup steps for beginners

 1 . Do your skincare first

This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but sometimes we tend to forget that our makeup goes on easier when our skin is well prepped and hydrated.Make sure your skin is well cleansed, then use a cotton pad to go over with some toner. After that, follow up with your usual skincare routine.If you’re really in a rush, the two most important products you shouldn’t miss out are your moisturiser and your sunscreen In fact, you should be using them even if you don’t wear makeup.Many makeup products are advertised as containing sun protection ingredients. That’s great, considering that many of us in Singapore are exposed to the sun for long hours everyday. However, we recommend all makeup beginners to still apply a sunscreen as part of their pre-makeup skincare routine. Any additional sun protection you get from your makeup should be treated as a bonus rather than as a replacement for a proper sunscreen.

2. Apply primer

If you’ve been reading American-centric makeup content, you may notice that primers can be a polarising subject – some can’t live without it, others say it doesn’t make a difference to them, while others even complain that it breaks them out.In hot and humid Singapore and around Southeast Asia, however, a primer is generally regarded as essential, especially if you have combination to oily skin. They play a huge role in controlling your oil production, and helping your makeup last longer through the day.P.S. even your favourite Korean makeup gurus like Pony and Heizle use primers in their daily makeup routines!

3. Dab on a tinted moisturizer or a light foundation to your skin

Apply just a few spots with your fingers to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, then blend with fingers, or a foundation brush, working the spots outwards from the center in all directions. Be sure to choose a foundation that matches your skin tone and when in doubt choose a slightly lighter shade over a darker one. This will help you avoid looking orange and give you a more natural look.If you want more coverage, you can use a makeup sponge to apply, using the same blending technique.

Always check close-up in the mirror after applying your foundation to make sure you didn’t leave any brush streaks or fingerprint marks on your foundation anywhere. You may not see them clearly at home, but they are painfully obvious in the fluorescent lights of the office!

Also, extend your foundation downwards past your jawline to your neck area. Having your face look like a different colour from your neck is not a flattering look!

 4 . Put a little concealer under the eyes 

Use a small pointed brush to dot a bit where under-eye circles are darkest, usually at the inner and outer corners of the eye. Add a speck to other blemishes that aren’t covered by the foundation and blend into the skin.There’s a little controversy about whether a concealer should be the same shade as your skin or ever-so-slightly lighter; however, it should never be lighter than one shade away from your natural tone. Look for something as close as you can find to your skin tone and err on the lighter side if need be.

5 . Set the concealer and moisturizer with a translucent powder 

If you happen to be using a liquid concealer on top of your liquid foundation, now would be a good time to set your undereyes. Many of us tend to have fine lines underneath our eyes (if you don’t, count your lucky stars!). This means our undereye concealers are prone to getting caked within those lines – this is termed “creasing”. Dabbing some setting powder on your undereye concealer after application will ensure less slipping around of the liquid or cream, which should also mean less creasing.Don’t be dismayed, however, if you still see some at the end of the day – most concealers can’t eliminate creasing entirely, but a good one should reduce the appearance of these fine lines.If you have oily skin, this is the time you can use setting powder on the rest of your face to control oil production throughout the day. For combination skin types, use setting powder only on your oily zones, so that your normal areas don’t get overly dried out from the powder.

6. Draw your brows

Eyebrows used to be a sadly neglected feature of makeup that few people did, but the past few years have seen a resurgence in the emphasis that people place on brows. In order to have an easier time drawing your brows, make sure the are already nicely groomed to begin with. You can either pluck the stray hairs yourself, or you go to a professional brow salon to shape and tweeze your brows into shape.If you’re not sure what brow you like yet and don’t want to overdo things, simply follow the natural shape of your brows, adding vertical upstrokes to mimic extra hairs.Use the spoolie that commonly comes with brow pencils to comb your brow hairs and blend out the pigment as well.Get a brow product that matches your current hair colour.f your hair is dyed a funky colour, you don’t have to try and find a blue or green eyebrow pencil! Rather, try to get your brows to match the general darkness and tone of your hair.Most importantly, don’t leave the house without your brows drawn. You could forego the rest of your eye makeup – but not your brows!

7. Do your eye makeup

Apply an eyeshadow of your choice to your eyelid.try a single neutral shade like taupe or aubergine.The shadow should go from your lash line to just beyond the inner crease. From there it fades upward toward the bone.Set with a thin dusting of translucent powder.Apply eyeliner . Use a black or brown pencil and apply along the rim of your upper lash line in short strokes.Curl your lashes . Place a lash curler at the base of your upper eyelashes (along the lid) and press for five seconds.After this, apply mascara .  Apply to the upper and lower lashes with the tip of the wand oriented towards the outer corner of your eye. One coat should suffice for this look.

8 . Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks

Smile as you do this so you can clearly see where the apples are. Dab on the blush and blend upwards towards your temples. Try a cream blush for a natural glow that’s easy to blend in . If you opt for powder blush, use a brush that’s fluffy yet dense. Dust translucent powder over it to blend the edges.

9 . Apply lipstick or lip gloss

Pucker your lips like you’re about to plant a kiss and dab the lip color to the center of your upper and lower lip. This first application can be straight from the tube; then, use your fingers to blend outwards, adding color with your fingertips as needed.If your lips are chapped, prep them before putting on lip color. Gently buff them with a warm, damp washcloth and put on a light layer of lip balm. Let the balm absorb before moving on to lipstick or gloss.For beginners, the lips are a great opportunity to add color and vary your makeup regime without having to fuss over application technique, etc. You can work with anything from neutral, barely-there gloss to creamy, fire-engine red. and look at mirror .



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