Makeup For Beginners – How To Apply Makeup

I remember when I first started wearing makeup. I wore expensive and streaky foundation, high end purple eye shadow that I never blended, and the glossiest light pink lip gloss I could find. If only I had read any makeup for beginners post. If I had been given just a little advice on what products to use or how to apply them, I could have avoided the embarrassing pictures and the over the top cost of products. This tested (and loved!) routine is perfect for beginners who want to guarantee a flawless face, or for more experienced make up users who are looking to simplify and save money! Want to know what products I suggest? Check out this post here!

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Step One: Foundation

When doing makeup for beginners, the hardest part can be finding colors for your skin tone. My suggestion for foundation is usually to go to a store where you can get your foundation matched. This is a lot easier to do this than try to match the color yourself, but it can be much more expensive. My favorite drugstore foundation is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation. It does oxidize a little, so if you are between two shades, I would go for the lighter one. It really does stay matte, even on my oily skin. I am also prone to breakouts, and it doesn’t break me out, but covers spots incredibly well.

There are two efficient ways to apply this foundation. To keep it looking as matte as it can be, and also providing medium to full coverage, any dense foundation brush will work. It is very buildable this way, but is harder to blend. My preferred method is a beauty blender. I use the one from Real Techniques and I think it’s perfect! This will give it a little dewier of a finish, but blends out all of the lines or streaks.

Step Two: Concealer

For beginners, I suggest picking a skin tone concealer. A skin tone concealer is the only concealer I think you really need, and you can get into highlighting and contouring with concealer once you’re a little more practiced. Not to be too repetitive, but I love the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, as do a lot of people. However, it’s really hard to find in area. The one I use is the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer. It really does stay on all day, and for a drugstore brand, it barely settles into creases. My best word of advice is GO WITH A LIQUID CONCEALER! That means not a cream. Creams don’t blend as nicely, and can easily become patchy.

My preferred method of application is the same as your foundation, whether that’s a brush or the beauty blender. Make sure you blend well and you’re good to go.

Step Three: Powder

When using a matte foundation, you really don’t need much out of the powder. However, I like to use a powder that can be applied lightly or heavily for more coverage on days I want to wear only powder as foundation. My absolute favorite is (again) the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless powder foundation. You can apply it with any fluffy brush, and I find the softer the better, and it creates a beautifully matte, yet not too powdery look. To break away from the Maybelline, I also really like the Rimmel London Stay Matte powder. Just a warning, though, it can become heavy if you apply too much.

Step Four: Blush

Since bronzing, contouring, and highlighting is tough to learn to do correctly, I suggest beginners only use blush to add color to your face. To pick a natural color you can pinch your cheeks and see what color they blush. Honestly, I am always on the hunt for a good drugstore blush, and although I am yet to find one I’m overly impressed with, I do think the Physician’s Formula blush in “Blushing Natural” is a good option for many skin tones. Whatever you choose, make sure there aren’t huge chunks of sparkle in the powder (I’m looking at you, Elf). One big mistake I think of when I think makeup for beginners is too much blush, so a light hand will help here!

The little brush that comes with the Physician’s Formula compact is surprisingly nice. I use it sometimes, especially while traveling. But the Elf Blush Brush is just a couple dollars, and gives you a lot more control, so I usually reach for that.

If you’re ready to move on to highlighting and contouring, check out my article here!

Step Five: Eye Shadow/ Eyeliner

For a beginning eye shadow look, the fewer colors the better. I think for a one shadow look you can go with an Elf Smudge Pot. My favorite shade is “Crusin’ Chic” but that might be too light for an everyday look on a darker skin tone. You don’t necessarily need a brush for this, but because of the shape of the pot, I suggest the Elf Professional Eye Shadow Brush. Otherwise, you will end up with most of the product under your nails. For a bit more adventurous person, I would suggest the Wet n Wild trio in 380B Walking on Eggshells. This can be used with the same Elf brush plus their Blending Eye Brush for a multi-color look.

I still don’t love to use eyeliner, and my eye shape really doesn’t compliment a cat eye. But when I use a liner, I use the black Elf Cream Liner. The best brush is their liner brush, or any similar brush.

Step Six: Mascara

Mascara is a pretty easy step, but it does require trial and error to pick what you like. My favorite drugstore mascara is the Covergirl Full Lash Bloom. It lengthens and thickens your lashes, and is waterproof, which is nice. It holds a curl longer than any other drugstore mascara I have tried, but still not all day. Besides that, I love this mascara, and I prefer it even over a lot of high end mascaras.

Step Seven: Lips

Lip color and finish is completely up to you. You can rotate through hundreds of shades, stick to one, or anywhere in between. In the drugstore, there are plenty of good, and bad, lip products. I think you can’t go wrong with Neutrogena. In any finish or product that looks good to you, find a shade you like from them.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed reading this makeup for beginners tutorial! Check out my last post here!

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