Let me start off by saying, the great base to any any makeup routine starts with great skincare. Not saying you have to have perfect skin because let’s be real, non of us have that but you do want/need a good canvas to start on so before you spend tons of money and time on makeup start first with finding a good skincare routine, it will help your makeup apply better. (I will be following up with my current skincare routine in a future post coming soon).
It’s not easy creating a flawless look when it comes to makeup. However many of us will admit to not leaving the house without something on our faces, be that a full face of foundation or just a simple application of lipstick. As it can be such a big part of our lives, I thought I would share with you some of the tips and tricks that could help you with your makeup. From application to where you apply it this guide will help you cover all angles.
WHAT DO I ACTUALLY USE
We can all become a little obsessed with purchasing the latest foundation, the concealer that promises good coverage or the mascara that insists will create voluminous lashes. But because we have the need to try new things all the time, we can end up with a vast collection of makeup and forget what we have. So it would be a great opportunity to give your makeup a sort through and decide what to keep and what to toss. If any of the products are new and not been used you may want to consider donating them to a local women’s shelter for women in need, I know there are many programs for women looking to get back in the workforce and they also donate work appropriate clothes for job interviews.
Also, be sure you’re checking the expiration dates on your makeup. There is a little jar icon on most makeup packages that has a number on it and that’s the use by after open date. Most expired makeup isn’t going to be life threatening or anything but you definitely don’t want to use it. It can cause your skin to be irritated, break out or in the case of expired eye makeup especially mascara it could cause a stye. I could rule of thumb with mascara is to toss after 3 months of opening, I tend to toss mine after a month but that’s only because I use it just about every day and I’m a semi germaphobe, I also notice that after of month of just about every day use the mascara starts to dry out; I don’t care if it’s prestige or drugstore mascara, it happens to it all.
LIGHTING: CAN I SEE WHAT I’M DOING
It is well worth thinking about where you apply your makeup. Try and ensure you have access to as much natural light as possible. If you can, apply your makeup directly in front of a window with the light in the center. This will help avoid shadows on your face and also give you the best possible scenario to creating a flawless finish. Sometimes the lighting you have in your room can make a difference and investing in the right bulbs or considering a grow light could be a good option. If you can’t apply your makeup in front of a window consider getting yourself a mirror with a built-in LED light to help you ensure your application is right. I mean we’ve all stayed in hotels where there is ZERO naturally lighting by any of the mirrors and we all have to cross are fingers & hope we have enough muscle memory to apply just the right about of foundation without looking too cakey, apply just the right about of bronzer & blend it so we don’t look like we streaked our face through mud and pray that are blush doesn’t look doll like….you all know what I’m talking about, the moment of truth is when you finally get outside. haha
Using the right tools is key. You may not think it really matters which brushes you use and sometimes brand wise it doesn’t super matter but using the correct type/style of brush/applicators i.e. makeup sponge can help create a better finish. Makeup artists will always insist that using brushes help create a more flawless finish, whether this is with your foundation or when adding eyeshadow to your lids. If you are unsure on what tools stick with some basic options like a foundation application brush and one for contouring. You may also want a brush to help blend in your foundation and powders.
PREP & SET
Finally, it’s important that your base foundation looks flawless and last the day in some cases. So a makeup setting powder could be the answer to all your prayers. Find yourself a great primer and a great setting powder/setting spray and your set! seriously those two things will change your life when it comes to your makeup. If you are unsure or confused on what/how to use certain products or you want to learn different techniques I suggest watching YouTube videos. There are tutorials for every type of makeup look, skin type, makeup technique, specific brushes/makeup sponges used, literally any detail you need/want help learning about it’s on YouTube. Practice makes perfect and the more you practice doing your makeup the better you’ll get. It doesn’t have to be full face glam it can be a simple everyday no makeup look, you just have to figure out what works best for you, your lifestyle and your skin.
PS I will not only have a post coming about my current skin routine but also a post about which makeup products I’m currently using and loving, both posts will include prestige and drugstore products so be on the look out for those upcoming posts!
PSS I am by no means a beauty guru of any kind, I just have tried so many makeup products, tenchniques/tricks, skincare products that I want to share what’s worked for me, what didn’t and why.