Are you a make up beginner or just a bit lost on make up and what to apply? If you are hoping to get a quick make up routine that will get you out the door in 5 minutes then this is your read! I am guilty of running out the door without my make up done on those busy mornings, but since I started my very basic routine I now have the spare 5 minutes and feel so much better when I put the effort in!
If this sounds like you then buckle up, because we’re about to school you with our crash course in simple, must-know makeup knowledge. Find out how to master your makeup technique and read on for makeup artist tips and tricks to help you achieve a flawless finish.
While skincare is strictly not a make up step it is key. Skincare is a crucial that you prep your skin with skincare. Always cleanse and moisturise for your skin, we have a basic skincare guide here for you. Follow it a primer and this keeps make up lasting longer and sitting better on your skin.
You need a brush set to get started, we recommend this 10 Piece Essentials set.
Foundation or Tinted moisturiser
Now that your skin is prepped, you can start applying your makeup. While typically, you would start with foundation first. Another option is Tinted Moisturiser, which is a lighter in texture coverage. Perfect for days when you are running errands. Tinted moisturiser will not last as long as foundation but gives your beautiful coverage.
To apply, place a few dots of foundation on your T-zone, focusing on your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin, using you foundation brush to blend & buff it in. To achieve a natural finish, start with a small amount of product and blend it around your face, you can also apply more in certain areas, some areas like the cheek, nose & chin can be more red than other areas.
Some foundation we love: Nars Sheer Glow foundation, Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Sculpted Second Skin Dewy Finish, LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation, NYX Born to Glow Foundation.
And some tinted moisturisers: Sculpt Tint & Glow Skin Enhancer, Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturiser, Revolution Pro CC Perfecting Skin Tint.
Now that your foundation is gorgeous, you’re ready to conceal, this basically hides anything you don't want bee seen, like dark circles, redness, spots etc. Focus on any areas you want to hide, such as under the eyes, around the nostrils, and any blemishes or dark spots. When it comes to covering up, it’s important to dab, never drag. When applying concealer, you want to dab it in place, allowing it to expertly cover the areas you need to hide. For pesky spots, apply lightly and dabdab, using either your ring finger or a concealer brush. To conceal under the eyes, draw two inverted triangles under your eyes and blend the edges into your foundation by lightly dabbing.
Some gorgeous concealers to brighten under your eyes: Sculpted Brighten Up Concealer, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Make Up Revolution Concealer.
A step most missed by clients! This pains me as powder is the secret ingredient to making your foundation last. Otherwise it just slides off your face! If you don't like a powdery finish (like, who does) use a little at a time. To apply, dab your brush into your setting powder, and tap it to remove any excess. You want to ensure that it’s evenly covered before you apply it to your skin. Next, press it into your face to ensure you don’t move your makeup around in the application process. Ensure you cover but lightly under the eyes and eyelids.
Brilliant powders: NYX Pro Studio Finishing Powder, KIKO Milano Invisible Touch Powder, Airspun Powder.
Slick on mascara, preferably in black at the root of the lashes, both top and bottom lashes. If you apply at the root, wiggle gently to apply the colour from root to tip, brush along each strand to get every lash hair coloured!
Some mascaras we love: Code Beautiful Mascara, Maybelline New York Volume Mascara, MAC Extreme Dimension Mascara.
Blush & highlight
When it comes time to highlighter focus on the high points of your face that the sun would naturally hit. Think about adding highlighter above cheekbones, by the eyebrow arch, down the bridge of the nose and blending very well will give the most realistic dimension. Blusher sits on the apples of the cheeks, smile and check out where your cheeks pop out! This is where you apply. Use a soft brush for both and apply a little eat a time and build up.
Highlighters we love: Bobbi Brown Highlighter, MAC MIneralize Skinfinish, NYX Professional MakeUp Dup Chromatic Illuminating Powder Highlighter
Blusher: Sleek make up face form blush, KIKO Milano Smart Colour Blush, MAC Blusher
Highlight & Blush combined: Sleek Make Up Face Form Palette
Lipgloss or Lip balm
You may prefer lipstick, but if your look is pared back then a lipgloss or a lip balm, which is natural and super easy to wear but also comfortable.
Try these comfortable everyday wear: Age Repair Dup Kit, KIKO Milano Colour Balm, Avene Lip Balm.
These are just the basic steps to get your basic day face on, check out our other blogs for more skin and make up tips.
Disclaimer: This information and content does not replace that advice of a dermatologist or medical advice. Please seek medical advice if you suspect that you have a dermal condition.
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