You’ve styled your hair to perfection, your outfit could grace the runways of Milan, and you just picked out the perfect piece of jewelry to accentuate your look. What are you forgetting?
While makeup isn’t for everyone (and shouldn’t have to be), it’s worth experimenting with if you’ve never tried it before. For some people, a little makeup goes a long way to boost their confidence.
However, the world of makeup can seem intimidating. That’s why we’ve put together this guide—to help you understand how to do your own makeup and make it look like you’ve been doing it for years.
So what do you need to know?
Keep reading to learn all about what goes into doing your own makeup.
Good Makeup Starts With Good Skin
To get the best results with makeup, you’ll want to make sure that your skin is healthy and prepped.
No, that doesn’t mean that your skin needs to clear and dewy perfection. We’re only human, and skin problems are (unfortunately) natural.
That being said, you do want to ensure that your skin is healthy. Make sure that you always wear sunscreen during the day, and that you wash your face and moisturize at night.
You can add extra skincare products into your regimen, but having a foundation of cleansed, moisturized, and sun-protected skin will make applying your actual foundation much easier.
Lay the Base
The first step of most people’s makeup regimen is a layer of foundation. This serves as the base of your makeup and helps to give your face a more even, uniformed look.
You can start by dabbing a bit of the foundation you choose onto your hands. From there, use your fingers to apply it to your entire face, starting from the inside and working your way out.
Make sure that you get a foundation that matches the color of your skin. You don’t want to have a face that’s a completely different shade than the rest of your body!
If you need to have more than one shade of foundation, that’s okay too. You can store them all in a For Her Vanity makeup organizer.
Psst… you know those giant bags under your eyes? How about the breakout you have on your chin? Concealer can help cover up all of that and more.
Concealer is a spot treatment that you use to cover up problematic areas on your face. Again, even though you use it much more sparingly than foundation, you still want to make sure that it matches the color of your skin.
Most people cover up areas around their eyes and in their T-zones. If you don’t feel that you have any areas you want to hide, that’s okay too!
Accentuate Your Eyes
Eyes are one of the most important areas in the world of makeup. Even without makeup, our eyes tell a story. You want to make sure that the makeup you apply to your eyes accentuates your personal story.
The major tools that you have for writing your eyes’ story include mascara, pretty eyeshadow, and eyeliner. You can also look into fake eyelashes or even eyelash extensions.
It takes a lot of practice to get good at eye makeup, but the results are worth it. Just make sure that whatever you apply, you do so methodically and thoughtfully.
Move Down to Your Lips
Lips are another region of your face that you can really accentuate with makeup. You can go for something bold or subdued, trendy or classic.
Just like the rest of your face, you’ll want to make sure that your lips are healthy and moisturized. Ensure that you drink enough water to keep them moist, and apply lip balm when necessary. You should also exfoliate them from time to time.
Try to find a lip color that ties the rest of your look together. If you need to blend more than one color, you can mix them on your fingers then apply them.
Apply the Finishing Touches
Once you finish applying makeup to the major areas of your face, you want to ensure that it stays on for as long as you need it to. You don’t want to sweat it off or realize that it’s gone halfway through the night.
The best way to do this is by using a thick brush to apply some setting powder. Apply it to the areas where you probably have a lot of makeup, like your T-zone.
Setting powder also helps reduce shine and can give your face a more even, matte look.
Remove Your Makeup Before Night
When you get home after a long night, it can be tempting to go to sleep with your makeup on. You might even like the idea of waking up in a full face of makeup.
Understand that this is one of the worst things that you can do to your skin.
No matter how tired you are, take the time to wash your face with an oil-based cleanser to get everything off. Apply a moisturizer afterward, and get ready to wake up to soft and supple skin.
Understand How to Do Your Own Makeup
Whether you’re looking to get into makeup for the first time or are looking to refine your skills, learning more about it is never a bad idea.
If you’re wondering how to do your own makeup, following the tips mentioned in this guide should help you get started. It’ll take some time and a lot of trial and error, but eventually, you’ll find a look that helps your confidence skyrocket.
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