Makeup Tips for Beginners

When you're first starting out with makeup, looking at a drugstore makeup alley or a makeup store seem overwhelming and you have no idea what you even need. Or what to do with the products you just got. And everyone was a beginner at some point at some point in their life. So these are the best makeup tips that I have for anyone just starting out with makeup.

Complexion

This is something I never took seriously when I started out besides I'm very pale. So I was getting things that were the wrong undertone or didn't sit well on my skin because it was for a different complexion. Either leaving me look like I was covered in frosting or flour. So figuring out if your complexion is dry, oily, sensitive or somewhere in between is very important to picking the right products for you.

Moisturize

This goes with my whole not taking skin care or complexion seriously. You need a moisturizer that works best for your skin. It helps keep your skin looking fresh and the makeup looking nicer.

Primer

Along with moisturizing, a good primer that matches your complexion goes a long way to making your makeup looking fresh and lasting longer as you wear it throughout the day. Water-based and some gel-based primers work better for those with dry skin while it can look dewy for those with oily skin.

Foundation

You want one that matches your skin tone to a key so there are no lines. Another trick to avoiding the line, make sure you blend your foundation down into your neck. This goes for more than just light and dark there are also undertones to consider such as is your skin tone more pink, yellow or cool? Some foundations will look great for one undertone but not for another. Especially when going from artificial lights to natural lights.

Powder, Cream, or Liquid

This is a preference thing to be quite honest when it comes to both foundation, eye shadows, and blushes. For foundation, I enjoy the control I get when I use a liquid while my sister has a better time with foundation if she uses a powder. One tip for creams especially for eye shadows, make sure you set it with a translucent powder or it will crease later in the day. For blush, cream works better for those with dry skin and powder works better for oily skin.

Concealer

Getting rid of the dark circles under your eyes would seem like you would just need to put some concealer, which is a few shades lighter than your foundation, underneath your eye in a half-moon shape. In reality it needs to be done in a triangle underneath to fully make it vanish.

BB and CC Cream

BB or Beauty Balm/Blemish Balms will add a layer of sheer coverage and additional moisture to your skin. CC or Color-Correcting pigments are used to help get rid of dark or red spots. They are sheer coverage and also provide moisture like BB Cream.

Bronzer and Contouring

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When you're starting out, both of these seem daunting. Best tip I can offer for this is to find the right shades for you. Pale skin works better with cool tone bronzers that are several shades darker than their own. If your undertone is warmer then you can use a warmer bronzer as cool wouldn't look as natural. Also, start out with just a little bit on your cheeks, forehead, and nose. Putting it in the areas that you want to appear smaller.

Blush

Just like bronzer or contour, blush is all about finding the right shade for your skin. For fair tone, soft pink, light coral, or peach work the best. For medium tones, rich pink, warm mauve, or deep peach work the best. And for dark skin, deep fuchsia, warm brown, or tangerine work the best. Then using just a little bit as a little goes a very long way.

Eyeliner

This was the first makeup product I ever tried that wasn't lip gloss. Tip for applying it is to make sure your arm is on a steady flat surface then start in the inner corner of your eye and work to the outside keeping as close to the lashes as possible. Eventually you'll be able to do it without needing a steady surface. Then you can play around with different looks until you find one that works best for your style.

Eye shape

This make applying eyeshadow and eyeliner very different. For close set eyes, lighter colors in the inner corners with darker shades, liner, and mascara to the outside. For down turned eyes, you want to lift the eye up so light on the inside and dark on the outside with liner on the outer part of the upper lids. For Deep set eyes, use lighter colors on the lids and in the contour to help them pop forward. Almond shade eyes such as mine, are consider the ideal set as any style works with these. For hooded eyes, matte colors work best. And for protruding eyes, use medium shadows on both the upper and lower lids.

Play up your eye color

I love nudes, but the best way to get your eyes to pop is to use a color that complements your eye color. Blue eyes go great with orange tones, Green eyes go perfect with red tones, Brown eyes is all about the purple/plum tones, and hazel goes in between depending on what the prominent color in their eye. For me, red to plum looks the best as my eyes are about 50% green and 50% brown depending on the day and what I'm wearing.

Eyebrows

This can pull the whole face together. Make sure they are well-groomed and if they are not prominent or sparse use this guide to making them look their best. Powder eyebrow products will give you softer eyebrows while pencil or gel will make them stand out more.

Lipstick or Lip Gloss

I love both but lately I've been head over heels for liquid lipsticks. Lipsticks give you the full vibrant colors while lip gloss just hints at a color. To keep your lipstick from bleeding, lip liners are the go to trick. They keep the color in place and also help as a guide to wear the lipstick needs to be applied.

Those are some of my tips for anyone starting out with makeup. What are some of yours? I would love to hear about them in the comments.