Every beauty guru, influencer or makeup artist that you know of have started out as beginners. Everyone starts at the same place, which is not knowing a setting powder from a face powder. You’re clueless and it’s okay. The reason why you’re clueless to how to do your makeup is because you don’t know where to start exactly. There are so many routines out there and it’s hard to figure out what works best for someone like you, who’s just starting out. And the products. Oh my God, the products. I started out in makeup when I was 17, and what frustrated me the most was the products out there that I had no idea how to use or what they were even for. It can be very overwhelming, but as always, I’ve got your back. I’ve not only compiled a step-by-step Makeup routine in order from first task to last, but I provided a description of what some of the products are used for. Because I know when I was a beginner myself, I had no idea what a primer was for. So here you are: a makeup routine for beginners to swear by!
1. It starts with skin care. Before applying any makeup, make sure your face is clean and moisturized. Do your usual skin care routine (ex. Cleanser, exfoliater, toner, serum, moisturizer) in order to have the best prepared canvas possible.
2. Next, begin with a primer. Primers help smooth out your canvas by minimizing pores, reducing shine, and it helps your makeup stay in place.
3. Apply your foundation. Foundation is best applied using a beauty blender/sponge or a buffing brush. My favorite is the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques. It really helps blend the foundation into your face for a smooth, airbrushed finish.
4. Time to conceal. Apply a concealer to your undereyes, bridge of your nose, middle of your forehead and chin. You should use a concealer that is two or three shades lighter than your skin tone for a highlight effect.
5. Set your face. My favorite step, the “baking” method. It’s when you use a setting power to lock in your foundation and concealer. It’s like clicking the save button on your computer to save all of the hard work you’ve done so far. Take a powder brush, dip it into the setting powder and pat it onto your face. Wait a few minutes before dusting it off.
6. Eyebrows. Before you do anything, think about the eyebrow shape you want to achieve. Do you want them to be thick or thin? This is the step that you especially want to take your time on. Start with brushing your eyebrows with a spoolie. Then take an eyebrow pencil or pomade and start filling them in to your liking. Set them using a brow gel or wax. No worries if you made a tiny mistake, because you can clean them up with concealer!
7. Eyeshadow, eyeliner & mascara. Do an easy eyeshadow look for beginners like yourself. There are dozens of few-color palettes with light to dark shades out there so you won’t feel overwhelmed. Add your eyeshadow and mascara.
7. Contour. Sculpt those cheek bones and add some color to the apples of your cheeks using a blush and bronzer palette. You can even contour your nose for an instant nose job, by adding bronzer to the left and right side of your nose bridge that you highlighter earlier. Sometimes a highlighter is included in the palette, but let’s save that for another step.
8. Face powder. It’s time to press that save button again. For an even more secure lock-in, set your face with a face powder that matches your skin tone.
9. Highlight. Add some glow diagonally across your cheek bones, bridge of your nose, inner corner of your eyes, cupid’s bow and under your brow bone.
10. Setting spray. To completely lock-in your makeup all day and avoid cake face, use a setting spray.
11. Final step: Lipstick! – ..or a lip gloss.. or a tinted balm of sorts. Whatever you’re in the mood for! If applying lipstick, use a lip liner first for neatness.
If your first look doesn’t come out so great, here’s a reminder: nobody starts out perfectly in makeup! You aren’t a pro yet, but in order to get there you cannot give up. Whether you want to become a beauty blogger/vlogger, makeup artist or just an enthusiast, keep going! And it’s important not to compare yourself to others.