10 Makeup Tips Every Woman Should Know
There are certain things in life that are like a woman’s rite of passage. Learning how to apply your makeup properly is one of them. We all remember that one horrid day we decided to slather on our mother’s blue eye shadow, baby pink lipstick, and enough blush to scare a clown. Let’s admit it, we even went into public that way as an inexperienced teen – gasp! Of course those days are long gone and your makeup bag has likely changed. We’ve all thought about ways to enhance our favorite looks so our makeup appears more natural, smooth, and flawless. No matter what look you’re trying to achieve always consider visiting your local salon or beauty professional for tips, advice, and current trends. Consider these 10 tips and be on your way to your most beautiful makeup looks yet
Use a Primer
You should be using a primer for many different reasons. The first one being that you want a smooth, sexy complexion, and in order to get that you need to prep your skin properly. Primers help to reduce large pores, mattify the skin, blur imperfections, and helps your makeup last longer. If you’re a beauty on a budget, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on a high price primer. There are plenty from our favorite brands that will get the job done! Our personal favorites include L‘Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting base, Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer, and Revlon Photo Ready Color Correcting Primer. Don’t forget to moisturize after priming and before foundation or powder application.
Concealer is one of the biggest beauty secrets. It is your secret weapon to achieving a flawless complexion. The right concealer can hide blemishes, dark circles, and allow your face to look brighter. When concealers are applied incorrectly they can unfortunately exaggerate imperfections that make you look older, more tired, and not as fresh. The first tip for perfecting your concealer application is to make sure you’re applying it to clean, primed, and moisturized skin. You don’t want the product to sit on top of the skin because the ultimate goal is for it to blend as seamlessly as possible. When applying concealer to your under eye area avoid creating a half moon shape. Instead, opt for an inverted triangle below the eyes and allow the concealer to touch your upper check bone. Apply it using your fingers or makeup brush making short patting motions instead of dragging it across your skin. Lastly, make sure you’re getting the right shade for your skin tone. One common misconception is that your concealer should be a few shades lighter than your foundation. This can cause your makeup to not look uniform. Aim for a shade that has some salmon pink hues to cancel out any blue tones from under eye circles.
Strobing is Your New Best Friend
Move over contouring. Strobing is in and it’s going to be sticking around for a while. Strobing is a fancy word for highlighting. One of the biggest celebrity trends lately has been focused on looking natural. Dewy, bright skin is the main purpose of strobing. Sounds good? So how do you do it? First of all, find a good highlighter and make sure that a professional at your local beauty store matches it to your skin tone. Begin by applying the highlighter just above your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, to the center of your forehead, and just below your eyebrows. The highlighter reflects light and allows your skin to appear more youthful, dewy, and supple.
Apply Foundation to Achieve your Desired Coverage
If you’re into a more full coverage look, always opt for applying your foundation with a brush or beauty blender. If you are going for a more sheer and natural look but still want light coverage, apply your foundation with your fingers in a patting and dabbing motion. Also consider using a powder foundation instead of liquid like Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Powder Foundation. Powder foundations can offer similar coverage with a lighter feel and should be applied using a kabuki brush.
Always Set Your Foundation with Powder
Women often times miss this step and it’s one of the most important ways to keep your makeup looking fresh all day. Sweep a setting or finishing powder over your T-zone to make sure that your foundation stays put and crease-free all day long.
Fill in Your Brows
Thin and unnatural brows are definitely a thing of the past. Thick and shapely brows are the it look in 2016. Put down the tweezers and allow your natural brows to fill in. Make sure to get them professionally shaped, waxed, or threaded. Once your perfect brow shape is achieved don’t forget to fill them in. Find a brow pencil or gel that is one shade darker than your natural eyebrow color. Lightly fill your brows focusing on the arch and filling in any sparse areas. Your eyebrows shape your face and can make you appear younger, who doesn’t want that?
Exfoliate Your Lips Before Lipstick Application
Lipstick is like frosting on a cake. It adds color to your face and pulls your whole look together. Be sure to exfoliate before application to give your pout a flake-free, fuller look. Simply take a small amount of sugar and coconut oil, apply it to your lips and scrub with your finger or baby toothbrush. Wipe or rinse off any excess and you’re on your way to smooth and kissable lips.
Apply Mascara Starting at the Roots
Every woman desires that false eyelash effect. You can achieve it by applying your mascara at the base of your eyelashes. Swipe the wand back and forth to build up volume and continue in a zigzag motion towards the tips. Don’t be afraid to go for a second coat!
Enhance Your Eyes With Eyeliner
When used correctly, eyeliner can enhance your eyes and make them look bigger, wider, and more awake. One common mistake that women make is closing in their eyes by drawing dark liner on their water line or around the entire perimeter of their eyes. For a gentler approach that makes your eyes look like you’ve just had your morning cup of coffee, opt for a white liner on your water line. Then apply your black or brown liner starting at mid pupil and out towards your temple and blend. Try skipping liner on the bottom all together. Liquid liners are great for a more dramatic look and can also be applied with more precision.
Use Eye drops Before Makeup Application
Let’s face it. We all wakeup tired sometimes. You look in the mirror and see red, sleepy eyes. Apply a drop of redness relief eye drops in each eye before make up application. The whites of your eyes should be just that, white!
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