Make-up is all about being creative, trying new things and coming up with new ideas. It’s about painting a masterpiece onto your face and flaunting it.
But sometimes, make-up is also about simplicity and minimalism. Here’s a look that is beautifully blended and perfect for any occasion. Read below for basic make-up tricks and treats that can be applied to any look.
Step 1: Step up your base game
For any make-up look to work well, you need a blank canvas to start with.
The very first step is foundation. First find your skin tone and undertone, then find a shade that matches you. Remember to match with your neck - your face is usually lighter in shade because you wash it more often.
Another thing to think about is coverage - full, medium, buildable - there’s a lot to choose from. Find out what formula works for you and your make-up game will improve instantly.
Remember to apply foundation in thin layers and blend each layer before going onto the next one. Build it up only where you need more coverage to avoid a full-on cake face. Although that does sound sweet, if that’s your thing.
Pro-tip: If you have large pores or are just looking to add some wear-time to your foundation, use a primer. Primer goes on just after moisturiser and it helps keep foundation in place, while making the skin look much smoother and more even.
Step 2: Ready, set, go!
Setting your foundation is crucial if you want your make-up to stay in place all day. Set with a fluffy brush that doesn’t pick up too much product. That way it’s easier to avoid applying too much. It’s best to use a translucent loose powder (and not a powder foundation).
To bring back some dimension, contour your face with a neutral contour product (or bronzer) and a fluffy brush. Hit the cheekbones, temples, upper forehead/hairline and jawline. Keep it light.
Finish with a blush and a highlighter and get glowing!
Step 3: Accentuate the eyes
Eye make-up doesn’t have to be dramatic to leave an impact.
Start with a primer (or foundation) and blend it all over your lid. Set it with that same face powder, or pick a neutral nude eyeshadow. Time to blend! Start with a shadow that is slightly darker than your skin tone - a soft brown, orange, red… whatever you feel like that particular day. Pick up some product on a fluffy blending brush and start blending it into your crease. On some eyeshapes, the brush simply sits into the crease, which makes the blending really easy.
Add the same eyeshadow to your lower lash line, using a more precise brush.
For that extra sparkle in your eyes, add some gold to the inner corner and inner third of the lid.
And don’t forget to fill in your brows!
Pro-tip: A transition shade is usually enough for a daily look, but if you want more dimension and intensity, build it up gradually with darker and darker shades. You can easily transform a daily look into a night out look by using this simple technique.
Step 4: Spidery lashes? No, thanks.
Mascara seems like the easiest and least confusing product to use. But is it? Women often struggle with spidery lashes that clump up and ruin everything. To avoid that look, wiggle your mascara left to right to separate your lashes. This also creates some extra thickness and length, which is always a nice plus.
Another trick to keep in mind while doing mascara - apply it on your lower lashes first, then go for upper lashes. That way mascara won’t transfer onto your lid when you look up to apply it on the lower lashes.
P.S.:This works really well with hooded eyes.
Step 5: A classic nude
Finding the right nude lipstick for your skin tone can be difficult, but once you do, the results are super satisfying. When you’re picking your shade, think of the undertone and finish that work best for you.
Lipliner isn’t necessary with matte lipsticks, because they don’t bleed. Creamier formulas look beautiful at all times of the year, but you might need a matching lipliner to keep it in place. You can even skip the lipstick and use a gloss, which is much more low-maintenance.
Remember to be creative with your make-up and don’t ever let people tell you what to do (not even us, but we do offer some pretty cool advice). :)
- Lancome La Base Pro primer
- Lancome Teint Miracle foundation no. 01
- Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in Light Neutral
- YSL Poudre Compacte Radiance pressed powder
- Kevin Aucoin contouring powder
- Kryolan eyebrow shadow palette
- ZOEVA Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette
- L'Oreal Paradise Extatic mascara
- Misslyn Treat Me Sweet powder blush mix of Flamingo and Peach
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