Makeup with simple steps
By Funmilayo Peleowo
Makeup is not only about drawing lines on the eyebrow or applying lipstick on the lips. There are several things attached to it. Everyday makeup should cover blemishes, define your bone structure and highlight your pretty eyes without making you look overdone to enable your face pop out the beauty and structure. You can’t apply mascara on your eye and expect it to pop out.
There are some things that are necessary before applying makeup. The first stage is:
Prepping your face: In this stage you will need to wash, exfoliate and moisturize your face.
A. Wash your face: before applying makeup, you will need to wash your face first. You may feel bathing in the morning is just what you need, No! Face needs an in-depth cleansing for those who use makeup on daily basis because oil is always deposited on the face which may result to acne or pimples. Avoid washing your face with hot water, because it will dry it out and leave it prone to irritation. Lukewarm water is best when you wash your face.
B. Exfoliate your face: exfoliating your face on daily basis is not necessary but doing it for few days is essential in keeping your face looking fresh. Applying makeup on dry, flaky skin does not give best result. Exfoliate with either a small facial brush, an exfoliating scrub, or other things that are meant for the face. Focus on areas that tend to get dry and flaky. Face mask can be used from time to time as it cleanses pores and helps to pull off dry skin.
C. Moisturize your face: with this it helps your makeup go on more easily and create a better final look. Let the moisturizer absorb into your skin for a few minutes before you apply makeup.
Second stage deals on how to apply foundation, concealer and powder.
How to choose your foundation:
A. Choosing your foundation is as easy as ABC. You can apply little at the back of your palm and blend. If it doesn’t suit your skin,try another color or shade. For those whose face is lighter than their body,you need to try the foundation on your cheek bone. For oily face, you need to apply face primer for the makeup to stay long. For other skin types no need to apply face primer. Face primer helps to keep the face dry and not to look oily and makes it last longer.
B. Concealer: concealer is also necessary on the face as it helps to hide spots under eye circles and other parts that are discoloured on the face. It can be best applied with brush, beauty blender or dabbling it directly under your eyes or other parts with your finger. Make sure you blend it properly. Use the colour that will match your skin so that it won’t contradict with the foundation.
C. Powder: after you must have blended your concealer, the next stage is to apply powder. Choose a powder that suits or matches your your skin colour. Use a powder brush or powder puff to apply your powder; preferably use powder brush because it helps in applying powder evenly. Powder gives your face a natural look; it helps set your foundation so that it stays in place all day.
Here, you can also apply bronzer and highlighter to contour your face. Bronzer helps create flattering shadows, while highlighter brightens the areas you want to have popped.
D. Blush: choose a pink toned blush. Swirl a blush brush in the container, smile and apply it to the apples of your cheeks in a circular notion.
This explains how you will need to apply eyeshadow, eyeliner,mascara and lip colour.
A. Eyeshadow: since this makeup is meant for everyday, you need to choose a neutral shadow pallet. Colours like gold, brown, grey and blue tones are good for everyday makeup. Always avoid bright colours, smokey eyes and other bold tones for everyday makeup.
How to apply it
– apply a base shadow in a colour close to your skin tone. Use your skin finger or eyeshadow brush to apply it on your eye lid and all the way up to eyeshadow.
– then apply a medium dark colour to your lid, working your way from your eyelashes up to The crease.
B. Eyeliner: choose your colours here wisely, mind you bold colours are not necessary in the day. Charcoal, navy or brown eyeliner, save black for night time wear. Apply it above your eyelashes, trace your eyelashes carefully.
– you can use a pencil liner or liquid liner to achieve this.
– if the lines are not straight or get smudged, use a cotton swab to gently remove it, then retrace it again.
– for an everyday look, avoid using liner on your lower lids.
C. Mascara: at this stage you need to apply one coat of mascara on both your upper and lower lashes. Insert the brush at the base of your lashes and sweep outward. Black or brown colour is good for everyday wear. Whenever you apply one eye, dip the brush in the bottle again before applying mascara to the other eye.
If you dont want to use mascara, you can use an eyelash curĺer to curl your lashes for a natural, pretty look.
D. Lip colour: you can use pink or neutral coloured lipstick or lip gloss to finish your everyday look. At this stage avoid using heavy lipliner and bold colours during the day.
Colours are necessary but applying it is the most essential thing to be considered. Day is different from night, bold colours look calm at night than during the day which may look too loud. Mild makeup is okay for the day while bold makeups are okay for the night.
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