By ANNAMARIE VIGIL
Makeup can be a fun way to express creativity, art and style, but makeup can also be a huge headache to those who don’t know much about it. Of course makeup is not a necessity, nor is it mandatory for you to be comfortable with yourself, but makeup can be used in many ways such as enhancement, special effects and expression. If the thought of makeup stresses you out and you have no idea where to start, don’t panic, this guide has you covered.
If you’re new to makeup, start simple: don’t wear more than what you’re comfortable with. Start with the basics and learn to enhance your most favorable features, and with practice, also learn to create more complex looks.
First, start with your skin. Do you have oily, dry or combination skin? Is your skin textured or smooth? Are there any features you would like to cover up? Do you have any features you would like to see even after the application of makeup such as freckles, moles or even tattoos? These simple questions will help you decide if you need primer, oil, foundation or powder. If you have oily skin, then powder will be your best friend. A nice setting powder will help absorb oil and keep makeup in place. If you have dry skin, try using moisturizers, such as lotions, primers or oils to create a base to keep your foundation from becoming patchy and flakey. If you have combination skin, try using a moisturizer that isn’t oil based. For textured skin, apply a primer before you apply your foundation, this will help fill in and minimize the appearance of pores to give your skin a more smooth look. If you’re happy with your skin and prefer no foundation, try a tinted moisturizer or even skip foundation and powder all together.
Of course you can rock your bare skin or apply only powder, but for those looking into foundation, you might want to do some research. There are thousands of foundations for you to choose from, with different formulas, application styles and benefits. While researching your foundation keep in mind the amount of coverage you want and your skin type weather its dry, oily, or combination. Once you figure out which foundation you want, you need to pick out your shade, do not be afraid to ask for help: employees at MAC, Sephora, and Ulta are there to ensure your satisfaction and are more than happy to color-match you. The last thing you want is for your face to be a completely different shade than the rest of your body. When applying foundation you can use a stipple brush which works well with textured skin, or a damp beauty sponge to create a more airbrushed look.
There are lots of different eyebrow products some being easier to use than others. When choosing a brow product don’t get frustrated if you can’t get one to do the job the way you would like; there are lots more options which may suit you better. If you’ve never applied makeup to your brows before, start with a powder or even an eyeshadow the color of your brows and with an angled brush apply the powder to make the brows appear fuller. Run a clear or tinted brow gel over your natural brows to keep the hairs in place. Other options that require a bit more practice include brow pencils and pomade. Although these require more practice, they give a more precise look and are more effective in creating a false longer lasting eyebrow if desired.
Concealer is similar to foundation, but more heavy-duty and with fuller coverage. Concealer can be used for covering any and every flaw or mark you may want covered. Concealer may also be used to highlight and contour your face. With a flat concealer brush, apply concealer over any problem areas, as well as under your eyes, the center of your chin and the center of your forehead and blend out with a damp beauty sponge. This will help cover any dark spots under your eyes and will help make your face appear thinner. If you would like your brows to be more sharp and precise you can use concealer and a small flat brush to carve them out.
SET YOUR FACE
You now have your base, foundation, brows and concealer. Next you’ll need something to set your face in place. Don’t worry, this isn’t as complicated as picking a base or foundation, you have three different choices: spray, powder or both. Powder is good for keeping your foundation from sliding around and absorbing excess oils and a spray is good for either keep your face matte or dewy depending on your personal preference. You can even wear them both by applying powder with a large fluffy brush then spraying your face after to ensure a longer-lasting set.
When it comes to eyeshadow, your possibilities are endless. There are pressed powder, creme shadow, loose glitter, foils, pencils, crayons, gels, bakes and so many more forms of eyeshadow that can be used in different ways to create unique looks. Prep your eyes with a concealer or eyeshadow primer and use a white or nude eyeshadow as your base. This will help your shadows blend together much easier. As long as you blend your shadows, you can’t go wrong. Have fun with your eye makeup and don’t be afraid to express yourself.
“When it comes to eyeshadow, your possibilities are endless.” Photos of and by ANNAMARIE VIGIL
A lot of people choose only to wear mascara. Mascara comes in different colors and different wands. Mascara should be applied after eyeshadow to prevent lashes from looking dusty. You can layer mascara to darken, lengthen, and volumize your lashes, or you can apply one coat and call it a day. If your looking for a more dramatic twist on your lashes, try using falsies. Fake eyelashes, also called falsies, are a good way to top off your eyeshadow and can really change the final look of your makeup. Falsies come in lots of styles, lengths and colors and can be worn more than once as long as you take proper care of them. Applying false lashes, however, can be a little difficult at first. If you don’t apply them properly, they become itchy and can poke you, hang off or even completely fall off, but as long as you practice and take your time, you’ll be able to rock falsies to their full potential.
You’ve applied your base, face makeup, brows and eye makeup, of course you can stop here, adding a pop of color to your lips can take your look to a whole other level. Try pairing a nude eyes with a pop of color on your lips or a color on your eyes with a nude lip. By doing this you are creating an illusion of contrast which may be used to add personality into your look.
Now that you know all the basics about makeup, try exploring new products. Use these tips to create a new look and explore with what works best for you, and most importantly, have fun. Makeup shouldn’t be a headache, but rather a fun way to express yourself and be more confident.