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Mastering Makeup: Essential Tips and Techniques for Beginners

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Natalie Lorence | Celebrity Makeup Artist

Bangkok, Thailand | June 4, 2024

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thai woman applying mascara in her beginner makeup routine

How to apply makeup step by step for beginners

Your makeup will look different depending on your skin type and age. As time passes, your face will change in proportions and texture, requiring you to adapt the products and techniques you use accordingly. You do not need to be a freelance makeup artist to benefit from taking a makeup class for beginners to learn the basics.

How to do makeup

Generally, the younger you are, the easier it is to pull off heavier or more full-coverage make-up looks. Faces with higher contrasting features usually need higher quantities of products to achieve the same look as someone with low contrast. Hormonal issues at any age can also completely influence your make-up routine compared to someone with drier skin or even skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea.

No matter the age or skin type, having a good skincare routine and educating yourself on proper skin prep can make a world of difference in how your makeup applies and performs throughout the day. Learning about other basics, such as skin care, product compatibility, undertones, and finding the correct shade, can level up your everyday look, no matter your current level of experience or whether you can attend a makeup training class.

how to apply makeup for beginners

Matching your skincare with your makeup is a great first step for beginners learning about cosmetics and self-care. You can check the labels of your products to check the ingredient list. As a rule, the ingredients are listed by concentration, meaning that the first (or first few) ingredient(s) listed will have the highest percentage compared to other ingredients and can be considered the base with the most risk of reaction with different products. The two most popular ingredients used as a base are water and silicone.

However, if a product’s ingredient list starts with water but is immediately followed by a silicone compound such as cyclopentasiloxane, the product base will be considered silicone, not water. Silicone can come in many different variations. Some silicone ingredients to look out for are ingredients ending in -icone and -iloxane. The list of ingredients for actual water-based products will start with water and be followed by moisturizing ingredients such as glycerine. To reduce the chances of your makeup pilling with your skincare, ensuring the bases match can help your products work harmoniously together. To successfully mix different bases, ensure enough drying time between each layer, and avoid rubbing in or spreading around new products.

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How to apply makeup step by step

Knowing how to apply your skincare is as important as makeup, if not more, as proper skin prep can make or break your foundation base. If you wash your face with hard water or a harsh face wash, it can be beneficial to use a toner to transition from the water’s pH level back to your skin’s natural pH so it can better absorb any product you layer on top.

Serums go next here. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent serum for beginners. It is very gentle, does not strip the skin barrier, and increases hydration by trapping the moisture underneath and pulling more moisture from above. Make sure to apply it on top of moist skin. To do so, wash your face, apply toner without drying, apply serum while your face is still humid, and close it off with a moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid can be used both morning and night to improve the plumpness of your skin and reduce or prevent fine lines.

In the morning, you can follow with a moisturizer and top it off with good-quality mineral sunscreen. Compared to chemical sunscreens, mineral sunscreens can be applied liberally to your lips and eyelids without any undesirable flavors or eye stinging. Immediately after applying sunscreen, a water or silicone-based primer can seal in your products and improve their efficiency, ensuring your makeup base stays even and smooth for longer. While primers are not a necessary step for beginners, they can be a very helpful product if you struggle with visibly large pores or uneven skin texture.

For additional hydration at night, especially if you have combo skin, sealing in your moisturizer with a facial oil can help to rebalance your natural face sebum and reduce your natural oils.

In what order to apply makeup

Ideally, allow your skincare and primer to dry for at least five minutes before applying makeup. This will save you time during the application, as you will not have to deal with your makeup moving around or creasing due to excess moisture from your skincare.

The next step for beginners will usually be a bb or cc cream, foundation, or concealer, depending on the level of coverage you need. However, there are no hard-fast rules when it comes to order, as some make-up artists will prefer starting with their brows, followed by the eye area, so they have more control over the definition and clean-up.

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How to apply makeup

Applying your base for a beginner-friendly makeup routine can be as simple as some tinted moisturizer and a touch of concealer under the eyes and over blemishes. Tinted moisturizers also benefit from being more forgiving regarding shade matching due to their sheerness, meaning you do not have to worry about undertones. For beginners, using a concealer shade close to your natural skin tone is the easiest way to achieve a natural glowy makeup. Going to a makeup class near you can help you figure out how to work with lighter concealers for a lifting effect or use color correctors for skin discolorations. Alternatively, hiring the help of a personal shopper and stylist specializing in makeup to choose the right shades can help you save a lot of money in the long run.

How to apply basic makeup

Well-groomed brows will elevate your overall makeup look the most after an even skin tone. A transparent brow gel is the most foolproof way to shape your brows. This will also save you from being too heavy-handed with your brow product. Once you master transparent brow gels, you can try to find a tinted brow gel that matches your warm, cool, or neutral complexion. For more precision and control in altering or filling in the shape, you can try a wax-based eyebrow pencil before or after the eyebrow gel, depending on the result you are looking for.

Keeping your lips moisturized with sheer or lightly tinted lip balms, glosses, or lip oils throughout the day are crowd-favorite makeup essentials for a natural look. Finding the right lipstick color usually requires more makeup and color theory expertise. Giving yourself the gift of a makeup class with an expert makeup artist every decade or every time you notice your old makeup routine stops working for you can be one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your self-esteem.

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Choosing whether to start with blush, bronzer, or both as a beginner can be influenced by your culture or residence. Asia tends to favor blushes, Europe and Latin America bronzers, and America both. Using both without taking a personal makeup class can quickly become complicated if you have low contrasting features, as it can look overwhelming if applied liberally. The benefit of using a sheer base such as a tinted moisturizer is that you can skip over adding natural colors back to your face with blush and bronzer. However, it can still be a fun and beginner-friendly step to incorporate into your makeup routine to help you feel your best and achieve natural glam makeup.

Black or brown mascara, depending on your facial features’ contrast levels, is the last step in your basic makeup routine. The mascara wand can be more important than the formula, with different mascaras offering different benefits, such as lengthening or volumizing. You can easily layer different types of mascara to achieve the look you want. Waterproof mascara can be more of a hassle to remove at night but can help your makeup last longer if you struggle with it flaking or smudging. Waterproof mascara requires a specific eye makeup remover, so keep that in mind when designing your natural makeup look.

Makeup can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make it. By focusing on understanding and mastering the basics, you can lean on solid foundations to create any makeup look you can think of. For some of our favorite product recommendations, you can check our guide for the “TOP 5 AFFORDABLE MAKEUP PRODUCTS YOU CAN FIND IN THAILAND TO ACHIEVE A NATURAL MAKEUP LOOK.”

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