Have you ever accidentally wandered down the beauty aisle and wondered how to apply makeup step by step for beginners? Or is your friend threatening to disinvite you if you show up at her wedding bare-faced? Well, whatever the reason, if you are inquisitive, we’ve got you as we take you through eight easy steps on how to wear makeup.
- Apply makeup for beginners – the basics
- Tips to apply makeup for beginners
- Use a primer
- Apply a foundation
- Conceal problem areas with a concealer
- Time for some eyeshadow
- Eyeliner and mascara
- Sweep on some blush
- Wear your favourite shade of lipstick
- FAQs about tips on how to apply makeup for beginners
Apply makeup for beginners – the basics
While makeup may look complicated with its 100 products and 100 tools and different techniques, it is actually pretty easy if you know the basics. If you want to learn how to apply makeup step by step like a professional, focus on the steps. You have your base, that is the skin. We then go to the eyes. With highlighter and blush, you are almost done. And the final touches include the lips. So, are you ready to channel your inner beauty guru?
Tips to apply makeup for beginners
Prep your skin with a CTM routine
You must have heard of the CTM routine from your makeup junkie friend. To get the perfect base, you need clean and clear skin. This means cleansing, applying toner and then moisturising your face. Start off by washing your face with the Lakme Blush & Glow Lemon Face Wash. Loaded with vitamin C, it refreshes your face while clearing all the grime.
Next, spray some Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner so that your face stays soft and hydrated all day long. No matter how much makeup you put on, if you have dull skin it will show, which is why a toner is needed. Finally, follow it up with a moisturiser. But if you want to get a headstart, use the Lakme Lumi Cream which also doubles up as a highlighter and gives you a natural glow.
Use a primer
While prepping is important, we get it – using makeup is truly the exciting part of this whole routine. And you get to start by slathering on primer to your face. A primer acts as a base so that your makeup does not melt off in between your day. The waterproof Lakme Absolute Blur Primer also blurs your pores and blemishes so that you can then go easy on the foundation and concealer. Since it is lightweight, it also protects your skin from breakouts.
Apply a foundation
Have you ever stayed away from makeup because of your acne-prone skin? Well, say goodbye to breakouts with the Lakme Absolute Skin Dew Serum Foundation. Loaded with super skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, it hydrates your face while giving you full coverage. Dot on a little on your forehead, nose and chin and then using a brush spread it outward. You can also use a beauty blender to dab and blend to give a natural and dewy finish.
Conceal problem areas with a concealer
Are you worried about your eyebags showing or that one nasty zit ruining your look? Well, then perfect your base with a concealer. The Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Liquid Concealer easily blends and hides all imperfections without clogging your pores. Just take a little and dab it on the concerned area and blend it with a sponge or even your finger.
Time for some eyeshadow
If you are not comfortable with blending just yet, instead of trying out fancy smokey eyes or that one eye makeup look that your favourite influencer just posted a tutorial of, go easy. Try using two colours that are similar to each other so that any mistake you make won’t be visible. You can experiment with the colours in the Lakme Absolute Infinity Eyeshadow Palette - Midnight Magic. If you want to go for something dramatic or if you want to play it safe, this palette has colours for every mood and occasion.
With highly pigmented shades, you can create a base with light beige all over your eyelid. You can then go for a darker colour whether that is the matte rust shade or kick things up a notch with a dark glittering purple. Apply it to the outer corner of your eye and then blend with a soft, small brush till you cannot make out where the light shade ends and where the dark shade begins.
Eyeliner and mascara
While you can just do with some eyeshadow, adding liner completes your eye makeup. If you also want to add a wing but are nervous about messing it up, opt for the Lakme Eyeconic Liquid Eyeliner. It dries instantly which means you can keep drawing on the liner till you are happy that both eyes match.
Next, define your lashes by applying mascara. Go for something waterproof like the Lakme Eyeconic Volume Mascara so that you don’t end up with clumpy or smudged lashes. It also lifts your lashes and makes them look fuller without the need for a lash curler or false lashes.
Sweep on some blush
While highlighter adds that extra oomph factor to your cheekbones, if it's a day look or if you want to stay lowkey, just go for a nice flush of colour on your cheeks. The Lakme Absolute Stylist Blush Duos will add that pop of colour that your makeup might be missing. Lightly sweep a soft brush over the blush and then with the same gentle touch, brush it over the centre points of your cheeks.
Wear your favourite shade of lipstick
Lipsticks are one of the most common makeup products even among non-makeup wearers. But if you have always preferred chapstick, we can do you one better. In your last step of how to apply makeup step by step like a professional, we suggest trying out something new with a liquid lipstick. The Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Liquid Lip Color softens your lips thanks to the vitamin E and argan oil in it. While doing its job as a chapstick, you also get an intense and matte result with its vibrant formula. From a bold red to a baby pink, you pick from its multiple shades and swipe on any colour you like.
FAQs about tips on how to apply makeup for beginners
Q. What is the most basic makeup that a beginner needs?
The most basic items that you will need are primer, foundation, concealer, eyeliner and lipstick. The rest just elevates your look to make it look like it was done by a professional.
Q. How do you blend foundation perfectly?
Whether it is your foundation, concealer or contouring, blending is all about patience. While you can use a brush, a makeup sponge makes things easier. Take the sponge and dab the area that you want to blend in an outward direction.
Q. Which makeup brushes do I really need?
While most of the work can be done with a makeup sponge aka beauty blender and your fingers, sometimes a brush helps. A soft powder brush can be used for your foundation, compact, blush and setting powder. A small tapered brush helps with nose contouring and can also double up for putting eyeshadow. A medium-width eyeshadow brush is used for eyeshadow blending.
Well, with our detailed guide on how to apply makeup step by step go turn heads at the next big event you attend. And remember, practice makes perfect so keep working on your makeup to finally look like you are wearing an Instagram filter in real life.