Who does not love a flawless face created and carved out of the best of makeup products? While natural is the way to go, creating natural and nude makeup looks does require a few makeup products and a hell lot of techniques to get it just right; the right blush, the right contour, etc. All in all, face makeup is one uphill task. But once you know how to go on about it, you are sorted.
A face full of right makeup requires certain tools and techniques. This is where we will guide you through all of it so that you pick up just the right stuff and use it to create the best face makeup looks that you want. Let’s go!
- Face makeup step 1: Prep up!
- Face makeup step 2: Prime
- Face makeup step 3: Correct
- Face makeup step 4: Conceal
- Face makeup step 5: Lay the foundation!
- Face makeup step 6: Sculpt
- Face makeup step 7: Blush on!
- Face makeup step 8: Set it
- Face makeup step 9: Eyes wise
- Face makeup step 10: Lips don’t lie
- Face makeup step 11: Seal the deal
Face makeup step 1: Prep up!
The first step is to create a clean canvas. Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face to remove any excess oil or any speck of dirt and grime. This will not only help the products blend better, but also stay on longer. An oily or unclean surface often ends up in uneven patches that are not blended well. Use products that suit your skin type. Also, do not forget to wear your sunblock, especially if you are going out during the day. Sun protection is quite important.
Face makeup step 2: Prime
This is one of the most important steps that many skip. A primer is specially formulated using a velvety texture that helps minimise pores and smoothen the face further. This helps a lot when you are applying your base makeup, i.e. your concealer and foundation. It helps remove any creases and cuts on the face and makes it a smooth base for the products to blend and spread well.
Face makeup step 3: Correct
This is another step that many ignore. Colour correction is as important as concealing. While concealing works for light discolourations and marks, correctors come in handy if you have stubborn under-eye issues and spots. These correctors come in peach, yellow, and green shades, each serving its own purpose. Pick one that suits your concern best and use the correction technique along with concealing. A yellow corrector is used to conceal a bruising which may be blue or purple in tone. Orange or peach correctors are usually for stubborn dark circles and dark spots. Green correctors are used to hiding redness.
Face makeup step 4: Conceal
Once you are done prepping and priming, it is time to start with the makeup. The first step is to conceal. Choose a concealer, preferably a shade lighter than your foundation. The reason for this is that concealers are used on dark circles that are several shades darker than your face tone. It is also used on dark spots. Thus, it needs to be a little lighter than your usual shade. Apply it in a V-stroke on your dark circles and on other spots. Blend it well by tapping with your fingers or using a firm concealer brush.
Face makeup step 5: Lay the foundation!
Now that you have done all the above mentioned, it is time for the first hero product of your face makeup, the foundation. First thing, know your shade. Gone are the days of testing it on your wrist. Test your foundation on your jawline. That not only helps you gauge which shade is the closest or an exact match to your skin, but also gives you an indication of your skin’s tolerance. Not only the shade, it is also important to know which texture suits your skin best. Nowadays, there are a plethora of foundation formats available; light lotions, creams, mousse and more. Take your pick. You can also choose your base on the basis of the coverage you require; light, medium or heavy. In short, choose one that suits your skin texture best and blends in well with your skin tone.
Face makeup step 6: Sculpt
Done with the foundation? Great. Now is the time to sculpt that face. Not literally, we are talking about the art of highlighting and contouring. If you have a round or rectangular face, you do need these products to bring out the shape of the face well. Otherwise, it will just look flat. Highlighting and contouring helps bring out your jawline and makes your face look sharp, depending on the intensity with which you use the products. Use your highlighter on the high points of the face, i.e. your cheekbones, your brow bone, on the bridge of your nose and on your Cupid’s bow. Use your bronzer in the receding parts of your face such as the hollow of your cheeks, your hairline, and your jaw line. Blend all the edges well. Once you are done, your face will have a visibly sculpted look.
Face makeup step 7: Blush on!
Now is the time to put some colour on those cheeks. Depending on whether you are a warm-toned person or a cool-toned one, and also on the type of look that you are going for, pick a shade. Now put a few dots on the apple of your cheeks and blend, enough to sink in well with the already placed highlighter, foundation, and bronzer. Know that all the edges should blend in well to give a natural look. You can even put a little bit on your nose. Just a tiny bit. goes a long way.
Face makeup step 8: Set it
Your base makeup needs to set and blend well together. Though you have used perfect strokes and brushes to help set the edges, one final touch is required so that nothing falls apart. That’s where a face setting powder comes into play. Use a translucent and light one if you do not want another layer on your face, or one that is closest to your face and foundation shade. Apply in a dusting or sweeping motion all over your face.
Face makeup step 9: Eyes wise
You are done with perfecting your base. Now is the time to move on to the other parts of the face. And one of the most important parts of face makeup is eye makeup. Choose the look you wish to go for, depending on the occasion; subtle for work, pretty for a lunch, bold for a party, take your pick. Whatever you wish to pick, do not forget to blend in the creases. Also, work on those eyebrows. Fill it in a natural manner and do not leave it sparse as it ruins the whole look. Do use a mascara to open up your eyes.
Face makeup step 10: Lips don’t lie
Lip makeup is not just about slapping on lipstick. The skin on your lips is delicate and requires a certain level of pampering and prepping. Make sure you use a lip scrub at least twice a week and apply lip balms and serums to improve the texture. That will take care of the base. Now, when it comes to lip makeup, a bonus tip is applying a thin layer of foundation over it and setting it with a powder. This base will help your lipstick stay longer. Thereafter, use a lip liner and then fill in your lips with the closest shade of lipstick.
Face makeup step 11: Seal the deal
Congratulations! You are done with your perfect face makeup. But how do you ensure it lasts for a long time? By sealing it with a makeup spray. These sprays are not only handy in setting your entire makeup but also freshen you up and care for your skin.