Makeup can be quite scary when you first start. There’s so much to it! Powder or liquid foundation? Pencil, liquid or gel liner? Eye shadows blend? LIPSTICKS HAVE DIFFERENT FORMULAS?! If this is you, don’t worry. I am going to give you a few tips and pointer to begin your makeup collection…. Because, let’s be honest, that’s what it will become.
1. Not everything is expensive – Looking at different products and their prices can be quite scary. You don’t have to buy all expensive brands, and you shouldn’t if you’re just starting out! It’s okay to get drugstore brands, some of those are quite nice! E.L.F and NYX are my two favorite drugstore brands!
2. Expensive doesn’t mean top quality – Believe it or not, there are brands that sell expensive products that aren’t so hot. Whether it’s the product itself, or how the formula works on your skin, expensive isn’t always better.
3. Go cheap where you can – My rule of thumb is, go expensive on foundation and lipsticks, everything else can be drug store brand. There are primers for everything else, or the product will work fine. That $6 mascara works just as well as that $30 mascara. Experiment at Sephora or Ulta. They have no problem with you going into their store and trying their testers. Just make sure to use clean tools. If you’re unsure how to use it, ask somebody!
4. Start with the basics – Foundation, mascara, nude colors for eyes and lips. You don’t need the Shade and Light contour palette and a $60 brow kit yet. If you’re not used to wearing makeup, having a dark eye and bright lip with fully done brows is going to make you feel self conscious and ridiculous. Starting with basics and nude colors, you can get used to wearing makeup before you start wearing purple lipstick with a big winged liner. This will also help you skip the awkward green eyeshadow and hot pink lipstick phase (middle school anyone?)
5. Take your time learning – Sit in front of the mirror and learn the how of applying each product. Learn how you want to apply your foundation. Beauty blender? Stippling brush? Powder brush? Do you like waterproof mascara? Do you want to use contour and highlights? Blush? Practice practice practice. You will find what you like and how you like to apply things.
6. BLEND – blend your contour, blend your eyeshadow. Just… Blend.
7. Keep things clean – Brushes and sponges will hold bacteria they pick up from your skin and whatever surfaces you put them on. Keep things clean and covered. Your skin will thank you.
8. Tutorials will make a difference – Seriously. Youtube has THOUSANDS of videos from how to apply mascara to prosthetic makeup. Watch some, find your favorite beauty Youtubers, try and follow along!
9. There’s a red lipstick for everyone – Warm toned, cool toned, orangey-reds, blue-reds… the list goes on. There’s one for ever skin tone.
10. Have fun – This speaks for itself. If you have fun with makeup, you’ll want to do it more often, and doing it more often will help you get better!
There you have it! My top 10 makeup tips for beginners. Do you have any beginner tips?
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