How to Apply Makeup


Learning how to apply makeup to look great and feel attractive is something every woman can master. I can’t tell you how many times family, friends, and even strangers have complimented me on my flawless skin. My first thought is, “What? They think my skin is flawless? Cool!”

As much as I’d love to tell them that I just naturally look this way, the truth is, it’s the makeup tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years that truly give me that flawless skin we all want.

Don’t get me wrong- it wasn’t always this way. I used to have a mistaken view that applying makeup was all about hiding my face. With that in mind, I would slather on a heavy layer of foundation, dip a giant powder puff into baby powder, and hit my face with it. Okay, maybe that last part didn’t happen, but I’m not far off. It was not a pretty sight! After getting some unwanted feedback (thanks sis!), I took a break from applying makeup altogether. I just felt like a phony.

How Makeup Can Boost Self-Confidence

After awhile, I snapped out of it and decided to try makeup again. But this time, I consulted makeup artists and excellent books on how to achieve my goals of a beautiful, healthy glow. Boy, am I glad I did! It really changed my negative feelings about makeup and helped me become more confident in showcasing my natural beauty. You see, I learned that it is possible to achieve a smooth, clear complexion with a minimal amount of makeup in just minutes a day.

The Foundation of Applying Makeup

Foundation is the basis for achieving beautiful, smooth skin. Some of you might be freaking out over the word “foundation.” “Foundation? You mean that heavy stuff my grandma used?” Well, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that. Foundations have had a bad rap because they used to be very heavy, thick, and mask-like. Having said that, foundations today have come a long way. There have been many innovations that have made the current formulations light and comfortable, yet offering great coverage. Good foundations are supposed to blend very well and “disappear” into your skin. If you choose the right color and apply the foundation correctly, it can instantly give you a gorgeous complexion. Next to concealer application, learning how to apply makeup foundation correctly is the most important step in your makeup repertoire.

Cheek Color

Blush is the quickest way to add a warm, healthy glow to your face. It makes you look youthful, vibrant, and approachable. There are a variety of textures and colors to choose from. I think the most beautiful blush colors are natural-looking. Pink and peach look terrific on light to medium skin tones. For darker skin, choose a darker berry blush.

When it comes to applying blush, many women make the mistake of sucking in their face and applying blush in the hollows of their cheeks. That is very outdated and unnatural-looking. There is a much better method for how to apply makeup to the cheeks. It’s easier than you might think.

Getting a Sun Kissed Glow

Bronzer can be used to warm up your complexion and define the planes of your face. Used in the right places, it can make your face appear thinner, and chisel out your cheek bones.

By using bronzer, you can get a natural-looking tan, without the harm that comes from baking under the sun. I use it all year round. I especially like to use it in the winter, when my skin is much more pale. It adds warmth and depth to my face. Bronzer is a great addition to your makeup repertoire when learning how to apply makeup.

Are Makeup Mirrors Worth It?

One of the best investments I have made when I started learning how to apply makeup is purchasing a lighted makeup mirror. You see, I used to have a lot of problems with uneven makeup application. Sometimes one cheek would have more blush than the other. The problem was the poor lighting in my bathroom. Things improved dramatically when I researched and bought a high quality makeup mirror. It does not cost that much. I got mine for around $30. For someone who does not have good eyesight, the makeup mirror has helped me apply my makeup much more easily and expertly. If you are wondering whether or not a lighted makeup mirror works, I can give a definitive yes! 

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