Using Makeup Like A Pro: A Step-by-Step Guide

When applying makeup, there is no right or wrong method. According to Lindsay Kastuk, a New York City-based commercial and editorial makeup artist, “makeup is self-expression!” Nothing can determine what will best accentuate your best features and give you the look you want like a thumb rule. But mastering the fundamentals is the first step towards applying makeup skillfully. The way makeup is applied can have a significant impact.

Whether you’re new to makeup application or a seasoned pro, our step-by-step tutorial will help you appear flawless. From winged liner techniques to cut-crease halo eye hacks, this tutorial will guide you about how to apply makeup step by step like a pro. Keep reading for simple makeup tricks!

How To Apply Cosmetics Like An Expert

When applying makeup, it is essential to start with a clean palette. To avoid looking cakey and unnatural, wash your skin with a mild cleanser and take off any old makeup. Cleaning your face before applying makeup helps to avoid irritated skin and congested pores. Makeup residue can be removed with baby oil or makeup remover.

 Define Your Eyes With Eyeliner

Apply eyeliner before mascara and after applying eyeshadow or doing your eyebrows. Use waterproof eyeliner and use it in your waterline for added definition. You can choose a gel, liquid, or pencil eyeliner. Check out some best ways to apply eyeliner by Lindsay Kastuk.

“This depends on what kind of eyeliner you like! I love using a gel liner and a brush, I feel like I have more control this way, and my lines are much more crisp. If you are looking for a classic line (no flick or wing), start as close to the base of your lashes as you can and just follow your lash line. You can build the thickness of the line from there!”

 

Set The Base With Liquid Foundation

Choose a foundation depending on your skin type and tone. If you have oily skin, go for a matte finish and shine control foundation. For dry skin, choose a dewy, hydrating foundation. You need to play around with these products and figure out what is best for you.

Color-match your foundation based on pink or yellow undertones. You probably have a pink or cool undertone if you have fair skin, whereas a yellow or warm undertone is found in people with Asian or olive skin. Also, decide the coverage of your foundation (full, medium, and light) based on your skin condition and the extent of imperfections you want to hide.

Lindsay Kastuk says, “This [foundation] can be applied in many ways! You can use many different types of brushes (fluffy, kabuki, flat brush), but you always want to make sure the brush is a synthetic fiber when using a liquid foundation. You generally want to start the application where you feel you want the most coverage! The most common way to apply is by putting a few dots all over the face and using a brush to blend the foundation out.” If you don’t want to use a brush, you can also use a sponge or beauty blender.

 Conceal Where You Need

Concealer is amazing to make you look more awake and get rid of shadows, and dark areas. Pick a product that is two shades lighter than your foundation or natural skin tone. Dab the concealer on your skin with your fingers or a beauty blender to make it look natural.

Lindsay comments, “Concealer is generally used to spot treats and cover areas you would like to be covered. Some of the most common areas of concealer are placed under the eyes (to cover dark circles or redness), around the nostrils (to cover redness), and on the forehead. It can also be used to cover any spots or pimples that you might have. Concealer is usually just a higher pigmentation than foundation, meaning it is more opaque in coverage – something you generally don’t use all over the face.”

Use Mascara

Make your lashes fuller, thicker, and longer with mascara. Try to use a lightweight or air-whipped formula so that your lashes do not feel weighed down. Also, do not skip on the eyelash curler before applying mascara if you want to hold your curl. Lindsay suggests, “Always start at the base of the lashes! You want to get as close to the base of the lash and pull the rest of the product through to the tip of the lash. Ensuring you get the base of the lash

 Brush Some Setting Powder

Set your makeup base with loose, compact, or setting powder. But remember, when it comes to powder, less is more. Use just the right amount of powder to set your makeup. Apply in areas where you tend to get shine and oil, and your makeup might break down.

 Start With A Moisturizer

Make sure to complete your skincare routine before reaching for any makeup tools. Prep your skin with a moisturizer or serum to create a good base. This will keep your skin hydrated and firm and help lay your makeup properly. If your skin is not moisturized enough, the foundation will look cakey and heavy and is deposited on the dry areas of your face.

Contour With Bronzer

Bronzer is an instant pick-me-up that imparts a beautiful glow. Lindsay stresses properly using the bronzer. Let’s see what she has in store about this step: “I apply bronzer to my clients to give a sun-kissed glow. I apply bronzer with a larger fluffy brush to the high points of the face – where the sun would naturally hit you. The forehead, the tops of the cheekbones, and the nose.”

Do Your Eyebrows

You can use brow liner eyebrow pencil or gel to shade or fill in your eyebrows. Unless you have blonde hair, use a product two or three shades lighter than your hair color. Follow the natural curve of your brows and create a well-defined arch with an eyebrow brush (spoolie on one end and angled-tapered side on the other).

Apply Primer

Lindsay mentions, “Primer is applied after your moisturizer and SPF but before your foundation. Generally speaking, you want to apply your primer all over your entire face. Some primers are made for specific areas (redness, enlarged pores, oiliness), so you would want to apply it only to the areas that the primer is meant to work for.”

Primer acts as a barrier between your skincare and makeup and prevents the makeup from sinking into your pores. It helps your makeup appear smooth and long-lasting and gives an airbrushed finish. Use a primer to fill fine lines and large pores and create an even canvas for your makeup to glide smoothly and not look cakey.

Mary, a blogger, shared her makeup routine that’s curated to her face shape, explaining, “I always wash my face, use toner and acne medication as needed, moisturize, and then prime before doing anything else. This allows the moisturizer and primer to be absorbed into the skin so my foundation and brush aren’t met with a slippery surface. Toner and primer both help tighten and brighten skin and make pores less noticeable, but occasionally I will skip them if I’m in a real hurry (i).”

 ‘Blush’ It Up

Blush brings color to your face and is a game-changer. Swipe some blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend back to the top of your ears. You can go for rose, pink, peach, or fuschia hues, depending on your skin tone.

According to Lindsay, “Blush is a big trend for spring. Blush can be applied anywhere you’d like but use a medium-sized fluffy brush for this one. You want to make sure you have a light hand. You can always build up the color; it is harder to take it away.”

 

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