All Of The Makeup Advice You’ll Need To Refine Your Skills In Time For The Quarantine Finale
Updated May 18, 2020.
There are two kinds of people in the world: makeup aficionados and makeup influencers. As much as we’d like to be makeup pros, we cannot all be makeup experts, there’s just no way, and we have proof! On YouTube alone, there are countless of people that are doing makeup tutorials all wrong. Yes, they are hilarious to watch, but what’s the point of watching a makeup tutorial if it’s a complete disaster? Perhaps if we pay more attention to real makeup pros and follow their advice, we can perhaps teach others to do it, someday maybe.
Here’s a couple of lessons that we should all be following:
Stop using the wrong foundation.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is choosing a color foundation that doesn’t actually match their skin tone. You can tell when people do this because their face is a different color than their neck. People also have a mask-like foundation and forget to blend it throughout their face, hairline, and neck.
“Stop using the wrong foundation color,” Jamie Greenberg said in an interview with Byrdie. “A lot of people tend to match their skin to their neck, but your neck may be lighter and your chest darker, so I say match your skin to your chest and then bring the foundation down so you’re all one color.”
Don’t smile when you’re applying blush.
People often think they have to extend their face when applying blush by smiling, but this is all wrong because you’re not smiling the entire day. “Stop smiling when you put blush on — it will make it sit lower on your face. Always apply to a rested face,” Carlie Quinn said to BuzzFeed.
Apply makeup in proper lighting.
“Don’t do your makeup in bad lighting!” Greenberg said in Allure. If you’re lighting is off, your makeup will be too. If it’s too dark, you will definitely walk out with too much makeup, and the wrong tones too. If there’s too much light, you risk not wearing enough. It’s all about balance.
Before you apply any makeup to your skin, make sure your skin is properly ready.
By properly ready we mean, not just clean but prepared for makeup.
“If you’re not prepping your skin with moisturizer or primer before you apply your foundation, you’re basically inviting your makeup to invade your pores and get comfortable enough to dry it out and cause breakouts,” Cosmo recommends. “Moisturizer and primer help your skin stay hydrated, smooth out the texture, and keep your foundation from settling into creases.”
Brushes vs. fingers
The brush industry is making billions in sales selling every kind of brush including five different brushes for your eyebrows, three other ones for your cheeks, and God knows how many more for applying loose foundation. The problem is that you’re probably not washing your brushes enough, so you’re just adding bacteria to your face. Makeup experts suggest using your fingers to apply foundation, eyeshadow, blush, even lipstick. Your fingertips are a lot more gentle than your hand is when you’re using them forcefully with brushes or sponges.
Be easy with the lip liner and the gloss.
While all might want Kylie Jenner lips (without the fillers), going crazy with the gloss or applying a harsh lip liner won’t do your lips any justice. “When holding the lip taut it can create a tight, unnatural shape,” Buxom’s Education Manager, Dan Smythe, said to Glamour. “Remember, the most flattering lip shape for you is your own, but enhanced. For the bottom lip, work from the center, at the lip’s fullest point, again working upwards with small strokes to connect the line at the corners.” When it comes to gloss, make sure the brand is legit, because some look like you’ve just applied a gel to your lips.
This is probably the most important lesson of them all: Don’t use too much makeup!
Yes, we know you love makeup but that doesn’t mean you put every single product on and wear it every day. Remember, less is more. “I see more and more women wearing more and more makeup,” Beau Nelson, who works with Nicole Richie and Christina Hendricks said to Allure. “Though I’m a huge supporter of wanting to look the way you want to look, I’m concerned that a number of women are simply following an Instagram trend. To me, that much makeup doesn’t even look good in pictures with professional lighting, let alone in full daylight or under fluorescent office lights.”