Nov 8, 2014: A little makeup can go a long way toward accentuating your best features and hiding flaws. Too much makeup, though, and you risk looking “made-up”. The key to applying your makeup is striking the balance between how much you use and where you use it.
1) Start with a clean face: Do your regular skincare regimen, or follow these tips:Exfoliate. Wash your face with a gentle exfoliant, and rub slowly in a circular motion with warm water to remove dead skin cells. Rinse and pat (don’t rub) dry with a towel.
2) Moisturize: Apply moisturizer with a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher to your face and neck. Allow the moisturizer to absorb into your skin before proceeding to the next step.
3) Tonning: Wet a cosmetic pad or cotton ball with toner, and pat it lightly on your skin. Toner is meant to restore the skin to its natural pH level and remove any remaining dirt or dry skin cells.
4) Apply Liquid Base Foundation (optional): If you have a lot of area to cover, find a liquid foundation that’s as close as possible to your natural skin tone. Use your fingers or a cosmetic sponge to apply a light layer all over your face. Note that if you’re going to do this step, it’s best to be clean-shaven – little bits of makeup will really stick out on stubble.
5) Use Concealer: When you’re shopping for concealer, test it on the veins on your inner wrist, and buy the one that covers them the most naturally. Here’s how to apply it to your face: Hide dark circles. Using small strokes, apply concealer under your lower lashes and between the inner corner of your eyes and your nose. Let it dry halfway, then use your fingers to rub it in. Conceal blemishes by going around the base of the blemish in small strokes, then covering the top. Make sure the edges are blended well.
6) Set Your Concealer: Lightly load a small brush with loose powder that’s as close as possible to your skin tone. Gently pat the powder over every area where you used concealer.
7) Powder The Rest Of Your Face (optional): Use a powder puff or a slightly larger brush to apply powder to the areas of your face that tend to get oily. Focus primarily on your T-zone – that is, your forehead, nose and chin. These are the areas that tend to be oiliest in most people.
8) Wear Lip Balm: Choose a clear or neutral-colored lip balm that you can use throughout the day. Not only will it give your lips a smooth appearance, but it will also prevent them from getting chapped.
9) Remove Your Makeup Every Night Before Bed: Leaving makeup on overnight is not good for your skin. At the end of the day, wash your face again to remove makeup. Finish by using moisturizer. Use a richer moisturizer at night if you have dry skin.