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How Do I Put On Make-up?

Updated on February 14, 2017

Easy Make-up Tips

Before you apply any make-up it's important to clean and prepare your skin. After washing your face you'll need to use a moisturizer like vitamin A cream if your skin is dry, or an astringent like lemon juice if your skin is oily. When you're done make sure your face is dry, and you're ready to begin.

The first thing you do is to apply a base for your make-up. This consists of either a quick dusting of mineral powder, or a thin coat of liquid foundation. Mineral powder is used when you're looking for a fresh, clean, undone look. Liquid foundation is for a more formal look, and it can cover many skin flaws. When you're purchasing a base test the color on the back of your hand. What you're looking for is a shade that blends right in. It shouldn't be too yellow, too pink, or too dark.

Next, it's time to cover up any dark circles around the eyes. You can use a product with a wand, a stick, or an applicator, but it's easiest if you just use your finger with a very light touch. Apply the concealer under the eye, and on the eyelid. Blend it completely. You'll be able to tell if you've chosen the wrong color. Sometimes it takes a few attempts to get the perfect one.

Once you've covered up highlighting is in order. Highlighter is usually a whitish eyeshadow product used to enhance certain features of your face. It is placed under the eyebrows, at the inner corner of your eyes, and above the cheeks at the lower corner of the eyes.

Contouring is something you do to add definition to the face. A powder in a little darker color can make your cheeks pop when used just below the apples in a light sweeping line. To make a thick nose look thin it's used along the outer part with the middle left lighter. To make a thin nose look thick use it right down the center. It is very important to blend when you're adding any color to the face. The best thing to use is a triangle make-up sponge. Use one for contouring and another for eyeshadow, and a separate one for blush.

When it comes to eyeshadow it helps if you cover up your under eye area. You can either hold a tissue there when applying eyeshadow or you can use a Post-it. For a daytime look sweep a light color over the eyelid and up to a spot under your highlighter that's below the brow. Next, place a darker color in the crease, but not too close to the inner eye. Eyeliner isn't for everyone, but if you choose to define your eyes you can use either a liquid, a pencil, or a tiny brush with eyeshadow. This is something that takes practice so don't be in a hurry. Start at the inside corner and pull gently toward the outer eye. You can go for the exotic look and do the bottom lid as well. Remember though, this is very defined make-up and it's not for those who want a natural look. For those who like a more dramatic eye the "smokey eye" might be for you. This is achieved by applying a dark color to the lid, and an even darker color to the crease. In this case heavy eyeliner on the top and the bottom is warranted, as well a heavy mascara. Mascara is the finishing touch when it come to the eyes. It's best to go ahead and use the waterproof brand even if you're not going swimming. It stays on in the rain, and when you're crying, however it must be taken off with Vaseline or a special remover.

To give your cheeks a healthy glow you can choose a blush in pink, red, plum, brown, berry, or rust. Experiment to find a color that suits your skin tone. When applying place the color right on the apples of your cheeks making sure not to run the color onto the side of your face. Buy your blush and lipstick at the same time to ensure that you get complimentary colors. You match these two together. Don't try to match them to your clothes. For example, you'll see a red outfit paired with pink lipstick and blush instead of the red you'd think to use.

Lipsticks come in many styles and types. The only one that makes sense it the kind that stays on for hours through eating and kissing. You can find 8, 12, or 24 hour lipstick and it only costs a little more that the type that comes off easily. When you first try lipstick use a light shade until you're able to trace your lips properly. Then branch out.

Now, I'm sure all of the above sounds like you're going to be wearing a lot of heavy make-up, but you're not, if you're careful. Remember to know where you're going when you put on your face. Daytime makeup is light and breezy. Evening make-up is more dramatic and defined.


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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Good hub! I would love to see pictures! Voted up and useful. My grandma always said, "if you only have a dollar and need lipstick and bread, then bake the bread and buy that lipstick!!"