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How to Apply Makeup Like a Professional

Updated on January 1, 2018
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Brianna is a full time writer, blogger, and editor. She also is licensed in master makeup artistry and loves sharing her passion with others

A bold, and enticing look done with these easy steps will have to applying makeup like a professional!
A bold, and enticing look done with these easy steps will have to applying makeup like a professional! | Source

The Essentials

So, yes I am definitely one of those women who dares not to step out of the house without makeup on. I am not a diva. Though I have heard I look pretty natural as well, I just love makeup! It's simple. I love buying it, I love experimenting with it on me and others, and I often look for ways to make it last. Let's face it, most of us are pretty busy. Most of my days require getting up at 6am to get ready for work and getting my daughters ready for school, dropping them off at school and then arriving to work for an 8 hour shift. And that is unless I work nights. Then it becomes even more complicated. I then come home and do my schooling or write on here (after the kids are in bed, of course). That doesn't leave me a whole lot of time for anything before I have to wake up and do it all over again.

What is in my makeup bag on a continuous basis is important to me. I am not really talking colors, mascara's, or lipstick's. I mean the products that is a must use for my everyday life. What I need is some good quality makeup that is quick to apply, lasts me throughout my stressful day, and stands out! The products you will find here are what you will constantly find in my makeup bag because I simply cannot live without them. Let me know the essentials in your makeup bag as well!

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.

— Gwyneth Paltrow

My Picks

An updated Favorite!

Tarte Clean Slate 24 Hour Pore Perfecting Primer- This primer is among the best. It leaves my face matte, primed, pores hidden, and ready for makeup application!

Foundation Primer

My god, where would my life be without this stuff! I may have mentioned this in a former hub, but I first tried out foundation primer on a whim before it got big. I have worn it everyday since, after a good moisturizer of course. Even if you do not wear makeup everyday, you still need to try this product. Though it comes in many different varieties, some with added benefits, the purpose is all in the same. It keeps your face matte, your foundation goes on a whole lot smoother, and it hides those ungodly pores. It is pure amazement in a tube. It is so hard to explain if you have not used it, but you can just...feel the difference. It is worn underneath your foundation. Your face is smoother, your makeup looks nicer and natural. I generally use the drugstore ones rather then the expensive professional ones because they work just as nice for me. Hey, a penny saved is a penny earned right? Although I just recently received a deluxe sample sized Bare Minerals Prime Time foundation primer from Sephora and it is some pretty good stuff. You will hardly find a drugstore brand these days though that do not have a primer. Try it out and I promise you will not regret it. My favorites are Revlon and Loreal!

The Right Brush Will Help All
The Right Brush Will Help All

My Picks

Revlon Colorstay- It's an even full coverage that lasts all day. Plus, it is the closest to MAC's Studio Fix you are ever going to find.

Clinique Pore Refining Instant Perfecting Makeup- The title says it all and it goes on velvety smooth.


Foundation is the foundation of all makeup application(no pun intended). There are many different kinds offered on the market these days. From full coverage to light coverage tinted moisturizer. For me, my foundation has to be a nice even, full coverage foundation that works with my combination oily skin-type, and lasts for most of the day. I like it to be matte and stay that way. Women with a more dry skin-type might like a more dewy finish with their foundation. You just have to do your research and read the labels on products before you buy. On hot, summer days or just days in general that I do not like to wear a lot of makeup, just a little BB Cream goes a long way.

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My Picks

Physicians Formula- Makes a great concealer called Concealer RX that is perfect for under eyes circles and is a top pick among consumers.

Hard Candy- A little thicker concealer, it is completely full coverage and is actually made for the purpose of covering up tattoos. I use it for pesky pimples or anything thing else that needs a good cover up. You can find it at Walmart and it is on the cheaper side.


Concealer is just one of those things. You can use it for ANYTHING. From those pesky pimples and dark under eye circles to scars, marks, and tattoos...there is a concealer for you! Concealers are made to cover-up and you need to find the right one for your skin-type and preferences to do the job. For dark under eye circles, you will want a concealer a tad lighter then your skin color and foundation. For pimples, scars, and tattoo's, you will want a concealer that is as close as you can get to your skin color. As far as redness and tone matching, there are plenty of skin correcting concealers out there to help with that, too.

My Dream Makeup Brush Set
My Dream Makeup Brush Set | Source

My Picks

Anything Sigma, Sedona Lace, or MAC you cannot go wrong with. They are a little on the pricey side so shop around for some cheaper brushes if you must. Just look for soft bristle brushes that will not hurt the face. Also, good quality brushes with no fallout make applying makeup a lot easier.

A Good Set of Brushes

I use a brush for everything. I do not use my fingers, or a sponge, or even that cool new Beauty Blender everyone has been talking about, though I would like to try it just to see what all the fuss is. So for me, a key part to my makeup bag is a good quality brush set. They make a brush for just about any known piece of makeup you can put on your face. They make it- I have it. If you are a brush user like me, then you will also want to invest in a good quality, clean dry bag or case to keep them in, and some brush cleaner. I do have brush cleaner myself, but I have found that good ol' fashioned mild shampoo and water work best.

My Picks

Revlon Colorstay- Just like the amazing foundation, the pressed powder works just as nice.

Neutrogena Shine Control- This powder is on the newer side is quickly becoming a new favorite. It gets rid of oil and gives you a matte finish all day.


Powder comes in many forms and color. You can get pressed powder, loose powder, dark powder, light powder, translucent is endless really. Just find the one that works for you. I only really use a colored powder when setting a concealer, or a darker one for a bronzer(yeah, that's right and it works brilliantly). Other then that, for setting my face I use a translucent powder. Translucent looks and appears white but goes on your face invisible. No face is perfectly set without powder.

Helpful How-To Guide
Helpful How-To Guide

My Picks

Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 355 Coconut Dark-Yes, pressed powder works amazing used as a bronzer. This particular one goes on smooth and is a perfect color for me.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa- a bit on the darker side, but one of the best bronzers I have ever used!


Bronzer is one of the most misguided and misused makeup products out there. I have literally heard dozens of friends and clients who claim they do not use bronzer because they do not want to look like the Snooks from Jersey Shore. Bronzer needs not to be plastered all over the face! You can put all the foundation, concealer, powder, mascara and lipstick on in the world, but a face is not a face without a good contour. Also, be sure to stray away from bronzers with shimmer in it and go for a more matte choice, otherwise you may come out looking like a pixie doll. When used properly, bronzer can chisel you out some cheekbones, slim your nose, slim or show a jawline, and make you look like sun-kissed perfection!

Check Out My Completed Look

This is my completed look with a good foundation primer, foundation, concealer, powder, and bronzer for a subtle contour. I used Bh Cosmetics 120 Color 2nd edition and Urban Decay Naked 2 Palettes for the eyes.
This is my completed look with a good foundation primer, foundation, concealer, powder, and bronzer for a subtle contour. I used Bh Cosmetics 120 Color 2nd edition and Urban Decay Naked 2 Palettes for the eyes. | Source

Here is a Look That is a Little Less Bold

Kiss and make-up - but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss.

— Mae West

Remember To Always Love Yourself First

I am nowhere near perfect when it comes to makeup and makeup application. Every tip and product listed here is fully my opinion. I do not promote any of these products or affiliated with any company. I am, however, a master makeup artist and I love my job dearly.

© 2012 Brianna W


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    • bwhite062007 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brianna W 

      6 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you 2patricias. I am a huge fan of Laura Mercier as well. Great choices!

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      6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Makeup lists are always fascinating!

      Pat is a big fan of Laura Mercier - Tricia likes Clinique.


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