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A Complete Starter Guide for Make-Up Basics
We don't get make-up lessons at school so us girls have to pretty much figure out what to do for ourselves - however with the internet becoming more and more accessible, huge resources for advice and tips have meant that teaching ourselves all kind of skills has become easier. So this page is a roundup of the guides I have put together myself, as well as lots of tutorials for everyday makeup and ideas for party looks.
I've also included beginner guides to buying makeup brushes, and different methods of cleaning the brushes to keep them hygienic and fresh. You will find a list of the best makeup Youtube channels and beauty blogs too.
I hope you find this collection useful :)
It's All In The Detail
Top-Rated Makeup Kits - For Makeup Enthusiasts
Gift sets and large collections are perfect if you like to experiment with a wide range of looks:
A Little Intro From Me
Make-up has always been a bit of a mystery to me due to the millions of products available with all kinds of different properties and promises, with new ones popping up every day...so I've always just quickly put on a bit of mascara, some blue eyeliner, covered any spots and that's it!
So I've decided now I'm 25 I should put more effort into it, especially as my skin has always been oily with lots of breakouts so needs a bit more work than most anyway. Therefore, I'm going to research the heck out of all of the different categories of makeup and put the best info, tutorials, tips and products all on their individual page. I hope it helps the clueless like me, as well as maybe teaching makeup enthusiasts a few things too :)
Below this box you will find a list of the pages I have completed so far. Thanks for reading!
Looks For The Daytime
Step-by-Step Walkthroughs Of Everyday Make-Up
- With A Pop Of Color
Demonstration from foundation to colorful eye makeup.
- Subtle & Pretty
With a very slight smoky eye effect.
- 3-Stage Day Makeup
Check out the weeks 1-3 links at the top for the complete set of tutorials.
- The Effortless Bombshell
Tips for using concealers rather than a foundation.
- Everyday Go-To Style
Also includes hair and clothes info.
- Flawless Natural Face
How to cover imperfections to create a clear skin look.
- Beauty On A Budget
Create a glowing subtle look for the daytime using cheaper brands.
Makeup Looks For Evenings & For Nights Out
Makeup Application Routines For The Evening
- Transition From Day To Night
The key is that eyes go darker and lips go bolder!
- Sleek Evening Tutorial
Dark enough for the night, but still light and fresh.
- Dark & Moody Party Makeup
A dramatic look with bright red lipstick.
- Understated Evening Makeup
With sparkly, galaxy-effect eye makeup.
- Heather Davern Makeup
Lots of glamorous tutorials for smoky nighttime eyes.
- Tutorial For Mature Ladies
A timeless look created using a light foundation.
- Day & Night Celeb Ideas
Take inspiration from the makeup of celebrities.
Add Glitz & Glam To Your Life
Best Options For Makeup Removal - Vital To Keep Your Skin Clear & Healthy!
More Make-Up Styles, Ideas & Tutorials
Beauty Tips & Tricks
About Make-Up Brushes
There are many makeup brushes available so it can be a bit confusing as to which ones you need. There are big fluffy powder brushes, foundation buffers, angled flat brushes for eyebrows, small flat eye shadow brushes and many more, and I will be pointing out the best brushes to use for each type of makeup on my pages listed above.
With regards to looking after your brushes, the general consensus is that you should wash your brushes every week due to the accumulation of face oils, bacteria, skin flakes, old makeup etc. on the bristles, and cleaning them regularly keeps them fresh and soft, and will mean that they last longer (which is especially important for any expensive brushes you may have :-)) Some people seem to clean their brushes daily but I don't think I could be bothered with that! The best thing to do is to wash them in the evening so you can leave them to dry thoroughly overnight.
There seem to be a number of ways people use to clean brushes, including olive oil, detergent, soap, baby shampoo and rubbing alcohol. There are also brush cleaners you can buy which are specifically designed for the job.
I've listed the best links I've found on the subject of brushes (see below) so you can have a browse of the different methods, techniques and products people use. As long as the brushes get clean there aren't really many rules apart from don't be too rough with the bristles, and also make sure you re-shape the brushes before leaving them to dry.
When looking into buying makeup brushes for the first time or adding to your collection, always try to go for quality. This doesn't necessarily mean expensive but the general advice seems to be to buy the best quality you can afford. 5 brushes is a good starting point for beginners, and you can use some brushes for different types of makeup too.
Make-Up Brush Guides & Cleaning Instructions
- Using Baby Shampoo
A step-by-step tutorial for cleaning your brushes using shampoo.
- Clean Brushes Like a Pro
Instructions for a few different methods, plus a video.
- Washing Brushes Naturally
Using olive oil, soap and vinegar.
- Baby Shampoo Again
A how-to for cleaning with the popular baby shampoo technique.
- Beginners Guide To Brushes
A fantastic rundown on the different makeup brushes available.
- Brushes Q & A
Lots of advice about buying and using makeup brushes.
- Tools Of The Trade
Click on the links to learn about each category of brush.
- Essential Brushes
With photos and a description of what each is used for.
- 5 Must-Haves
Plus 5 additional brushes you may want to add to your essentials.
- The Collection Of An Expert
You won't need this many brushes, but it's interesting to see the different brushes available.
Very Handy Make-Up Brush Sets - There's A Brush For Every Type Of Make-Up
Make-Up Brushes 101
Best Beauty Blogs
- Jessica Harlow
Very clear and easy-to-follow beauty videos.
- Lisa Eldridge
Lots of video tutorials from a top professional makeup artist.
- Tanya Burr
Huge collection of tutorials, celeb makeup how-tos and product reviews.
- Makeup Geek
Packed with ideas, photo examples of looks and tutorials.
A Youtube channel explaining makeup for every occasion.
- Michelle Phan
A very popular vblogger who has a huge number of beauty videos.