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A Makeup Tutorial: A Quick Guide to a Flawless Look

Updated on July 24, 2009

Achieving a flawless look with makeup is not as difficult as it may sound. You can achieve amazing results that will make you look like you spent hours with a professional makeup artist. This makeup tutorial will cover the basics and show you that the one secret to a flawless look is to keep it simple and that quality is a lot more important than quantity. 

Prepare your skin

The most important step, before anything else, is that you look after your skin. Your face is going to be with you all your life, so you should look after it as you would any object of great value. What's funny is some people take greater care of their car or toaster than they do of their face. Ladies, you change your car and toaster every few years, if you've discovered a way to change your face please drop me a line and tell me how.

Taking care of your face does not take hours. In three minutes you can be done. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. It is also a good idea to exfoliate at least once a week, which you can quickly do in the shower and if you have time apply a face mask as well. It is also recommended that you use a moisturizer with some form of SPF because the sun can be our friend but even mild every day exposure can lead to early aging of your skin. Always make sure to purchase products for your skin type. 

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Foundation

Now that your skin looks radiant because you have been taking extra good care of it, it is time to apply a little foundation. The most important word here being "a little". You must be certain that your foundation matches your skin tone and skin type. There are 3 million brands of foundation out there with a hundred different varieties in each brand. To check the tone of your foundation it is best to apply it in a line from just above your jaw bone to just below. The one that matches both areas the best is the foundation to get. It definitely helps to have a friend with you for this one, or ask the girl at the counter to help. Once you have discovered your favorite foundation and the right color you can order it online from home. I do that so I save money since I seem to spend a lot more than I intend to if I am in a physical store. The "I have to have one of those as well even if the cosmetic products that I have are threatening to overtake my house" syndrome.

Again, you have to consider level of coverage. You don't want to have a very thick foundation if you have very little need to cover blemishes or other skin problems. You will just look like you are wearing a mask. Even if you do need more coverage than average it's best to be stingy in the initial application and then gradually build up as the coverage will look more natural.

Blending is the key. Apply the foundation to your forehead, cheeks and chin with your fingertips. Of course you can use a brush or a sponge as well. Then blend it into your hairline. Take special care to blend the foundation over your jaw line as well. Next time you are out and about have a good look how many women don't blend their foundation properly along their jaw line and how silly it looks. You will have to check in natural light that everything looks right because you can have a big surprise if you walk outside in the sun without checking. Artificial light has a tendency to make things appear a lot different than they really are.

To finish off your base and set the foundation, use a powder to lightly brush all over your face. You can use either compact or loose but the latter does have a more polished look to it. You can keep a compact with you for a touch up during the day. Nothing refreshes your makeup like a quick touch up of your shiny spots and a little lip makeup.

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Eyes

Ladies, forget the makeup, if you want your eyes to look amazing the first thing you have to do is get out the tweezers. If you have never tweezed your eyebrows yourself get them done professionally. You will be amazed at the difference it can make to have sleek, lovely eyebrows. It will open up your eyes and you will feel like a million bucks.

After you have lovely shaped eyebrows you can add a little make up to give you those perfect peepers. The principle outlined here will work with any shade but if you want a very invisible but very groomed look go with earth tones.

First, apply a light shade all over you eyelid, from your lash line to your eyebrow bone. Now apply a medium shade in the crease of your eye and blend really well to the outer corner of your eye. Blend so that there is no apparent demarcation line between the two colors. If you want something more dramatic apply a darker shade in the crease.

Now, the product that no woman can live without, mascara. Apply two coats to your lashes, and if you use no other makeup you will still be shocked at the transformation. It makes your eyes just pop. One good tip with mascara is after applying it try not to blink for a few seconds or you may leave marks on your cheeks.

When applying mascara it is wise to do it with a zigzag motion since that will help avoid the spider leg syndrome, when your lashes clump together. 

Cheeks

Again, it is very important you only apply a small amount of blush to your cheeks. You want to look as if you are glowing naturally, and not that you have to be on the stage of a burlesque theater in 5 minutes. Before you apply the blush, tap your brush to let any excess product fall off and then gently apply to the apple of your cheeks and blend towards your hairline. If you are not sure where to apply just suck in your cheeks and you will see where you apples are.

Lips

To get a perfect pout you should start with a lip liner that is in the same shade as your lipstick. Start from the center of your lip and work out. To get longer lasting color you can apply the liner to your entire lip. It will provide an excellent base for your lip product as well as enhancing the color. For a natural look go with either a flesh tone for your lipstick and liner or something pastel.

Again, with your lipstick apply from the center out, blot with a tissue, reapply and blot again. This will give your lip color that much more life. If you want to stick with a matte finish then you are ready to go, if you want a more moist and come hither finish then apply a coat of gloss.

Now go conquer the world. It's amazing how a little makeup can make you feel like a new woman. I hope this quick makeup tutorial has shown you that it's not as difficult to get a great look as you may have thought.

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