As wonderful as the makeup world is, it can be a confusing place especially when you’re new to it. There’s so many products and new brands popping up all the time that choosing what’s best for you can be a challenge. Over the years I’ve learnt little tips and tricks through both studying makeup as well as just experimenting with products to find the best way to make them work for me. Today I thought I’d put together a little guide sharing some of my tips and advice and whilst it’s aimed at beginners, you might find some of these tips helpful if your not a beginner. So let’s get to it!
1. Know your skin type
Knowing your skin type is going help you when it comes to finding skincare products and makeup. The main types are normal, combination (oily in areas like the t zone and dry elsewhere), oily and dry. What products you use are going to vary between the different types, especially when it comes to foundations and how it’s going to work with your skin. I would go in depth into it but there’s plenty of super detailed guides online and I did cover it briefly in my foundation tips post from a while back.
2. Find your undertone
Just like finding out your skin type, you’re also going to want to know your skins undertone for when it comes to buying things like your foundation, powder and concealer. There’s 3 tones, warm (yellow), cool (pink) or neutral (no obvious pink or yellow tones, fairly rare). Once you know you can then buy products for your tone and they’re going to look a lot more natural on your skin. I’m pink toned for reference, if you’re unable to tell I’m sure someone at a makeup counter will be happy to help you out!
3. Skincare is so SO important
I know I ramble on about the importance of skincare way too often but it’s the one thing I can’t advice enough. A good skincare routine is vital, it’s going to prep your skin for makeup as well and removing it all from your skin at night (NEVER SLEEP IN MAKEUP). I always say you can have the most expensive and raved about foundation but if your skin isn’t prepped it isn’t going to look as good as it can.
4. Invest in a good set of brushes + keep them clean!
By invest I don’t mean go out and spend hundreds on brushes, there are plenty of affordable options out there with Zoeva, xoBeauty, Morphe and Real Techniques being my personal favourites. You want to cover your basics, a good foundation, powder, blush and contour/bronzer brush will do you fine. You also want to keep the brushes clean, I spot clean my brushes after every/everyother (I’m lazy) use with the MAC Brush Cleanser and then deep clean them once a week with the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser.
5. Always read reviews online before making a purchase
It’s very rare that I’ll make a purchase before reading reviews, especially when it comes to highend products. Luckily the internet is such a massive thing now so you can often find hundreds of reviews and swatches online and websites like MakeupAlley will save you from making purchases only to find out they’re absolute rubbish when you go to use them… the heartbreak is real.
6. Mix products to create the coverage/colour you want
Mixing products is something I find myself doing daily, whether it’s adding a few drops of oil into my primer or mixing some moisturiser into my foundation to sheer it out a bit. The one thing I find this tip most helpful for is colour matching my foundation to my skin. I go in and out of fake tanning so my skin colours often changing so I have one foundation about 3-4 shades darker than my pale skin (currently the L’Oreal Pro Glow in 205) so I can add a couple of drops into my regular paler foundation. This means I don’t have to buy different shades in all my foundations.
7. Trim false eyelashes to fit your eyes
I’m often asked for any tips I have when it comes to wearing false eyelashes and this is always the first thing I’ll say. I’m a massive lash fan and I love wearing them but they’re made to fit different eyes, I have fairly small eyes so I have to trim the lashes or else they just don’t feel as comfortable and there’s nothing more annoying than having a pair of lashes stabbing your inner corner. I use cuticle clippers to trim it and always do it from the outer edge (the longest part) of the lash as the inner corner is already shortened to prevent it irritating the eye.
8. Setting sprays are life
Whether its to prime and hydrate the skin before makeup, mixed with pigments, applied after makeup to get rid of that powdered look… setting sprays are honestly one of the best purchases you’ll ever make. I can’t be without one, my current favourites are MAC Fix+, Pixi Glow Mist and the Barry M Mist & Fix Dewy. I also always carry a mini bottle of the Mario Basescu Facial Spray in my bag for top ups during the day which is also another one of my favourites.
9. Try using eyeshadow instead of eyeliner
This is one of my mums favourite tips I’ve taught her over the years. If you’re like her and find black liner too harsh, simply use a brown/dark brown eyeshadow on a liner brush (my favourites are the MAC 212, MAC 266 or the Zoeva 317) and apply it along the lash line, as close to the root of the lash as you can get. It’s going to look a lot more subtle and natural looking.
10. Have fun + don’t be afraid to experiment!
This is something I can’t stress enough, makeup is makeup and you can use it however you like! The thing is there are no rules, yes there’s guides and tips you can be given but at the end of the day it’s not permanent and it all washes off. Never let anyone put you down for the way you wear your makeup, “you can’t wear your brows that arched”, “ew purple lipstick”, “you’re lashes are too long”…. if it makes you feel happy and confident then that’s all that matters. If you want to wear pink eyeliner, do it! If you want to wear glitter then sprinkle that sparkly goodness everywhere! It’s your face, paint it however you like.
So those are my tips, I hope you found them helpful, feel free to leave any of your tips down below!