For anyone just starting out in the world of makeup, it can be a bit intimidating to say the least, and sometimes information overload can make a beginner simply want to give up before even getting started. But here’s the thing- makeup should be fun!
Makeup is not something that needs to be complicated, over the top, or something that requires you to spend your entire life salary on. That’s where I’m here to help! Today I’m going to give it to you straight with 10 Makeup Tips for Beginners, alongside simple Do’s and Don’ts that will help you understand the best ways to apply makeup that will make you both look and feel beautiful.
10 Makeup Tips for Beginners
1. Don’t overspend/buy items you don’t need- My number one tip for makeup beginners is NOT to go out and buy a bunch of expensive, high-end products and/or products you simply don’t need. When you are first starting out, it’s all about testing the waters, experimenting with products and finding out what works best for you and your beauty needs. Instead of breaking the bank with products that may or may not work for you, I first recommend heading to your local drugstore.
Although a lot of people will tell you that drugstore makeup products are cheap and low-quality, it’s simply not true. My everyday makeup routine is about 85% drugstore, and what most people don’t realize is that high end products and drugstore products are often manufactured by the same parent company. A great example of this is L’Oreal who also manufactures Giorgio Armani and YSL. See? Dupes aren’t always just a mere coincidence- most of the time they’re simply made by the same company. 😉
2. Makeup brushes are your friend- If you’re still using your fingers or the applicators that come in makeup kits, stop. The way your makeup looks has a great deal to do with the way it is applied, and if you haven’t yet, I would strongly encourage you to invest in a good set of makeup brushes and makeup sponges. It will make all the difference in the way your makeup looks, and will help your makeup look more natural and well-blended.
3. Make skincare a priority- Beautiful makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath it, which is why skincare needs to be a priority for every beauty lover. Learning what your skin type is (dry, oily, combination) and how to best treat your skin is super important. Again, as stated in my first tip, don’t be tempted to buy products simply because they’re popular, as they may or may not work for you and your skin’s needs. Also, it’s important to realize that your skin is ever changing, and it’s important to constantly evaluate what is working. What worked for you when you were 18 may no longer work for you now that you are 30, and the products and routine will be different.
4. Find your perfect foundation- Finding the right foundation for your skin can seem like a tedious task at first, but again it’s all about understanding what your skin needs are, combined with what you’re ultimately looking for in a foundation. Tinted moisturizers will give you more of a lighter, natural looking coverage, BB creams (Blemish balms) and CC (Color correcting) creams will offer light to medium coverage plus additional benefits, and full coverage foundations will help camouflage any skin issues that are concerns for you (acne, redness, etc.). Most companies now offer finishes for all skin types, which is awesome, and offer products in a variety of shades so that finding your perfect match is easier.
5. Concealing 101- One of the items I always strongly encourage every makeup beginner to invest in is a good concealer. Most of us don’t always get the amount of sleep we want or need, and our under eye area generally suffers the most from it. Finding a concealer that works well is key in making your skin look great and can really brighten your face. Check out this post over here with my favorite drugstore concealers and some helpful tips on how to properly set your under eye concealer.
6. Prime and Blend- There are a few key eyeshadow tips I recommend to enhance your overall eyeshadow look, the first of which is priming the lid. The reason I recommend this is not only will it allow your eyeshadows to last longer on the lid, but it will make the shadows appear more vibrant and beautiful. My second tip is to blend baby blend! If you just swipe your eyeshadow on in one stark color, it’s going to appear super harsh. Instead, start out with a good base color on the lid and in the crease, and slowly add in darker shades blending as you go along. I also recommend adding a good mascara to your collection to make your eyeshadow look pop!
7. Don’t forget your brows- Brows are arguably one of the most important features on your face, but unfortunately it’s an area that most people forget about. Not only does it define the eyes, but it also frames your entire face and can make you appear more well-rested and put together. While each person may have a different natural shape, the ideal shape has the brow beginning at the center of your nose’s nostril and the arch falls over the 1/3 point of the eye. With tons of inexpensive products out there to fill in sparse eyebrows, creating beautiful brows is no longer an issue, and definitely shouldn’t be overlooked.
8. Lipstick is a girl’s best friend- Lipstick adds beautiful color to the lips and can really complete your overall makeup look. I’m a firm believer that there is a perfect lipstick out there for every girl, and even beginners can benefit from wearing lipstick. If you’re curious in the beginning about what will look good on you, try to be mindful of what clothing colors you enjoy wearing and which ones are complimentary with your skin and hair. Focus on finding those same color tones in lipstick, and you will be able to find some gorgeous shades that really work for you.
9. Nighttime care- Nighttime care is just as important as finding good quality products to wear. At the end of the day, always take your makeup off using a moisturizing face wash or gentle makeup remover wipes. Be sure and remove ALL of your makeup, and I especially encourage you not to overlook areas such as mascara and eyeliner, which can cause bacteria that can be potentially irritating to the eye area. I’ll also add it’s a good idea to never sleep in your makeup, as this can clog the skin and cause unwanted breakouts.
10. Be creative, have fun- Last but certainly not least, be creative and have fun with your makeup looks! Experiment with colors, try out new things, and know that practice makes perfect. There have been times where I’ve had to practice something a few times before I finally got it right, and that’s okay. Just because you can’t master a winged liner look the first time, doesn’t mean you should give up altogether. Makeup is an art form and should be fun!
So there you have my 10 Makeup Tips for Beginners! Don’t forget to pin my fun + helpful chart above and I’d love it if you subscribe to my newsletter below!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!- Cara