How To Apply Makeup Like A Pro

Most women make a common mistake when it comes to applying makeup. The dark orange line of foundation on the jaw line. Mascara clamping on to eyelashes, which look like spider legs. Lipstick that is too dark or blush that make you look like a clown. By making some careful and complimentary colour choices, getting the right brushes and taking a less-is-more approach, you can now learn how to apply makeup like a pro!

Instructions

Face

1 Start with a clean face. Cleanse, tone then apply a good moisturiser to your entire face. I would recommend you to use the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion by Clinique. After the application, allow your face to dry at least ten minutes before applying anything else- this will allow the moisturiser to soak into your skin.

2 To help make your foundation last longer apply a good primer like Mac Prep + Prime Skin or if you have oily or combination skin, apply an oil-control gel primer such as Velvet Touch Foundation Primer by Gosh. Apply it evenly all over the problem areas.

3 Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone. Always check the colour on your jaw line – it should match the natural skin colour of your neck. Luminous Moisturizing Foundation by Bobbi Brown would give an instant glow to the face making your skin look luminous.

4 Apply foundation evenly to the face and neck, starting from the centre of your face then blending it outwards. U can apply with your finger tips, sponge applicator or a foundation brush. If you want professional results I highly recommend using a makeup brush . Using a 187 Duo Fibre Stippling Brush by Mac would give your skin a flawless finish.

5 Now apply concealer using your finger tip, cover up any blemishes on your face or dark under eye circles. Use one that is slightly lighter than your foundation with yellow tones. Select Cover Up Concealer by Mac is really great for covering up those circles!

6 Lightly dust your face using a large powder brush with a translucent powder after applying your foundation and concealer. Products such as Mac Mineralize Loose Powder will give a nice matte finish and hold the coverage in place. Don’t apply any sort of powder if your skin is dry, as powders tend to sweep away moisture from the skin.

7 Using a large fluffy powder brush, lightly dust some bronzer over your entire face, focusing on areas that are naturally hit by the sun more, such as the cheeks, nose, chin, jaw lines and the forehead. Baked Bronzer For Face and Body by Urban Decay gives you than sun kissed look without making your face look muddy.

8 Using the Mac 129 Blush Brush apply blusher to the apples of the cheeks. Or for a slightly contoured look you can apply a darker shade of blush using the Mac 168 Large Angled Contour Brush apply just under your cheekbones instead, then blending it upwards. When applying you can suck your cheeks in like a fish. This is called contouring which creates a slimmer look if you have a round face.

Eyes

9 Apply eye shadow from the Smash Box Nude Eye Palette. Start by using a neutral colour then building it up as you go using different colours. Pick a colour that brings attention to your eye colour or compliments your skin tone. Use neutral colours during the day, and dark/bright colours for evenings. Always use a light colour under the brows to highlight the brow bone area.

10 You may now begin to line your eyes using Long Wear Gel Eyeliner by Bobbi Brown. Alternatively you could use liquid or a pencil liner. Also apply liner to your water line. Finish off the eyes using the Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Mascara to create an intense look.

11 Fill in the eyebrows using Clarins Pro Palette Eyebrow Kit or an eyebrow pencil. Pick two shades lighter than your hair colour.

Lips

12 Now for the final touch. Start by applying a thin layer of foundation over your lips, which will make lipstick last longer. Line your lip with a lip pencil for a fuller pout.
Apply Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lipstick by Estee Lauder with a lip brush for a more precise look. Add clear gloss for extra shine.