Beginning makeup users range in age from preteen to adult, but regardless of your age, you should know right away that there are makeup items to splurge on, and there are those to skip. Also, makeup consists of more than rouge and lipstick, and there are tools and tricks to know before going out and spending a fortune on cosmetics.
You don’t need to purchase all of the makeup brushes, eyeliner colors or lipstick shades. In most cases, there are only a few colors that will flatter your skin tone, eye color or personal preference, which makes it foolish to spend so much money on items you’ll wear only once. With that out of the way, here is a beginner’s guide to makeup that will get you started.
Learn the Basics
Foundations for success
When you read “foundations for success” here, we’re not referring to the actual foundation you’ll use to mask flaws or uneven skin tones; instead, we’re referring to the first steps to prepare your skin for smooth makeup application. Always begin with a freshly-washed face so that you’re not adding makeup on top of dirt. This can leave you with a blotchy-looking face, which flatters no one!
Here are the steps you will need to complete before applying makeup:
- Cleanse skin with facial cleanser or wash to remove oil and dirt from skin.
- Exfoliate with a scrub to remove dead skin from the skin.
- Tone with a gentle toner to hydrate skin and prepare it for moisture.
- Moisturize skin because it keeps skin supple to avoid aging.
For mature skin, an extra step would be to apply an anti-aging serum after toner, but before moisturizer, to work on fine lines, age spots and wrinkles more proactively. The age where a woman should expect to see aging start is in her early-to-mid 30’s; however, women should begin to use anti-aging products sooner.
Drugstores, supermarkets, department stores, and beauty supply stores will carry all of the aforementioned items with a variety of products that fit every price range.
If you know you’ll be wearing your makeup for a long period of time – like to school or work – using a foundation primer is a must. Foundation primer smoothes skin, and keeps your concealer and foundations in place all day until you’re ready to remove the makeup.