Applying makeup is an art; it really is! Anyone can apply a squirt of foundation and a dusting of blush, but it takes a true makeup pro (makeup artist) to achieve a picture-perfect look. A recent social study revealed that a lot of women – as many as six out of ten – don’t feel confident about their makeup and how they apply it.
If you’re someone who struggles with makeup application, don’t worry because you’re not alone. The truth is that makeup application is no easy task. That’s why I thought I would share some handy hacks for learning how to do your makeup like a makeup artist. This is something that, with time, practice, and patience, is easily doable.
Without further ado, let’s discuss some of the makeup application hacks that makeup artists swear by.
The right brushes are essential
A lot of us make the mistake of applying makeup with our fingers instead of a brush. In the eyes of makeup artists, this is a cardinal sin. If you don’t already have a makeup brush set – a good quality one, that is – then now is the time to invest. The most important brushes are a powder brush, blush brush, foundation brush – either flat or buffing – an eyeshadow brush and a blending brush. There are various brush makes to choose from, from all natural designs to metallic coated ones – the brushes that you select comes down to your personal taste. However, what I will say is not to skimp – good quality brushes tend to come with a fairly high price tag. NOTE: Don’t forget to “brush up” on proper brush maintenance and replacement over time.
Get your base right
To achieve a smooth surface to apply your foundation to, it’s crucial to always apply primer. Ideally, you want to use a silicone based primer, but any will do. Once you’ve applied your primer – for this, fingers are allowed – then next step should be to apply your foundation. A mistake that a lot of us make is picking a foundation that is not a good match for our skin type. To find the right foundation for you, educate yourself by reading information online and use resources, and then, once you have some idea regarding the foundations that you would like to try, head to your local makeup store to test some of them out for yourself. A word to the wise, never buy a foundation without testing it first (make sure to check it under outdoor, natural lighting as well as indoors). As for a concealer, this should be applied after your foundation, with the use of a concealer brush. Dot it around your face to conceal dark areas or any blemishes. Then, top your face off with translucent setting powder.
Contouring and highlighting is easier than you think
A mistake that a lot of us make when it comes to contouring and highlighting is overdoing it. The idea behind this trend is that contouring and highlighting should look natural, it shouldn’t look too obvious. When applying bronzer – or your contouring product of choice – use a figure three motion. Start on the forehead, sweep the brush down under the cheekbone in a semi-circle motion, and then continue down and under the jaw line. Then next step is to apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend it downwards. Once your blush is in place, then you can add highlight. Using a cream or powder highlighter, apply a small amount to the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and along the tops of your cheekbones. You can also dot a small amount of highlighter in the corners of your eyes to help open them up a little and make them look larger.
So there you have it – the top makeup hacks that makeup artists swear by. Take these on board and you can seriously up your makeup game. Remember, practice makes perfect!