Let’s face it, applying makeup is one of the hardest things to master. You watch tutorials on YouTube and Instagram that make it seem so effortless and simple. And yet when the time comes you feel lost and the results you get often match those ‘Expectation vs Reality’ memes. The basic of nailing your look is to layer your makeup right. In this step-by-step guide, we will tell you how:
First thing first, C-T-M to prep your skin. Repetitive, yes, but we can’t stress more on the fact that a clean, hydrated face is the best base you can have while applying your makeup.
Step 1: Primer
Give your skin a dose of hydration with a good primer like Note Skin Perfecting Primer. This helps your skin absorb the consequent layers. Your makeup will look dewy and not cakey.
Step 2: Foundation
Apply a foundation like the BeYu 24H Perfect Finish Foundation that offers optimum coverage and yet feels lightweight. It is a good idea to focus on the problem areas when applying the foundation and wear only a light layer on the rest of your face.
Step 3: Concealer
Once the foundation has settled into your skin, use a concealer to cover any dark spots or uneven skin tone still visible.
Step 4: Eyeshadow
Highlight your eyes with a shade of your choice from your eyeshadow palette. If you can handle blending in 2 or 3 different colours, knock yourself out. Otherwise, a clean sweep of a single shade works best.
Step 5: Eyeliner
Let the eyeshadow sit on your lids undisturbed for a minute or so before applying your eyeliner. If you also want to work the lower lash line with kajal, then that comes next. You can start on it as soon as your eyeliner has dried up.
Step 6: Mascara
Finish off your eye makeup with a touch of mascara. Make sure to wipe your wand gently on a tissue to avoid clumps.
Step 7: Work the Brows
This is perhaps the most overlooked part of the makeup layering process. Yet this is also the step that brings the whole look together. Fill in your brows using the black from a palette like Maybelline New York The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette Urban Jungle instead of an eyebrow pencil for a more natural look.
Step 8: Blush
By the time you are done with your eyes, the layers on the rest of the face will have had enough time to get adequately absorbed. Work the cheekbones with a blush, moving from your temples across your cheekbone in a sweeping motion.
Step 9: Highlighter
Use a highlighter with a soft sheen on your brow bones, cheekbones and the ridge of your nose to highlight your features. If you are new to the makeup game, a stick variant like the Palladio Luminizer Limelight works best.
Step 10: Lipstick
Round off your look with a lipstick of your choice.
Step 11: Mist
Spray on a finishing mist like the Sugar Grand Finale Matte Setting Mist to make your makeup last longer.
With these 11 simple steps that don’t take more than a few minutes to finish, you can flaunt an accentuated version of yourself whenever and wherever you want.