6 Quick and Easy Tips for Applying Makeup

Women want to feel glamorous at all times but if you have a busy work schedule or juggling kids and housework or taking care of other urgent daily tasks, putting on makeup is the last thing on your mind. You may find it hard and complicated to achieve a natural and sophisticated look for daily wear but in reality it is easy if you take the time to find the right tools and products that compliment your face and lifestyle. With constant practice, applying makeup will be breezy with these six easy steps:

 Tip # 1 Creating an even skintone

Applying makeup usually starts with using foundation that matches your skin tone. Make sure to apply only a small amount for a sheer and natural finish. Cover your dark under eye circles and other dark blemishes using your ring finger to avoid putting too much pressure on your skin. If you can, use a foundation brush to make sure that there foundation is spread out evenly and prevent streaks and creases. For contouring, use a second foundation that is three times darker than your skin tone and apply sparingly on your cheekbones, temples, nose and chin. This will give an illusion of a chiseled, symmetrical face. Make sure to blend well for a natural look.

Tip # 2 Hiding your blemishes

Concealers are optional when applying makeup. You might not need it if your foundation works well however, if you need additional coverage, choose concealers that are one or two shades lighter than your foundation. Dab a small amount on your blemishes and with a concealer brush, gently blend the concealer into your foundation.

 Tip # 3 Setting your foundation

It is important, when applying makeup, to dab loose or pressed powder to set your foundation. Face powder can help you create a matte, flawless look and of course help you avoid having a shiny, greasy skin. It retains your foundation for a longer time and also reduces the appearance of wrinkles. As a tip, buy face powder with SPF to keep you protected even when under the sun. Make sure that it also compliments your natural color.

Tip # 4 Highlighting your eyes

For everyday wear, choose neutral colors to make your eyes look natural. Just add heavy, darker colors if you want an easy, glamorous look. First apply an eyeshadow primer to make your eyeshadow last longer. If you think good primers are expensive, try this affordable homemade alternative: mix an equal amount of your foundation with a good moisturizer until you get a creamy paste. Apply the paste on the lids and below the brow bone then wait for a few minutes before applying your eyeshadow. Use a three toned eyeshadow to create a smokey eye look and blend well. Use white eyeshadow or highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes and under your eyebrows to make your eyes appear brighter. This trick can help you avoid eyes that appear tired. Next apply eyeliner on your upper and lower lids and gently smudge it with a brush for a more dramatic effect. Curl your lashes and apply mascara. Lastly, do your eyebrows. Applying makeup on your brows can add shape to your face. Use powdered eyeshadow when applying makeup instead of pencils to make your brows look natural.

 Tip # 5 Adding color to your cheeks

Applying make up to your cheeks can add a healthy glow on your face. A good blush on has a similar color to your cheeks when flushed or have a similar color to your lips. For oily skin, choose a powder blush or a combination of cream and powder. Cheek stain/tints are also very handy but you might need to avoid it if you have dry skin. With a full powder brush, dab a small amount of gel or blush powder and gently tap off the excess. Smile in front of the mirror to get the “apples” of your cheeks and gently blend in the colors. Add bronzer on your T-zone for a dewy glow.

 Tip # 6 Plumping the lips

When applying make-up, make sure that the colors you use for the eyes and cheeks compliment your lip color. If you prefer bright red lips, keep the rest of your face neutral. However, if you want to be more natural or subtle, highlight your eyes and apply a light, almost nude lipstick color. Whichever look you prefer, the basics of lipstick application is still the same. First add lip liner to hold your lips stick much longer. Make sure that your lip liner compliments your lipstick color to keep your look sophisticated. Next apply your lipstick. Add lip gloss on top to seal in the color and to keep your lips moisturized. You can also add more lip gloss in the middle of your bottom lip to make them appear fuller.