I was a beginner once, I did not know how to hold the lipstick correctly but there was one thing I knew perfectly well – I loved make-up, I loved cosmetics. I have worked my way up and today I am the go-to person in my family and amongst friends (even neighbours!) to ask for make up advice. I have tried a lot of make up over couple of years and here I am writing about it today.
I want to tell you guys so many things which I wish I knew from day 1. It would have been so much easier to do all the make up and not damage my skin! I learnt the hard way, but I do not want you to make any of those mistakes. So, lets begin!
For any makeup the outmost important aspect is your skin. Sounds obvious, right? I know. However, it is very important for you to understand that a healthy and clean skin is the best canvas for your makeup. So do take care your of your skin by eating healthy and drinking lots and lots of fluids. Wash your face twice a day and exfoliate twice a week (or at least once a week if you really lazy – just like Mrs. Daaku is!) to get rid of dead cells and to help your skin breathe.
Start with washing your face: Yes, it is that simple! To prep your skin for makeup – cleaning and exfoliating are non-escapable. Before starting off, use a cleanser to wash your face or even better, scrub it. It is important because it takes off any residue, dirt or pollutant from your face leaving you with smooth skin. Make-up sets really well on a clean face.
Moisturise, Moisturise and Moisturise: Do not already make a face thinking of the sweat! I understand its summer, it is super duper hot and sweaty, our skin tends to secrete little more oil which we absolutely hate and putting on a moisture feels like adding to our troubles; but moisturiser is a must for any makeup in any season. Wearing a moisturiser not only creates an excellent base for make up but also eases the entire process of applying makeup.
There is an add on bonus as well: A moisturiser also acts as a barrier between your skin and the make-up so as to save skin from chemicals and breakouts. Remember, I told you in the beginning I wish I knew these basics.
There are a lot of moisturisers in the market specially designed for summer season. They are not heavy, thick or creamy and gets absorbed in the skin quickly. If you are to roam in the sun, such moisturizers come with SPF content as well. Pick up such a moisturiser based on your skin type. With so many options available in the market I am sure there is that perfect moisturizer for your skin type.
Start with base and own it: Most beginners have troubles with their base. While its not so difficult to learn the application of the base, it is definitely troublesome to make it sit on our face for a long duration.
There are lot of foundations you can choose from, based on your skin type. But, my personal experience says that its mostly the liquid foundations and powder foundations which sits best on the skin during summers. I prefer using matte liquid foundations during summers as it helps me hide my pores by making them look visibly smaller and also controls oil on my face leaving me with perfect dry finished look all the day long. These liquid foundations are not too heavy because the high water content is them and they are not creamy as well, which makes it perfect for the sweaty weather. Applying and blending liquid is also easy – you can blend it by using brushes or sponges whichever you are comfortable with. (I prefer brushes, though because the foundation does not get on your fingers!)
If you are using a powdered foundation, you need to with a compact or loose powder and preferably matte to take off all the sheen. Powder foundations are also really easy to use and they give you a good base. I recommend powdered foundations for beginners as they are easy to set and they do not make your face look cakey (which liquid foundation can do if you are not blending it properly!)
Keep your eyes lively: You should opt for light colours or cool toned colours in summers as it looks perfect for the weather. Not too dark, not too light. Dark eyeshadows are a big NO as it really wears down the face.
I advise you to always use powdered instead of cream based eyeshadows. Powdered eyeshadows are lot easier to blend and less prone to creasing (thanks to the sweat and oil!) whereas cream based eyeshadows crease very easily in summer and are difficult to blend and set.
Using waterproof kajal and eyeliners goes with out saying. We definitely don’t want to end up looking like cruella. So whether it is kajal, eyeliner or mascara always opt for waterproof ones. I personally prefer matte feature in eyeliners as well as gives a healthy natural look during summers.
Pink Cheeks?: Who doesn’t love a healthy dose of colour on cheeks? Yes, blushes and bronzers make an essential part of every makeup. A bronzer can give the much desired sun kissed look.
Avoid liquid and creamy ones as they might make your face look heavy or cakey. Their are lot of powder blushes and bronzers which are easy to apply, are very blendable, looks natural and are not heavy or cakey.
So, remember these basic tips while applying your makeup and change your make-up game completely!
You have something to share as well? Do comment and let me know more make up tips if you have.
This is a blogpost by Ritzy, one of my friends. Make-up and beauty is her niche and obviously, she is my go-to person for such callings. She wants to be anonymous and hence, I am sorry I cannot have any of her social media links tag for you to follow her. Do let her know (by commenting below) if you want to read more beauty hacks!