Makeup can be so much fun to experiment with, but it can also be a source of frustration if you can’t seem to find products that work for your skin type or your needs. Before you start tossing all your products, consider these application tips for flawless looking makeup. The application technique you use is just as, if not more, important than the beauty products you buy, so a little knowledge about application techniques can go a long way.
Moisturize and Prime
All makeup artists and industry professionals agree that the most important step in your makeup routine is done before you even reach for your cosmetics. A good moisturizer is imperative for flawless looking skin because it will smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate your skin so that if you do have any dry patches your foundation won’t end up exaggerating these areas. Moisturizers with ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid are excellent to use prior to makeup since these two ingredients not only add moisture, they also attract moisture which will help to keep your face from drying out during the day.
Pick the Right Foundation
Foundation exists to even out your complexion, not to cover every single imperfection on your face, and if you use it this way you will most likely continue to be disappointed no matter what foundation you use. The most important aspect of a flawless looking foundation is finding the right color. If you want to get the most accurate results, head to a beauty counter or Sephora and get matched by an expert. To test a foundation by yourself, swatch the color on your cheek, not your wrists. Your cheek is where the most uneven color is generally, and if foundation you choose blends seamlessly with your natural skin color, you’ve found the right shade.
Blend Foundation the Right Way
No matter what type of foundation you choose, the method of application is just as critical as the color you pick. It doesn’t matter if you use your fingers, a brush or a dampened sponge, you should always blend your foundation either down or sideways. Blending upward causes the foundation to be caught in your peach fuzz and can give the appearance that you have far more facial hair than you really do.
If you’ve sworn by black eyeliner and mascara your whole life, this tip is going to be a bit difficult to swallow, but it will seriously enhance your eyes and give your eyes a far more natural, flawless look. Because black is such an extreme color, it can really stand out as harsh and unflattering. Deep navy, deep plum, dark chocolate brown or slate gray eyeliners are far more soft looking, but they still provide the definition you’re looking for. A colored mascara can also bring out the naturally gorgeous color of your eyes, just avoid applying a super bright or pastel color all over your lashes. Again, colors like a dark brown, slate gray or a very deep burgundy will all still give your lashes major drama without looking too extreme.
Once you’ve got your foundation on, you want to add a bit of dimension and color back into your face and a matte bronzer is the perfect way to achieve this. Sweep bronzer anywhere the sun would naturally hit like your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Applying bronzer on your forehead has makes your forehead look less prominent, so if you already have a very small forehead, go easy on the bronzer here.
Application techniques make all the difference when it comes to achieving a flawless makeup look. Using the above tricks and tips will take your makeup game to the next level and help you get absolutely gorgeous results. Remember, makeup is all about personal expression, so don’t be afraid to experiment with tons of different techniques, formulas and colors!