I’ve been playing with makeup for years and, to be honest, no one has ever really taught me how to do it apart from the beauty gurus I see on YouTube. Back then, my technique, my knowledge as well as my tools were limited but, I’m happy to say that, they’ve improved since then. Don’t get me wrong though; I’m still learning, practicing and collecting. And, that’s what you should be doing too.
I’m dedicating this post to you – the beginner who feels like giving up on her passion for makeup – and with it, I’m attaching a few lessons I’ve learned along the way.
Lesson #1: Makeup is NOT just for looking pretty.
There are and will be people who will tell you that applying makeup is only for shallow girls who don’t feel beautiful on the inside. I don’t believe this to be accurate. Today, knowing how to apply makeup is an essential skill for a young lady. One would need to do so when attending parties, going to job interviews, graduating, presenting a sales pitch or a report and, sometimes, just showing up to the office (because it’s a requirement). Makeup isn’t just for looking pretty. It’s also for looking presentable and/or appropriate to the occasion. What’s so shallow about that?
Lesson #2: Makeup is flexible.
Blush is for the cheeks, eyeshadow is for the eyes, foundation is for the face and lipstick is for the lips. That’s how it goes, right? Yes, but did you know that you could also use eye shadow for your brows? It could also be used as lip color by mixing a little bit of pigment with lip gloss.
Personally, I’m a big lipbalm girl. I’ve been using the stuff since highschool. Now, instead of buying just regular lip balm, I opt for a tinted one so I can double it as a cheek tint.
You can also mix up your foundation or concealer so you get the color that you really want. You can also mix your liquid foundation with a liquid illuminator to get a more natural looking glow. The bottomline is, makeup is flexible. You’d be surprised at the different uses each makeup product has.
Lesson #3: Color is your friend.
I’ve always said this on majority of my blog posts: do not be afraid of color. If you have a large palette, experiment with different shades and different colors. If you make a mistake or if you don’t like the color combination you did, you can always erase and redo. It’s not like eyeshadow is permanent.
Lesson #4: It takes practice.
There are several things that you need to practice: doing your brows, applying foundation correctly, applying eyeshadow using different techniques, contouring and so on. You’d have to be patient with all of these.
It took me a couple of tries to get my brows looking on point. The same is true with my blending skills. My advice: buy a lot of makeup remover and, as cliche as this might sound, practice makes perfect.
Lesson #5: Makeup is not a substitute for good skincare.
Makeup might let you look good on photos but it’s not a substitute for good skincare. You want to look good with and without makeup so it’s always advisable to take care of your skin too. Not everything will look perfect on camera when your makeup is not on – huge pores, upper lip mustache, blemishes – but at least your skin is healthy. Healthy skin is not perfect, it’s just healthy.
One more for the road…
And, here’s another one for the road: your makeup won’t do anything for you if you do not wear it with confidence.