To start off
Always cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin as described in our
section on skin care. Additionally you do need to wear a 15+ sunscreen on top of your
moisturiser. You can also buy moisturisers with sunscreen already in them.
What you will need
eye shadow brushes -
large make-up brush -
a lip brush - to
blend lip colour effectively
blusher brush -
to blend colour
for any blemishes
for under the eyes
to hide any slips of mascara or lipstick
Lipstick pot -
to combine different colours
to give a more dramatic effect to eyelashes
a more natural look without mascara
Mirror - in a well lit area
Sponges - to apply make-up evenly
Foundation - this will cover any uneven skin tones and act as
Eye shadow - to give depth and colour to the eyes
Mascara - to give your lashes a more definite look
colour for the lips
colour for the lips
Lipstick pencil - to define the lips and give them shape
Eyeliner - for special occasions - to define the eyes
Make sure you put your make-up on in an
area with good light.
The best way to get a great finish for your
make-up is to use a good moisturiser. Use one which suits your skin type, this way it will
act as a great base for your make-up.
When applying foundation, put some in your
palm and use a sponge to apply it to your face for even coverage. Start in the middle of
your face and blend outwards towards the edges. Always ensure that the make-up is blended
over the jawline to avoid the dreaded line. Do not forget to apply your
make-up to your eyelids. This will enable the eye shadow to stay on longer. The foundation
should look smooth and well blended - not too thick, but with no patches either.
Always apply a translucent powder to
set the foundation.
Once your foundation is how you want it,
apply your eyebrow pencil. Do not go overboard with this as it can look quite fake. But
your eyebrows should be defined as this acts as a frame for your face. The colour of the
eyebrow pencil should be reasonable close to the colour of your natural hair colour.
Use eyeliner if you want a more dramatic
look but be very careful, as you do not want it to look like you have lines around your
eyes. If you are in doubt, see a beautician at a pharmacist for some expert advice. Be
sure to have understated lips if your eyes are dramatic and vice versa.
Before you use your mascara, wipe the brush
on a tissue to stop it from clumping on your lashes.
Apply the mascara from the roots of the
lashes to the tip. Let dry, and reapply if necessary. Dont apply more than 2 coats
as your lashes will look too thick and may clump together.
Apply blush under the contours of your
cheekbones to get an angled or contoured look. Stick with more natural colours so that you
dont end up looking like a clown. A little of this does go a long way.
If there are any areas that need touching
up (if you slipped with your mascara for example) just apply a very small amount of
Ensure that all the colours on your face
match. Pinks usually do not go with reds.
Always use a lipliner to outline the lips
and stops the bleeding that can sometimes happen with certain lipsticks. Also make sure
you use a sharp lip pencil so the outline looks well defined.
Choose a lipliner that matches your
lipstick well. A very dark liner with a light lipstick does not look attractive. Also your
nail polish should match these.
When using a lip brush, brush onto lipstick
a few times and then onto the lips. Be sure to get an even coverage on the lips.