10 easy ways to improve your make-up routine
Hello again my sweet sinners,
Today I will be showing you 10 easy ways to improve your make-up routine along with some tips and trick if you are on a budget.
1. Face primer
Face primer is the key to flawless looking skin. It not only provides smooth finish, but also blurs out large pores and helps keeping your foundation in place and your face oil free. I haven’t tried a lot of primers, but I can definitely recommend the Inglot under makeup base.
- absorbs sebum and smoothens the skin
- subtly mattifies the skin without making it too dry
- prolongs the wear of foundation
If you are on a budget you can use one of the Neutrogene oil-free moisturizers or mattifing facial oil as a primer instead.
2. Eye shadow primer
Eye shadow primer is not an essential, but it definitely helps to improve your make-up skills. It evens out the skin tone of your eyelids, which makes the eyeshadows appear more opaque, true to colour and fights creasing.
The Inglot Eye makeup base is a great eyeshadow primer, which does all of the listed above. The only down side to it is that it has only two shades, which could be difficult for some people to choose a shade.
- If you are on a budget you can apply undereye concealer on your eyelids and set it with powder, this will be a fair enough replacement of an eyeshadow primer.
- This eyeshadow primer may have a double duty – just use it not only on your eyelids, but on your undereye area too, before your concealer. Because the eyeshadow primer is tinted it will help to hide dark circles more efficiently.
3. Moisturizing your undereye area
This is probably the most important tip of all. Moisturizing is the key to beautiful skin and not moisturized skin can ruin you make-up game by causing dry patches and make-up creasing.
As I have mentioned before I have very sensitive skin. My eyes are also very sensitive and they get red and irritated pretty easily which causes dry undereye area.
I learned the hard way to never go to bed without applying eye cream. But because my eyes get extremely dry I prefer using castor oil to moisturize my undereye area before going to bed. I also use it on my eye lashes to help them grow, stop the shedding and keep them strong and soft to the touch.
Castor oil is great, but because is a bit heavy I recommend to not use it under your make-up. When applying make-up use your favourite undereye cream. Mine is Vichy Idealia Eye contour idealizer.
4. Colour correcting
For my buddies graphic designers and photo editors this might sound like a workflow essential. Let me put it this way – colour correcting in make-up is like Photoshop in real life. 😀 What colour correcting does is to fade out discoloration on you skin like blemishes, pimples, dark circles and more. Colour correcting provides a clear canvas for your foundation application.
Colour correctors are basically concealers, but tinted in pink, red, orange, violet or green colour. Most common are the pink and green toned ones. The pink is used to hide dark circles and the green is to hide redness of blemishes and pimples.
Colour correcting is not necessary, but it can definitely help your make-up look flawless.
It may sound odd, but you can colour correct your dark circles with a little bit of orange or red (pink undertoned) lipstick. For your blemishes you can mix a tiny bit of concealer with a tiny bit of light blue/green (matt not shimmery) eyeshadow and voila you are good to go, then apply your concealer as per usual.
5. Choosing the right foundation colour
Ooooh, the struggle…I hate choosing a new foundation. First of all I am scared to try it on my face or neck in the store, because the thought that someone touched this foundation with dirty hands terrifies me. Second of all the colour always looks perfect in the store, because of the amazing lights, but when you come home it seems like a totally different colour 😀
So as a girl who have failed numerous times with choosing foundation, my advise is to always try it first on your wrist (where your vines are more visible to test it for coverage), then use a tiny bit on you neck to test it for colour match.
Lately I prefer using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for blending my foundation. This is the softest most comfortable sponge to use. I love it. Actually I have always prefered using brushes, but this sponge changed everything. It doesn’t absorb too much make-up compared to other sponges. Your foundation ends up on your skin not on your sponge! The Real Techniques Buffing brush is also a great way for blending your foundation.
If you chose a darker foundation colour, don’t worry just mix the foundation with your moisturizer to lighten it up.
A girl should always have two concealers – one thicker for blemishes and pimples and one moisturizing for the undereye area.
Concealer is the best way to hide unwanted flaws and brighten up your undereye area. For the undereye area choose concealer that is lighter than your foundation or one that is the same colour.
If you are on a budget and don’t want to spend money on two concealers just buy moisturizing one, which is the closest to your natural skin colour and / or your foundation. That way you can use it for both dark circles, blemishes and pimples.
Foundation is great – it covers up imperfections, evens out your skin tone, brightens up your complexion, but it also has the ability to make your face look flat and it might hide your face features too. Here’s where contouring comes and saves the day. 😀
Contouring helps bring back your features, define them or change them a bit (that’s why they call it bladeless plastic surgery).
With contouring you can make your face look slimmer, your forehead smaller, your cheekbones higher, your chin more defined and much more.
Magic, right? Actually no, contouring is just a technique borrowed from painting. I have studied Art and they learn us that adding shadows and highlights to the skin of the person we are drawing is what makes it look more alive, rather than a flat illustration.
This is exactly what contouring does – it gives dimension to the face.
Contouring can be done with darker foundation, darker concealer, contouring powder and even bronzer.
It doesn’t really matter which method you will choose, just make sure to have an angled buffing brush for that perfectly blended contour. I definitely recommend this Real Techniques Sculpting brush.
Bronzer is that magical powder that will bring the sun on your face. Sun kissed skin is the one thing everyone loves. It makes you look healthy and well rested. Bronzer is one of the things in make-up that really makes a difference. Just add it to your cheeks and wait for the compliments.
Oh, highlighters… since they became a thing I just can’t live without them. I like to think about them as that magical fairy dust which just transforms you in a beautiful forest creature only found in fairy tales.
Highlighter is used on the highest points of your face – cheekbones, brow bones, tip of the nose and cupid’s bow in order to bring forward these features and to emphasize them. You can also apply it to your body for that sexy out of fashion magazine look.
Highlighters might be in cream or powder form. I prefer the powder ones, because I think they are easier to use and give more control.
The down side to highlighters is that they can be really expensive, but don’t worry I have your back. I found Technic Get gorgeous highlighting powder (the one on the left) which is not only beautiful and blinding, but is also very cheap. I got it from Ebay for just 3.73 USD. Highlighters work best with fan brushes in my opinion.
If you are afraid of highlighting, because it might look too intense for you, then you can highlight by using shimmery blusher or all over shimmers. Unfortunately the only all over shimmer that I can recommend is the Estee Lauder Limited edition All over shimmer (the one on the right) which I received as part of a gift set. But let me tell you I have never seen anything like this – it’s just stunning!
Secret: I actually use both products – the all over shimmer as a blusher and the highlighter on my cheekbones, brow bones, tip of the nose and cupid’s bow.
10. Filling in your eyebrows
Eyebrows are the frames of the eyes and as such they are very important and give a finished look to your make-up. You might have naturally dark eyebrows, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t use a bit of help. Filling in your eyebrows will define them and make them stand out – giving you bold and sophisticated look.
Of course making them too dark might make you look like a cartoon character. Always choose eyebrow powders that are the closest or a bit lighter than your natural hair colour.
Eyebrow mascaras are a newly invented miracle that helps to keep your eyebrows in place and give them body. Who doesn’t hate when your eyebrows get brushy and you always have to fix them, right?
For those of you with tin eyebrows, some eyebrow mascaras contain fibres which add volume and make your eyebrows look fuller – now we can all have that amazing Cara Delevigne eyebrows!
Use an angled eyeliner brush to apply eyebrow powder for more precision. I recommend using Essence eyebrow stylist powder and Essence Make me brow eyebrow mascara. They are cheap and do the job perfectly.
If you don’t want to buy an eyebrow powder than you can definitely use matt brown eyeshadow to fill in you eyebrows.
Essence Make me brow eyebrow mascara is a great dupe for Benefit Gimme brow.
Overdoing your make-up eliminates its sole purpose to emphasize your natural beauty, so always be light handed when doing your make-up.
And guys these were my 10 easy ways to improve your make-up routine, I hope you will find this helpful and if you have any questions just ask me in the comment section below.