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Have you ever watched one of those videos on Instagram or maybe Tik Tok where all the girls have flawless skin? You think all of them were born like that? Maybe some of them did but for the rest of us who weren’t so lucky there is this magic thing called a makeup routine.
Makeup Routine Step by Step
Sounds pretty easy right? Well if you want to do it right it’s going to take a few steps. There are quite a few products involved so it’s only natural to have questions. The foundation is the base but there is also concealer, contouring, powder and bronzer. Applying them in the right order is really important, it can take you from “hiding a few spots with foundation” to “Flawless skin”. Get ready to sort them out in your head and in your makeup routine.
Before we even begin to talk about a makeup routine you should start with your skincare routine. Skin care in very important to only to improve your skin in general but also to prepare it for your makeup. Make sure you read about the right steps to develop your own Skin Care Routine here:
Now that you have prepared your skin with the right skin care routine it’s time to move to the makeup part.
Step 1: Primer
Now I know a lot of girls don’t use primer and I wasn’t always using one because I thought it didn’t really do anything but that’s not true. Primer is the base on which your foundation will sit on, it can help achieve a smoother base and make your makeup stay in place longer. There are a lot of primers that can help you, I’m currently using the High-Adherence Silicone Primer by The Ordinary and I really like it. Another favorite primer is the Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer And Finisher by Estee Lauder.
Step 2: Concealer
Always start with a color correction concealer, if you use one, there a few options depending on your needs, I have used green concealers for the redness on my skin but I rarely use it since I find my foundation enough coverage. You can also use a red or peach colored concealer if you have dark circles under your eyes. After the color correction continue with your normal concealer. I always apply a generous amount around my eyes, my forehead and nose. I would suggest a few tones lighter than your foundation. I have tried a few concealers I liked like the Estée Lauder Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer and Conceal and Define Concealer by Revolution.
Step 3: Foundation
Now apply your foundation in the places you didn’t apply any concealer. Make sure you blend it with the concealer so it looks natural. There are so many foundations out there it’s not always easy to find the one that works for you. I have tried quite a few myself and I always make sure it is right for my skin type. Some of the ones I really like are the Dior Backstage and the Estee Lauder Double wear. Also, I have used the Estee Lauder Maximum Cover which is really dense and I would only suggest if you have really intense spots to cover.
Step 4: Contouring
Now that’s a word that scares many women. I don’t really have much experience with it and I’m still experimenting but it can become a great tool once you learn how to use it. I found that since I’m still a beginner a stick is the easiest way to make shadows on my face. Also, if you have a foundation which is a few shades darker than your skin you can use it to contour with the help of a small and dense brush.
Step 5: Setting Powder (and Baking)
It’s time to make sure your hard work will stay in place for as long as possible. A setting powder will help you here. I always use one with some coverage but if you want something lighter you can use a translucent one, it will set your makeup without making your face feel heavier. If you want to bake your make up and brighten some places now is the time. I plan on exploring the art of Makeup baking in a separate post since I haven’t tried it yet and add it to my makeup routine i the future.
Step 6: Bronzer/Blush and Highlighter
I put those two together because there are a lot of women who use bronzers as blush especially in the summer months. Find the perfect one for you and stick to it. I prefer a light blush but I have tried using bronzers too. The final step is highlighter; use it on lightly to get a natural glow. I usually dust some on my cheek bones and tip of the nose.
This is the first part of my Makeup Routine. We are finished with the general face makeup and in the next part I’m going to talk about Eye and Lips makeup.
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