(Closed) How to improve at hair and makeup?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, practice does make perfect. I have been doing makeup for over ten years and I think I finally just now figured out the perfect eye routine, lol. But it does help to have guides. There are a lot of great makeup and hair tutorials on youtube–pixiwoo and michellephan are both really good at makeup.

Here are my tips for doing good makeup. First off, buy brushes! A nice set of brushes will give you so much better results than the q-tips that come with your sets. This made a huge difference in my makeup application. Always start with a primer for your face, or at least a moisturizer underneath, as this will give you the smoothest results. When you put on blush, sweep it across and upwards on your cheekbone. When doing eye makeup, I usually use three different shades. A lighter shade goes at the top, right under my eyebrow on the browline, and also in the corner of my eye. The medium shade goes over my whole lid. And the darkest shade goes on the outside corner and blended into the crease. This will help give your eye makeup dimension.

Also, experiment! There are a lot of different kinds of eye liners, for example. My new favorite is almost like a stain eyeliner from covergirl, but I know others who only work with kohl pencils. Try different types of makeup and see what you like best.


Post # 5
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love Michelle Phan because she does great video tutorials for asian eyes. I agree that great brushes are essential for makeup and for hair invest in a good curler etc and products. There are many photo tutorials (which help with details) and video tutorials (which help with the process) out there. It really does start with pratice. You can also look into salons who offer group makeup classes if you’re unsure of trying it out yourself. Or go check out a MAC or Sephora and have one of the pros step you through applying makeup properly.

I used to do performance dance and we’d always do our own hair & makeup. For me, it really was just about practice and repetition.

Post # 6
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

@arabesque:  I used to dance too, so I grew up very comfortable with hair and makeup!

OP, as far as hair goes, you really need to learn to work with what you’ve got. I have naturally curly hair so I very rarely straigten it. What kind of hair do you have? You really have to learn to work with it, not against it. I spent the first 18 years of my life trying to straighten my hair into submission….which didn’t work. Now that I am better at doing it curly, I have a much easier time, and my hair is something I get a lot of compliments on.

Makeup is something that really takes practice, and I think it’s a great suggestion to go to a sephora or mac and have someone help you. Start out with learning how to do eyes or foundation or blush, etc and work from there. What kind of makeup you do depends on your features, how much makeup you want to wear, your coloring, etc. Of course, youtube tutorials are awesome, but if you need one on one help, sephora is the place to go. Most of the time, they are eager to help. Maybe go on a weekday if you can when they aren’t busy and you won’t feel rushed so you can ask plenty of questions. Like PP said, good quality brushes are important. Along the same lines, good quality makeup is important…for certain things. I like to buy high quality eyeshadow, for example, because the color pigmentation is important and I find cheap eyeshadows tend to fade and smudge more. But, I personally buy cheap lipstick because I don’t wear much and I find that drugstore quality lipstick is good enough for me. If you’re having trouble with a certain product (ie mascara) you might need a different one!

Good luck!

Post # 7
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Heh, there’s no such class. My mother has never worn makeup, so I had to slog through the hair and makeup crap alone–I didn’t pick the hair thing up until a couple of years ago, and the makeup thing is an ongoing process.

I also suggest YouTube and Pinterest tutorials. I love Miss Chevious and Temptalia tutorials. I don’t like letting makeup counter people do my makeup because they ALWAYS do it way too heavy. 

If you want to pick up some nice makeup/brushes and not spend $$$, check out ELF. I’ve used MAC, Sephora (I do like their house brand), drugstore, Benefit, Urban Decay, etc., and ELF is my favorite by a landslide. Their Studio brushes are nice (and synthetic), and I love the mineral makeup (the eye shadows are beautiful). To start, you might want to pick up one of the giant eye shadow palettes to play around with different colors until you find out what looks best.

Post # 8
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was in the same boat. I watched alot of you tube. But what really helped was going to sephora and mac at macys and just telling them i have no clue. They were so nice! And helped me so much!! I put on some make up today and my fiance is staring at me. I think i did a good job! Lol !! 

The best tip i got about eyeshadow is not to close your eyes when putting it on! You wear it with your eyes open so put it on that way. Haha

Post # 9
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree with other posters, there is no such class, so don’t worry. My mom hates makeup and never taught me anything so it’s all been trial and error. Luckily I’ve figured some stuff out and I think my makeup looks pretty good now! I use 90% drugstore products, so all of the looks I do, anyone can do with their own makeup.

I actually just started a beauty blog just for my own enjoyment, and there are quite a few easy, every day looks that I’m sure you can handle. Also, feel free to message me with any questions or concerns you might have. 

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