(Closed) Help me learn how to apply makeup

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1900 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh god! You sound like me a few years ago. I posted on a forum asking how to buy makeup or a skirt (wtf?!). To be honest (and this is something you will probably need someone else for, I know I did), it really depends on your skin type. If you’re anything like me, you may not be comfortable with loads of makeup caked on your face, so I would suggest starting with a little foundation (you generally only need a little to cover problem spots), maybe use a little blush if you want? You can also buy eye shadow stuff which has multiple colours in a pack which tells you which colour should go on the eyelid, near the crease of your eye, etc. (yeah, I needed it spelled out for me too).

Just make sure you buy products that are similar to your own skin tones or you’ll end up with a face completely different to your neck!! Never a good look. And just build up the amount of makeup you wear to make sure you don’t feel awkward and self-consious, I know I sure did!

Post # 4
6739 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Oh boy!  I would suggest 2 things to help you in this journey.  First, I would suggest going to a makeup counter at a department store and asking for them to do your makeup for you in something natural that you can wear on a daily basis.  Explain to them that you never wear makeup and you’re just starting out, so you want something easy and simple that you can follow.  Ask them to show you/tell you everything that they’re doing so that you’ll be able to repeat at home.  Then, I would suggest watching youtube clips. 

Now that you’re starting out, if you have nothing at all, it’s going to get pretty pricey.  You’re also not going to know what you like.  Also, I don’t know what type of skin you have to suggest things for moisturizers/foundations, but here’s what I do on a daily basis and it takes like 10 mins or less:

I use a tinted moisturizer (jouer) and over that I put on bronzer (mac) and then a coat of mineral veil (bare minerals).  That’s it for my face.

For my eyes, I brush on a light pink shadow (mac), 2 coats of mascara (mac) and then I line the bottom lid with a black waterproof liner (mac).  (I do my makeup on the train so it’s too hard to line the top lid, so I line the bottom instead, and I like that look b/c I think it makes my eyes pop still).

And that’s it! 

If you need your makeup to last a long time, look into primers.  You’re also going to need brushes, but you can probably start off with just 3 – 2 for your face (powder, bronzer/blush) and 1 for your eyes. 

Daytime makeup is easier because you need less and you just need to look fresh, so that’s a good place to start.

If you prefer to line your upper eyelids, I would suggest getting a separate eyeliner brush and a gelpot (also, mac) because it makes putting the eyeliner on the top a breeze to get it straight.

Obviously, I love mac products.  But, I’m sure there are other products out there that work just as well.  If you’re a minimalist, Bobbi Brown would probably be better to start, but I think mac is cheaper.  Bare Escentuals is also good.  If those are out of your budget, I suggest getting key pieces from there and supplementing with cheaper pieces from the drugstore.  Like, getting your primer from mac, but your foundation, mascara and eyeshadow from Maybelline. 

Good luck!

Post # 5
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Mrs Rainbow posted a lot of good make up tutorials!

Post # 6
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I won’t give application tips as there are so many tutorials on youtube that help with that.

My favourite youtuber, he covers so much I could spend days on there! http://www.youtube.com/user/gossmakeupartist

I think  good thing to remember is tonot to feel pressured when you are in a store, perhaps go out wear the makeup for a bit is you have trialled anything and then go back and purchase whatever you want!Remeber to practice with stuff, don’t expect it to be perfect, but enjoy it it’ll all wahs off!

Good luck!

Post # 7
1215 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@futuremrsk18:  +1

I recommend going to a makeup counter at a department store.

Also, +1 for the tip about using primer… I always always put on primer no matter how much or how little makeup I put on, that helps it last all day. In fact, my eye primer keeps my eyeshadow on for days if I don’t wash off the eyeshadow. (it comes off with makeup remover though!) I highly recommend the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, it is ah-mazing.

Also, learn how to apply eyeliner properly – check out some online tutorials or ask the makeup artist at the makeup counter at a department store. Eyeliner plus mascara make a big difference.

Post # 8
196 posts
Blushing bee


Ditto on the recommendation for gossmakeupartist.  Wayne is really one of the most concise and helpful makeup artists on Youtube.  Plus it helps that he’s funny.  Try out his latest eyeshadow application video.  It’s very easy to follow, and is probably one of the most fool proof methods I’ve come across.


I also suggest Lisa Eldridge, another makeup artist.  (http://www.youtube.com/user/lisaeldridgedotcom)  She covers a lot of basics and has great tutorials.

Some tips:  If you want to try out some new techniques but don’t want to spend a lot of money, try out ELF and Wet n Wild products.  They’re both cheap (many ELF products are $1!) and are pretty good quality.  NYX (available at Ulta) is also a great cheap alternative to the really expensive brands out there.  Love their eyeshadows and blushes.

Have fun!

Post # 10
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would go to Sephora and have their rep explain to you how to do an everyday, easy application and then get the full application done. They only ask that you spend $50 in products, so its not bad.

Post # 11
1210 posts
Bumble bee

I will second the department store application lesson. I’m also partial to MAC like @mrskopp2be. They gave me a lesson (and I bought the products) to do my makeup for my sister’s wedding, and it was great. The girl had me hold a mirror and watch the whole time. They also will “paint” out the colors onto a paper face so you can remember the looks, and they will do more than one look for you as well. It was really helpful, and I used a lot of the techniques she showed me in my everyday makeup application.

Post # 13
1136 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

if your in the uk, superdrugs is always good for make up, they do a lot of ranges with a varied price range, rimmel being one of the cheaper and boujoir being a little more on the pricey side. debenhams do the make up trials though 🙂 

Post # 14
802 posts
Busy bee

Agree with going to a make up counter to ask for help. Definitely emphasize that you want something that feels light on the skin, like a BB cream or tinted moisturizer.

And yes, definitely check out ELF. I have a mix of high end products (example: Giorgio Armani foundation, it’s very light) and inexpensive products from ELF (eyeslipsface). I think ELF definitely has a lot of nice products for very inexpensive prices, and allows you to play around with make-up without shelling out $$$$. They also have their own make-up tutorial videos on the product pages so you can see how you should be using the product. 

You should also invest in their brush set – it’s a good beginner’s brush set (the drawbacks are that it does shed a little, and after cleaning you need to moisturize them well or else they get very dry). They also have eyeshadow palettes that are convenient for testing out different colors like 144 color palette for $15 (the pigment is pretty good, much better than Sephora’s which I would not recommend). 

Products I used from ELF that I liked: 

Mineral Eyeshadow – it was very shimmery, and the colors were how they appeared on the sit

Waterproof Eyeliner pen – it’s kind of like a liquid eyeliner pen. It’s not great, but it does the trick and is very simple to use

Studio Pigment Eyeshadow – was very intense in pigment, and matched the colors on the website

Mineral Foundation SPF15 – it’s light and actually matches my skintone (although I wish I had gotten the personal blend, it’s adjustable so when you have a tan you can make it a little darker)

Products I used from ELF that I disliked:

Liquid Eyeliner – extremely hard to use and get a nice straight line. Also takes forever to dry, and if it’s not dry it smudges and gets all over

Eye Primer and Liner Sealer – very greasy and doesn’t actually seal anything. If anything, it makes it harder to apply eyeshadow/eyeliner and smudges everything.

Eyeliner and Shadow Stick – it was easy to use, but it doesn’t last long and smudges easily

Regular and Wet Gloss Mascaras – didn’t really do anything, you’d be much better off just getting a regular drugstore mascara like from Maybelline (Maybelline actually makes fantastic mascara, I’m currently using Diorshow but honestly I feel like Maybelline is just fine) 

All Over Color Stick – it was sticky and hard to blend (the baked blush would probably be a better try)

If you’re interested in trying out liquid eyeliner – order some from SASA. They carry Japanese liquid eyeliners, which are fantastic. The one I like to use is K-Palette. It’s super long lasting, and very easy to use. 

If you can get to a Sephora (sorry, not really familiar with UK geography), it’s a great place because they carry so many products, or you can order some online (and if you join the Beauty insiders you can get free samples of products and free gifts depending on the points you’ve earned). They also have their own line of products, some of which are good.

The Sephora products I liked:

Pro-Lesson Palette: It’s easy to use, it’s broken into step by step instructions with pictures. I use the Smokey Eye, and I often end up using the products inside to do other kinds of eyes too

Sephora Lipstick: My mother liked it when I brought her a vibrant red lipstick back from France (Sephora hadn’t made it’s way to NY at that time). However, I think it’s changed over the years, she tried to match it recently and didn’t quite like the second stick as much as the first.

Colorful Palette: This was in a graduation gift I got after HS. My brother’s then-Fi decided that I should have some nice make-up (I didn’t wear any at that time) so I could experiment and learn to use make-up. It’s very easy to use, the pigment is good (which I can’t say for all Sephora eyeshadow) and it’s easier to use the pairings than deciding what’s supposed to go with what on your own

Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil: vibrant shimmery colors that go on easily, I use them when I’m travelling as a substitute for my Dior lipsticks or when I need to keep a shimmery lipcolor in my bag for clubbing later

I’m assuming you probably want to go for a more natural look, some of the other products I use more often (I usually go for a more natural look) are:

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights- it’s a all over shimmery face powder, you can use it as bronzer, blush, it’s so easy and versatile to use and I love how it looks. I usually use it as bronzer/blush, and sweep a little along my jawline, nose, and forehead where the sun would “kiss” my face.

Laura Geller double eye appeal pencil – there are better under eye concealer and highlighters out there. But this one comes in a convenient double ended pencil. It’s very easy to use, and easy to transport. Use the concealer end under your eyes, and dot the highlighter side on the inner corner of your eyes, the outer corner of your lower lash line, and under the arch of your brows (it opens your eyes up and gives it a fresh look)

For a nude lip, it’s definitely worth investing in a Chanel lipstick. I fell in love with the ads, and now I use Rouge Coco Shine 42, 46, and 53. There’s also a new shade out, the Rouge Allure Velvet La Distinguee “the perfect peach-pink matte shade for spring”. 

Post # 16
802 posts
Busy bee

No problem =) BB cream is a “blemish balm” – it’s a multi-purpose cream – primer, moisturizer, foundation, and sunblock all in one. It’s very lightweight, and originated in Germany but became extremely popular in Asia, especially Korea and Japan. It made it’s debut in the U.S. last year (I think) and recently to the drugstore shelves (Garnier made a version). 

It’s very convenient, and as someone just starting to play with make up, it’s light enough and easy enough for you to use instead of figuring out how to use primer, foundation, etc … You also don’t have to use powder on top of it, but you could if you wanted to. 

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